Thanks very much for all the positive feedback, guys, even that which came as a surprise after thinking it would deserve negative feedback!
@Marianas: glad to see my cast of disreputable rogues appeals to you!
@Sir Rodney: I appreciate the compliment and your use of "cr*%%y" did make me laugh, sir!
@Wulfgar: ditto to above!
@Wirelizard: here in the USA, most if not all model RR shops stock those bendable Cooch stone sheets. I've used them before and IMHO they're quite excellent -- and I agree, keeping the tower REMOVABLE was a big win for me, though it did make building it much more difficult.
@Rich & Andrei: thank you very much, you are both too kind!
@Vagabond: Glad to hear you like my terrain boards. I built them way back in 2010, for the 130th anniversary of the battle of Maiwand. In fact, though built for Afghanistan, having driven around much of the Southwestern US, I would agree they would serve well as terrain for some of the Indian Wars. In fact, I also used them for several Camerone games, needless to say set in Mexico.
The basic color scheme consists of 3 colors:
1) base coat of BROWN (it's an off-the-shelf shade from Home Depot, but very close to CraftSmart "Brown";
2) heavy dry-brush of HONEYCOMB (caramel color from Delta Ceramcoat craft paints);
3) highlight of SANDSTONE (pale sand color from Delta Ceramcoat craft paints).
Other colors used on various terrain features for the same table, such as dry water courses, rocks, and hills, include:
4) MUDSTONE (drab gray-brown from Delta Ceramcoat)
5) FAWN (darkish khaki color from Americana craft paints)
Here's a LINK to a post I did a little over 2 years ago, about building a river board to match with this same ground cover:http://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2014/12/form-of-kabul-river-ii.html
As usual with my blog, it has a ton of pics, but here's one to give you an idea:
If you're interested in the rocky hills, here's a link to the tutorial I posted when I built my first -- and probably still best -- one:http://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2012/01/afghannwf-rocky-hill-goes-vertical-back.html
Last but not least, re: the "tufts" of scrub brush... they are sprigs of plastic artificial greenery, plucked off the plastic branch, given a wash of Delta Ceramcoat ANTIQUE GOLD. Bought at Michael's arts & crafts stores, Simple and inexpensive but effective. Glad you like them!