Thursday, 21 February 2019

The Pumpkin Patch - part two painting

Following on from my earlier post The Pumpkin Patch - part one construction, here I show how I painted this simple piece of Flintloque themed terrain.

The groundwork was painted in a custom-mix of Beasty Brown and Charred Brown from Vallejo then drybrushed with a slightly lighter mix of the same colour. The small section of stone wall was painted in muted grey, drybrushed with Beasty Brown to show the texture and blend it into the ground colour.

The green scrub was painted in various greens, starting with a dark green and subsequently highlighting up to a yellow-green to show the texturing of the man-made foliage used to model the scrub.

I picked out odd stones in grey which were highlighted with white.

Then 'washed' the whole base with Games Workshop Sepia and Black washes to exaggerate the sculpted detail.

The pumpkins were painted orange. I started with a brown-orange base, then Hot Orange from Vallejo and highlighted with yellow mixed with the Hot Orange before adding a small green stalk to each one.

Finally, I added some dyed sawdust or Railway Modelling flock to the edges of the base (something I do to all my terrain pieces as my gaming board is covered in the same material).

The small sign was a late addition - modelled from some scrap wood I had in my spares box. I might add some writing in the future - but for now I will leave it plain.

I have also superglued some clumps of green foam to the base for variety and to add colour.

The final image shows a Flintloque Rifleorc alongside to give an idea of the size of this simple piece of terrain.


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Tartuffe at The Royal Shakespear Company

Last night Sue and I had the very special treat of visiting The Royal Shakespear Company - The Swan and seeing a new version of Tartuffe a play by Moliere transported to present-day Birmingham. Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.

For full details see this link.

We were privileged to meet some of the cast and stayed behind at the end of the play for the questions and answers session.


Monday, 18 February 2019

The Pumpkin Patch - part one construction

This latest On-Line Build shows how a chance purchase in a charity shop led to a new piece of Flintloque themed terrain.

The Pumpkin Patch part one the construction.

I saw this box of seeds for sale in a charity shop earlier this year and at just £1.00 for the whole box, I thought I could use some of the seeds to build a small piece of terrain. As the box sat on my computer desk, my daughter asked if I was going to build a pumpkin patch and just two days later I have finished it.

The image above shows the box of seeds - quite a few, in fact enough for a whole farm of pumpkins!

The seeds vary from 9mm to 20mm across and look just like miniature pumpkins.

I cut out a base from 3mm thick plastic card and chamffered the edges with a snap-off bladed knife before sanding the edges smooth. I have also scored the surface, as I feel this gives a better 'key' for the DAS.

Next, I added DAS modelling clay which was added over dilute PVA glue.

The small wall section was constructed from individual pieces of blue foam glued in place with superglue and then undercoated in acrylic matt medium mixed with some fine filler. This is the second attempt at a wall. I felt the first was too small.

After doing some research on the internet, I saw that pumpkins grow over low shrubbery with thick stalks. I had some man-made hanging basket liner and using the smallest pieces, mixed it with PVA glue and spread it over the DAS. The stalk is a piece of grape stalk that I found in the fruit bowl.

I textured the groundwork with sieved stones and sand, again applied over PVA glue.

Finally, I added the pumpkins which were glued down with superglue. The base is 200mm x 120mm.

In part two I will show how I painted the Pumpkin Patch.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Models For Sale on ebay

I have decided to sell-off some of my model terrain starting with these two buildings.

The first is the scratch-built 28mm scale Timber Framed Dovecot that featured in Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 87. Details of which were included on this Blog back in November 2016 for more details see this Blog post.

The model is 200mm tall and mounted on a 3mm thick plastic card base that measures 110mm x 120mm.

If you are interested in purchasing this model - please see this ebay auction.

The second model is a 28mm scale Brick and Stone Built Well and Dovecot inspired by a resin model from Hovels. A Napoleonic Wars themed model is built from blue foam with DAS roof tiles. The model is 190mm tall and mounted on a MDF base 130mm x 145mm.

SOLD 19.02.19

The Flintloque Rifleorc is included for scale purposes only.

Thank you for looking.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Kid Wood Charity Shop Find

I picked up this pack of Kid Wood - an expanded foam modelling material from a local charity shop (where I find most of my modelling material).

I have used it in the past as the basis of various modelling projects and was wondering if anyone else uses it?

This pack has 13 individual pieces;
4 x round sections
4 x square strips
5 x sheets

It cost me just £2.00 from the St. Richards Hospice store in Pershore.


Monday, 11 February 2019

Wargames Terrain & Buildings book available to order

Pen & Sword are confirming that Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars is available for pre-order at the reduced price of just £11.99. The book is due for release on March 31st at which time it will return to the full published price of £14.99. For full details please see this link.

This book written by me is the first of a short series of books published by P&S and follows a similar format to my own self published and limited edition Dampfpanzerwagon Guides.

Please note; I still have limited numbers of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers available - should you wish to purchase a copy please see this link.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Models For Wargamers - Another Update

Regular readers and followers will know about by three Dampfpanzerwagon Guides, the first two self-published and limited edition books are now sold out, but I do have some issues of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.3 - Models For Wargamers at the reduced price of just £12.50 (plus post and packaging). For more information and details of how to order a copy please follow this link.

I am not looking to commission a reprint/reprints of these three Dampfpanzerwagon Guides - so get them while you can.

I am expecting details of the Pen & Sword book Wargames, Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars very soon and will post details once I have more information. My plan is to have copies at Alumwell.

Thank you.