Recently I have been working on building some terrain for my bolt action gaming table, currently I am focusing on the main centrepiece which is to be a large French manor house. The building is made out of 5mm foam board and has three floors with several rooms capable of holding a decently number of infantry. The roof and the top two floors are removable to allow access to most areas of the building.
The window frames and railings are made from lolly sticks and coffee stirrers, with the supports for the railings being made from cocktail sticks. The roof tiles are rough 1cm squares of stiff card glued in rows to give a slate tiled roof effect, the chimneys are built from foam board and lengths of drinking straws. For the base of the house I moulded a brick pattern using latex moulds and plaster, which when dry were glued to the house. The rest of the house was textured with watered down filler to give the appearance of the building having been rendered.
Two 28mm Tommies for scale
Overall I am happy with my progress, all I have remaining to do is to add more detail to the rooms and exterior, to add more narrative to the piece, I plan on making one of the rooms into a command area and adding some other little interesting pieces. I also need to paint the building and attach it to a base.
This is the first post in this series all about wargames, I intend to include about what wargames I play, terrain making, and infrequent battle reports.
In this post I am going to share some smoke markers and how I made them. They can be used to mark wrecked vehicles, burning builds or just help to make the game more immersive.
The markers begin as a round wooden base, the base needs to be weighty enough to hold the support of the smoke plume, so I use thick plywood. A hole needs to be drilled in the centre, then into this I glue a piece of thick wire that has be doubled over on itself.
Then, I threaded strips of cotton wool through the loop and glued them in place using PVA glue, building up the layers on top of one another until I had got the desired shape.
Next, once the glue dried, I sprayed the entire marker with grey spray paint then turned it upside-down and sprayed it with black spray paint, this gave darker shadowing on the underside. This finished the smoke marker, however I wanted to use it as a marker for burning wrecks, so by using yellow and red paint I built up a fire effect around the base.
Finally some models for scale, both are 28mm Bolt Action miniatures.
Such a beautiful aircraft.
Clear view of the large strip decals, which have held well with the decal fix
I really like the colour scheme, I think it suits the model.
Once again another view of the large panel decals.
This build was my first in 1:48 scale, which I found was not much change from building 1:72 models. I found the build quite easy, it was simple to put together and relatively straightforward to paint.
When I applied the decals I tried something new and used Humbrol’s “Decal Fix” to help them stick as I have been having problems with them falling off when they have been applied with water. So far they are holding much better and have conformed to the detail nicely.
Overall I am pleased with this Model, it is a excellent kit for it’s age, and would recommend it to those wanting to begin moving into bigger model scales just for the simplicity of it.
Tally-ho, a quick update with what I am currently building
Firstly I am near the final stages of painting and building a Hawker Fury, so far the build has been very fun and I have learnt some new things, but all will be explained in a final reveal.Next I am also near the finishing stages of another 1:76 diorama, involving a Cromwell cruiser tank and its crew. Once again I will go into more detail in a final revealAnd finally I have recently received several new model kits as prizes and gifts to add to my collection, I don’t think I am going to need to purchase any more for a little while…Well that’s all I am up to at the minute, however it seams I have got a lot more to build, now which one to choose…hmmm…
So with the coming of the summer holidays I finally managed to get around to finishing the Sherman crab and I am reasonably pleased with the results. The main build was quite simple, having built one of Airfix’s 1:76 sherman’s before with great results.
However when building the flail to go onto the front of the tank I encountered so problems, which required be to do some creative thinking and try something new.
I began by building the Sherman, the suspension was quite fiddly to build and difficult to keep straight, I also at the point glued and stapled the tracks. The hull and turret went together very nicely and needed no filling or adjustment. next I moved onto the flail, this gave me a few problems…
When gluing the sections together the chains began to fall of, I believe this is because they are only thin plastic therefore the cement melted through them. However this gave me the opportunity to shape and break the chains to give them a more realistic look. Then I drilled holes into the bar and re-glued the chains, after this the flail went together with very few problems, only the alignment of the supports gave me problems. After this I painted both the tank and flail separately before cementing together. Then touched up around where the two pieces had been joined.Finally I applied the decals and weathered the tank, I applied a large amount of mud to the front of the tank and flail as from reference pictures this is where the most dirt built up.Overall I think that this has been a decent build and as I said I am reasonably pleased with the final outcome. The final picture is of my two Sherman’s together. Please feel free to leave comments with your opinions and advice, they are much appreciated.
I have not posted on the site for just over 2 weeks so I felt like I needed to give an update on where I am and what is going on. Firstly, as it is almost the end of term (2 weeks to go) I am having to do a lot of exams at school this means I have been doing a lot of revising which doesn’t leave a lot of room for making models. However, with the summer holidays approaching there should be a lot more post as I have more time to build kits. Secondly, the Sherman crab build has not been posted because of reasons above but also because I witnessed a few hiccups in the building of the kit. Thirdly I currently have a project running at school which is to build a balloon powered car, this is taking up the time that I have spare, but as compensation for my absence I will post about the results and car with some pictures.
But as I said with the holidays approaching I will have more time so will be building more models and dabbling in some new things.
To look forward to:
- Balloon powered car
- Sherman crab build (sorry its so late)
- Hawker Fury 1:48
- 1:76 Josef Stalin 3 review
- Warhammer Fantasy (Woodelves)
- Bolt action (British)
- Other assorted model kits