|Two purple smoke markers all done!|
This is a classic scene from A Bridge Too Far when the Irish Guards start the long drive up Hell's Highway as an epic rolling barrage from British 25pdr artillery precedes the advance. When the German defensive positions open fire, the commander orders the tanks to "start the purple" (which he has to repeat as there is a lot of noise), after which the allied aircraft show up a drop some serious explosives on the Germans.
|"Start the purple!"|
(Image: A Bridge Too Far)
|Purple smoke fired to mark the location for the|
allied air attack against German defensive positions.
(Image: A Bridge Too Far)
So, I figured I'd make two purple smoke markers for the game. A walk through of what I did to make them is below. Comments on in the picture captions.
|Step 2: I used a small hand drill to make a hole in|
one end of the "shell" (where the smoke is coming out).
|Step 3: I used brass wire in the previously drilled|
hole. This wire provides an armature to
affix the "smoke" to.
|Step 4: I use clump foliage from Woodland Scenics to|
create the smoke. A small diameter when the smoke
is coming from the shell that expands as it goes up
into the air (you can bend the brass wire slightly
to represent wind pushing the smoke).
|Step 5: I apply a thick spray coat of black primer. This|
provides the shadows in the smoke cloud.
|Step 7: I use purple spray paint (Army Painter Alien Purple)|
to spray the whole smoke cloud.
|Step 8: I use white glue and sand to finish the base.|
|Step 9: I prime the sand black to prepare for drybrushing.|
|Step 9: I drybrush three layers - first is GW Rhinox Hide|
(heavy drybrush), followed by lighter drybrushing of
GW Steel Legion Drab and GW Zandri Dust. I also
paint the "shell" brass to make it stand out.
|Step 10: Add some tufts and you are all done!|
I'm happy with how they came out ... this didn't take long at all ... I was basing my telephone poles in between steps that needed some drying time. 14 new telephone poles based and ready for gaming!
|4Ground telephone poles based and ready to go.|
I'm looking forward to the play test of Hell's Highway next weekend. All of my buildings I had to add to my collection of 4Ground buildings are built and in the process of getting their roofs tiled (thanks to help from Mr. Roy Scaife who is pitching in for the greater good!). I have to paint up a 6pdr gun in the "towing" configuration. Good progress on vehicles as well ... they should be "playable" (basic colours and shading done) by the game ... I'll still have to do the mickey mouse camo and decals afterwards though (before giving them back to Mr. Seth to do the weathering). So all is on track so far.