Thursday, 12 September 2019

New Cobblestone Sheet

I have in the past, three years ago now, produced a whole two by two board full of cobblestones, cut from card and lovingly glued in place, however I am currently looking to downsize all the boards I have as they are taking up too much room in my home.

Hence I have come up with an alternative recently that I thought I would like to share.

Basically its some EVA craft foam, very cheap from the Range, cut and glued together to create an area of cobblestone. I have added abit of home made grey flock as rubbly bits and glued the whole thing with PVA and coated it with my usual stain.

No, honestly I don't know why I cut the sheet that shape either, but for some unfathomable reason I did and its only a first try so don't just too harshly.

I also made random marks on the surface of the foam bits I cut, but they are still a bit clean for me. 

My next project will be to produce loads of A5 sheet of cobblestones, enough to fill a two by two, I have plenty of foam to do it and it only cost me £2.50.

When they are done and I'm happy the original two foot square board will be going to the Wakefield Warriors gaming club. 

Should be enough foam for the job.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Small Shack Complete

 This was supposed to be a more straight forward build but because I used pieces of plaster to represent the stone for the walls it actually become a more fiddly body of work. A process I will probably not use again.

The other problem I had with this build was at the painting stage as I have run out of the deep brown colour I use to undercoat wood. Now this is going to sound a bit sad, but being retired I have to watch the pennies ( car needs MOT ing! ). So I had to use whatever paint I had to hand. 

I still have at least 3 more cottages to refurbish as well as The Windy Wharfe Tavern, all of which I will be working in a more traditional way.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Terrain: Make over, Cheap Trees.

This is a quick look at how I made some pretty basic, cheap trees appear a little better. 

The basic tree and a cut base made from hardboard.

First thing I did was to cut the trunk to give a flat bottom, so it would glue to the base easier.

Also I sanded the edge of the base as well.

Then I snipped a bit of the branch work off with the view of placing it elsewhere.

Getting the branch to glue back on with super glue could have been a pain, but using Bi-carb makes the glue set straight away.

Good and strong, it does give off fumes, no problem in a one off situation like this but if you were doing all 15 in an afternoon, make sure the window is open and wear eye protection.

Then I used a glue gun to stick the tree to the base,

I used a mixture of Das and PVA to develop the trunk.

Then I used a modelling tool to create the bark effect.

This was the shortest, fatest trunk I have made on all the trees I've done so far.

Then after the trunk was dry I covered the rest of the base in the same Das mix.

The next stage is to paint the trunk and base brown and the dry brush with grey,

Then add dark green flock followed by bright green, all from Luke's APS. I coated the whole base with PVA first and sprayed with watered down PVA after. 

Penultimate stage is to add the tufts and add one or two stones.

Finally I added bright green flock to the top of the tree and sprayed the whole thing with watered down PVA, then I did it again when dried and then again later...

With the new base, the extra flock, the re-positioning of the boughs and the new trunk I felt the trees looked much more interesting than they had been. 

The trees came from ethersell88 (via Ebay) and would like to point out that I don't work for them or sponsored by them. £14.37 at time of purchase, for 15 trees.