Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 1 – The Pig Sty

For me terrain is really important for a full on wargames experience and I rather play with average miniatures on a decent wargames table with immersive terrain than with top notch Golden Demon winning miniatures on a piece of felt with flat terrain features – but your Glorantha may vary.

Good friend Alex who runs the fantastic Youtube channel Storm of Steel wargaming with reviews of wargame rules, playthroughs, historical overviews, paint and chats has started an initiative on twitter #Terraintober which consist on doing terrain and post it October (for those who did not see what the did there).

You can find out more about his channel here. It is well worth a look, here is one of his many videos.

I recently decided to do some more clutter for my WW2 15mm wargaming project set in Sweden (yes long story and of course a what-if) and I wanted to take the opportunity to add some more clutter to the table. This is like the stuff you can see in the picture above. Look at the lonely barrel and the bicycle, immediately adding some immersion to the game. There are of course many other examples of this and I daily see fantastic stuff being presented by wargamers all over the world including the Too Fat Lardies, Adam Bengtsson (we game 15mm like it is 28mm mate!), Joe Bilton, Ken the Eccentric Man, Mark Morin, Adam Preston, Des Darkin, John Emmet, Gareth Lane, Alan Sheward, Dan Hodgson and all my mates from the Saturday Painting club just to randomly but with some bias mention a fair few.

These pieces of clutter more than often do not really add anything to the actual game (but sometimes could turn an area into rough going and/or break line of sight), but enhancing the experience of playing it. I call these immersion markers and I will be showing a piece of clutter every day during October and do a little blog post about it. The idea is simple projects ideally from scratch using accessible and cheap material (where I have used some commercial products like models as part of the clutter, you could easily in most cases leave these out, you do not need pigs in the pigsty, perhaps they have been taken away or are hidden by the farmer as war is raging in the land, or maybe they are inside the den having a nap). The actual pieces will vary in terms of complexity from dead easy to easy.

Below some of the clutter I have done before for the project, including more commercially available products as opposed to scratch builds.

This is my favourite piece of clutter, a 3D model of a typical Swedish row of Post boxes also servicing as notice board. Paul Edward did for me, you can ask him to do one for you (more here) or something else. He is really good at getting you what you want and realising that little 3d dream of yours.
A mixture of clutter from the collection so far

This is the current plan, every number a date in October (as I did the various entries I have put in links here to the posts).

  1. Pigsty – this post
  2. Root cellar
  3. Log piles
  4. Pile of Planks
  5. Dog Kennel
  6. Cellar Entrance
  7. Composter
  8. Small Pond
  9. Planter
  10. Wheelbarrow
  11. Well
  12. Hunting Tower
  13. Road Signs
  14. Washing Line
  15. Some Boxes
  16. Outhouse
  17. Swedish Hayrack
  18. Haywagon
  19. Play house and a See-saw
  20. Scarecrow
  21. Charcoal Burner
  22. Bee Hives
  23. Chicken Coop
  24. Mile Stone (scheduled)
  25. May Pole (scheduled)
  26. Bushes (scheduled)
  27. Charcoal Burner’s Hut (scheduled)
  28. Stone Scatter (scheduled)
  29. Tree Stumps (scheduled)
  30. TBD (not done yet)
  31. Church Tower (not done yet)

As stated before nothing I will be doing is particularly original or difficult to do and I hope it will have some use and give some kind of inspiration to do some immersion markers yourself. I will try to discuss how I did each piece but it is really mostly about splicing some coffee stirrers, eyeballing it and Rock and Roll a One modelling. Some items will be more specific to the theatre I am aiming for, a rural Sweden in 1943, but I think you will find most items useful as generic clutter anywhere with a few modifications. If there is something available to buy that I have found that is doing the same job I will include it in the posting, not everyone loves the idea of splitting matchstick logs and coffee stirrer planking.

If you are into 28mm, I guess you just need to double everything, well if I do give any measurements, the best way of modelling is to grab one or your miniatures and measure from there, for how high a door or a a fence needs to be to look right. For other scales you should be well versed with compromises and not needing much handholding, good luck from someone who used to do 6mm (well I still do, just waiting for the release of the new 6mm Great Northern War range from Baccus).

There is another catch and that is the total cost of the 30 items will be constrained at a maximum of £30 , but with a few exceptions not counting towards the cost (the item below I assume being a basic set of items you would have anyway).

  • Tools – I use a side cutter and an exacto/precision knife for all my projects, these are the types I am using. It could be worth to have a good supply of spare blades, I tend to have two running at the same time – Sharp’s Peril and Blunt trauma. Please use the tools carefully.
  • Paints and brushes, this includes varnishes and some gloss we use for some of the projects. I tend to use a shit brown (as this come in 50 shades, it can sometimes be referred to differently with names like Chocolate Brown or Burnt Umber) as a base colour for my terrain pieces. This is the one I have been using the last few years.
  • Scatter material (grass, flocks, sand or a whatever you use to base your figures with). I tend to use a base set of two static grass for all my miniatures stuff (a light and a dark one). This means it all kind of fits together.
  • Superglue, I am a big fan of superglue (be careful though, with handling it and also having adequ) – I find that the gel version works (high viscosity) best rather than the runny one (general type of low viscosity superglue). I have found Everbuild’s Industrial Strenght Glue particulary useful but of course there are others. Did I say be careful?
  • PVA glue, for the more civilized modeller and with more time up their a**e. Joke aside I have spent half of my life applying PVA glue to things and sprinkled sand on it. I buy it in large containers from DIY shops.
  • Bases, you can use MDF bases, or self adhesive vinyl tiles or whatever else you are using, I have cut away the cover side of DVD cases sometimes or used old CDs/DVDs. I will use self adhesive tiles for a number of projects therefore I have included a pack in the cost below.
  • Cardboard, Cereal packs are good and have a fine side and a rough side that you can take advantage off.
  • Some items mentioned specifically for each project.

I bought the following at the start of the project

  • Coffee stirrers (300 No. in wood) – £4.29
  • A pack of bamboo skewers (a handful) – £1.99
  • Self adhesive vinyl tiles – £4.95

So that is total of £11.23 at the starting block.

Pig Sty

On the farm where my father grew up they had many pigs but he told me about a special one he called Alfred. He had named it after the famous Swedish inventor and business man Alfred Nobel who invented Dynamite and of course of the Nobel Price fame. I asked Dad if it was a smart pig, “No way son, but he could fart as loud as a fire cracker.

Anyway today we want to do Pig Sty to add that little bit of flair to your farm setting, you could buy these in 15mm (and other scale pig stys from various places), like these.

Pig pen and Sty (15mm) - Click Image to Close
From Blotz miniatures at £3, link here. The pigs will not go through that fence!

From Pendraken at £18 for the set (yes they do other stuff than 10mm), link here. A nice all-round set.
This is rather cool from 4Ground at £19 on the 4Ground homepage, strangely the 20mm version is cheaper at least when I checked (more here)

All are perfect for the job, the first two fits the “standard” pig den and sty model for the wargames table, a small fenced square base, with a fence and a building with a forward sloping roof. The 4Ground model was not really what I was looking for with regards to the Swedish 1943 table.

However, I am on a budget here, with a pile of coffee stirrers rotting in the back yard, so I better get my tools out and crack on with it.

Here is how I did it

First I took a base, this one was a square 75mm
I used a sharp craft knive (as seen) and carefully cut down the sides of the base, this to make the border less obvious.
I then make a frame using the wooden coffee stirers, I attach these using superglue. Give it a little tap and and you will be good to go quickly. Please ensure adequate ventilation or use PVA glue and wait a little bit longer. Your health is more important than this crappy piece of terrain being completed.
Add a few stirps to mark where the little building will go, I also marked the fence door (or gate).
Now take your pience of cardboard and mark mark out your sides (you need to make two, only one is shown here, mirror image of the other), I made mine 18mm going down to 12mm the same lenght as the I had marked off for the building same, for the back 18mm tall and the front 12mm.
Now you need to cut your coffee stirers length wise and then cut them to fit the shape you need and glue them directly onto the cardboard (USE PVA GLUE FOR THIS). Note I left an opening to get into the building.
Sometimes they go a little bit wonky press down with your knife and eventually it will go straight
Cut out the pieces, keeping the paper on (note this shows the two pieces this idiot did first, the other one should be a mirror image of the other, like shown below).
You end up with the following four pieces, note I have added a piece of wood on top of the opening (after this is dry cut out the paper that can be see so the opening is clear..
Then just glue the pieces together using superglue
Nice and easy. If the joint are looking to bad, you can also cut a small slice of wood and glue over them.

Measure up the sides and use 10mm tall pieces (again having cut the coffee stirer in half lengthwise). Cut a peice as long as the fence side and add some superglue to it (I do this whilst it being held by the knife).

Press down
Glue on the fence using the outer part of the frame as a guide
Same principle all around, as before if the joint becomes dodgy just glue some extra wood to cover it up (maybe they are just repairs?). I also have painted the inside of the house black as we will add the roof and attach it, this means it that it will look dark in the building.
Cut of a piece of cardboard and fit until your are happy.
Clad the piece of cardboard with some overhang of the wood and glue it on top of the house.
I added a few planks to represent where the food would be thrown for the pigs
Then a few plans symbolising the gate, not great but I was in a rush. I also included my Pigs to set the scene. This is job done, only painting and basing left to do.
I added pva glue and then put some sand on top, shook of the excess and let it dry. I also added some additional planks on top of the roof to give it some more character.
I then painted the whole thing shit brown and it was ready for detailing. After this I also glued the pigs in place and added some glue and sand around them to blend them into the piece. I drybrushed the wood in various greys and added some weathering washes. I decorated the base outside the fence with my normal basing method, drybrush and grass as well as a few tufts. Inside I used a flat earth colour and then some gloss varnish (wet mud) as well as some static grass I had to simulate some hay. In the food bowl I added some herbs. I painted the pigs using blends of red, white and mahogny brown.
Happy with that!
Love that picture of the pigs having some food and being suitably muddy (I used a Flory Models Grime weathering wash), I also think that fence looks really good and I do not regret not going for the MDF options. I find MDF stuff are great but best used as a canvas for additional layers of decoration (e.g. planking or filler, etc), this can be difficult with small items and in 15mm. Anyway, I think of the guy in the middle as Alfred the farting pig, the others I leave for you to name.

So we were at £11.23, the only additional item not part of the standard pack or the items bought are the pigs. You could of course, as said before, do it without them but to me they really need to for part of this to leave no doubt what it is. So Pigs can be bought from many places in 15mm, e.g. like Peter Pig (no pun intended), Pendraken and Museum miniatures. I used some pigs from Peter Pig and I think a full pack of 8 pigs cost about £3.70. So I suppose we need to add that to the overall cost giving us a total of £14.93 (this gives us a few more pigs to make a few of these at a later date, or painting them and basing them up to be scattered around).

In other news I have really enjoyed the Gods Own Scale podcast covering the upcoming rule set by Mark Backhouse, “Strength and Honour”,

It will be interesting to see how this gets picked up as the time to do the 2mm models will be quick in terms of painting them and getting armies ready. I have seen some of the offerings from various manufacturers and it really looks smashing with the big block of troops. But more on that some other time.

/ I hope that was of some interest, you can follow this adventure by joining on twitter, facebook or sign up here. Thanks for stopping by.

Inspiration for tomorrow’s project – the Root Cellar

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29 thoughts on “Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 1 – The Pig Sty

  1. Pingback: Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 2 – The Root Cellar – Roll a One – Wargaming Blog

  2. That’s brilliant, Per! 🙂 I’ll look forward to following this, although I’m burnt out as far as scenery modelling goes after sticking with Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery challenge! I think I have a resin pig sty somewhere that needs painting so I’ll have to dig it out!

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  8. blackcavalier1642

    One suggestion for a future article would be scratch building gärdesgård. I know yours was 3d printed, but most people probably don’t have access to a printer yet.

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  22. Hey Per, thanks for the shout out, I’m honored to be mentioned in that company. And IMO you’re right, the best immersive games have the best boards. I loved the pig sty and the tutorial. Inspired to say the least, and very very realistic. Though I’m glad to look at it and not smell it! I’m looking forward to all your little pieces of magic this month (as you may be aware I’m deep into building my dream garage). Again, love, love, love your approach and most of all your excellent result here.

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