Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Church WIP


Ok, so after a lot of pondering work has commenced. A fellow on a Facebook group (that escapes me right now) offered some wallpaper he has that gives a flint finish, that is in hand and does look rather good. However preliminary pimping needs to be done before all of that. 

A common complaint of MDF kits is that everything is the same thickness and this is true here, the window details that go on over the ones in the wall are 2mm thick and look a tad heavy, the easiest option was to clad the walls in 1mm material, reducing the overhang - this will be even less once the wallpaper is applied. I also decided to flip the far long wall, so it’s windows were symmetrical ( a common design feature) - I don’t know why they aren’t but hey... a tenner... there won’t be room for a pulpit, it’s too small a church and the one in my village growing up never had one, but there will be room for the altar and a font at the tower end. 

I need to do stone paving for the floor, may chuck in some interior gravestones... I used to invigilate exams in Blackfriars Hall in Norwich and would read the floor gravestones as I wandered the aisles of desks. They probably have a proper name, but I don’t know it...

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Church

Ok, so about time I did a church...

An unusually appropriately targeted Facebook ad told of a sale on mdf scenery at Wargames Tournaments and a casual browse gave this little church for a tenner (and I think it was free postage as well), so as I pimp up mdf anyway, bare bones for a tenner worked for me...


It’s not bad for the money, the door will need cutting out, but that’s fine, and and laser cut brick texture would be covered anyway so the lack of that in this kit is fine as well. It’s just put together here, no glue as the pimping will be easier on flat pieces. There are decorative window trims as well.


The only two downsides I can see is that one tower wall is too short (above), but that’s fixable and I’m not sure how the roof goes together, no instructions came with it but the rest is obvious and I’ll probably have to tinker anyway as any wall pimping will need to be taken into account. All in all not too bad...

Just need to see the best way to get some big brick work on there.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Barnstorming...

and the cart store/barn - another Blotz kit, I only used the provided beams for the front because - arches... the other sides I did with balsa as usual.. the Blotz beams are serviceable, but they just differ too much from my other buildings... I did try them, but end up stripping them and redoing it all. I tried the brick pattern for the lower panels as well, but I just didn't like the look, so liquid g/s over those bits.



 


rooftiles and spare wheel from Warbases.co.uk, pick axe from I honestly don't remember (came on a sprue with a shovel, sledge hammer and a hoe), the hook was just balsa and plastic rod... just a little bit of something to tart the inside of an otherwise simple building...



Revenants (well zombies but hey...)

OK, so finally got a photo session and so here are the zombies from a while back... not sure my camera is at it's best anymore, it doesn't remember the date or settings when it's turned off... but hey, better pics than I've been managing....

So... Mantic zombies with a variety of g/s to just 17thC them up a bit...


base figures with a bit of g/s to vary clothing and poses a wee bit...


and as an equal opportunities necromancer some lady corpses... g/s for boobs, although one has a boob ripped off as I couldn't get them even. She also has a missing hand, as it seemed unlikely that so many would be carrying around a fresh hand for snacking, so lopped off and a bit of wire for bone and g/s for flesh...


Monday, 12 August 2019

Miller Time (new pics)...

[OK, since I moved house, I've not done any photos of stuff and discovered last week that my new place isn't blessed for lighting like my old place was (skylight and sloped white roof to reflect an anglepoise), so treated myself to a new lightbox, with a built in LED strip, nice and bright, but I need to keep tinkering with my camera I think - anyhoo newer better pics below...]

Finally, here is the watermill...



I added a dovecote to the front wall to cover the expanse of wall without any real feature. Quite happy with it, although it's not that clear. I'll have to redo these pics at some point.



The millstones, cogs and bits are all scratchbuilt, the stairs are from Fenris Games.



The grain sacks are from Ainsty Castings Trade Goods range.


And it connects nicely within the existing river sections. The angled corner eliminates an awkward angle that was created by the adjoining river bank section. In fact I managed to match up the new bit to stuff done 4-5 years ago quite nicely even if I say so myself, but then managed to kill everything when I added gloss to all the pieces... so I had to do some remedial work to rescue them. You can see if you really examine it, but for now, it works for me.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

Planning the base...

Okeydoke... thatch is done and in various states of touch up, base coat shenanigans. Base is sand done with patches where I want to blend in the Vallejo texture for hard worn paths. A test fit to check everything looks ok and that is s hell of a wall of nothing on the front. Considering a tree...