In the 4Ground

It’s Easter weekend so that’s an extra two whole days I can sneak off into the man cave for as predictably in the UK the bank holiday weekend weather is dismal and grey. No surprises there then. With no BBQ in sight I’ve been pressing on with more units for Dropzone Commander, this time another heavy armour unit for the Scourge, some unpleasant razor worm infantry, a Commander for the Shaltari and finally some UCM! It’s only a palette test to try out a digital-camo scheme on a resin version of a Bear APC, but so far I’m liking how its turning out. I can see it contrasting really nicely with the orange and black of the Shaltari particularly well, so should look great on the tabletop.

It’s the tabletop I’m going to talk about today though as I’ve also been steadily working my way through another couple of the 4Ground HDF 10mm scale building kits the past couple of weeks. Each time I open up another one of 4Ground’s packs I’m impressed by the attention of detail they put into them. It isn’t just the finished result, but the small things that make such a difference. Things like including rubber bands and wooden pegs inside the bigger kits to help with the assembly. The numbering of the sheets, parts and the full colour step by step instructions. They even include tiny tools on the frames to help remove excess laser-cut filler in the smaller details should it still be in place.

Since I showed the first couple of buildings over the winter I have increased the second building by another three sections; one lower and two upper. These building specific add-on packs can either be purchased separately, or as part of a more cost-effective bundled kit to make one (or two) larger versions. The end result is a shade taller than the tallest of the card buildings in the DZC two-player starter set at around 10″ (25cm) in height.

In addition to pumping up the skyline of the municipal building, I also constructed an additional four more modest medium and small structures. These also came as bundled sets, each containing two different buildings with one of them including an aforementioned expansion pack. Construction does require a degree of delicate dexterity, especially when it comes to adding all of the windows and lintels and a huge amount of patience as construction is a steady but time-consuming affair.

I have to confess I really love what 4Ground are doing with these kits and although they are clearly not as cheap as the card stock versions Hawk Wargames produce, they are in my opinion absolutely worth getting. They mix surprisingly well with the card stock buildings, so you can always replace the card versions in increments a building at a time when you can afford one, or mix them in to create an even bigger urban environment.

With six now completed I have four remaining to tackle including the massive bank. Since these were produced 4Ground have gone on to add brightly painted contemporary ‘hab’ blocks and a stunning Monorail station which unsurprisingly integrates very nicely with Hawk’s own Monorail terrain expansion set. I would love to add these to the collection at some stage in the future as a second wave, but first I need to complete the remaining structures and start working on the table itself.

Right, that’s coffee break over and enough about buildings; back to working on that APC. If you’re interested in more up to date progress in addition to these blog posts then I do also post images and comments incrementally straight from the workshop on my Google+ page from time to time. As the next post will be more Star Wars: Imperial Assault centric the G+ page will also be a good way to see how the rest of the Dropzone stuff is progressing prior to me posting it here.

Until then, have a great Easter!


By |2017-02-07T22:16:45+00:00April 4th, 2015|Categories: Dropzone Commander|Tags: , , , |10 Comments


  1. Zedmeister April 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    A very nice and interesting scheme for the UCM bear. Care to share how you accomplished the digital look at all? I can see it being very fiddly.

    • Carl Woodrow April 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Cheers. I’ll be sharing the steps in detail once it’s finished, but the short version in the meantime is I used a combination of stencils and airbrush. The darkest colour (Nato black) is the base which was protected by a blocking stencil when the second (mid grey) coat went on. The mid grey was then protected by a second stencil layer when the final coat (blue grey) went on. After that it’s just a case of carefully removing the two layers of stencils to reveal the digital camo underneath.

      It is a bit fiddly, but only down to the scale of the model making it so. The method is actually quite straight-forward really.

    • Jay Adan April 5, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      You can do this with stencils. I did it with stencils that I cut using a Silhouette Portrait –

  2. Woody April 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Are these the stencils from Anarchy?

    • Carl Woodrow April 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      They are yes. One of the reasons I backed the Kickstarter was for these micro-stencils ostensibly. They work very well on even minis as small as DZC.

  3. Woody April 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Any issues with them?
    I was considering using the same digi pattern on my UCM, not sure of the color scheme yet, was contemplating trying the Berlin Camo Scheme. Was thinking just using a varnish then enamel wash over the top of the scheme.

    • Carl Woodrow April 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      That’s pretty much approach I have been doing. Only difference is I use oils rather than enamels but effectively the same result.

    • Carl Woodrow April 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      No issues at all, the HD stencils perform excellently

  4. Audrey June 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Hey Carl, Do you think the 4Ground DZC buildings would work ok with Epic? I figure the doors would be worst thing out of scale and could potentially be converted to fit 6mm. I have considered getting some. Though old school Epic 40K plastics and FW Epic buildings would probably be dwarfed by the 4G buildings. I did back Wasteland Game Studio’s kickstarter for their nice resin buildings. I am just trying to get ready for whenever G&G finally starts shipping the DZC plastic boards.

    • Carl Woodrow June 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      They will definitely work with Epic. I was asked same question a while back and tried them out alongside some War Engines. They do look slightly out of scale with FW but not unrealistically so. I certainly intend to use the 4Ground stuff for Epic.

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