Now, The Legatus knows he should spend a lot more time on preparing scenery for his (largely potential) games. The recent completion of the Roman Galley for Big Red Bat's game had got me thinking about doing some more scenic items so I could, perhaps, put on a game at Guildford (I always seem to join other peoples games). I did, once, put on a Lord of the Rings game at Guildford and provided a cloth, trees and hedges and even a building or two from my Dark Ages collection but that was very much a one off.
For the Lord of the Rings games I used to have with my son we did actually have enough trees hills and what have you, plus the Forge World Weathertop which conveniently broke down into pieces which could be used separately.
Latterly, I have really been enjoying painting my Boot Hill Miniatures Mexicans but really if you are going to paint Mexicans you have got to think about having a bit of the Alamo to fight over. I wondered about how hard it would be to make a wall or too. Then, while researching pictures of the Alamo I came across the insanity that is the Hudson & Allen Studio complete Alamo. No, surely not! Unfortunately, me looking at it coincided to the day with a new contract at work. Reward time! In not much longer than the time it took for Santa Anna to besiege the Alamo itself, a very big box indeed arrived from Vatican Enterprises, Wargames Scenics in Michigan.
While intellectually I knew that this was going to be a big item when I laid it out on the floor it really is massive (about 4' by 5'). Forget your Warlord Games Rorke's Drift, or Pegasus Bridge this is real wargames scenery. The problem, peering down on it, is that I realise that a few dozen figures are not going to be able to attack it and 18 (at my current ratio of 1/10) are not going to be able to defend it. More thoughts on this will follow on my new Americas Wargaming blog in due course. I'm also going to need a lot of paint! "You'll need a bigger brush!" as my son, rightly said.
Now I have to paint it! One piece at a time, as Mr Johnny Cash once said. So do I start with a big piece or a small piece?