Thursday, 21 August 2014

Gloucester Docks - part two

Even more images of the Alice through the looking glass film set - Gloucester Docks.

This fire-less locomotive would make a fantastic engine on a model narrow-gauge industrial layout.

Lots of modelling inspiration.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Gloucester Docks

Earlier today, Sue and I visited the Gloucester Quays shopping complex. Before having lunch in one of the dockside restaurants we took a walk over one of the swing bridges and there under Llanthony Docks we saw these images.

This is the set dressing for the new Johnny Depp film Alice through the looking glass. All of the filming had ended, in fact we were told the cast had moved on to a secret destination in Oxfordshire. However I felt the images were well worth posting as they offer a huge amount of modelling inspiration - just take a look at all that clutter.


Monday, 18 August 2014

The Princess Juliana Chasseur Elite - just one set left.

Gavin has just posted over on The Notables Yahoo site that there is only one set of the Princess Juliana Chasseur Elite box set left. The set of 16 Very Limited Edition Dwarves was produced to commemorate the life of my Niece, Juliana Cartwright (nee Lock) who passed away in 2011.

For full details of the set go this link. If you are interested in securing the last set, see this message.

Update 20.08.14; All sets are now sold.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Beacon

This particular model was inspired by an illustration seen in a small pamphlet on Elizabethan England. Similar beacons were situated all across England to warn of a Spanish Invasion. I thought it would be worth building a simple Fire Beacon to use with my Flintloque miniatures.

I has surmised that simpler or more hap-hazard Fire Beacons could have been used to signal or warn of invasion across Spain and Portugal. By using a resin barrel on top if a plastic card pole the beacon was quickly put together.

Here you can see two work-in-progress shots of this simple objective marker. The barrel is from my spares box, a used resin barrel. The pole and steps are plastic card, distressed with the teeth of a razorsaw and further textured with a scalpel and coarse sandpaper. The steps or rungs of the ladder are sections of cocktail sticks while the base is more plastic card decorated with a couple of spare resin castings.

All, in all the model took a couple of hours to complete.

Painting was built up over a Black/Brown basecoat and the base flocked with some dyed sawdust after being varnished. Total modelling and painting time less than 4 hours.

The finished model has already inspired a number of simple scenario ideas, capture the beacon, guard the beacon, even a Pax Bochemannica scenario with Del Boy trying to out wit the Noman Orcs.

I would recommend this small project as a great modelling interlude, but also as a fantastic scenario and game objective. I would have thought that similar beacons would have been used by Romans, Anglo Saxons, Napoleonic and even later.

Happy Modelling.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chaos Dwarf - Astrogoth

This Chaos Dwarf miniature has been stuffed in my to-do box for some considerable time. I believe that I picked it up at a bring-and-buy.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying to reduce my lead-mountain by modelling, basing and painting some of these forgotten gems. I didn't bother stripping the mini but painted over the OK paint finish by building up the layers of paint over a Chaos Black undercoat. The colour scheme and back banners were inspired by some images on the internet.

The base is a wooden wheel on a round plastic base. The groundwork being modelled from a bark chip detailed with DAS modelling clay and sieved sand.

Once painted, The model was varnished with Galleria Matt Varnish and small clumps of ground foam added to the rocky base. The final piece of modelling was to add the home-made back banners which were first drawn onto sticky-back labels and then painted. I highlighted the banners after I had attached them and added folds.

At this moment the model is adorning my computer desk. I'm not sure if I will be keeping it as this is my ONLY Chaos Dwarf.

I hope you like it.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

More Wargame Terrain - Book Two - an update

Sales of More Wargame Terrain are moving along very well with Book 49 of the signed and numbered books being the last one to be allocated. All this within just two week of launch, so thank you to everyone who has supported this project.

In addition I have seen the first reviews of the book, they can be found here;
A Fistful of Minis
Christian Cuello
Kris Marquardt of Wargames and Railraods
Cianty's Tabletop Blog
David Drage

Should you be interested in ordering one of these limited edition signed and numbered books please contact me via this Blog or follow the links;
Building Wargame Terrain - Book One
More Wargame Terrain - Book Two



Saturday, 9 August 2014

(Don't) Paint it Black

This post was inspired by an article in a magazine called The Artist from August 2003 that Sue had bought for me from a charity shop. The premise of the article was advising novices to watercolour painting on the use, actually how not to use Black (and as it happens White) in your watercolour palette. The author, Julie Collins suggest that Black is too stark a colour (I will use the term colour for Black, some might disagree) when used in watercolour painting. She advises using a number of mixes; Windsor Blue and Burnt Sienna - Dark Blue and Dark Brown as the darkest mix and Ultramarine Blue and Sepia - lighter Blue and Brown.

I was intrigued to see how this approach would work with acrylic paints and miniatures. Here are the results.

I chose a 40mm Cliff Hanger miniature sculpted by Jim Bowen. Frankensein. The miniature was mounted first to a wooden disc and then to a 40mm plastic base. The groundwork was built up with DAS modelling clay and the headstone a piece of 3mm plastic card.

I assure you, no Black (or White was used) - this is a mix of very dark Blue and dark Brown.

The main painting used Snakebite Leather, Blue and Brown, plus some Linen or Ivory paint to build up the tones and subtle colour.

Following on, I wondered if the same could be done with a much lighter miniature and this time I chose a 40mm Mummy from the same range. Here you see the finished figure.

The miniature was based in the same way. I used a small resin pot as base decoration, which I glued in place after sanding the base smooth.

This figure was first painted very dark Green with some Brown to the top. The wrappings were drybrushed with Snakebite and Linen and then washed with Sepia wash.

I am not sure that I will be using this technique on future projects, but found the exercise interesting and thought provoking.

As someone who regularly uses Black to undercoat my figures this experiment has made me think about the use of Black (and White) in the painting of miniatures.

You may wish to try it.