I could not resist painting the 3mm Elephants for the 3 DBA Indian bases, I have learned a huge amount on the subject from research, for example I was unaware that Elephants were so long lived and that they were considered to be in their prime between the ages of 40 to 60 years when they could be trained for battle. They were obviously highly prized and heavily protected with skirmishers defending the rear in particular. I wanted to try to reflect this in the rich colours and addition of the infantry behind them. Possibly they could have been a little less 'regimented' but base size (40 x 40mm) was limited and the amount of work there is no way I am going to rebase them! I just need to figure out how to mark which base represents the 'General' possibly King Porus himself?
The recent spell of hot weather and the decision to takes a bit of a break for a week or so has allowed me to spend some time working on more terrain for the new folding game board project. I had been thinking about woods and wanted to make areas that could if required 'flow' slightly up the side of hills for a more realistic look and the discovery in Hobby Craft (UK) of the felt sheets you see below in numerous shades gave me an idea and tons of PVA glue and clump foliage - which took a few days to dry out - resulted in my first flexible wood section. I then wanted to make some Arable/bad going areas to break up the green surface and a bit of experimentation resulted in a couple of rather pleasing pieces. Next was river sections, again avoiding 2mm MDF as too thick for the scale of the figures I experimented with magnetic paper as I had quite a lot spare from magnetising the bases, It's functional and looks OK to me, built up the banks with PVA and flock and the river from gloss varnished paint, the main advantage of the sheet being that it does not warp due to the coating. So far so good.