Filling Space

The new movement stands (bases, sabots, trays) have a constant 5″ front but vary in depth to accommodate one, two or four one inch rows of pieces. An additional 1/2″ is added to provide space for the command piece (usually with one or more flags).

The trays need also to provide space for one or more dice frames to hold dice for tracking VBU used in Baroque. Players using Baroque often permanently mount thier figures on a single large base which allows for a great deal of interesting detail and small vignettes to be modeled in place. I prefer to use smaller, standardized pieces to build up a unit and place them on the tray in different ways depending on my whim or what I am trying portray historically. Since I use varying numbers of pieces and place them in different ways I needed to make a set of fillers to cover the spaces between pieces. My hope was to capture some of the look of the permanently mounted figures.

The one inch squares (on left, below) are of the same type used for combat pieces and are 1/8″ thick. The rest of the fillers are cut from 24″ strips of 1/2″ by 1/8″ basswood. All were backed with magnetic sheeting and placed on a steel cookie sheet for painting and dressing. Dice frames and various musicians and officers were then added:


Most of the 1/2″ strips are biased to run side-to-side on the movement tray but about a third are biased to run front-you-back. The latter had a scatter of small rocks added to indicate the bias. The fillers were then painted using a mixture of leaf green and bright yellow ocher acrylic paint which results in a mottled green appearance:



About two thirds of the fillers are then dressed with tufts of various types. While the tufts have their own sticky backing I use a drop of white glue or superglue gel (both seem to work equally well). The extra adhesive is necessary due to the frequent handling the filler pieces get:


The surface of the filler is the liberally brushed with a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water and various shades of green flock and dark sand are sprinkled on and left to dry in place. The final step was edging all the filler pieces with indeliable black ink:


A movement stand depicting a highland warband with the filler pieces in place is shown in the header picture of this post.