Monday, 21 August 2017

Ford's Hospital, Coventry

Earlier today, Sue and I visited Coventry City Centre with Holly. While I was waiting for them to finish shopping I started exploring some of the many side-streets and came across this interesting building - Ford's Hospital a 16th Century half timbered building that was used as an Alms House and was later re-built using original timbers after the original was destroyed in the Blitz of 1940. For more details see this Wikipedia link.


Saturday, 19 August 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #4

The second sculpt - another figure or workman in dungarees.

Image One - The figure was converted from another 1/24th scale plastic figure bought from e-bay. Here you see the finished sculpt alongside the original donor figure.

Image Three - After smoothing out the Green Stuff and Milliput, I painted the figure with some GW liquid Green Stuff before undercoating with grey acrylic paint.

Image Four - The flesh areas were built up over Snakebite Leather.

Image Five - The white shirt was painted over Stonewall Grey from Vallejo, then highlighted with Dead White.

Image Six - The workman from the rear showing how the work clothes were sculpted.

Image Seven - The first and second test figures alongside one another. They stand between 63mm and 65mm tall or around 5' 8'' - 5' 10'' in 1:27.7 (11mm = 1 foot).

I have to admit that sculpting these test figures is very therapeutic. I would expect to do more, many more.....


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Printable Scale Rule

The 1:27.7 Narrow Gauge Adventure continues. However it was a thread over on The Lead Adventure Forum that was the impetus for this latest post. I saw the post which gave details of a site that allowed you to download scale rulers in any scale. I though I'd give it a go and here you see the result. A scale ruler marked off in 10 cms increments and the latest scratch built figure - a driver (more on this in a later post).

I printed off two scale rulers, both to 1:27.7 scale and then had them laminated and trimmed. For details of the scale rulers, see this link.

I can see this simple tool being useful in this and future modelling projects.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Julius Caesar at the RSC

Sue and I were treated to a very special treat yesterday, Holly had bought tickets to see a performance of Julius Caesar at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition we had a complimentary pre-performance tour and at the end of the second act we were invited to a question and answer seminar with the director and cast.

The performance was a very special and one-off integrated British Sign language performance where the signer is not off to one side (as is usual) but integrated into the cast and playing alongside the actors. As one member of the audience commented "it was like seeing the actors soul."

A very special treat and quite a different experience from the last time I saw Julius Caesar at the RSC, back in 1995 when I was invited to attend as a guest of Courvousier Cognac.


Sue and Holy are both experienced signers and currently awaiting their BSL Level 3 results.

Both Sue and Holly have passed their BSL level 3 exam - CONGRATULATION.....

Monday, 14 August 2017

Pen & Sword Commission

In 2016 I was approached by Pen & Sword to produce a book (actually two books) on building wargame terrain. The first of these books themed around the Napoleonic Wars has now been sent to the commissioning editor for checking and I am awaiting further details on editing and production.

Once I have more information and clearance, I will post further details.

In the mean time copies of two of my self-published books; Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain and Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers are still available for details of how to order copies please go to this link or this link.

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No 1 - Building Wargame Terrain is unfortunately out of stock and out of production.

Thank you.


Friday, 11 August 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the Gauge/Scale thing.....

I keep getting questioned on why I am working in the obscure scale of 1:27.7. I though I would try to explain.....

Gauge is the distance between the rails, for example 2 foot or 600mm

HO-OO track is 16.5mm and Peco offer a track called Crazy Track which is modelled to look like narrow gauge track - for details see this link.

I wanted to model an 18 inch gauge prototype so 16.5mm would equate to 11mm = 1 foot or 1:27.7

Here are some examples of other modelling Gauge/Scale combinations;

Name                       Gauge                   Scale  
G                              45mm                   15mm = 1 foot
GN15                       16.5mm                15mm = 1 foot
SM32                       32mm                  16mm = 1 foot
O-16.5                     16.5mm                7mm = 1 foot
ON9                         9mm                     7mm = 1 foot
HOm                        12mm                   3.5mm = 1 foot
HOe                          9mm                    3.5mm = 1 foot
009                           9mm                     4mm = 1 foot
N-6.5                        6.5mm                  2mm = 1 foot

27.7N16.5                16.5mm                11mm = 1 foot


Others include;
S                                16.5mm                 1/64th scale
5.5N16.5                   16.5mm                1/50th
ON30                        16.5mm                1/4 inch = 1 foot
3/8th (1:32nd)        16.5mm                3/8th = 1 foot

There are many more.....

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #3

The latest test, a 1:27.7 scale (or 11mm = 1) foot narrow gauge railway skip shown alongside the custom built and painted workman - see earlier posts for more details.

Image Two - The scratch built skip made from a HO-OO brake van chassis/frame and some spare plastic card.

Image Three - The second-hand Piko brake van picked up from Tennants Trains for just 50p. I bought two, so expect a second model soon.

Image Four - The red skip body is from a Gnomy toy train set that I had in my spares box. The ends have been modified to sit on the plastic card frame but otherwise it is stock. The skip has been modelled so that it remains horizontal in transit, but can tilt on the frame if needed. Yes the skip actually works.

Image Five - The painted skip on the piece of test track which has featured in earlier posts.

The rather unusual scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot represents an 18 inch gauge industrial track layout using 16.5mm Peco Crazy Track more often used for O-16.5 or 7mm = 1 foot narrow gauge.

I can confirm that these simple tests are satisfying my Narrow Gauge modelling itch..... Expect more updates soon.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Isle of Lewis Chessmen Statues - part three

The third Isle of Lewis Chessman, this time the Rook or as I have seen him described on some Web pages - The Beserker.

Image Two and Three - Show the bare plaster cast on an oval of 3mm thick plastic card with the groundwork built up from DAS modelling clay. The groundwork was further textured with sieved stones and sand which was applied over uPVA glue.

The two images show some of the holes and cast bubbles filled in with more DAS.

Image Four - The painting followed the same pattern as the two earlier statues.

Image Five - Showing all three Isle of Lewis Statues together with a Flintloque RifleOrc which is shown for scale.

I have mentioned on earlier posts, how much fun these simple statues were to model. I should also say that they were a very easy project to work on.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Isle of Lewis Chessmen Statues - part two

The King was next.....

I knocked off his head as the original plaster cast head was so badly cast I didn't think it was worth saving. Here you can see the King and Queen with a Flintloque RifleOrc shown for scale and how the two statues have slightly different stone colours, the King being a little lighter.

Image Three - Just like the Queen, the King was mounted on to an oval of 3mm thick plastic card and the groundwork built up with DAS modelling clay. This groundwork was further textured and detailed with sieved stones and sand over uPVA glue.

It may not be apparent in these images, but there has been a considerable amount of repairs done to the original chess piece. These were modelled with DAS over uPVA glue.

Image Four and Five - The base colours were 'slapped' on in the same way as the Queen then washed with all sorts of different coloured and strengths of washes trying to keep the darker colours to the bottom and the lighter ones to the top. The green mould was a watered-down acrylic paint applied as a wash.

Image Six - The base and groundwork were painted in the usual Snakebite Leather colours, although in this case, the Snakebite colour was made up as I have now come to the end of my GW Snakebite Leather supplies.....

Image Seven and Eight - The model was varnished with Galleria Matt Varnish before the base was decorated with dyed sawdust and ground foam.

Once again, the damaged chess pieces have come out fine and considering they were about to be thrown away, I think they look great as Flintloque scale statues.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Isle of Lewis Chessmen Statues

Earlier this year I picked up three plaster casts of the Isle of Lewis chess men. The casts were not very good, in fact they were miss-cast with lots of air bubbles and some serious damage. However I thought they were worth saving and here you see the first re-modelled statue, The Queen.

The Queen had the base sanded smooth and a was mounted on to a rough oval of 3mm thick plastic card. I used a small wooden chip and DAS modelling clay to add some interest to the plain base then sprinkled sieved sand and small stones over uPVA glue to texture the groundwork.

Image Two - Shows the lop-sided Queen alongside the poorly cast King. The very poorly cast King!

Image Three - I 'sealed' the plaster with some dilute uPVA glue.

Image Four - The basecoat of grey, drybrushed grey was slapped on.

Image Five - The stonework was tinted with various washes to give the stone colour some 'life'.

Image Six - The base was painted in my usual Snakebite Leather cocktail with odd stones picked out in grey.

Image Seven - Then the base was decorated with dyed sawdust and static grass.

I think the newly based and painted Queen looks OK and considering the fact that they were destined to be thrown away - I believe that this is a win-win.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Models For Wargamers Book is still available to order

Another quick reminder. Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is still available to order. For details of how to get your copy, follow this link.

In addition, there are still limited quantities of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain available. for details see this link.

Thank you.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #2

This is an image of a heavily converted 1/24th scale plastic figure that was bought from the Internet. I was searching to see if I could find a 60mm - 66mm miniature to use with the 1/27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot scale test (see earlier posts), but this search proved unsuccessful.

I therefore purchased 10 plastic figures from e-bay. Two of these miniatures can be seen below, next to a couple of 1/43.5 scale or O gauge figures (7mm = 1 foot).

I chopped the mannequin into sections, cutting at the neck, waste, knee and foot, then removing about 20mm of plastic.

These pieces were then glued together with superglue.

I used Green Stuff to re-build the body.

Then more Green Stuff to cloth the figure.

Even more Green Stuff to detail his dungarees.

Following comments on The lead Adventure, I painted the new miniature with Games Workshop Green Filler - (a water based filler that comes in the standard GW pot).

Then undercoated him with brush applied grey primer.

The flesh areas were painted first. Snakebite Leather then highlighted with Snakebite/white with some more white and a little red. Finally the model was washed with GW Flesh wash.

The shirt was painted over a Stonewall Grey acrylic colour from Vallejo, highlighted with white.

And the dungarees painted in dark blue, highlighted in Regal Blue.

This final image shows the finished workman alongside the O gauge figure.

The model stands 63mm tall or about 5' 8'' in 1:27.7 (11mm = 1foot).