It’s the little things. A little bit of Saturday evening traffic, a little bit of grass, a few scattered bits of terrain, and suddenly you’re looking at a real city.
The Irregular Miniatures 6mm vehicle pack is a perfect start to things, and includes the entire front line shown above. I think it comes with a total of ten figures, but given that I ordered a full pack alongside a bunch of other figures, I honestly can’t sort out what came with what pack. The two News Vans might have come with the riot pack, or might have come with the vehicle pack.
Where ever you see green grass in this shot, I first glued down a fine beach sand, painted it brown and dry-brushed a light tan. Originally I had thought to make a hill out of the park, the better to add a bit of height to the city, but more height would have precluded easy storage, so it stays a nice little funnel for protesters. The bases that attack that statue have room to work, but they can get bottled up pretty quick in there, so they’ll need another mob running interference.
A couple of those buildings are only one story tall. Do you think it is worth painting those roofs a darker gray or brown to break up the monotonous gray of the board?
Here’s a close-up of the totally not 7-11 and Licker’s Liquors. You can see how the grass and earth gets a little choppy around the edges in some cases. You can also see a little green trash can at the corner of the building on the left, and a red newspaper box in front of the store on the right. No game effect, but just that little touch of scatter to liven things up.