Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris is a book that was given to me as a Fathers Day gift from Holly.

For details see this link.

Thank you Holly.


Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part ten

The painting is now done and I have varnished the whole model and base with Galleria matt varnish. The metallic areas have been gloss varnished and it is just a matter of adding some static grass and ground foam decoration to the base and the diorama will be finished.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part nine

I have mounted the two 40mm Jim Bowen miniatures onto the small diorama base, actually into the base or groundwork.

I used a Dremel Grout Clearing drill bit to make two oval holes in the groundwork and glued the figures in place with superglue. I used small slivers of spare balsawood to act as fillers and made sure that the feet of the two Saxons were level with the modelled groundwork.

The groundwork was then built up with DAS modelling clay before being textured with sieved stones and sand. The base was then painted brown, highlighted with a lighter brown and odd stones were picked out with grey, highlighted with a lighter grey.

I touched up the feet and wall stones where they met with the dark earth.

Before this image was taken, I had 'washed' the base with Dark Tone wash from Vallejo.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part eight

I have tried to keep the colours slightly subdued, but couldn't resist painting the second miniature with striped leggings.

With most of the painting done. I will be now be thinking of adding these to the diorama base.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part seven

Both Jim Bowen miniatures were painted over a dark brown basecoat/undercoat with the main colours built-up from a dark base colour to mid colour and then highlights. The metal areas on the figure on the left were painted with a bronze/gold palette and the one on the right with a gunmetal/silver palette.

The shield on the figure on the left has been modified by cutting off the moulded decoration and grinding it smooth. I then added a plastic boss with superglue before undercoating.

I have started to paint the large fur cloak by drybrushing with lighter browns.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Oldhammer Kickstarter - the well

This is a cropped image of The Well, a multi-part model for the Oldhammer Kickstarter which is due for launch very soon.

The model was built by me and comes with alternative bases, a flagstone base and this rough ground base.

For full details of the kickstarter go to this here.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part six

I have superglued the two Jim Bowen 40mm Saxons onto a couple of pieces of cork ready to start painting.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part five

I thought the walls looked a little too light and so washed the stone work with some black and earth coloured washes. I then gave the upper stones another drybrush..


Monday, 5 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part four

The walls and diorama base were painted using a palette of subdued greys and pale browns with a light drybrush of pale grey. The upper wall has had a number if individual stones/tile added to it. These were cut from thin slivers of green foam and glued in place with superglue.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

UK Games Expo, Birmingham

I have just returned for Games Expo 2017, held at the NEC, Birmingham. I missed last year as I feel that this show is one that I can attend every-other-year rather than as an annual pilgrimage. For anyone who has not attended this extravaganza, I can recommend it as a great day (or even a weekend) out with loads to see and do. Personally, I feel it it a little to Game, and by this I mean Board Game orientated and I much preferred it when it was held at The Clarendon Suite, however the show has grown so much that this would now be impossible for two reasons - the sheer amount of people that attend this show (thousands of em and many dressed up in some truly outlandish costumes) and The Clarendon has recently closed down.

I didn't purchase that much, coming away with a handful of miniatures and some second-hand magazines and books. I found the day to be a little too expensive for me and I think I prefer pure Wargame Shows.

Below I have included some of the many images I took on the day - I hope that you like them.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part three

The stonework was inspired by these images of a ruined abbey that I found in a book on Saxon England.

I should have some painted images soon.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part two

I have built up the groundwork with DAS modelling clay which has been applied over dilute uPVA glue. The walls have been further detailed by brushing with a wire brush.

There is still some work to be done on the base and wall but I am now looking forward to adding some paint.


Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons

It's been a while since I modelled or painted something just for myself, rather than book and magazine articles or producing Masters for someone else.....

My On-Line Build for May 2017. Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons.

This is a project that I have wanted to do for some time, a pair of Jim Bowen 40mm Saxons set against a scratch built wall on a small diorama base.

The wall is constructed from some spare Green Foam with the individual stones carved and then textured before being glued to a plastic card base, which is in turn glued to a stone (or reconstituted stone) door number plaque.

As usual, you can 'click' on the images for a larger view.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Hay-on-Wye Festival 2017

Holly, Sue and I visited Hay-on-Wye yesterday mainly for a walk around the Festival, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary, but also to mooch the secondhand book shops. The weather was OK with some cloud but mainly sunny and the festival was its usual mix of different activities and exhibitions.

None of us came away with much, but we all enjoyed our picnic on the hill below the castle.

More details here.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Models For Wargamers Book - a further update

60 books have now been sold. 

The first 100 copies of Models For Wargamers are going to be numbered and signed. Should you wish to purchase a copy of this or Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain Please follow this link.

Once again thank you for the support.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Oldhammer Kickstarter - update

Here is an example of the painted Apothecaries Rest. The image was taken from the latest update on The Lead Adventure Forum, for details see this post.

The masters for most of the buildings were sculpted by me and cast in resin by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games. Further images can be found here.

I think you will agree the painted example looks fantastic.

The Oldhammer Kickstarter is now planned for launch very soon and I will update the Blog once I have more information.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Paintbrushes for Christmas

This week, I received a late Christmas present of five paintbrushes. The brushes are sable or sable mix and range from No. 2 down through 0, 3/0, 5/0 to 10/0. The smaller sizes are a little unusual for me, but will be useful when painting eyes and super detail.

Thank you Nigel and Louvaine.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Westwind Dwarves for sale on e-bay


I have places a number of Westwind Metal Dwarves on e-bay. The miniatures were bought many years ago with the intention of painting them up as a warband and then as characters in a Frostgrave campaign but they have sat, un-loved in a wooden box for too long and I think I should be passing them on.

For full details see this link.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Traders Shack for the Apocalypse Miniatures Kickstarter

The Traders Shack is yet another scratch-built master for the Apocalypse Miniatures  OldHammer Kickstarter due to be released later this year. I will be keeping the Blog updates with details once I have more information.