I thought I'd try this loot out. A recent trip to Maplins got these spotlights for a couple of quid each and a two metre measuring tape key ring for £1.00, ideal for wargaming. I think.
|Lights, Camera, Action|
Now if you have a wife that is younger then your Mum, the likelihood is she won't have access to or know how to use the above items: a roll of white thread (very good for attaching wayward shirt buttons); a needle (application device for the aforementioned); a threading device (to get the thread through the eye, the hole through which the cotton goes, of the needle.) Six years in the (regular) military and ten years solo living gave me an insight into the use of these arcane devices.
|Guy Ropes and a Fire Place|
Threading the ropes is not as easy to do as it looks. PVAing the canopies made it a great deal easier.
It's funny how you get the hang of it at the end of your projects. Pulling the guy ropes to the end of the base making them taut by glue and plasticine (?) filler subsequently proved better. Snip the cotton with scissors, believe it or not it is difficult to cut cotton with a craft knife.
Matchsticks provided the posts. I would have used cocktail sticks but I couldn't find any! Breakfast on last day of project revealed that the aforementioned young woman had knocked over the pack and ethnically cleansed the house of cocktail sticks.
Phase three. Basing & finishing.
A bit if dry brushing and flocking, gives the finished product.
Generally happy with the outcome, suitable for gaming. But as we all know the Mark 1's develop to the bespoke models.