Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Sherwood Forest Railway

We have just returned from a short three day break camping in Sherwood Forest. The highlight was spending time with the grandchildren and visiting Sherwood Forest Railway - a 15 inch gauge, 5/8th scale pleasure line that is just full of character. We rode on PET one of the steam engines. 

I spent time sketching some of the features - like the sleeper-built water tower and the abandoned V skip-based enclosed wagon both of which could find their way on to The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. layout.

For more information go to this link.


Thursday, 29 July 2021

Hay-on-Wye - a much needed away-day

It's been some time since Sue and I have had an away-day but earlier this week we had a short two day break in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books. We took the Kangoo and booked one night camping at Racquety Farm which is situated just over the bridge on the north side of the town.

It should come as no surprise that I spent most of my time rummaging around old book shops and picked up these little gems (amongst others).

The first is Pigeonniers de France by Dominique Letellier a book brimmed full of both period photographs and beautiful illustrations. Published by Editions Privat in 1991.

Here are just a couple of sample pages - which I am sure will inspire loads of wargame buildings.

The second is this Shire Album - 160 The Gunpowder Industry by Glenys Crocker. This small booklet was found in a bargain box and bought for just 99p.

Once again, I have included a sample page.

On the way back home we stopped off in Hereford and I picked up some modelling supplies from The Hereford Model Centre.

It was only one night away, but given the restrictions we have been living under for the last 18 months, it felt like a real break - a memorable holiday and I picked up some bargains.


Tuesday, 27 July 2021

UK Games Expo 2021

I've just seen that UK Games Expo is on this weekend. I would usually go, but what with the current restrictions and the fact that we have arraigned to be out. I'll be giving it a miss this year.

For anyone wanting any additional information, just follow this link.

Good luck and stay safe. See you next year (hopefully)


Saturday, 24 July 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - more work on the loading shed

The individual wooden strips on the walls of the loading shed have been weathered with watered-down acrylic washes and nail holes added by using a pointed pencil.

The steam and smoke weathering above the door was more pronounced and painted on with dark grey acrylic paint.

While the lettering on the main wall was inspired by an internet search and drawn on with a watercolour pencil.

I have kept the two building separate as I find it easier to work on.


Thursday, 22 July 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - the main building continued

I used scrap plywood (an old wooden packing case picked up at Pershore Market) to clad the cardboard structure, as you can see I have not added wood where the second building will clip in place.

This plain wood was then 'aged' by adding washes of diluted acrylic paint following some examples of old wood seen in the garden.

This final image shows the main mine building alongside the loading barn where the trains will reverse in the empty wagons and then exit with full loads.

The loading area has also been built from corrugated cardboard and clad with individual strips of more scrap wood.


Monday, 19 July 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - starting the main building

Construction of the main building started with this corrugated cardboard core. In the first instance the pieces were held together with masking tape as I worked out the shape and size.

Later I used my tried and tested technique of gluing the cardboard together with my hot glue gun and then strengthening the edges with strips of torn newspaper glued in place and sealed with PVA glue.

The edges were further strengthened with strips of manilla envelope also glued in place with PVA glue.

I used fruit packing case wood (picked up free from Pershore Market) to clad the cardboard structure.

I will be adding detail later, but as you can see the main mine building is progressing well.


Friday, 16 July 2021

From the mouths of children

We were babysitting our two grandchildren earlier this week and Finley came out with this.....

                "Bampi* doesn't have a real job he just makes models."


* Bampi - a colloquial Welsh language word meaning Grandad 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Airfix Cloud Climber Glider

A charity shop find.....

Airfix Cloud Climber Glider in original packaging for just £1.00. I'm estimating the model to be from the 1960's or 70's - So do I open it?

Pattern No. 1645

I think I will and have the fun of flying it.


Saturday, 10 July 2021

A Tree Stump Dwelling for Burrows & Badgers

Issue 460 of Miniature Wargames (August 2021) features this scratch built model built by me for the anthropomorphic miniatures game Burrows & Badgers from Oathsworn Miniatures. the model was inspired by a concrete garden ornament and built from corrugated cardboard and DAS modelling clay. The model was painted using a 'splattering' technique which I feel mimics the natural bark well. The roof tiles are modelled from egg box card.

For full details of how this model was built and painted check out the magazine yourself.

The Frog Fixer miniature is from the B&B game and is included for scale purposes.


Thursday, 8 July 2021

Future Magazine Articles?

Regular readers and followers will know that I've been producing magazine articles for both Miniature Wargames and Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy for some time. The articles have covered a wide variety of different styles and genres, with the most recent series in MW showing how I build wargame terrain from scrap or readily available materials. 

I'm now planning a new series of themed articles and was looking for some help.....

The theme I'm think about is buildings or structures from the movies. I already have a couple of suitable buildings, but was hoping that I could get some suggestions as to others I might look at.

Do you have any suggestions?

They can be modern, traditional or even fantasy, but I would like to have some from both recognised films, for example Star Wars and Marvel films or less well known for example The Lost Command (which was filmed in Spain but was about the independence conflicts in Algeria).

I might even look at buildings from animated films. For example Asterix (I'm currently working on an Asterix themed building at the moment).

So, any suggestions and remember the more unusual or quirky, the better.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing what are suggested.


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Models For Wargamers book is still available to purchase

A timely reminder; Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is still available. For details of how to order your copy see this link.

The image below shows the books contents and there are many reviews available on the link above.


Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Scratch Built Adobe - for sale on e-bay


I am continuing to sell off items of terrain I no longer use. The latest is this scratch built 28mm scale adobe suitable for a wide range of different genres/games. The adobe was built some time ago and features in the Pen & Sword book - Wargame Terrain and Buildings - North Africa and The Middle East written by me.

The adobe was built from cardboard, foam and DAS modelling clay with a number of resin pieces added to the base as decoration. The main building is 135mm x 115mm x 80mm tall it is mounted on to a 3mm thick plastic card base 210mm x 170mm.

For details of the e-bay auction see this link.

Thank you.


Friday, 25 June 2021

Nano Gel Tape

Earlier this week I picked up a pack of this super-sticky, double-sided Nano Gel Tape. I'd been looking at different Velcro tapes/packs and when I saw this I thought I'd try this instead.

I bought my pack from The Range, for £2.99 for a 1 metre pack. For more details see this link.

The tape comes in the standard roll about 30mm wide. I thought it would be ideal for holding miniatures onto my home-made cork painting handles and tried it out on this based but unpainted 28mm figure as you can see in this images. 

The Nano tape holds the mini securely, however it is too secure and trying to remover the mini proved difficult as the tape is super strong. So much so that I thought I would damage the figure by having to apply too much force. In the end I used a knife to prise the mini and base from the tape.


The tape is extremely strong and I'm sure will have many uses, but securing figures to my cork painting handles will not be one of them. It is just TOO STRONG. In future I will revert back to my tried-and-trusted BlueTack.


Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - painting the tunnel entrance

The completed tunnel entrance has now been painted - I used various acrylic paints to copy the well-worn and aged wood effect I had seen on the internet.

The internal shuttering was painted in the same way. Above is the internal (right) edge and below is the external (left) edge. Both shown with a 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot scale figure.

The final two images show the entrance and shuttering placed on the kitchen table and outside patio paving to show the finish I was looking for.


Monday, 21 June 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - the tunnel entrance

The left hand side of the layout will disappear into a crude tunnel entrance built from huge wooden supports while the tunnel interior will be defined with some wooden shuttering.

The first image shows the start of the wooden shuttering. Built from scrap wood and DAS modelling clay over some 3mm thick plastic card the walls have been detailed with plastic card and florists wire.

The wooden tunnel entrance was inspired by a mine entrance I found on the internet and built from some spare balsawood blocks. The entrance has been scaled to accept the narrow gauge engines (just).

The final image for this post shows the first parts built (but not glued down). I still need to determine how far around the entrance needs to come on the layout and build the right hand shuttering and paint them.....


Sunday, 20 June 2021

Magazine Haul

As a Father's Day treat Holly accompanied Sue and I for a walk along the river front in Bewdley. Although the weather wasn't great we enjoyed our stroll, feeding the ducks and watching the rowers.

Before returning home I stopped off at Bewdley railway station on the Severn Valley Railway and picked up this selection of second-hand, foreign language railway magazines.

You may wonder why?

Well these magazines nearly always have a specialised model making section - for example this article by one of my favourite authors Emmanuel Nouaillier and at just 20p an issue - it's a real bargain bucket treat.

I'll enjoy looking through them over the next couple of weeks, cutting out articles I want to keep and then passing them on to a cadre of railway modellers in Droitwich.


Friday, 18 June 2021

Another project for the Grandchildren

Regular updates have been delayed this last couple of months as projects for the Grandchildren have taken priority. The latest is this old TEA box painted for Finley to keep his ever growing collection of fossils safe.

I can confirm that I have also been working on a variety of magazine articles and I'll post details once they are published.