Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Japanese scenery for OGAM

More Japanese scenery.

Rather than include this in the game, here's a quick article on the new scenery made for these games. A palisade is a wall designed to slow or channel the enemy rather than a strong fortification needing specialist tools to assault.

My tool kit: Litko 15mm ruler, vinyl floor tile, thick cork tile (or you could use foamcore) premixed filler, bamboo place mat, PVA glue, sand, flock, acrylic paints, scrap material.

References. Osprey Fortress Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710-1602
Throne of Blood, the mountain hunting lodge with a palisade wall, protected by paddy fields.

One tile gives me 4 Long squares, 4 Long x (nearly) Medium 1 (nearly) Medium square.

Palisades are easy and quick. A slightly irregular base with rounded corners was added to the base, then filler added in a thick bead of filler added. A strip of (cut with scissors between the stitching) place mat was added. Left to dry overnight. As the bamboo is already bamboo coloured, a simple weak sepia ink wash was all they need. A runny PVA/paint/sand mix was added to the interior, working into the corners. Once dry, this add strength. Finished by a quick green paint then adding PVA to the outside and then flock. These need a nice entrance added, but I'll come back to that later.

I've used my “generic” Vietnamese buildings from Hovels to finish them off. These have been used from Bronze age to the Caribbean.

Later versions had shorter walls and were crenellated to allow arquebusiers to shoot. I note that several structures had a building in front, these are tempting, would count as 2 terrain items. I'm looking to enhance the game rather than change it.

The paddy fields may seem a little small, but you can also use them as “fill in” or garden patches in other games. I'd made some buildings from cut ply and was left with these sprue’s. You could use plastic sprue or any other scrap. Once in place I added a little plaster to disguise the shapes. Once again I added a very wet PVA/paint/sand mix “water”. A little bit of paint and they're finished. Well nearly, the wider areas would have a tree or bush, I'll add them later.

One very Japanese feature is the open wall, a construct intended to funnel the enemy rather than being offensive. There's a nice illustration of an early one in the Osprey book showing a reinforced wall, tree stumps and a bust gate. Another is very dense clusters of woods. Both of these have been covered in earlier posts.

I had the good fortune to get some plastic vehicles play sets at the 99p store in the UK. One set contains these rather nice watch towers. I cut one down and added it to a base by making sockets then flocking.

One great advantage of Japanese scenery is that it can be used for any period.