Aegis Defence Line Part 2

For the second part of my Aegis Defence line project I will be blending the Defence Line and the bases together. For this I’ll be using a few simple tools of the trade and some bits from my bits box.

I have to admit I’ve been pretty pleased with my bits box for this project. I have a number of sets of plastic drawers which I keep stuff in and haven’t looked through in ages, so I had a look through and found a bunch of stuff I’d forgotten I had.

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Top left, metal sandbags (a casting experiment I did a number of years ago)

Bottom left, a seletion of modern US military accessories from Tamiya. Includes helmets, ration packs, ammo boxes and a much more.

Middle of shot, a selection of World War 2 accessories from Tamiya. Includes guns, ammo boxes, mines.

Right hand side of shot, a collection of Games Workshop ammo crates, Tamiya barrels and larger crates.

All the Tamiya items are 1/48 scale, which equates to ‘heroic’ 28mm, which is closer to 32mm scale, fairly well so I’m not worried about the disparity in scale.

My intention is to add one or two of these items to each piece of the Defence Line to ensure that they are all unique in some way.

Next thing is to build up the texture on the bases. For this I’m using All Purpose Filler (see Tools of the Trade page) which I applied with a couple of sculpting tools.

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The end result looks pretty good on the test piece.

First stage filler

Next stage is to finish the other 6 pieces in the same way and apply the accessories.

Inspired by…

Dioramas are always something I’ve enjoyed seeing, but I’ve never made one myself.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to start on a new project inspired by one of my other hobbies.

This is the initial design for the project:

Initial design for the diorama

And here it is tranferred to the baseplate for the diorama, in this case a piece of slightly larger than A4 size plasticard:

Transferred design on the baseplate

Next step is to start construction on the groundworks and landscape.