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Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 5:38 a.m. PST

Hi folks,

this one's for all the non-facebook users out there!

I actuallly posted this in the forums a few minutes ago, but when the post was published it appeared under the title of "Warmaidens and Dragonbreds" KS-3 from Shieldwolf Miniatures for some reason! I'm nothing to do with Shieldwolf Miniatures, so obviously a glitch in the system somewhere!

Here are 3 ploughed fields on rigid bases that I completed for a customer earlier this week. The scale is 20mm, and it's given me the opportunity to try out something that I've been meaning to do for a while now.

So, each field is 10 x 10" square and has 20mm scale hedgerows attached, as well as a ploughed area and tons of ground cover. As you'll see from the photos, 2 of the fields have 2 entrance sections. However, the 3rd one (here's the clever bit!) only has hedges attached on 3 sides, and has a separate, removable hedge section with integral field entrance that can either be placed in front of it, to make an enclosed stand-alone field, or it can be removed altogether, which will allow the field to join up with a second field to make a larger set of fields! A picture paints a thousand words, and all that, so I've attached some photos with my 20mm Germans which will allow you to see what I'm talking about!

Here's the field that has a removeable from section…

Finally, although these fields and hedgerows are designed for 20mm gaming, they also look good with 28mm figures…

One last photo with 28mm figures…

This particular set of fields is already winging its way to its new owner, but I've updated the website and they're now available in the online shop.

Thanks for looking,

John from Take Cover Scenics.
takecoverscenics.co.uk

Marc at work07 Sep 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

Nice

But I have a question – would ploughed fields only have crops on top of the furrows? I guess I imagined the ploughing was to break up the soil, but do farmers actually plant things just in the sticky up bits?

I know I have done with carrots and taters at home, but commercial farming?

Or is it just a wargaming convention we all adopt to show a field?

Sorry, I know this sounds like a dig, but it isn't meant to be – it is a genuine question. I like what you have done, and my fields have the same effect. SO just curious

Marc at work07 Sep 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

And googling seems to find pictures both showing this effect, and showing the entire field growing. Must be a type of plant thing.

Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Hi Marc,

could be wrong, but I thought the crops were originally planted by hand in the tops, and the bottoms were to help with water and drainage? Could be wrong, of course!

I guess, in wargaming terms, if we cover the whole field with crops then it'll no longer look like a ploughed field as it'll be completely covered in vegetation, losing the effect.

cheers

John

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

Looks great…that's how I always represent a plowed field of crops..
Nice product.

Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

thanks Skip.

Dwindling Gravitas07 Sep 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

I don't know about the agricultural specifics of plowed fields, but that looks cracking.

Especially with all the terrain pieces you've thrown together for the pictures. Has a really nice overall aesthetic.

Lonkka1Actual07 Sep 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Lookin good!

Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 3:39 p.m. PST

Thanks guys!

Twoball Cane07 Sep 2017 3:58 p.m. PST

Oh man I like that….fighting the urge.

Marc at work08 Sep 2017 1:09 a.m. PST

Johnny – yes, I wondered that. But when sowing wheat, would they plant them by hand or scatter the seeds? Whereas with potatoes I can see that you plant an actual potato and fresh ones grow.

Growing things like carrots at home I have run seeds by hand along a trough, but ion several acres of land I just don't know.

I am such a townie.

By definitely agree these look nice

Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 3:27 a.m. PST

Hi Marc, glad you like the fields. As to the question about whether it grows on the tops, in troughs, or all over – I honestly don't know! Guess it depends on the crop?

At the end of the day, I'm just making a field that looks like it's been ploughed and there's something just starting to germinate along the tops of the rows. I reckon it does that job pretty well – but I am biased of course! :)

If someone wanted to make them a ploughed field with stuff growing in the ruts rather than the crests, I'll happily oblige.

Twoball Cane – thanks!

Marc at work08 Sep 2017 7:38 a.m. PST

Sorry Johnny – as I originally said, I didn't want you to take any criticism – I have a load of ploughed fields that look like this (not as good mind you, but that's another story). It was just seeing them made me ponder.

So much of our hobby is the illusion of battle, so we accept things like fields, and it just surfaced as a question.

Going back to your rather splendid fields, I echo the sentiment above, about the clever split field you made – very practical, and looks really good.

All the best

Marc

Johnny60 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

Hi Marc – there was absolutely no offence taken – fully understand that you were just pondering. Which got me pondering too!

Glad you like the stuff.

Onwards and upwards!

cheers

John

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