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Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2014 7:30 p.m. PST

Battle of Mandanpur Pass photos from our Indian Mutiny campaign











mad monkey 126 Mar 2014 7:46 p.m. PST

Very nice.

War In 15MM26 Mar 2014 8:01 p.m. PST

That looks great! Richard

D A THB26 Mar 2014 8:20 p.m. PST


Roderick Robertson Fezian26 Mar 2014 9:48 p.m. PST

That looks great, Randy. Is it the Monday night crowd?

rigmarole26 Mar 2014 10:09 p.m. PST

How lovely! Really nice set up. Can you send me those hills, Randy? ;-)

Mad Guru27 Mar 2014 1:19 a.m. PST

Wow, awesome hills, Randy! Were they all made with wood-chips?

boy wundyr x27 Mar 2014 5:45 a.m. PST

Great photos! +1 on the question about the wood chips, it looks like it but I've never seen them used that high like on the hill in the first pic.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2014 5:52 a.m. PST

Hi MadGuru!

They are woodchips and I used your techniques from your popular blog to make them! I was never able to find that soil erosion ballast so I used cat litter, sand and aquarium gravel instead. I also had problems with painting them as ceramcoat discontinued most of the colors you used (mudstone) .

They aren't quite as nice as yours but they'll work for our game. If anyone else is interested Madguru has an excellent how to here

KTravlos27 Mar 2014 6:06 a.m. PST


Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2014 6:07 a.m. PST

Hi Roderick!

It is the Monday night crowd. Some different faces than when you were you were around but it's the Monday group here in Fresno, CA.

We have been playing an Indian Mutiny campaign game where one player is the colonel of 42nd Bengal Native Infantry and the rest of the gamers take the role of a captain of one of the companies that remained loyal. It is a cooperative game where all the players are on one side while the judge (me) play the mutineers. We play the game like a historical fiction novel where our heroes, the 42nd BNE will be at most every important battle of the Indian Mutiny.

Currently we are on the last leg of the 42nd's journey as they make their way towards Jhansi with General Rose's army in 1858. If anyone is interested in following their exploits you can find us here




Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Mar 2014 8:25 a.m. PST

Outstanding work.

I hope other gamers will appreciate these photos by also making their own terrain and then memorializing their battles with good camera and Photoshop work.

"Well Done, Sir!"


Mad Guru27 Mar 2014 9:35 a.m. PST

Holy-Great-Mutiny-Moly, Randy -- you just made my day!!! A few folks around the web have followed my wood-chip lead in more reasonable, modest forms, but you're the first person I've seen go the whole hog and build your own wood-chip mountain range!!! And I must beg to differ with your self-deprecating humility -- I think they look just as good if not better than mine!

That is sad and terrible news about Delta Ceramcoat discontinuing "Mudstone". I haven't needed to buy any for a while, since having a big can of house paint mixed up to match it at Home Depot for painting large terrain pieces. Anyway, I think the paint scheme on your hills looks quite excellent, and as Patrick says, you really outdid yourself photoshopping in the backgrounds.

Keep up the good work, Randy, and thanks for posting!

Zeelow27 Mar 2014 9:59 a.m. PST

Wow! Really nice modeling, sir!

Brummie Lad27 Mar 2014 11:11 a.m. PST


Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2014 12:37 p.m. PST

Hi Madguru!
Well, I wanted to duplicate the colors of your hills but I was unable to find ceramcoat caramel, mudstone or sandstone and ended up using paints that I thought were similar. When I finished painting my hills and them looked at yours on the blog I was a bit disappointed but I figures they would be good enough for the Mandanpur Pass game.

I ran into a couple of problems, one was the pieces were a bit too large to transport in my car which was something I hadn't considered. The other one was that these pieces were too large for me to store afterwards but some gamers offered to take it off my hands after the game was finished.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2014 12:39 p.m. PST

Anyone interested in gaming colonials must see Madguru's Maiwand blog. It is what my games aspire to be.

Mad Guru27 Mar 2014 12:58 p.m. PST


The caramel color I use in my paint scheme is actually Folkart "Honeycomb", and various shades of pale khaki should be able to stand in for the dear departed Delta "Sandstone", but I still like your paint scheme!

I'll bet some gamers offered to take it off your hands -- trust me, if I was there I would have offered to do so myself! Constructing large hills using wood-chips is a very labor-intensive process, at least in my experience, so any way to avoid the labor and end up with the finished product would be much sought after!

I'll have to deal with that same issue -- finding storage space for my really big hills -- some day, when I finally move them off my table! I suppose they'll probably end up sitting under it., hopefully in a storage container, so they won't collect too much dust.

I think you have inspired me to do a post some time soon on the paint scheme I use for my hills, featuring larger color swatches, to make it easier to match using other sources of paint. I'm closing in on completing the last last wood-chip hill I'll ever build (I hope!), and plan to put up a post about it once I'm done, but I'll try to do this color scheme post first.

EDIT: Wow, your last comment appeared while I was writing my own comment, Randy, and it's very kind of you to say. I take it as a great compliment coming from you, as you are without a doubt one of the most prominent colonial gamers on the entire West Coast, and have one of the finest Indian Mutiny collections I've ever seen, albeit only seen remotely, via the inter-web!

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Mar 2014 3:39 p.m. PST

Gentlemen, conversing in a Gentlemanly manner.


…And they are each right about the other!

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