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I felt the need to make haystacks. Here is my method:

  1. Using a foam ball cut in half
  2. adding uneven layers of air dry modelling clay
  3. stroking the still wet clay with a plastic comb
  4. when dry, painted with bright yellow
  5. painted with Wattyl Stain and Varnish (or Army Painter)
  6. Dry brushed with lightened yellow and then white.

Here are the haystacks on the table in a recent Stargate game I played with Greg. What is lacking is the fields in which such stacks could exist, but I’ve yet to make them.

The game consisted of two squads of troopers (Eureka French Foreign Legion) exiting the gate on an alien planet with the intention of liberating the ‘crown’ of the local tribe. In other words a kidnap of the local chief. Opposing them were two squads of (old Eureka) Goa-uld.

We used Ganesha’s Flying Lead as the default rules.

On the first few turns the legionnaires rolled well, one squad going prone and putting a lively fire into the enemy while the other made a brisk pace toward the target. With the leader of one goa-uld down, the rest of the team fled behind a shack and played no further part in the game. The other squad continued to annoy the advancing legionnaires.

After this, however, we had a long series of quick turnovers, making the action more staccato, and fairly evoking the atmosphere of a firefight out of control. A legionnaire trooper managed to take the chief into custody and escorted him at the run, but the rest of his squad came under devastating laser-lance fire. An accurate shot from the lieutenant managed to penetrate the armour of goa-uld leader of the second squad, resulting in that team failing a morale test as well.

In the end the legionnaires escorted their prisoner out of the gate unmolested, leaving five dead and carrying a wounded man. The goa-uld suffered just three deaths, but two of them were leaders, so this is a double blow on top of the loss of objective.

A good and simple game in the end. Just what I needed.