As I began to plan my Combat Zone terrain, I thought it might be nice
to have some open space as well as the usual crowded urban landscape.
In a city, that probably means a park. A big square of grass would be
boring, however, so I decided to add a few details.
The first thing I
began work on was the statue, clearly commemorating some
The figure itself is a souvenir from a friend's trip to
Massacussetts, and is intended to represent 18th-century American
statesman John Adams.
I've got a second figure around here somewhere: I'll give her the same treatment
and put one at either end of the park.
In any case, I began by undercoating the figure black. I was a little
concerned not to make him too shiny. If you look at bronze statues,
they're not really the orangey-yellow colour that bronze miniature
paints are, but a deep brown, to say nothing of the verdigris.
a healthy dose of dark brown into my bronze paint and laid on over
black undercoat, then drybrushed it with uncut bronze to bring out
texture and applied a couple of black and brown washes until I was
satisfied with the appearance.
However, I still felt it looked a little too neat, as if it had been
sitting in a museum rather than being out in a park -- especially in
world of collapsing social services where it wasn't likely to be
I wanted to give the whole item a feeling of
neglect, so I brushed downward from the hat with a mixture of white
and off-white paints.
I'm not completely satisfied that I got the
appearance, except for some streaky areas on the back of the hat, but
it gives a suitable appearance of neglect.
I painted it grey, then drybrushed it to give a weathered appearance and
affixed a small plaque made from card.
watered-down dark brown paint give the appearance
of rust from the plaque.
The base was built up with putty and flock. I ran some of the flock
the sides of the plinth to give the appearance of creaping moss, and
added some debris.
The soda can is made from a section of the sprue
the em-4 Troopers came on, while the tall grass is Woodland Scenics
And there you have it -- the statue provides some hard cover and
visual interest in an open area, and looks not bad considering that
the parts were essentially free.
If you have an appropriate figure
knocking about -- and who doesn't? -- it's a quick,
attractive, and easy project.
Personally, I think that the Tinpot Dictator figure would make a
wonderful statue, with his fancy uniform and heroic pose. He looks
like just the kind of person who would build a heroic statue of
himself with a straight face.