A Small 6mm Great Northern War Game

Some silence on the blog for a while. I have a few drafts posts I never seem to get out of the door. Here is a short one, but I hope it will give you some of that Joy of Six.

Have had the pleasure of playing a fair amount of games with Des, and friends, in his shed of war (more about this later). Over the bank holiday weekend I wanted to introduce Des to the Twilight of the Sun King rules and bringing over some of those 6mm I “used” to dabble with.

I decided to go for the variant of Gadebusch scenario in the Great Northern War scenario book, I put this on at Joy of Six, a few year ago.

However this time I am going for a Summary board and replacing the Danish force with a full Saxon force and making some bespoke river/marshland board to represent the terrain. You can read about the actual battle here.

This the map fromm the book…

I did not feel that the rivers I had worked well and wanted to cover the marshlands as well, so I set about making a small river system for the game, with some vinyl floor planks, some acrylic adhesive mixed with brown paint and sand.

The final set-up, well worth adding the river sections.

Then pack it all up in my Swedish handbag.

Everytime I lay out a table with 6mm stuff I fall in love with the scale again, look at that…

Anyway some more pictures from the game…, this is not an AAR, but in summary.

  • The terrain tough and will break up the Swedish Advance and timing is important, the bombardment from the Saxons also served another problem to the advance,
  • The Swedish mobile light guns did a great job as they did in the real battle, and
  • It was somewhat in the balance but the Saxon morale broke after a successful attack on the left flank.

In other news I finally finished these old Holger Erikssson models, a little bit bigger than the 6mm stuff. They are lacking some detail here and there but an absolute joy to do.

So did Des like it and the rules, well I believe so?

“I had never played anything like them, but once I played a few turns and with Per being a good tutor, I got into the swing of things. The terrain was awful to manoeuvre over so a unique battle to try and fight. Ready for the next game now!”

Go and follow his adventures on Twitter – always tinkering with his collections and sharing some great stuff.

/ All the best, hope that was of some interest.

The Silver Bayonet (or Spurs) in Scania 1677 – Part 2

Following on from an earlier posting, link here (it could be worth checking that one first and come back here later if you have not seen it), here are some more stuff for the Scania 1677 project. The plan was to play a few games with the family over the Christmas/New Year period but due to COVID etc it did not materialise, however I did finish some stuff. The first this is a new unit, the Black Widows, led by Svart Sara. This is to represent the many casualties in the Scanian region during the war and the population being tired of having to provide contributions to both the Swedes and the Danes. She has swore to wear black until this war is over.

Svart Sara – a Landsknecht from Warlord with a head from the Frostgrave Wizards range, and a sword from the Assualt Group.

The Black Widows (Officer and 7 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

Svart Sara (Officer), Ailo (A Sami Scout, counts as Native Scout) and 3 black widows (Infantry). Various conversions using Warlord English Civil War plastics for muskets, frostgrave female wizards, green stuff and the Sami Guide is a Compagnies Franches Officer with a headswap from Northstar).
Ulrica (Occultist), Maria (Supernatural investigator) and a Black Widow (Infantry), again various conversions.

I also made some more Danes, Swedes and Freeshooters. This is actually slowly growing to something more like Sharp Practice than Silver Bayonet – perhaps Sharp Silver Pilke?. But that is another story.

Danish Infantry from Reiver Castings
as above
Swedish Infantry from Northstar
as above
Some more Freeshooters from Perry Miniatures and the Officer in the Back from Bloody Miniatures
Some Reiver Casting Freeshooters

And some Revenants, well if it is Silver Bayonet we need some strange stuff as well, so I got these from Fenris Games.

/ Hope that was of some interest, just basing up some other stuff at the moment.

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Hobby Round-up of 2021 – An eclectic mix

A few days before Christmas I was invited to speak on Sean Clark’s podcast Gods Own Scale, where I covered some thoughts and reflections from the year that just passed (link below the picture, if you want to check it out).

https://godsownscale6mm.podbean.com/e/episode-40-the-one-with-per-broden-again/

It is always great to catch-up with Sean and it is well worth checking up his back catalogue if you are not already familiar with it.

Anyway as a kind of complement I will do a quick overview of some of the things I did on the hobby front this year (mainly an organised listing of links to blogposts). As always in doing the review I realise that I have been doing far more than expected.

The sections are

  • More 3D printing
  • Commissioning some 6mm miniatures
  • Sweden 1943 Project 15mm
  • 6mm Projects
  • The Battle of Lund 1676 6mm and the 6mm Charity Project
  • Terrain Projects
  • Fantasy Ice Hockey 28mm
  • Other Projects
  • An Awarding Year – Caesar Award (Wargaming Blog 2021) and Best in Show at Salute (6mm Poltava 1709

More 3D printing

I continued some exploration of 3D printing and came to the conclusion after a lot of printing that I should stop just printing and just keep things back until I intended to paint stuff, avoiding creating yet another mountain – this time in resin instead of lead. On the whole I really enjoy using the printer and the result it produced – it has not really reduced the amount of stuff I buy but has given me some options for doing alternative stuff. Here are few of the stuff I did do.

I printed a few ships and Max and I had a blast playing a few naval engagement with them.
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I also got a battle mat from Geek Villain for naval engagement (or wide rivers).
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Some really nice details in these 1/2400 scale ships
I also printed up a company of “Sturmis”, the Stug used by the Finns in WW2

More details on this here

Commissioning some 6mm miniatures

I also commissioned some 6mm miniatures to be used as commanders for my GNW 6mm stuff. I did 5 minutures in total, the one below shows Stenbeck at Helsingborg in 1710.

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More about that here and the other miniatures that I commissioned.

Sweden 1943 Project 15mm

Further Progress was made on my Swedish 1943 Project and I added some more tanks and armoured cars (well trucks). I also did a high level army list for O Group, the new game from Too Fat Lardies.

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More about this project here

6mm Projects

The only big 6mm project I did start in the year was the Forces in Holstein 1700 as part of the start of the Great Northern War. This offers two very colourful opposing armies and the potential for a very interesting wargaming experience – in reality there were no big field battles, but this project offers some exploration of this.

I also bought some already painted 6mm ancients that I rebased and quickly got my 6mm Ancient Punic War collection substantially increased. I also did a summary blog on a lot of the #6mmtips I have shared on twitter over the last few years. More on these projects below.

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The Battle of Lund 1676 6mm and the 6mm Charity Project

This year I took the Battle of Lund 1676 to the Virtual Joy of Six event, I ended up doing a video to present the game and also talked about the Charity Project that was completed last year. There are some links to two video that was produced to support these projects.

Terrain Projects

I did a lot of terrain projects this year most notably I did a lot of clutter, or immersion markers as I prefer to call them, for the 1943 table, but there are some generic ideas you could use for other theatres and scales. I also did a fair few buildings and fields.

These projects has allowed me to create some really immersive battlefields, like this one. Here a little video that Des Darkin did showing off the table laid out using many of the terrain elements produced this year (thanks Des).

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Fantasy Ice Hockey 28mm

I did some further work on my Fantasy Ice hockey project and we are developing some alternative rules to use. More on some conversions and some 3d printed models below.

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Other projects

Those were my main activities for the year, here some of the smaller projects that was done

An Awarding Year

I received two awards this year, the Caesar Award for the Blog of 2021 organised by Little Wars TV and also the Best Game in Show (Presidents Award) at Salute for the 6mm Poltava 1709 table.

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Here a video made by Alex at Storm of Steel covering the show with an interview with Nick and I discussing the battle.

And of course the sad news about Mike Hobbs passing earlier in the year, miss you mate!

The Silver Bayonet (or Spurs) in Scania 1677 – Part 1

Following the Swedish Victory at Lund in December 1676, the Swedish terror has intensified and the Scanian population are suffering. You are part of a small band of Scanians fighting what you see as the Swedish occupation following Scania being captured by Sweden in 1658. You are not Swedes, you are Scanian men first and Danes second, you will never become Swedes. You are currently operating in the area around Lund and there are whispers of strange events that the locals think are associated with the corpses lying in piles after the battle until the winter had lost its grip on the frozen ground and they could be buried in the ground. For months they were lying there robbed first of their material possessions by greedy locals second their souls taken and ravaged by God knows what. The nights seem darker and the howling of the wolves sounds like the raging frenzy of the Fenris Wolf of the old pagan stories, something has risen, something evil, a Dark Master sneaking in the forest. Trolls, goblins, demons all are now common place words amongst the scared population and is causing added complication to what is now mostly a small scale conflict. Scouting parties on both sides have been attacked, killed and a few survivors often driven to shells of the men they once were speaks of shadow fighters, quick moving beast looking like men but with superhuman strength and speed. One of your scouting parties has gone missing and you sit around your campfire and discuss the recent events. Suddenly one of the sentries appears with his hand on the shoulder of a young girl, perhaps only 12 winters old. She looks exhausted and terrified, she looks at you and falls down on her knees in the snow and clutches here hands together as she would be revealing her soul in front of the almighty himself, she looks at you with strong eyes and for a moment feels mature and focused beyond her young age, “Freeshooters, I am Milda, the daughter of Conrad son of Eskil, I need your help to find my family. Something took them, something that came from the forest…”, she gasps and collapses ….”

The latest game from Osprey is the Silver Bayonet, and is basically a Skirmish with Supernatural overtones in a Napoleonic, setting. Know it really tickled my interest at several levels but for me the Napoleonic era is not one I particularly get too much into at the moment. However since I read a lot about the battle of Lund 1676, in the Scanian War fougth between Sweden and Denmark, I always had this thought about the 10.000 dead after the battle in December that were not put into holy ground until several month afterwards, due to the difficulty in digging frozen earth. If there was ever a time when something ancient and evil could have gotten a hold of something this would be as good a contender as anything else.

So in a nutshell I will be playing game but based in Scania (Sweden) in 1677 as written with the exception of using rifles and treating everyone as having muskets so this limits the choices a little bit. Both sides will have attracted specialists with some occult experience and the Swedes have raised a Cavalry regiment, the Silver Spurs to investigate issues and to deal with them. The Danish have also sent some specialists to support the Danish forces and the Freeshooters (Snapphanar) in the area,

Here my two starting units, I am already thinking about adding a separate unit with Danish Soldiers and a Unit of Scanian Collaborators (Swedish Loyalists) so we could do a 4 player game.

The Swedes – A detachment of the Silver Spurs (Officer and 7 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

The Swedes (Bauer’s Troops) 1 – Conrad Kånkel (an old Veteran and advisor, counts as Guardsman), Colonel Bauer (The Officer) and Fänrik Tarmvred (Junior Officer). Miniatures from Warbases and Warfare Miniatures.
The Swedes (Bauer’s Troops) 2 – 5 soldiers (3 counts as Regular Infantry, the Standing firing ones as Grenadiers) – Miniatures from Warfare Miniatures.

The Scanian Freeshooters (Officer and 6 soldiers) – Officer and 100 points

The Scanian Freeshooters 1 – Jørgen Spjutspets (count as highlander with heavy weapon), Ryttmästare Blanka (The Officer, former Swedish Cavalry Officer) and Madame Lilla (Supernatural investigator) – Ready to fight the Swedish Oppression and the unknown (Miniatures from Warlord Games, Bloody Miniatures and Warbases)
The Scanian Freeshooters 1 – 4 irregular Freeshooters (Miniatures from Perry Miniatures Fornlorn Hope ECW)

Let us hope we can get a game in soon, still waiting for some stuff I have bought to represent the unknown but I a few things to throw in, in the interim. A series of shots (from when Bauer and his troop got attacked by some Trolls), you could supply your own narrative, the troll are from the excellent Fenris Games (link here).

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A Triumphant Salute – Battle of Poltava 1709

Nick Dorrell, his Merry Wyre Foresters and I presented the Poltava 1709 6mm table at Salute yesterday and had a smashing day. We talked with so many people that came by of all ages, some knowing more than others about the period and the scale. We had a constant flow of people to our table up to about 1pm an after this it slowed down. For everyone that came to our table during the day I hope that either the table or our interaction with you blew you away, hopefully at least the former but I wish the latter too. I also, as always had great help from the family with the Better One and the Little One both making sure I got there and back safely.

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The background (yes it says Joy of Six, that was the last outing it had before the Pandemic)

Here some pictures of it all. All miniatures are by Baccus 6mm, the miniatures are based for playing the Twilight of the Sun King rules but we have used them for a number of rule sets over the years. I have made a very short summary of the rules here.

The base rules and the Second Scenario Book covering the Great Northern War and the Ottoman Wars, there are also Scenario Books covering other battles of the era e.g. War of the Spanish Succession. There is also two other version of the Rules covering the TYW/ECW period (Twilight of the Divine Right) and the SYW (Twilight of the Soldier Kings).

Here some pictures of the table.

The Swedish March towards the Russian Camp
The Swedes are attacking the first redoubt
The Yakovetski Forest and the Monastery, with more intensive fighting around the redoubts
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The Poltava Fortress, the Siege Lines and the villages burnt down by the Russians (Borrowed this one from Alex of the Storm of Steel Youtube Channel).
It is a tough day for the Swedes breaking through the Russian redoubts and more is waiting
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And the final weak Swedish thin blue line vs the multi-coloured Russian line full of field guns and Russians (Picture by Duncan Weldon)

Anyway halfway through the day we were presented with an award from the organisers of Salute – The South London Warlord. I have to admit I did not expect us to get it, but I think it was about time not for me but for a lot of small scale gamers out there old a and new. I am certainly no one-trick pony and I do understand the merits of each scale as a tool for telling a story – the Battle of Poltava needed to be told like this, the Town that was laid under Siege by the Swedes to force the Russian to give battle, the dense Yakovetski forest was there so we could understand how some of the Swedish Battalions got lost in it, and one of the key surprises was the fact that the Russians had built 10 redoubts slowing down the Swedish advance, all this before the main battle and not possible to show in less than 16 feet at 6mm with a battalion frontage of about 60mm – it would be tough to do it in 28mm.

I take that any day, thank you!

In doing an inventory of the Units I had before the show I realised I had done about 20 bases of Dragoons I had surplus to my requirement and therefore thought I could do something for the hobby. Every person I noticed and judged being 10 years or under that came to the table during the day and showed some interest I gave a base. I had given away 15 at the end of the day and had a small talk with them and their Dad or Mum. They all now know the difference between a Dragoon and a Standard Cavalry unit during the period.

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I did not declare this as I wanted to to make it as a surprise and I only had 20 bases and did not want to let anyone down. Anyway I wanted to do this on the back of dragging around the Little One to wargames shows since he was 5 years old and having him being occasionally either ignored or looked at like he was Satan himself. I, and more importantly he, cherishes the times when someone talked to him and engaged with him directly and got him involved. I just wanted to try to create a few of those moments.

If you are interested in the Poltava project there is a lot of posts on my blog covering various aspects of it, I think these are the main ones (the first two showing a lot of pictures of the set up).

Poltava 1709 at Joy of Six 2019 – the Grand Finale of the Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

What is up next? Great Northern War, Scanian War and some Bonus Pictures of Poltava 1709

All revved up and ready to go to Joy of Six (2019)!

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Siege Lines and the King (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Trees, tree Bases and small rocks (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Total Battle Village Tiles (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Plush Foam Fields (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Playing with Matches (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – Redoubts and Casualty Markers (TMT)

Progress on the Poltava 1709 Project – the Swedish Camp (TMT)

Poltava Town done (TMT)

Some progress on the Poltava Battle and Grand Thoughts (TMT)

Nordic WW2 Movies, Cossacks and Kalmucks at Poltava 1709 – Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

Gearing up for Poltava 1709, painting some Horse Grenadiers & the Swedish Breakdown – Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

Little One won a Bolt Action Starter Box in the Raffle – good day overall.,,,

Until next time

/ As always hope that was of some interest, I will let you know my plans for Salute 2022 in the next blog update – a more modest effort but more charitable I hope.

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Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 31 – Summary of it all.

This Part 31 of a series I have been running during October in support of the #Terraintober initiative. Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun clutter in 15mm. So no master classes here, just quantity to fill that table with things to enhance immersion, that is what immersion markers are for.

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.

Here is a link to the individual blogposts, the objective was a total spend of less than £30, we hit £25 (with perhaps a little bit of cheating), it could have been significantly less. I Hope some of them might inspire you to either have a go or seek out commercial alternatives. Clutter leads to immersion, immersion enhances the game!

  1. Pigsty
  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
  25. May Pole
  26. Bushes
  27. Charcoal Burner’s Hut
  28. Big Stones
  29. Tree Stumps
  30. The Belfry

My top 5 have been the following ones

  • The Charcoal Burner (and the hut too)
  • The Chicken Coop
  • The Pig Sty
  • The Swedish Hayrack
  • Dog Kennel

The next step of the project is to start getting some of the stuff on the table for the What-if 1943 invasion, plenty of Germans eager to jump the border. I have more than enough to do a varied amount of scenarios – for both sides.

These pieces of clutter will really add a lot of character to the stuff I already have.

Some Swedish Infantry advancing
Some Swedish APC (well these early versions lacking any useful armour) with Infantry demounting into the village buildings

So putting the new Clutter into some practice with a few quick shots, planned to do a game today but got an opportunity to do something better with the family so a few “staged” photos instead, but I hope you get the idea. Battle Mat from Geek Villain ( https://geekvillain.co.uk/ ).

First out a small farm with a lot of clutter, do you recognise it? The pile of planks, the cellar entrance, the wheelbarrow, the Hayrack, the planter, the Dog Kennel, the pile of logs, the boxes, the outhouse, the play house & see-saw, the haywagon, the well, the washing hanged to dry, the Chicken Coop and the Pig Sty.
A Swedish Anti-tank gun next to the hayracks,
The Beehives and the Earth Cellar and Swedish Tank and some Motorcycles cruising,
The instant cellar entrance!
That is the direction to the Folkpark!
Really enjoying the overall effect!
The Composter!
Scarecrow
A (Moose) Hunting Tower in the forest
A Charcoal burner, the Charcoal Burner’s Hut, some bushes, stone and tree stumps.
Some foods is being served at the Belfry with the small Duck pond in the background
From a different angle

Many thanks

/ Hope that was of some interest, I really enjoyed making this series. Now I do not want to see Coffee Stirrer for at least a week. If you do end up doing some of the clutter yourself please share your experience and pictures – I would really appreciate it. Or let me know which one is your favourite.

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 30 – Belfry

This Part 30 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. I have also added a section with links to all the other posts in the first one. Today will be the last entry as I plan to do an overview presentation of what has been done to date tomorrow.

I grew up in the Village of Sågmyra in Sweden and the picture below show the main building and the Belfry. I was baptized in that Church and I always liked the look of it, not as intimidating as other churches. The Belfry was built after WW2 but serves as an example of many similar ones that would have existed during the WW2 era.

See the source image

They are very common in the region and if you Google “Klockstapel Dalarna”, you will find may varieties (the one burning is Swedish, but not from Dalarna, it burnt down 4 years ago).

Here another picture of the Belfry (showing the front, during some repairs.).
See the source image

Anyway, here is my version (not a copy but like more “heavily inspired by”).

I think you get the gist from the pictures, I am using techniques already shown in previous episodes – base material is nylon floor tiles, then clad with coffee stirrers, cut lengthwise. Some cardboard for the shutters. I made it to fit the base size I used for the other items made as part of the project.

Just make a rough shape for the building, as you will see mine is not very straight as I did mine in a sitting.
Wonky but serviceable, I addes some plastic pieces around teh shutter to act like hinges.
I really recommend the Laser cut Brown spray paint from TT Combat
Painted in Falu Red
Magnetic Church Steeple
Really happy!

So final spend rounded up at £25.

See you for tomorrow’s finale..

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Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 29 – Tree Stumps

This Part 29 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. Today and tomorrow (when we make some tree stumps) we are doing yet again some really easy scatter.

This clutter simply adds a little bit of interest to a flat area and will hardly cause any visibility issue, some tree stumps. I based these in threes and in retrospect very orderly and dense – you might consider during yours as individuals or less ordered on a, perhaps, bigger base.

Material for this from your Garden, if you do not have a garden go to the park and help yourself there should be plenty of twigs all around the place. I have seen hobby shops selling twigs, I find that amazing!
Cut out some tree stumps (I used a hobby saw)
Glue the on a base and add some green stuff as shown (or clay, or pva soaked toilet paper) they will give the hints of roots later on, this is not sculpting just roll a length and apply it as shown, I just went for a few roots.
Then add glue and sand, note I left some parts exposed – “branch areas”
Then just paint it up, grass it etc, note the notion of the roots, creates a little bit a feeling that these are looking better than they are.
Fair enough, will do!

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do some tree stumps…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 28 – Big Stones

This Part 28 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. Today and tomorrow (when we make some tree stumps) we are doing yet again some really easy scatter.

Today some freestanding stones, basically made these from blue foam, based them and painted them up.

Do not use superglue (PVA and patience works)

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do some tree stumps…

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Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 27 – Charcoal Burners Hut

This Part 27 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. In a previous blog post in thsi series (Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 21 – Charcoal Burner) we did a Charcoal Burner, The Charcoal burners would work in shifts and monitor the charcoal burner from a hut, often with a window toward the burner so they could observe it during the night. They came in many different shapes but I found this one inspiration and decided to use this one as a basis for my hut (form somewhere in Sweden, but not sure where exactly). Search on Google using the word “Kolarkoja” and you will find a lot of different huts.

I used this as my base inspiration, key items being the door, a roof above it, the window, the chimney and it all being covered with earth and growth.
I thought I could use one of the Nespresso type of capsules for this project
Cut off the top and clean the inside.
I found it a little bit too tall so cut if off a little bit
Then glued it back and glued it down on a base
Then I used some modelling clay to build up the earth around the hut
Making a few details by gluing coffee stirrers on pieces of nylon tiles or cardboard.
Slowly build up a shape I wanted with a door, a window, a pile of fire wood and a chimney for the burner inside. I also made a slightly different roof than the original picture.
Starting to look good with a little bit of sand
Simple painting the wood as old in grey then added some tufts and static grass, happy!

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest