Friday, 12 February 2016

Oldehammer Building No. 1 - part three

The roof was the first thing I painted. I wanted to follow the Games Workshop card building colours as close as possible and went with an ochre tile or roof colour.

The colour has been built up over a mid-brown base by drybrushing with lighter colours and 'washing' with darker washes. As you can see I have picked out the odd tile with a grey-green colour and then more drybrushing.

The drybrushing has picked up on the earlier texturing.

Next it was on to the white-washed walls which I painted White!

The white was built up over a pale ivory colour with Titanium White tube acrylic paint painted on to the centre of the wall sections.

The model was great fun to build and even more fun to paint.

More to come - very soon. For more detail please see earlier posts.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Special Anniversary Competition Draw

Later this month, this Blog celebrates its Eight Anniversary and to mark the event I will be holding a Prize Draw for one of each of the Dampfpanzerwagon Guides. Building Wargame Terrain (the very last copy) and More Wargame Terrain. The winner will receive a signed copy of both books.

To enter the draw, all you have to do is comment on an article or post during this calendar month - it's that simple. I will make the draw on the 28th February and the lucky winner will then receive an e-mail informing him.

Good luck. Remember this is the very last copy of Dampfpanzerwagon guide No.1 Building Wargame Terrain. A true collectors item.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Oldehammer Building No.1 - part two

Part two - The Texturing.

I mixed up some uPVA glue, ready-mixed filler and fine sand and applied it to the whole of the model with a large brush. The texturing coat acts as a sealing layer as well a adding interest to the simple structure.

Once the initial texturing had dried, I used DAS modelling clay to 'tidy up' the rather 'soft' detail. The windows have been decorated with some plastic coated packing material (green mesh) and the door has been sculpted from DAS.

The next update will show how I painted this model.

For details of part one - please go to this link.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Master's House, Ledbury

Earlier this week, Sue and I visited Ledbury, Worcestershire and spent time walking around and through the newly refurbished Master's House which now acts as the local library. It has been some time since we last visited and the transformation is spectacular and well worth a visit if you are in the area. For full details of the project, go to this link.

Further details can be found here.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Oldehammer Building No.1 - part one

As I have already stated in my earlier post, this is a project that I have wanted to work on for some time.

Oldehammer Building number one - The Construction.

Image Two - Shows the Games Workshop card building from Bloodbath at Orcs Drift - the inspiration for this model. I have not used the original card model, but have built a completely new 3D version from foamboard and scrap card.

Image Three - The core was constructed from some spare foamboard and thin card (the backing card of an A4 note pad) with the corners strengthened with strips of newspaper. Construction was done with uPVA glue with the edges re-enforced with dressmakers pins. Anyone familiar with early Games Workshop/White Dwarf construction articles will know what I mean.

Image Four - The wooden beams were again constructed from scrap card. I used 2.5mm thick backing card from an artists sketch pad. Once again the construction was carried out with uPVA glue.

Image Five - The foamboard core and newspaper strips make quite a strong core box, but I have also added foamboard strips to the interior to make sure that this model maintains it's shape and lasts.

Image Six - The roof tiles were cut from some card that I found in the garage. I believe it was the backing card from some picture frames. I have added each roof tile individually and made sure that the edges have been weathered by trimming small chips from the exposed edges. A time consuming process, but well worth it.

The chimney was two thin strips of foamboard wrapped in newspaper with a small square of card on top.

The next stage is texturing.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Oldehammer - A New Project for 2016

Over the past twelve months I have been wanting to spend time on this new project - Oldehammer buildings or terrain. The idea was first mooted back at Alumwell last March and although I have been looking at suitable inspiration and even checking out some old Games Workshop card buildings, other projects have always taken priority or needed finishing for one deadline or another.

Over the Christmas and New Year period, I committed to getting some modelling done and I shall be detailing progress on this Blog from February 1st.

The image above shows a teaser - the first two Oldehammer style buildings very much inspired by the GW Bloodbath at Orcs Drift card buildings.

The style is purposely naive and harks back to a series of card buildings I built over twenty years ago. In fact the two buildings featured have been built by me three times. The first following similar techniques and painting styles back when I used to play Warhammer (1st and 2nd Edition), the second set was built to a different scale - to fit in with 15mm Orcs from Grenadier (now long OOP) and these - the third incarnation.

So what now?

Not sure, I have enjoyed building (and painting them), but feel my skills have moved on and I know that I am now able to produce much more detailed and accurate models, however there is a lot to be said for 'Going Olde Skool' so who knows, maybe I'll make them available as resin models.

Look out for the first update on Monday.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Albion by Alan Moore

I am well aware that any work in the Shed-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden has been curtailed for most of this month, I had thought that I would be able to give it a good clean-out this week, but as anyone who follows the UK weather news will know - the ground is sodden and any attempts at working in the garden is just a no-no. We have the peculiar situation that the grass has grown very long (and actually needs cutting) - but the rain has made the ground so wet, that it is impossible to walk over it.

Yesterday, Sue and I thought it was about time we got back into walking - and we set off through the park and into the centre of Droitwich. It was great to get back into the habit as neither of us have been on a good walk since before Christmas. I found this graphic novel - Albion, a book I was aware of but had never read. I picked it up (the truth is that Sue picked it up) for £1.50 in a local charity shop.

Albion by Alan Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Shane Oakley and George Freeman
Published by Titan Books
List price - £9.99
ISBN 1-84576-351-3

For anyone who wants to know more - here is a review from Good Reads.