Saturday, 4 April 2020

Flintloque Regiment Lowland Dwarves - part four

Although it has been some time since the last update, I have been working diligently on these eight Flintloque Dwarves, converting them into a new and unique regiment by copying this image which was found on the internet.

I started by applying a rough blob of Milliput which will act as the basis of the new shako/headgear. This Milliput was added over a small drop of superglue and then hardened in the oven on a low light.

The initial sculpting was carried out with Green Stuff and copying the sketch below.

While the images below show the development.....

As you can see the new headgear took some time to perfect and this is the main reason why this post has taken so long.

All in all the sculpting of the new headgear took about four days with lots of down time waiting for the green stuff to harden (even though I tried speeding it up by placing the miniatures in the oven!)

The detailing was done with sculpting tools, carving back the hardened green stuff and sanding or filing to refine the shape. It took some time.....

The image below shows the group of eight Flintloque Dwarves ready for undercoating. They are based on 2p coins with the groundwork built up from Milliput and detailed with sieved stones and fine sand applied over PVA glue.

It might have been easier to have sculpted one shako in detail and then cast up eight identical copies, but when you are only dealing with eight models, I'm not sure sculpting, mould making and then casting is worth the effort.

There will be more updates soon but in the meantime stay safe

Keep Calm and Carry On Modelling


Friday, 3 April 2020

National Theatre Live - One Man, Two Guvnors

You Tube are running the live stage play - One Man, Two Guvnors staring James Corden for a limited time only. Do yourself a favour and settle back to watch this fantastic comedy farce. Filmed live on stage. For details see this link.

Stay safe.


Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Chapel at Rofenburg - part four

The simple chapel building was glued to a piece of 3mm thick plastic card which had been cut into a rough oval and had the edges chamfered and smoothed. I used DAS modelling clay (applied over PVA glue) to 'bed' the building into the groundwork and added a step to the front from a piece of thin blue foam.

I had also sanded the walls again and although it is difficult to see in these images, I have glued the chapel to the base with a 3mm spacer in between the base of the chapel and the plastic card base. I find that this helps with the 'bedding in' process and stops the building looking like it has been just placed or 'plonked' on to on the base/groundwork.

One other point of note is that when applying DAS to a plastic card base I find it prudent to first 'score' the surface of the plastic card. I believe that this helps the DAS to adhere to the smooth plastic card but as I do this on most of my buildings and usually apply some PVA glue as well - I'm not sure if this process is necessary. However I would still recommend both scoring and PVA glue to anyone attempting to build wargame terrain and following these techniques.

Once again stay safe.

Keep Calm and Carry On Modelling


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

DAS Modelling Clay - update

Following this Blog post, I was asked "how do you store your opened packs of DAS?"

I tend to use two methods;

The first is using these zip-lock bags (this example is from IKEA but similar bags are available from most supermarkets. I suggest you look out for the double seal bags with two sealing strips across the top as I find these are better).

The second method is a little old school, just a bulldog clip or clamp to keep the opened pack sealed shut.

I hope that this helps.

Keep safe.

Keep Calm and Carry On Modelling


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Birthday Gifts

This years birthday has been a little strange, but I have received these gifts from Sue, Flo and Holly. In addition to the presents above, I had my usual block of DAS (Christmas or birthdays just wouldn't be the same without a block of DAS).

I have also had a voucher for W H Smiths and a bottle of Tio Pepe - thank you Mum and Holly.

Stay safe.


Monday, 30 March 2020

The Chapel at Rofenburg - part three

Following on from this earlier post I have covered the newspaper reinforced walls with ready-mixed filler. I used a knife shaped, clay-sculpting tool but wasn't too careful in how it was applied as there would be subsequent layers of filler and DAS modelling clay later.

With the first layer of filler fully dry, I lightly sanded the walls before adding a second and smoother layer. Once again this was sanded before DAS modelling clay was used to define the edges of the openings.

These three images show the basic chapel after two layers of filler and one of DAS.

I like to keep some irregularities in the surface texture of the walls as I feel this adds to the realism of the model and makes painting a little more interesting.

As with my earlier posts, stay safe

Keep Calm and Carry On Modelling


Sunday, 29 March 2020

Flintloque Regiment Lowland Dwarves - part three

Not much of an update today. I chopped off the eight Shako's with my model making clippers, not very technical or stylish but practical.

Hopefully, I'll move onto some sculpting later.

Keep Calm and Carry On Modelling