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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Monday, 1 October 2012

How to: A stone wall with a metal fence

Hi everyone!

Good week and good month. Hope you are all well.
Last weekend I made a small terrain piece for my little men. I got the idea while wandering through the streets of Athens (it's the coffee's fault - don't blame me). :-)

Below you will find the photos that can be of some assistance to you. You'll see the terrain piece from start to finish and in its natural environment among my Normandy houses.

The materials I used were:

A small piece of a vinyl tile (plastic sheet as equivalent)
A piece of foamboard (black in the photos)
Strips of plastic (the green ones in the photo)
Two pieces of embossed plasticard (Wills)
Some mesh wire (I don't know if I'm saying it right)
And base stuff (PVA, sand, greenery etc).

On with the photos then:

And now in its natural environment:

I don't know if it can be used in a 1940's environment, but, the truth is that I liked it and I think that it can blend well in with the rest stuff I made so far.

If you want to see some of the houses that are shown in the photos see this link and this link.

I hope you like it, and that you found it useful.
Any C&C are more than welcome.

Ta everyone!


  1. This looks real good, adds versatility to the table.

  2. Another cracking 'how to', great work Thanos.

  3. Wow great work. Very realistic. This could be my garden!

  4. Another great terrain piece Thanos. Chainlink fencing has been around since the 19th century and was definitely used in the UK during WWII (it replaced a lot of railings that were melted down for tanks!), so I think you are on safe ground using it!

    However, it does worry me that I know that!

  5. Great piece of scenery, Sir. Very nice and useful.

  6. great work thanos, I will think I might use this in my work, just got to get back to work... the little germans and other small friends of mine want to be painted, they don't understand I have a city to build

  7. An excellent piece of terrain and the How to build it. I like way you've painted the fence to make it look rusty, that's a very nice little touch.

  8. Ah yes another character piece. Well done T.

  9. Fantastic work Thanos. I really like this.

  10. A bit off topic but I can’t yet post on TMP. Regarding 17pdr towers, you have a lot of choices – Crusader towers, M5 half tracks, Morris C8 quads and even Sherman IIIs (M4A2).

    For Crusaders, Milicast make beautiful stuff but it is expensive. If you want resin, then Rapid Fire does one as do S&S Models although I’m not sure if they are available. These are probably in the region of £8-£9 each. The adventurous and cheapest option would be to buy a box of Armourfast Crusaders and convert them. There is an article and 1/76 drawings in an old Airfix Magazine which could be resized in a photocopier.

    For M5s, you could use Italeri or Airfix and modify the mudguards and round the rear corners or buy then from Rapid Fire, Frontline or various others.

    For Morris C8s, you could use the Airfix kit which has the advantage of coming with the ammunition limber which was used. I have photos of this Quad being used but the later No5 body seems to have been more common. You can buy those from Rapid Fire or possibly SHQ or convert them from the Airfix kit. I bought two of the old polythene toy quads and converted those.

    The last option is the Sherman III. Some were converted in Italy and the turret was removed. Again you could use Italeri or possibly Armorfast or even Airfix.

    With the above, you should be able to get what you want a lot cheaper.

  11. I've had a look at Rapid Fire Ready to Roll.

    Crusader Gun Tractor £5.95+P&p

    Quad + limber £5.95+p&p

    No - I don't work for them!