Thursday, 20 February 2020

Making Cobblestone Sections



In the last few weeks I have been sculpting over the top of builds I made years ago and giving them a make over, so to speak. Here are two of my latest small pieces, both with a cobblestone feel to them.


Starts with smearing on PVAcrete over the surface.


Then using a couple of tools to sculpt the marks into the mix, with a rough feel to make it look weather beaten and some areas where the cobbles no longer actually exist.


The same with the fallen wall section below.



Here is my little tub of home made PVAcrete, its just sand and PVA mixed together.




Thumb it on and then spread it out with a tool.




Mark it up lengthwise, then I used the wooden coffee stirrer tool I made myself. Its just been sanded down on one long edge and one short end, not rocket science :-)



Back to the circular cobbled area. almost complete.



Both pieces all finished, they are usually dry in an hour, ready to paint.


The cobbled circle above is based on 5 mm MDF and the fallen wall below is based on cheap corrugated card from a box.


Friday, 14 February 2020

Wicca Storage Box


This is the Christmas present I made for my better half this year. I didn't have a lot of money so decided to make her something personal instead.


Its based on, go on guess.... yep a cat food box. 


I made it it to store some other items I crafted for her.


Details on the exterior. Made from cereal box card, sand and glue.



I made a quite different catch mechanism, if you can call it that, than the last one I made. On this box the wooden piece simply slides up and out.



So what's inside? Well a simple removable tray on which sits the ceremonial knife I carved from a branch. I used my Pyrograph to then burn a Crow design into it.



Beak and eyes leading into feathers and wings.




Under the tray is a space for other items she might like to store and the set of Viking rune stones, made in wood, that I created.



I did not make the felt bag.


Viking runes.


Luckily she really liked it, so Christmas went well.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Reclaimed Boulders/Rock Formations


These are part of the remodeling work I have recently embarked upon. I felt that some of the pieces I had made were OK at the time I made them but don't reflect where I am now.






I didn't want to start from the start and make them from scratch yet again, I didn't want to waste all the materials used in the initial construction. Partly because I don't have a lot of money or space and partly to save on the huge impact on the environment these are bound to have, every little counts :-)




These will get used in just about any miniatures based game 30 mm down to 10 mm, Kings of War, D&D, Five Parsecs.



The originals were lathered in PVAcrete and then sculpted with a tool to create the marks. The paint was all cheap acrylic emulsion.  



Expect to see further reclamation projects alongside new builds this year. I discovered loads of pieces that need revamping rather than tossing in my loft.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Cobbled Street


I have recently been working with PVAcrete far more to work on ruins and walls that I had previously made and needed revamping.


An offshoot of that work led me to create a cobbles street using the same sort of paste and techniques.


I had some 5 mm MDF knocking about, this is 4"  by 12" roughly and was an experiment initially.



I mixed up the Crete and spread it on the MDF then used a sanded coffee stirrer and some of my modeling tools to score into the crete, once dry it was painted and came out as below.


Before and after, ish, shot.




Some areas I decided to make a bit rough rather than continue the cobbles, I just got bored with them to be honest.




I have enough MDF to make 3 more 12" lengths and a square piece about 8" square. Should work well when I want a city scene in D&D or perhaps a KOW village scene.


I think it came out well and look forward to making all the other bits, when I get a chance.