Here, piggy piggy!

March 14, 2016

Pirates ought to be somewhat dirty. The actual, historical pirates were a rowdy, often heavily drinking bunch, and this has of course been carried into popular culture as well. There’s a fun scene in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, where captain Jack Sparrow wakes up his trusted first mate Gibbs, who’s dead drunk in a pigsty:


The scene fit my ideas of my own 28mm pirate town perfectly, and I wanted to build a little set piece of a drunk pirate passed out amongst pigs. I did some quick online shopping, buying some pirate casualties from Foundry and some pigs and assorted items made by Ristul’s Extraordinary Market. Both the pigs and the pirates are characterful sculpts, and I love the various accessories, the trough filled with slops especially.

I had a fairly large plasticard offcut that I used as a base. I simply slapped on acrylic caulking, stippled it with an old sponge and stuck the miniatures on, resulting in this:

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After that it was just dirty, dirty painting. I really went to town with washes – after all this was supposed to be someone who has stumbled into a pig pen dead drunk and then passed out. I even painted some vomit on his chin and chest to make him a bit more disgusting. I let the brown wash (GW Agrax Earthshade) pool up in various areas to make the mud look more…muddy.

With the miniatures painted, I built the fences from bbq skewers and coffee stirrers using this very handy tutorial:

The idea of whittling down the coffee stirrers for a more irregular look is so simple that I feel really dumb for not thinking of it. It makes for a very nice looking ramshackle fence. I made sure to make the fence uneven and rickety. I painted the fences before sticking them on, painted the edges of the base to match my gaming board and as a final touch I added some flowery grass tufts around the pen for a more natural look. Here are pictures of the finished piece:

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And here’s a shot of the pig pen in (simulated) action, as two pirates check in on Philip the Frenchie after yet another of his nights of rum-fueled shenanigans:

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With the pig pen finished, I think I need to paint up pig farmer Brick Top as a homage to one of my favourite movie performances ever, Alan Ford in Snatch. The fellow will fit right in with other scoundrels.

All of a sudden, those pigs are looking a lot more sinister…

Feedback welcome and appreciated as always!


  1. Aw man, that is nasty… I can almost spell it from here! Great work on the fence – very effective, and those pigs are brilliant 🙂

    • Thanks Alex! I definitely recommend the fence tutorial, dead easy and nice results.

  2. Cool piece of terrain & a great idea, the drunk sailor immediately makes me imagine a story…

    • Awesome! That’s definitely what I intended, I love terrain pieces telling little stories (which is why I loved your deserted meal for your Mexicans). Thanks for the comment!

  3. Superb work dude! Farmer Bricktop is a must.

    • Thanks Bob! Farmer Bricktop it is, then.

  4. Excellent work. Really adds some interest and ‘life’ to the table. I think the mud is quite realistic and the fence is well constructed. Overall a superb narrative terrain piece.

    • Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the piece! I think it’s little set pieces that really make a table.

  5. […] grim. Thus it changed into a drunk pirate sitting by a tree…but I already had a drunk pirate passed out in a pig pen. Around this time I remembered the miniature dog (an otterhound to be exact) I bought at Salute […]

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