Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Olde Barn from More Wargame Terrain

The Olde Barn is the model I chose to have as the cover illustration on Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain for two reasons, the first is that it fitted the portrait format better and secondly it showed a number of different modelling techniques, all of which are covered in great detail in the book.

The article/tutorial is 18 pages long with 7 pages covering assembly or construction and the remaining showing how I painted this model. The final page (as with all the articles in book two) gives a list of materials and paints used.

This image shows the construction complete and the model ready for painting. If you 'click' on the image - you should be able to see the image in greater detail.

Should you be interested in purchasing Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain please go to this link, but be aware the limited edition signed and numbered production run of just 100 books is selling out fast.

Thank you.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Salamander Space Marine

My latest Games Workshop Space Marine miniature is this Salamander Space Marine Tech.

I have had the miniature both based and primed for some time, but other projects have taken priority. The display figure is mounted onto a block of thick plastic card with the rest of the base built up from Milliput and the texture added by scattering sand and small stones over dilute uPVA glue.

The colour scheme is copied from a miniatures featured in White Dwarf, Woodland Green and Chaos Black over a black basecoat. The back banner (a distinctive feature of these models) was painted onto a sticky-back paper label and trimmed to shape and highlighted after fitting to the banner pole.

I have used GW transfers/decals for the main icons.

Like all of my Space Marine display figures, I have used a wooden base to raise the figure a little higher than a standard gaming piece.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

How to make this model maker very happy?

These five magazines were given to me by my Sister-in-Law's father, who is also a model maker. Thank you Alec.

And how do you make this same model maker very jealous?

By showing his this advert. The Captain Scarlet - Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle is a model that I have always longed after. You see, my father worked for Mettoys, in Fforestfach, Swansea and I was lucky enough to have owned (or my brothers to have owned) most of the diecast models made by Mettoys and Corgi. The Batmobile and Batboat, The James Bond Aston Martin, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and even the Chipperfield Circus set. However that meant that Dinky vehicle were out of bounds, a bit like supporting the rival football team (in my case that would be Cardiff).

When I started a new school at the age of ten, boys were allowed to bring in their pride and joy model cars to play with during break - the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle was the 'Dogs Bol**cks' and the one that every blue-blooded boy would lust over. Now forty-odd years later the SPV still holds that appeal for me.

This advert is taken from the back page of the March 1969 Meccano Magazine.



Monday, 24 November 2014

More Wargame Terrain by Tony Harwood

The second book in my short series of modelling guides - Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain is similar in layout and content to the earlier Building Wargame Terrain, but is targeted at the more experienced terrain builder or modeller.

In this post I have included images of three of the models included in the book - each of which include details of the inspiration, the building and the painting of the model/models.

Image One - The Stone Barn which was built by me after seeing a similar building adorning a Warmachine/Privateer Press Tournament table at one of the Games Expo shows in Birmingham. The model is based on a cardboard core with DAS sculpted walls and a card roof.

Image Two - Is a copy of a French Well, Spring and Trough featured in a tourism guide found on the Internet. The main building is built from Blue Foam with plastic card detailing and a pizza foam base. I really enjoyed painting the honeyed stone colours of the corner stones.

Image Three - A Spanish or Iberian Windmill. This model was originally built after running a poll on my Blog, asking member of The Notables (a Flintloque Yahoo group) what they would like to see next. The model features a plastic beaker as the base of the white tower and cut coffee stirrers for the sails.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain has been produced as a self-published book. The first 100 copies are numbered and signed. Should you wish to order a copy please go to this link.

As at today's date - there are just 17 signed copies left.

Thank you.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Display Base for my 40mm Flash Gordon Miniatures

In a bit of a change from the usual, here is a post detailing how I built this display base for use at Blast-Tastic in October 2014. For full details of the show go to this link. The stepped display was designed to show off some of my 40mm Flash Gordon miniatures, for details go to the Flash Gordon label on the right.

Image Two - The individual steps were cut from scrap 20mm MDF. I had my friendly carpenter cut the strips on his bench-saw.

Image Three - Each pair of blocks were glued together with No-More-Nails and sanded smooth.

Image Four - The blocks were then glued together to form the steps.

Image Five - A 20mm thick backing board was then glued to the back and the gaps filled with ready-mixed filler.

Image Six - I painted the whole base with three layers of watered-down Silver Mist paint that I had left over from an earlier project.

The whole project took less than two days from start to finish and I now have a professional looking display base that I can use for other shows and displays.

Each step is 50mm wide and 40mm tall.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

28mm Raised Market from Building Wargame Terrain

The final tutorial in Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 - Building Wargame Terrain is this 28mm Raised Market Hall, while the images below show some of the work-in-progress.

Like the earlier Messy Little Pigsty, this was one of the more detailed or 'signature pieces' in the book and the largest models featured in Building Wargame Terrain.

The projects in Building Wargame Terrain start with simple wall structures, moving through wall and fence and perimeter wall models, the earlier articles should give you the confidence to progress to the more details constructions that appear later in the book (and in book two - More Wargame Terrain).

Should you be interested in purchasing Building Wargame Terrain or the later book - More Wargame Terrain, please follow the links in the top right hand corner of the main Blog page where you can also find some fan-based reviews.

Thank you.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Gnome Cannon for November - part five

The painting is now complete, just the varnishing and flocking to go and the small group of Gnome and Halflings will be ready for the gaming table.

I have purposely painted the three miniatures in a 'miss-match' of uniform colours to show that they are an irregular unit forced to make-do with whatever they can lay their hands on. This is true of the actual figures and cannons, A Games Workshop Dwarf Cannon left over from a box of second-hand miniatures I picked up in a charity shop; the Gnome from Obidiah's Gun half-box set (Alternative Armies 54501) and a couple of spare Halflings (Alternative Armies 57001) that I had left over from a previous project. Even the plastic disc base that the cannon is based on is a counter found in the bottom of my Spares Box.

I should have images of the finished models up on the Blog - very soon.