Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Barking Irons for FREE

Issue One of the short-lived paper based magazine Barking Irons is available for FREE - Go to The Notables Yahoo Group and you can download the 32 page magazine for free.

To access the group go to this link.

This Spanish Windmill Model that was built by me and is included in More Wargame Terrain was featured on pages 28 - 31 of the magazine.

The publication contains articles on Flintloque, Firefight, Alien Squad Leader and The Age of Might and Steel.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley

I picked up this hard-back book while visiting Coventry earlier this month. Actually Sue saw it in a charity book store and pointed it out to me. I have in the past written a Foul Mouth Freddy short story based on the same tale - for details see this link.

While an internet search brought up this delightful graphic novel.

Details of the original tale can be read on this Historic UK site, here while this postcard (found by doing a Google Search) gives another image.

The book only cost me £2.50 and given that I'm sure it had never been read, this is a bargain book I look forward to reading and reviewing at a later date.

Monkey Hangers! Fact is sometimes weirder than fiction.

A review of the story can be found here.

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley
Published by Doubleday in 2008
ISBN 9780385612531
List Price - £14.99


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy - issue 77

The latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy has just arrived. The main theme in this issue is WW1 or Great War French and I have a four page article detailing how I 'scratch-built' a Chatillon-Panhard Balloon Lorry. The model was inspired by a Will's Cigarettes Card illustration - Military Motors No. 33 Motor Balloon Lorry (French).

Here is an image of the finished 1/56th scale lorry and balloon trailer on a simple display base.

While this is an image of the pre-painted model. Full details of both the build and the painting can be found on pages 46 - 49 of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 77.

In addition to this Build article, there is another detailing the French Great War Diorama - Storming Out by Andrew Amain (see cover illustration) and an interesting article on how to build/convert the Hollywood Tank featured in the film Fury.

Further articles feature scenarios for WW1 French, a review of suitable figures and an article on French Paratroopers in Indo China in 1952. I have found the magazine full of interesting content and would recommend it as a great buy.


The Lady Canrig Bwt - A St David's Day short story

Image taken from the Orcs in the Webbe site

The Lady Canrig Bwt - A Short Story by Tony Harwood

Just over a week ago, Craig Andrews from Orcs in the Webbe e-mailed me to ask if I would write a short story for St David's Day 2015. Craig's plan was to write a new back-story for Foul Mouth Freddy, the days before he joined the army! I have to admit that at first I said no. Too little time, but after searching the internet for inspiration I penned this little tale. Craig has had to add some detail. Thank you Craig.

I hope that you enjoy reading about a (very) young Orcling called Freddy.

For full details of the tale go to this link.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!


The West Midlands Military Show will be taking place next Sunday - a week today. I'll be there with a table display, exhibiting some of the terrain models featured on this Blog and in both of my Terrain Making Books.

Full details can be found here.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Cider Press - a Special Anniversary Post

Dampf's Modelling Page is seven years old today and to mark the occasion I have uploaded part one of this scratch-built Cider Press. The model was built some time ago and was initially intended as a tutorial in the planned Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No 3 - Models for Wargamers. Regular readers and followers will know that I have decided to postpone this third book, but with the seventh anniversary of the Blog, I thought it was appropriate to include it (part one anyway) here.

I hope you enjoy it.

Image Two - The Cider Press was inspired by this simple sketch found in a book on French Regional Architecture.

Image Three - I scratch built the individual 1/56th scale parts in Plastic card, Wood and Foam following my own layout drawing.

Image Four - The model was built on a rough oval of 3mm plastic card, the sort used as advertising signs. The edges were chamfered and then sanded smooth prior to the cider press frame being glued in place. Please note that the uprights and supports have been pinned and glued.

Image Five - Construction continued with the bottom support. This was a piece of packing case wood, trimmed to size and then sanded with rough sandpaper (to add scale wood grain). The screw support to the left was a couple of pieces of knitting needle and a cocktail stick.

Image Six - The upper supports are modelled from more plastic card while the main tray was made from thicker and more solid plastic card with a lip of plastic card and the spout extended with Green Stuff.

I had to modify one of the base supports to avoid the spout.

Image Seven - I constructed the main press pieces from a number of different Foam and Plastic card pieces.

From bottom to top they are; A square of soft foam, 30thou. Plastic card, Modelling Foam and finally 3mm Plastic Card. I used superglue to glue the pieces together.

Image Eight - The main wheel was modelled from some foam, I found it easier to carve this intricate shape from foam rather than plastic card. The upright handles are plastic rod and the main screw is modelling foam and a piece of scrap sprue.

Images Nine - Shows the start of the DAS groundwork being built up and some of the smaller details or clutter added to the base.

Image Ten - The press arm was modelled from Balsawood.

Images Eleven and Twelve - Show the construction finished and the groundwork textured with sieved stones and fine sand. This was added over uPVA glue and then Wet Water (water with a drop of washing up liquid) was dripped on to the surface. This Wet Water helps to break the surface tension of the glue and ensures that the fine groundcover is well and truly secured in place.

Please click on the images to see more.

Should you be interested in purchasing either Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No 1 Building Wargame Terrain or Guide No. 2 More Wargame Terrain, please go to the links on the top right of the main Blog page.

I will try to get part two - The Painting uploaded very soon, but I already know that my Blogging Month of March is pretty full already!

Look out for more posts very soon.


Friday, 27 February 2015

Working with Foam - an inspirational thread

I recently came across this thread and thought it was well worth re-posting as the techniques used are quite amazing. This is the work of a truly great model diorama master.

Image used without permission to illustrate the post

Seriously, if you have time check out these forced perspective dioramas at this link you will not be disappointed.



Sunday, 22 February 2015

Build Something 2015 - the painting

"Finley's Forge" - I have started painting The Horseshoe Forge but due to the contest rules these images must be restricted to show early work and not completed painting.

In these two images you can see how the dark brown undercoat has had a first drybrushing which highlights the wealth of sculpted detail.

The single daub panel to the rear was a test to see if this would work.

I expect this to be the last update prior to images of the fully finished Forge being uploaded to LAF Build Something 2015.

For full details of the Build Something contest go to this link.