“I Should Have Had Fries With These!”

Because I certainly made a meal of them, I am of course talking about my “Slum Blocks” by “Table Top Combat”, I am however pleased (really pleased) to announce that they are now finished, well the half of the original ten that I actually started anyway. As you may remember, and I fully understand if you don’t a lots happened since then, when last we saw these MDF boxes, they were assembled but not in any way painted. So this week’s mission was to pull my bl**dy finger out and get them painted before the end of Dave’s “Season of Scenery Challenge” finished at the end of this month.


So first job was to take them outside for a spraying with some matt black so as I could get on with the painting proper. Now luckily I still a bit of paint left in tester pots I used last time, so I took some of the “Warm Pewter” and added a little black to darken it a bit and slapped this all over the pieces, this was followed once again by dry-brushes of “Chic Shadow” and “Frosted Steel”, a few places I also painted in light blue or pink burgundy, and the doors, window bars, tread-plate rooves, steps and verandas I just dry-brushed chainmail over the black. I also added quite a lot of chevrons” here and there in orange mixed with citrus orange, with just citrus orange highlights, if I’m honest these were probably the reason I’d been putting of painting these things, and guess what they turned out to be just as much fun to do as I’d expected!


I dug the old GW transfers again but also printed out some signs off of the internet so stuck a few of these on as well, before I attacked the edges with some chestnut brown (the closest thing I still have to rust!), and gave everything a coat of thinned matt black in the form of a wash. Once dry I picked out the odd light here and there along with a couple of dots on the door frames as controls, in light green (day-glow) and did a couple of larger lights in vert green again with the light green over the top, before going back over the rusty areas this time with orange to signify fresh rust, If you remember I got a little carried away with this last time, so I had to make these as decrepit as them. Lastly I lightly flicked a little khaki and coffee up the bottom and top edges for a bit of weathering, and they were done.


I pulled out my original “Slum Blocks” and added them in to the mix, along with some of the scatter scenery I painted the other week for the final picture. I have to admit I’m glad to see the back of these (well at least until next year when I should really do the rest of them!), Now I can get back to painting some figures, hooray!! That just leaves me to thank Dave for coming up with this torture challenge and congratulations to everyone who took part and added to their “table top vistas”.


So till next time, sit back and enjoy the scenery, cheers Roger.

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29 Responses to “I Should Have Had Fries With These!”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    They may have been a pain Roger, but have turned out great, and what a group shot, would fit in multiple sci-fi games.

    • Thanks Dave, they did come out alright in the end, I was a little worried that they were going to be lighter than the original set till I got the wash on them, and it darkened them more than I remembered!

      Imagine what it’ll look like with the rest of the set done! (you’ll have to imagine coz I ain’t painting them till next year! 😁).

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Those look really good Roger, I can see why you’re pleased with them! 🙂 I’ve managed to stay focused on scenery (although not much of it) and will be glad to get back to painting some figures as well!

    • Thanks John, did I say i was pleased with them? I know I’m pleased to not have to paint them anymore 😉.

      You’ve built some lovely stuff this year, You almost inspired me to scratch build a watch tower to go with these, but as It’s taken me this long to just get these finished that would have been stupid on my part!

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Terrific work, Roger. I absolutely love the final picture looking down at all your hard work – what a fantastic achievement, and awesome-looking table. You should be suitably well-chuffed with this effort, especially as you clearly found it a bit hard-going in places. Well done, mate!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Simon, hard going is definitely what it was especially looking at all those horrible yellow chevrons! Need to put them to use in a few games now (but don’t mention AAR’s please!).

      Cheers Roger.

  4. Alex says:

    Nicely done mate, great job finishing these 👍

  5. Really look the business Roger, great stuff. 🙂

  6. Pete S/ SP says:

    Those look great- a nice dirty little settlement. It should look great on your table.



  7. Wudugast says:

    Very nice, you can’t beat a dirty slum for a sci-fi shoot-out! Well done on getting it painted up, I’ve shamed myself and not even got mine assembled properly yet. Ah well, maybe next year…

  8. Matt says:

    They look excellent, Roger, very slummy indeed! I know what you mean about making a meal of things, but in this case it seems to be totally worth it as the result is more of a banquet 🙂

  9. Oh Roger, you should be pleased (if even you hated doing these). The group shot show a lot of gaming potential and to paraphrase what a wise man once told me – it would be a fun to play on a table like this and lose!

  10. Wow, they look amazing! Great job Roger, makes me want to give Deadzone another try 👍

    • Thanks Skinflint, you should I’ve really enjoyed the games we’ve played so far, so much so I’m staying in the “Zone” for my next post (but due to work it might be a couple of weeks before I reveal anything 😁.

      Cheers Roger.

  11. angrypiper says:

    I’ll add my voice to the chorus, extremely late, as usual. (I’m the guy who claps too long.) These look wonderful, Roger; despite how little you enjoyed completing them (I know that feeling well). Great games ahead!

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