Props for a Model - ideas?

Discussion in 'Officers' started by westy_1981, Jan 13, 2007.

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  1. Hello all,

    Been tasked at short notice to sort out props for a model. I am looking for suggestions of how to show everything available at Bn level on a model roughly 20ft x 35ft so props need to be big enough not to be lost in the model. The budget is tight (no change) the time is tight and any help or ideas that have worked in the past would be gratefully received. Are Toy models of soldiers, mortars, etc etc etc the way to go or can anyone suggest alternatives?

    Cheers in advance, Westy
  2. At LWC they use wooden models.

    They are very "representative", being a block of wood with another smaller block on top and a bit of dowel for a tank, taller block with smaller block for WARRIOR etc.

    If you have a joiner or someone who is handy, they can knock you up a set pretty quickly.

    The trick is to decide on the sectional profile of the model and make a length of this shape, then pop it through a chop saw to make the individual hulls. Most AFVs have verticals sides (or near as damnit) so it suits this approach.

    I suggest you try and get hold of something like beech to make them from. It's a close grained hardwood and is fairly easy to work. If you use pine or softwoods, you'll spend all your days sanding the stuff.

    For mortars etc, use dowel.

    If you're talking about a light role Bn, then concentrate on the soldiers. You can either get plastic toys ones or make some representations that are there for number only.

    Advantages of toy soldiers (Airfix or similar 1/32nd polythene for example) are that they look like soldiers.

    The disadvantage is that they are rarely available as modern British troops without spending pots of cash and they tend to be in very warry poses. If they have the wrong helmets, weapons or webbing folk will spend most of the time pointing this out.

    For this reason, it is worth considering making representations out of 1/2" dowel painted green or sand and stuck to a base. That way there are no arguments about them carrying the L85A1 instead of the A2.
  3. Try to find some models from Team America for enemy....'durka durka'!
  4. I think bits of coloured card with the relevant Tac Map Symbol printed on and fabloned are the cheapest, easiest and most effective method. These can be enlarged to whatever scale required (A5 sounds about right for your model). This helps familiarise the audience with the symbols and avoids the distraction of the accuracy of the models. Also models, soldiers etc can end up looking like a nursery play session and you'll always lose, break or have robbed the critical asset just when the CO turns up!. Presume the aim of your model is for the demonstration, practice and development of tactics rather than AFV recognition?!


  5. Don't use plastic dog sh#t to represent CO's TAC. Seen it done once and it went down very well with everyone but the CO. which put a real dampener on the day. The guilty subby earned himself 28 days extras (plus loads of kudos with the WOs' and Sjts' mess!)