Friday, 28 October 2016

Cobblestone Paper from Hobbycraft

I recently came across this textured wrapping paper on sale at Hobbycraft, Droitwich. I thought that it could be used as cobblestone roads or pavements. The Alternative Armies Trolka Thug is 40mm tall and mounted on a 2p coin.

I will be experimenting with it over the next couple of months to see if I can reproduce the look I am after.

Bought from Hobbycraft Droitwich/Webbs Garden Centre for £1.50 a sheet.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Book Three - where are we?

Work on Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.3 - Title still to be Confirmed is progressing slowly as other more pressing commissions and magazine article keep pushing it back. My daughter has agree to do the main editing and I have promised her a first draft prior to Christmas. I may pass on one chapter at a time as this suits me and should make the job a little easier. The planned production date of March/April or Easter 2017 remains a realistic target so look out for further updates on the Blog. Hopefully I can get a mock-up cover done before Christmas.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 More Wargame Terrain - the Purple cover is nearly sold out, just one perfect copy left - any takers? See link to the right for more details of how to order.

I do have some 'seconds' in the garage which means should anyone get in touch wanting a copy, I can supply a few more.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

St Fagans part three

In part three I have included some images of the smaller or internal details I noticed when visiting the museum. I find that these small details can be reproduced as 'clutter' and included either as stand-alone terrain pieces or as features added to the sides of my scratch-built buildings.


Monday, 24 October 2016

IPMS Scale Model World 2016

The IPMS Scale Model World model show is now less than three weeks away. For anyone not familiar with this show, It is recognised as the largest model making exhibition in the world and takes place at the International Centre, Telford.

I try to attend every year. I also prefer the Sunday to the Saturday as it is a little quieter and easier to get around. For details see this link.

Last year I joined the IPMS or International Plastic Modellers Society which entitles me to manufacturers discounts, four society magazines a year and free entry to the show. I have renewed my membership and plan on being at the show on Sunday 13th November.

Hopefully I will see you there.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Miniature Holders Kickstarter and Homemade Holder

I'm not sure if I have posted about this Kickstarter before.

The wooden holder has a split cork pressed into the opening which then grips the figure or figure base. The metal bar is used to steady the hand while sculpting or painting. For full details see this link. I supported this project at the Euro 28 level with extra or spare corks, but while I was waiting for delivery, I thought -

"I could make one", in fact two of these!

I used some china cocktail stick or tooth pick holders which were picked up in a charity shop for just £1.00 (for both) and some wine making 35mm cork bungs which I slit with a snap-off bladded knife.

I can report that they work fine, and being china I have even used them in the oven - something that I would not want to do with the wooden ones.

The Kickstarter has been very successful raising over Euro 227,000 of a Euro 5,000 goal. I think it's a great idea, but will hold off on a full review until after they have arrived and I have had chance to use them.


Friday, 21 October 2016

St Fagans part two

October has turned into one of my busiest months, normal work, commissions and family life have meant that there is little time for model making or painting. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

I have added some additional images from my recent visit to St Fagans National History Museum. The lean-to barn could be used in many different eras and I look forward to building an example very sson.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ruined Dwarf Pillars for Panzerfauste

Earlier this week Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games gave me these pre-production resin castings of Dwarven Pillars, ruined Dwarven Pillars for the game Panzerfauste.

The original masters were produced by me earlier in the year. I used Plaster of Paris to cast up four perfect pillars and then proceeded to 'ruin' them as dictated by Steve Blease (one of the partners of Hysterical Games who commissioned these Skogtroll terrain pieces).

Image One (above) - Shows the most complete of the four pillars it stands 150mm tall on a base 110mm x 110mm.

Image Two (below) - Is a more ruined and collapsed version (my favourite of the four and was built from a damaged Plaster of Paris master). The model is 90mm tall on a 130mm x 150mm base.

I have designed the first two models to be used as generic terrain pieces for many different gaming systems/genres. Hopefully I will have these painted and ready for play very soon.

Image Three - Is another ruined pillar with a WW2 era concrete bunker to the side. As you can see this one has suffered some damage to the roof of the bunker during mould making (a case of using too much pressure when applying the silicone rubber?) I will be working on this pre-cast to repair the damage and hopefully the repaired and finalised model will be ready for sale very soon.

The final model and not shown here is another ruined pillar with a wooden shack to the side. As stated, I am hopeful that these will be available for sale very soon.

For details of the Panzerfauste terrain range - please see this link.

I hope you like them.


Troglodytes not Skogtroll. Thanks Rob.