woensdag 20 september 2017

Feeling a bit fenced in - 3 metres of WIP

As I didn't have much time tonight, I went for the do just one or 2 things and in bulk. So, 15 strips of cardboard and 15 20cm cut down BBQ matches later.....

Yes, rather.......unimpressive.

When done, it is 3 metres of metal sheeting fence, so there. Tomorrow the rest of the framework will be done, again little time, and Friday I'll base them all up and start cutting corners again.

And in other news, guess what I found in a 2nd hand store in thge next village.
Weirdest thing is that I found the first column in a DIFFERENT store then where I went today......and I still don't know what they are! Also a very handy Thingamajig that will come in handy. All of this for the princely sum of 30 cents for the lot.

Now, off to bed, internship again tomorrow and a review by my mentor and my jobcoach. I hope I'm doing well. I haven't FUBARed my way around or burned the building down or anything....yet, so I have that going for me :D.

Feeling a bit fenced in - cutting corners

After a full day of internship I'm a bit beat, so not that much today.

1 90 degree inner corner, 1 90 degree outer corner and 1 very angled 30 degree corner just to see if I could make one without throwing it in the bin in frustration. Well, it worked. Well, apart from my shitty math then, one of the legs is 1 cm too short. Ah well.....

+29 cm.

194 cm's in total. Not too bad for a couple of evenings work. I'll do some more straights tomorrow and a backdoor I think. Maybe an extra corner.

maandag 18 september 2017

Feeling a bit fenced in +70cm

3 strips of 20 cm and 1 strip of 10 cm fence added today. Kinda overlooked the amount of time it takes to build these, so I've set my goal a bit lower, to +50cm's each day till I hit 6 metres.

And as luck would have it, when barbed wire has been added on top, it will make  a fine 28mm scaled fence as well. So there's that.

I'm now at 165 cm's of fence. Depending on how I use my time, I should have the basics done in a week or so.

Feeling a bit fenced in

Spent a enjoyable sundaymorning with the girls, and a enjoyable afternoon with the guys at the dinnertable, everyone working on their own projects. Made a very enjoyable dinner for all of us, and came to the conclusion it maight be handy to make those portable worktrays if we want to do this more often, to clear the table for dinner. After that, we all exhausted the girls by tossing various footballs and what not around. After that a bit more building and swapping of ideas, and the idea in our heads that we really should do this more often

Anyhoo, as I'm still acting like a fruitfly on Red Bull, I decided to test out something I had a seen a Youtuber do, and started out making iron sheet fencing. Thx to the trusty Lego box and The Chopper with a little sanding block, making everything properly was a breeze, even if the first part took me nearly 3 hours. After that it just went quicker and quicker.

 The first 95 cm's are now done. I need to sand and trim the bases, and some smoothing here and there, but basically these are ready and can go on with the next lot. I reckon I could use about 3 metres of the stuff, so taking my own advice to heart, I doubled that to 6 metres. If I can make more then half a metre wach evening I'm more then happy.

The fences are really simple btw, scrap plastic stuck together for the bases, matchsticks of various sizes and  a small sized wavey cardboard that I picked up 1 or 2 years ago in bulk for exactly such a project as this. I think I will make a quick tutorial on them at a later date. To ease setting up, this time I'm opting for a lot more 20cm sections of fence. I will do a lot more of those, plus corners, inverted corners, short bits, damaged bits and I'll make the sure the gate(s) will be a seperate piece flanked by concrete pillars. That way I can make a African gate, a Vietnamese gate, a UN Compound gate, a Russian base gate, a German company gate and anything else really. With some of the larger BBQ matches I should be able to make a covered area to park trucks and tanks and supplies and stuff.

I think I will spend the rest of the evenings this week with the radio on, churning out sections of fence with a few damaged and oddball panels in between. It's amazing that again I'm having the most fun scratchbuilding stuff with just wood, glue and paper. Well, not that amazing if you know me, but hey.

Oh, and the top of the fence will be topped off with some barbed wire, will make a small groove for that later and just epoxy it in place.....no rush to do all that now.

Yup, today was a good day.

zondag 17 september 2017

Every little step I take...

...brings me further in the right direction. Tonight, I cleared the desk, cleared most of the battletable (finally), moved all of the For Sale stuff on said table, listed more stuff online for sale and blimey, look at tthe time.

 Just trying to make sense of it all and avoid clutter on the table. Rehung 2 whiteboards as the sticky tape perished on both of them mere days apart, very odd.

Updated myself on some of the bigger items I'm working on (post-it so I know what's going on with it. Most are waiting for trade parts or magnets). Also started sorting unbuilt stuff into project boxes...keeps things a bit simpler.

Tomorrow I'm having a build day with some gaming friends, so all sunday building and chatting will be nice. The girls can join in with their colouring as well. I'm making dinner for everyone and after that we'll go on till people want to leave. Should be a nice day.

donderdag 14 september 2017

Tutorial: How to make neon signs, by Andy M

Copied for safekeeping off of the Lead Adventure Forum, as I had it bookmarked but the Great Photobucket Disaster of 2017 left it without pictures. It has now been restored: How to make Neon signs

Following text is all Andy M's

 So how to do neon signs....

Well....you don't need much. The making of the sign is just a bit of plastic card and some solder. You'll need superglue to stick the solder down and a knife to cut it.
 1. Cut the plastic card and draw out your sign. Having a template to cut the solder really helps get the size of the bits right.
 2. Glue your bits on with superglue.
 3. Now for the neon to work it needs to be on a dark background. Its the contrast between light/dark that should fool the viewer into believing its real. I've started here with GW Leadbeltcher Metal.
 4. I've then mixed a heavy wash. 1 part GW Nuln oil, 2 parts GW Abaddon Black to 3 parts water. Then allow it to dry.
 5. Here I've used GW Mephiston Red and an old brush. The idea here is to drybrush into the cracks around the solder and drybrush a 'halo' around the letters.
6. Use the same colour as the last step but paint the letters a solid colour this time with a decent brush.
 7. The next stage is just to add some white, GW Ceramic White, 1 part red to 1 part white. Don't paint the whole letter this time, but try and make each successful highlight a smaller line than the one before.
 8. Add more white to your mix 1 part red to 2 parts white. Apply some of your whitest highlights at the start and end of the letters.

Edit: I forgot to mention the other colours that seem to work for me....

Blue Neon: replace GW Mephiston Red with GW Sotek Green.

Green Neon: drybrush GW Warboss Green to create the 'halo' effect around the solder letters, then use GW Moot Green to paint the letters. Add more and more white to the Moot Green to highlight the letters.

maandag 11 september 2017

With a little help from my friends

Had a long detailed chat...well, argument really, with Kim, enroute to a wedding. As we arrived a bit early we continued our chat but in a more civilised human beings kind of way and one of the things we decided on, other then raising cash for the occasional baby sitter so we can start dating again and have a talk (somehow that just doesn't work right here at home) and try to save up money for a bigger buffer if the shit really hits the fan, is that I should take a hard look at my collection (of unbuilt stuff) and the Crisis show.

Kim was a bit upset I was still spending money (granted, way less then before, and currently I have more coming in then going out) and had mentioned me discussing taking cash to Crisis really soured her mood as I really should not be spending money but making money selling my unneeded tat. And it might be a good idea to organise what I have?

Well, it can't hurt to think about that and ask around how others do it, so a few chats later I get the idea it might be smart to box up stuff according to projects like Partisans, VC, Normandy Brits etc and anything I don't have a good reason for having around gets tossed in the For Sale pile.

So, now I should make a list of projects. Sounds easy enough. (looks around the room) Oh....

Well, WW2, Moderns, Gaslands, Frostgrave, Mordheim, Necromunda and TNT narrows it down a bit. Except the first 2 are divided in a lot of things. And I mean a lot. Still, it is the easiest way to make sure I keep what I want to use and get rid of the surplus that has ne reason to be here.

(actual footage of my attic)

Oh, and the Crisis show? Well, if Will from PSC doesn't have a job for me this year.....I'm not going. Yes, some people have already agreed to pick up stuff from there, and I could really use the job and the day off to meet so many wargamers and maybe even a couple of you, my readers. But as I should not be spending money, at all, going to what in essence is one giant bit of bacon strapped a a man sized mouse trap, yeah......

Still, no news from Will yet (usually I hear something from him a few weeks before the show) and only 1 small pre order with Sgts Mess (who informed me last week that they will not make it to the show) I think I will be able to manage, if I go or not. It's not like I don't have enough stuff yet.

Yes, that much stuff. Honest to God.

zaterdag 9 september 2017

50 cent challenge; The Palantir WIP

Quick progress update, not much as we have a wedding to attend so I'll be gone all weekend.

Metal base, glued to plastic base, trim added with filler, top hole drilled out, magnet epoxied in, plastic cover added with basic trim that needs to be cleaned with a tiny bit of filler, magnets inserted into the bead I found which fit perfectly, sateh stick added in the top with epoxy and trimmed, needs a tiny bit of filler but other then that it is going swimmingly. I'll just make this top, the not-Palantir, and might come back at a later date for a Sauron's Eye kind of top bit. I've decided going into 10mm right now would be a super stupid idea. Maybe when I'm older and smarter (and actually have money)

vrijdag 8 september 2017

Heads or Tails?

I'm a bit dead on my feet. It feels a bit weird for me saying this, but after 1 day of school and 2 blocks of intership I'm pretty much dead on my feet. None of my wild plans for the eveing come to fruition. I can't even be arsed to paint, I just sit here making even more WIP items instead of finishing a few to make space. The room is cluttered as well, not that bad yet, but enough to make me go a bit Aaargh....

My windowsill has become exactly what I didn't want it to be, a long line of WIP projects. There is clutter on my desk. A pile of boxes bside me of stuff that is either sold or needs to sell to my right. After dropping the kids off at school tomorrow and a small peptalk I want to get it done and clean again for the weekend, as I need a clean place to study. I'm working on the last course and it is a tough one. Lot's of business research to do....which is annoying as my internship is more RMA focussed then Sales so I have all this stuff to study that does not apply (right now).

<breathe in, breathe out>

Anyway, I have not been sitting idle. My Frostgrave: Ghost Achipelago scenery bits are well underway....even if they are all basically a lot of stone heads. Glues a big washer underneath all of them for stability, then plasticcard, filler and sand. Just need to finalise the 2 lying down and then I can take them outside and sand most of the mould lines off in protective gear.

Yes, I know, very Easter Island, but with my budget (wow, I have a budget now??) beggars can't be choosers and these things sure block line of sight. Plus they will come in handy for Pulp games as well. If.When. If ever. Btw, they are not excessive coke users, but I just filled some air bubbles in the resin.

Yeah...not buying stuff didn't go very well. I mean, I have sold way more then I have bought, and what I have bought was partially for friends, but I really, really should not buy anything. With what I have I could do everything I want and so much more for years to come. But you know....flesh....weak....something....<mumbles>

I did finish the basing on another 80 Taliban and only have a dozen or so of my collection to finish (basing). Then I want to get started doing them in groups of 10 and paint again. Yeah, paint..... I tried using an hour of radio only to get things going but the reception here of FM is so bad, and the DAB+ connection is possibly even worse, even with a 2 metre long aerial snaking along the roof. Progress and the future, my ass. I should download the WSS Podcast for starters and just plug it in, and go to town with paint. I want to have painted Gaslands cars, dammit.

Other then that no real news. I'm just so bloody tired. (and yes, it is almost 02:00 in the morning so that might make some sense).

Right, new day tomorrow. Pack up some kits and paint for another 50 in the bank, and ship it off to their new owners. Clear my desk and then just draw lines again till the room is clean. It's not impossible. I can do this.

zondag 3 september 2017

50 cent challenge!

After taking the girls to town, we rummaged a bit in the toyssection etc and I left with some broken vehicles and a small shack, and the girls with a puzzle and a colouring book (small kids get free stuff at both 2nd hand stores, which is a nice toutch provided the girls don't dig up the gazillionth pluche toy). As I sat down tonight I gazed at the price sticker of the small house and thought to myself.....it's time for the 50 cent challenge! So....
Just one rule -
 Find something in the range of free to 1 euro (adjust to your local currency and use a round number) and change it into something suitable for the tabletop....be it a objective, scenic or other gaming piece. It has to be the main part of the build, you can add bits and greeblies no problem, but you must still be able to recognise it. And that is it.

Go and have fun you guys :) Just post a before and after pic as well :)

I've started 2 tonight:
 Something from a kid's playset, looking at the sides it seems you can add other play pieces to them. I have not seen these for quite some time tbh. From a rough guesstimate I though this would work well for 20mm as a shack.

 I removed the roof as it was suspended quite a bit above the container. I also removed the base as I have no need for it. To my surprise I found out it actually has room for a small speaker and a on/off push button, but these have never been installed.

 My first though was to blanket off the openings with plasticcard and add filler to smooth everything out, but decided against it and went for the old tarp method..

The "tarp" is nothing more then tissue paper and translucent green Mod Podge grabbed from the 50% off discount bin, that I picked up to use for pondscum. I dumped a wheel on it from my spares bin, a bit of sprue resembling a tin can, and several rocks. I also added a base and a bit of sand.

Not entirely happy with 2 levitating spades, I'll cover those up with....something. But it's a start.

2nd item I started is the wreck of a US longnose truck. It really got the snot punched out of it, and they charged me 1 euro for it. No amount of haggling could persuade the woman behind the counter that this was most certainly not a collectible, and as the money the make is used to help the local homeless I didn't press the issue (too) much. But yeah, I overpaid.

Need to add junk around it, and sand, and a quick weathering job and it is ready for the Gaslands table or some form or other Post Apoc game or just for the junkyard.

 Picked these up last week, a big Guzzolene trailer for the spares bin. It is the same scale as the next truck. Sadly no decals but crappy stickers, so they will have to go, but I migth have some Shell decals in the spares bin.

Truck plus trailer  combo commonly seen carrying scrap or dirt. I'll enjoy weathering this one.

These 2 plus whatever the heck the next thing is set me back 75 cents in total at the other 2nd hand shop.

In my hand, it felt a bit like looking at Isengard. When suitably based with something to prevent it toppling, and a round object on top (painted with AK Interactive Oil Stains and some coats of gloss) it will do fine for generic Fantasy scenery, like a magical focal point for Frostgrave. Fig is a 20mm one btw. I'm now wondering where all my metal bases are, I want to get this thing prepped asap :D

dinsdag 29 augustus 2017

A spot of editing - African UN compound doors

Been practicing my editing skills in a free version of Photoshop. I have plenty of nice ideas from pictures online, but they are always tiled or with tons of crap in the foreground. But with a little bit of time.....

We go from this.

To this. 

Just laserprint, stick to a plasticcard door, weather it ever so slightly and varnish it. Bob's your uncle.

maandag 28 augustus 2017

Weathering a la Piers (Tutorial of sorts)

Since the Photobucket debacle I'm just compiling tutorials that I find handy for my needs and reposting them here, and naming who made it. So expect more in the future. This is something Piers posted recently.

Decals on and sealed with varnish ready for weathering...

Chipping added with a piece of torn sponge, always blot it first after picking up the paint...

 Filter applied, let the filter flood off the brush rather than paint it on...

 Neat oil paint applied and then thinned on the model with thinners to darken lower areas of model and to fade other surfaces...

 Pin wash applied and blended on model with thinners...

Streaking fluids applied, in bold lines and then faded with thinners, using downwards brushstrokes to get the effect you desire...

 Finally a light dusting of pigments...

 And to finish off... a crewman added...

And that is it.

Cromwell Camouflage Tutorial, by Cliff Parker

Decided to save this tutorial I found on Facebook to my Blog for later reference. Full credit goes out to Cliff Parker for making it.