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Grognard178906 Jul 2012 2:13 p.m. PST

Part II is up! Cheers,

Talavera, 1809
Talavera – 1400 hours July 28, 1809



Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2012 4:38 p.m. PST

Really great!

Take note Teddy Bear enthusiasts – that's how it's done!

Questions: how are the trees standing up? Photoshopped the bases out?

I didn't see but the center is orchard right? Too even to be woods but maybe the spacing was deliberate somehow …

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2012 4:55 p.m. PST

Teddy bears? Am I missing something?

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Jul 2012 5:52 p.m. PST

The trees are your basic Woodland Scenics, with poly fiber for the foliage. The wife hot glued pins to the trunks, then wrapped them in brown florist's tape. There is a layer of 3/4" thick polystyrene beneath the fur, and you just push the trees through the fur to stick into the polystyrene.
The trees are meant to represent the olive groves that were a feature of this part of the battlefield. The spacing allowed troops to be moved through easily, but with the pin method, if they got in the way, they can easily be moved anyway.


Littlearmies07 Jul 2012 2:40 a.m. PST

79th PA – the grass cover on the field is "teddy bear" fur from a haberdashers, suitably dyed and trimmed (with scissors or barbers electric trimmers). This is an excellent example of the technique – I'd love to see a "how to" tutorial for the teddy bear fur.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 6:33 a.m. PST

I am with Littlearmies, I too would like to see a tutorial on the use of fur terrain.
Many thanks for sharing the photos on a great game…very nice figures and terrain…well done.

plutarch 6407 Jul 2012 7:27 a.m. PST

Very enjoyable. I can't get enough of looking at that table.

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jul 2012 7:53 a.m. PST

Littlearmies and IronDuke596,
Done my best to create a short tutorial for creating the teddy bear fur terrain:
There are plenty of other games, and other teddy bear terrains featured on the same page.
Hope these help and offer a little inspiration.


Anderson Collection Inactive Member07 Jul 2012 8:16 a.m. PST

What a great piece of work!

Ashenduke Inactive Member07 Jul 2012 1:32 p.m. PST

Wow really interesting method for making terrain, thanks for posting the guide. The finished products are stunning.
That beard trimmer you have must be some industrial strength admantium excalibur model made by a master craftsman! I don't think the cheapo ones I get for my beard could handle it :p

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jul 2012 1:55 p.m. PST

No… plain old Wahl beard trimmer – does take a little practice though. Trimming against the pile works best, otherwise you simply push the pile down, and don't really cut much.


hunter4a08 Jul 2012 7:15 a.m. PST

Just FYI on the Teddy bear fur. That stuff is great. We use it all the time for Wheat Fields in our Battles. I was in California a few weeks ago at a car wash. I sat next to a Gentleman who happened to be in the fabric business. I was hitting the usual hobby shops in the area and I always go looking for more "Teddy Bear" fur (more fabric shops then in Colorado). He told me it is called Minky Fur. Sure enough if you google it you will find all kinds in all colors and lengths. Just FYI in case anyone is looking for it. I have found its easier to order online because its hit or miss if your local fab shop has any in stock.

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