Al Sijood Palace in 1/285th Scale

Right now I am working on this new piece. This is the Al Sijood Palace in Baghdad Iraq. This will be a resin cast kit that comes in several pieces. I’ve taken some liberties in scaling this building down, the actual building in 1/285th scale would be about 16″ long … I’ve cheated a bit and got it down to a more reasonable 10″ long while still maintaining an impressive size. So far I have done about 75% of the front facade, see the image of the real building to see the area that I’m working on right now. This is pretty early in the development of this product, many more details will be added to the facade pictured below.

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A little more work on the airport

A bit more work on the sand texture.  This is the second layer of the process, it’s still wet in this photo and looks a little shiny.  Also a lot more color blending will be done in future steps…. but this gives you an idea which direction it’s going.

The real airport in Baghdad is just pure sand everywhere but I think I’m going to add a little bit of vegetation in a few areas just to break up line of sight to make gaming a little more interesting.

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Work continues on Baghdad Int’l Airport

The northwest corner of Baghdad International Airport in 1/285th scale. Work in progress.  Tonight I just started the application of the desert sand texture, this is a process that takes several applications before it’s done, this is just the first base layer.

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This last photo shows the area being modeled. The satellite image on the left shows the area that I’m modeling. I’ve taken a little bit of artistic license especially in ground scale, I tried to keep the widths of all runways and taxiways real close to scale but the distances between things is seriously reduced.

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Playing with myself again (wait, that does not sound right)

Spent some time tonight in the spare bedroom (AKA, the office, AKA the doggies room) doing some playtesting of my TAC II data and refreshing my old brain on the mechanics of TacForce.

I only played 4 complete turns but in that short time the US troops were geting their asses handed to them.  I was playing both sides, so it had nothing do to do with the players, it was mostly the luck of the dice … it seemed that every time I rolled for the US I got crappy rolls and every time I rolled for the Iraqis I got amazing rolls … that’s just how it goes sometimes I guess.

Here are a few pix (click on em to make em bigger)

Even with all the US units blowing up around her, she slept through the entire battle.