Thursday 30 November 2023
Friday 24 November 2023
I have started work on the road over-bridge. I increased the height and built up the road surface with corrugated cardboard before starting on the brick faced front.
I have used 5mm foam underlay and carved each brick individually before painting it with a variety of different acrylic paints.
The brick overlay was glued in place with PVA glue and held in place with pins while the glue set.
Finally, we have the Fireless locomotive being tested on a section of scrap track - to make sure it all works.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
I'll start by saying that my shed is where I do most of my modelling and figure painting - in fact miniature figure painting or wargame figure painting is what I would love to be doing....
But over the last three months most of my time in the shed has been repairing toys, producing bits 'n' pieces and finishing Christmas gifts. To give you some idea of the various jobs here is a list (and not a complete list at that!)
Making (and painting) cardboard shields for the two grandsons
Illustrating two children's books for my son's father-in-law
Re-framing a painting for my daughter - I produced the painting some time ago but was never satisfied with the finished frame and mount
Repair two swords for the grandsons
Produce some Christmas gifts
Making fancy dress props for my son (I'm still working on these)
Re-mend a sword!
Repair a wooden spoon
Print some Christmas cards from lino prints I carved years ago
Hopefully, I can spend some time painting wargame miniatures soon. But I not holding my breath.....
Sunday 19 November 2023
Today, Sue and I went to Stratford-upon-Avon and had fun browsing the shops looking for Christmas presents. I particularly enjoyed the art exhibition, where I saw loads of great original work and chatted to the artists. On the way back to the car I took these images of Mason's Court - an open bay house typical of the medieval period and similar in design to Bayleaf House at the Weald and Down Museum.
I have taken images from the front and right hand side to show the timber frame construction. The brick infill is not original.
Thursday 16 November 2023
I have been building up the area around the road over-bridge with DAS modelling clay - I needed to make it slightly higher to facilitate the Fireless locomotive and carriages. In addition a trip to Tennants Trains, Halesowen to purchase the track and turnouts was supplemented with this box of MiniArt Civilian Drivers.
The final image shows the Fireless locomotive now fitting under the road bridge.
There is still a lot of construction work to complete before I am ready to lay the track, but at least there has been a little bit of progress.
Saturday 11 November 2023
The latest issue of Miniature Wargames - issue 488, December 2023 features an article written by me in which I show how I built three sections of damaged walls for use in my Flintloque games. The same models have previously appeared in my self published book Building Wargame Terrain (now out of print).
For more information, please pick up the magazine or see this link.