Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More Zariba and a Dry Streambed

In the post before last, I described making the first of the zariba pieces (link) for my June convention game, The Relief of Wadi Zoum-Zoum.  But I wasn't satisfied with the way they developed even after I sprayed them with a watery white glue.  The vegetation was just too dried out to stand any type of gaming handling.  So I went to the local Hobby Town and bought a large bag of "spring" lichen.  The resultant zariba pieces were more durable and even, to my eye, looked better.

Here are four 2" sections, two on either side of one of the artillery
emplacements and manned by some of my Ral Partha Egyptians.

I also needed a short section of dry streambed to connect the oasis to the rest of Wadi Zoum-Zoum.  Taking a piece of Masonite, I sprayed both sides with camouflage sand paint and then glued on more sand, added fine gravel for the backs, and glued in larger gravel and small rocks to finish it off.  I painted Future floor wax on the streambed to give it a wet appearance but that is not readily apparent in this picture.

The dry streambed is 12" long.  The white splotches are glue that hasn't dried yet.

I'll be posting some pictures of the second play test of the game later and you can see these pieces in situ, so to speak.