Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Following a number of recent orders. I can confirm that there are now only 5 copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain left. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this self-published, limited edition book at the reduced price of just £12.50 (plus post and packaging) see this link.
Please note Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is also available at the reduced price of £12.50 (plus post and packaging). For details see this link or use the Models For Wargamers tab to the right.
Sunday, 29 July 2018
Resin castings of some scratch built items of 'clutter' sculpted by me.
for more information see this post.
In a recent magazine article I read the following. "Clutter can add interest but you must not overdo it." In these posts I hope to disprove the statement and push the boundaries on just how much clutter is too much.
Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.
Monday, 23 July 2018
Following on from this earlier post and after reading some comments on The Miniatures Page I have added some images of both books to the Blog. To order your own copy/copies please see this link for Models For Wargamers or this link for More Wargame Terrain.
Image two - The contents page of Models For Wargamers
Image three - The Squidship Lilith
Image four - The Tealight Signal Tower W-I-P
Image five - The Damaged Tower House W-I-P
Image six - The back page
Image seven - The cover of More Wargame Terrain
Image eight - The contents page
Image Nine - The Donkey Worked Winding Well
Image ten - The Olde Barn W-I-P
Image eleven - The back page
Should you want to order a copy of either limited edition book please see the links to the right or follow these links; Models For Wargamers or More Wargame Terrain both of which have been reduced to just £12.50 (plus post and packaging). Please Note - there are limited stocks of both.
Monday, 16 July 2018
Earlier this week it was pointed out to me that Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 - Building Wargame Terrain was first published over five years ago and Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain over four years ago. How time flies.....
Please note; There are no copies of Building Wargame Terrain left.
To commemorate the anniversary I have reduced the price of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers to just £12.50 (was £18.00) and brought the postage cost down to match the earlier book.
In addition I have reduced the cost of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain to £12.50 (was £15.00). Please be aware that there are limited numbers of both books available.
To order Models For Wargamers please use this link and to order More Wargame Terrain please use this link.
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Work on the layout has been slow, I have managed to build some items of clutter (more on this later in the month and for the whole month of August) but with the hot weather and baby-sitting most of my modelling and/or painting has been done in short sessions while listening to The World Cup on the radio.
This latest post shows the brick wall section that will fit between the main end-on building and the OSO Salt salt pan. In the image above you get a sense of the height and detailing of the bricks. I wanted a worn and run-down look and decided that I just couldn't face placing individual bricks as modelled with the base of the salt pan. The wall section is modelled from 'pizza foam' - the foam that you find on the bases of frozen pizzas.
In the second image you can see the full section. The wall was modelled slightly longer than needed as I thought it was easier to trim it down rather than build it to fit exactly. The wall is 180mm long x 60mm tall and just 10mm thick.
It was built on a corrugated cardboard core with pizza foam on the top and front. The individual bricks were impressed into the foam with the same brick making tool used for the earlier end-on building (see earlier posts).
Painting was done with a basecoat of cream/white and a number of layers of drybrushing over the top. Highlighting was done with washes and artists watercolour pencils. The SHELL sign was sourced from the internet and printed onto photographic paper at the local Boots the Chemists. It was stuck to thin card and weathered with acrylic paints and pencils before being glued in place. Once dry, I varnished the whole wall with Galleria matt varnish.
These two images show the pizza foam and corrugated cardboard construction.
While this final image shows work-in-progress.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Monday, 9 July 2018
I recently picked up a second-hand copy of Railway Modeller from September 2017 and was pleasantly surprised to see a Narrow Gauge layout built to 10mm = 1 foot running on O Gauge or 32mm track and representing a 3 foot industrial narrow gauge layout. The layout, called A Box & Co (Very) Ltd. was built by Peter Osborne as an example of a Micro Layout. The whole layout can be broken down and stored in 3 standard box files (hence the name - A Box) when not in use.
My own 11mm = 1 foot layout (still to be named) was thought to be unique. Seeing this I'm thinking that there are more 'mad NG modellers' out there working in 'non-standard gauge/scale combinations.
Saturday, 7 July 2018
Sue and I visited the Chateau Impney Hill Climb event, day one yesterday where I took loads of photos of both display cars and racing or event cars. In this first post I have pulled together some of the displays, starting with this stunning Morgan three wheeler. Regular readers will know how much I love these little runabouts and after taking the first image I was asked if I wanted to sit in the car. I'm pretty sure you know what the answer to that question was.....
The rest of the images are of display cars, cars for sale or cars parked in the carpark for example this Porsche Speedster replica was for sale for £22,000. If only I'd brought my chequebook!
For more information of the hill climb, please see this link.