Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ACW fences and upcoming gaming night

A couple of news items for the old blog today, this Thanksgiving Eve.  First, I have been busy making scores of snake rail fence sections.  It has been said you can never have too much fencing for the American Civil War, and I took that to heart.  Most of the sections are 9cm long and 2.5 cm wide.  I also made some corner sections, broken down sections, and other odds and ends.  Once I got the hang of it, I was able to make 20 at a time using only match sticks and white glue.  I'd then spray paint everything black.  Once dry, I'd apply a dark brown, then dry-brush with snakebite leather and then cadet grey for weathering.  Half way through I got the idea to apply some Woodland Scenics ballast to the stands before I spray painted them.  On the others I added foliage once they were flocked.  Here are a couple of photos:

The other news item is that I have started a military history in miniature club at the school I teach at.  At our first meeting I had 32 kids show up.  We have planned an after school event for Friday, December 2 that will go into the evening.  I'll have two games going, one a ACW game and the other SYW.  I have a few kids from my summer class that will be there, so I am hoping they can help the other kids with the mechanics.  I have purchased eight 2'x4' light boards to put over the desks in my room to use as playing space.  I'll put gaming matts over those and see how it works.  This way we can use my room and not have to try to reserve a larger space at the school.  At least 20 kids have expressed an interest in attending, so it should be a full house.  I'll be sure to take some photos and post a report.

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