More village bases

I wrote about making a 6mm Japanese village base with some Mura Miniatures buildings before. I finally got around to making some more.The ‘ingredients.’ Some Mura Miniatures buildings, though the one second from left in the back row is by Castle Arts. The latter are supposed to be 10mm, but they fit very well with the Mura ones. The civilians are GHQ Vietnam figures. The sacks and crates are from Perfect Six.

The buildings are placed on 10cm square mdf bases. Here, I’ve lined them up with the two bases I’ve already made so I can have the option of linking the bases together.

In the back, some holes are drilled into the base and plastic bristles are glued in to serve as posts for a railing. The higher fence is also made of plastic bristles with thin card strips. A frame is also made from bristles. The small details in 6mm can be a bit fiddly, but on the plus side, pretty much anything can be made with plastic brush bristles and thin card. 6mm is an impressionistic scale, and you can get away with a lot more than you can in larger scales.

Some of the villagers are glued down. The GHQ figures are very thin, and while this means they don’t fit very well with the Baccus figures, it does mean that the figgures’ arms and bodies can be bent to make more poses. So here, one villager bows to another in the street, another holds their child’s hand. There’s a pile of logs in the foreground, unsurprisingly made of sections of plastic bristle.

All the small details have been glued in, and the base given a coating of glue and sand.

The base is given an overall coat of paint. This is Roman Stone emulsion.

An overall dry-brushing of sand is applied to the base. A child points at the sign of a shop selling rice and flour, making another vignette to add some interest.

The base is given a wash of brown. This is Army Painter Brown Oak thinned down. The overall look for my Sengoku-Jidai is intended to evoke the colours of battle screens of the period, so  the ground can look  more ‘arid’ than you would normally use for a more realistic approach.

A layer of 2mm static grass is applied. This is Early Fall grass by the excellent Mininatur.

Finally, some trees are added and small bits of clump foliage are glued down to make a vegetable patch. Again, this is a bit fiddly and the clumps were placed using decal tweezers and a cocktail stick to press them down.

Here’s the 4 bases along with the other 2 villages bases, a shrine base and some woods and fields. The shrine and torii are by Castle Arts. The torii is a bit big, but it’s an excellent model.