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I've been modelling, painting miniatures and wargaming since I was a wee lad in Swansea, this blog details some of my interests - I hope that you like it. In 2010 I started a new modelling venture - building 40mm AWI/ACW terrain pieces and designing 28mm masters, which are then cast and available for sale from Grand Manner. - All original images and text are copyright of A. S. Harwood (Dampfpanzerwagon) - I can confirm that I do not hold any personal data on customers or followers of this BlogTonyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06167770417289351340noreply@blogger.comBlogger2114125
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Painting Rust Tutorial

September 17, 2018 - 09:39


As promised, today I will show how I paint rust effects on plastic. 
Step One
I chose a couple of plain plastic pieces. The white plastic bracket is from a small paint pot tester rack that I picked up from a scrap resources centre in Worceter for free. While the yellow/grey roller is a spare part from a label printer that had just been replaced and was going to be thrown away.


Step Two
Both pieces have been cleaned up and in the case of the white moulding, I have added a couple of plastic tube brackets or hole extensions which were glued in place with superglue.

I have roughed up the plastic with some sanding sticks prior to applying paint.


Step Three
I produced this colour chart to show the main colours used. They are;
1 - Charred Brown 72.045 Vallejo Game Color
2 - 50/50 mix Charred Brown/ Orange Fire
3 - Orange Fire 72.008 (Note - I usually use Hot Orange 72.009 but on this occasion I had run out)
4 - Rusty Patina a textured craft paint that I have been experimenting with. I find that the texturing is a little to much for smaller models, but can be used on my 1:27.7 scale structures.
5 - Rusty Patina mixed with Charred Brown
6 - Rusty Patina mixed with Orange Fire


Rusty Patina bought from a craft store in Evesham for £7.00


Step Four
I have basecoated the pieces with a Charred Brown to which I have added a tiny drop of black. The black was used around the banding and to add some shadows.

The paint was applied in two thin coats to which I have added some very fine powder which will act as texturing to the rust.


Step Five
The first highlight. I have mixed some Orange Fire to the Charred Brown and started to stipple on the rust colour. I use a really old and very damaged brush for this, think dead spider and you are getting close to what the bristles look like!


Step Six
A second highlight using more Orange Fire and the same damaged brush to add more rust effect.


Step Seven
The test pieces have been varnished with Galleria water based, Matt Varnish to which I have added some black wash, notice how the pieces are now looking matt, but also how the rust texturing has been highlighted with the wash.


Step Eight
I then used an oil based Light Rust, a rust wash from Soilworks to further highlight the shadows around the banding and surface details.


Step Nine
Finally, I have used a rush coloured weathering powder from Humbrol which was dusted on to the pieces with a fan shaped brush, a brush I keep just for adding weathering powders,


And there you have it - How I Paint Rust Effects on Plastic. I hope it is of use to others who paint models.

Tony

A Simple Wicker Fence

September 14, 2018 - 09:49


Simple TerrainWicker Fencing by Tony HarwoodFirst published back in 2012
This short Modelling Interlude was originally included on Barking Irons Online to show how easy it is to build simple and unique wargaming terrain. These articles were lost when Barking Irons closed down, so I have included the whole tutorial here on my Blog.

The impetus came when I was pushing a shopping trolley around Asda’s. As Sue filled the trolley with our usual staple of bread, milk, butter and chocolate biscuits; my eyes began to wander and I spied this pack of Plant Twist Ties. I immediately thought of using the coated wire for wattle fencing and at just 99p I thought that it was definitely worth a gamble.


Back home I trimmed a piece of 3mm thick plastic card as a base and attached a strip of spare 3mm plastic card as the foundation for the wooden uprights.

The wooden posts were cut from a piece of scrap wood which was picked up free from a vegetable market and which once held oranges. I first cut a 4mm strip then trimmed the edges with a large 18mm ‘snap-off’ bladed knife. The strip was further textured by sanding with coarse sandpaper before cutting into 20mm lengths.

 
The wooden posts are superglued into small holes which are cut with a scalpel. I was looking at producing a small test piece to see if the Plant Ties weave would work and was not too worried about the total bulk or size of the model.


I built up the groundwork with same DAS modelling clay laid over PVA glue.  To speed up modelling time I ‘cooked’ the model in the oven – very low heat for 10 minutes.


To add texture, I added some sieved stones and fine sand over another layer of PVA glue, this time dried with a hair dryer!


The next part was the fun part – back to my childhood threading wool or string through pegs. I knew that the Plant Ties would look better than plain wire as they have a ‘flattened profile’ more like split twigs rather than having a completely round profile.
The lesson I learnt was not to wind the wire too tight and not to press it down too much – there has to be some looseness and gaps.  Hopefully the image explains it better than words.

I wanted to seal the twisted wire so added some superglue to the upright posts and the wire ends. I also added a crow - which was taken from a DreamBlades Miniature – Ravencloak Visionary which was picked up at Salute 2012 for just £1.00.
The crow has first been removed from the miniature, then drilled and finally pinned to the upright post with a section of paperclip and superglue.  I think it adds to the simple wicker fence and turns a simple terrain piece into a special one.
The model is 150mm long x 50mm wide and 40mm high (to the top of the crows head).
Total modelling time – about two hours.

The whole model was spray painted with some cheap black spray paint and then painted with some dilute black Acrylic paint – I tend to use large craft paint bottles for undercoating terrain. Keeping my better quality paints for figure painting.


Painting was very quick – hence so few images! The fence was first drybrushed Charred Brown from Vallejo and then highlighted with Charred Brown/Snakebite Leather and even some Skull White from GW.
The groundwork was painted in my usual colour scheme with a base of Snakebite and various layers of drybrushing. The stones were painted with a mix of Skull White and Chaos Black. Finally a quick wash around the base of the fence and to highlight some of the stones.
The Raven was painted Chaos Black and highlighted with Black and a tiny touch of White.
Total painting time, including a layer of Galleria Matt Varnish was another two hours. In fact I think the photographing and writing took longer than the building and painting.

As with all my terrain pieces the edges were flocked with simple railway scatter or dyed sawdust – not the most technically advanced basing material – but it is the same scatter that I have on my gaming board, so it suits me.

If these one-off modelling interludes prove popular, I will search out more 'lost' articles and post them here on the Blog.

Tony

Noman Auxiliary Ogre for Pax Bochemannica

September 12, 2018 - 10:03


This resin miniature is available from Hysterical Games as part of the Pax Bochemannica game. I'm not sure if he is a Limited Edition or a Special Edition figure as I picked him up direct from Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games at one of the shows. I can confirm that he is a brute, easily towering above the 40mm Noman Legionaries.

The model was mounted onto an old fashioned pre-decimalisation 1d coin with the base built up from Milliput two part epoxy. (He as too big for a 2p coin).


Then brush painted black/dark brown as an undercoat or basecoat.


The metallic areas were painted first. Mainly drybrushing with some old Citadel or Games Workshop paints. I was trying for an old and weathered look.


The flesh areas were painted in my usual colour mix - Snakebite Leather with lighter highlights, but this time I added a little yellow to the mix before washing the area with blue-topped Citadel Flesh wash.


Detailed painting followed a couple of images found on the Web - I searched out historical Roman Auxiliaries for inspiration then followed the colour scheme.


Once varnished - Matt and some gloss, I added static grass and static grass tufts to the base. Below you can see the detail on the reverse of the figure.


The figure was great fun (and quick) to paint and I'm sure I can find a use for him in my Pax Boche skirmish games.

Tony

War Hedgehog for Pax Bochemannica

September 10, 2018 - 09:34


The War Hedgehog miniature was picked up some time ago and has patiently sat on the ever expanding 'to-do' shelf waiting for me to get around to painting him. I believe that the miniature was originally sold as part of the Standard Games Dragonroar skirmish game. I have painted my example to accompany my Pax Bochemannica Boche Halflings and have used the same slightly darker palette that I used to paint them.


He is mounted onto a 2p coin with the groundwork modelled from Milliput Green-Grey epoxy. I used a mixture of acrylic paints over a black/dark brown basecoat to paint the miniature, then washed the figure with a dark wash before varnishing with Galleria Matt Varnish. I then added a couple of static grass grass tufts to the base as decoration.


The metal War Hedgehog stands 35mm tall (from head to foot) and is quite a weighty miniature.

The final image shows the War Hedgehog alongside a pair of Pax Bochemannica Boche which were mounted onto 1p coin and painted some time ago. Details of my Pax Boche collection of figures and terrain can be found by following the Pax Bochemannica link to the right.


The miniature is available from Magister Militum.

Tony

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York

September 8, 2018 - 09:47


Last month, Sue and I had a couple of days visiting York. The reason for the visit was to experience the 'pop-up' Shakespeare theatre - The Rose Theatre, York. I had first become aware of this novel theatre back in May of this year, when I was reading a magazine article about the ambitious plans to build a temporary structure - a replica of Shakespeare's Rose Theatre from scaffolding, corrugated iron and wood. The originally structure stood in London, near to The Globe. For more details of this project see this link.

Having read about the plans, I researched the building which was originally used as a film set in the film Shakespeare in Love, but then put into storage. This is the first time that it has been re-built and used as a pop-up theatre. Hopefully not the last.

We  had planned our away-day as a two day visit with one night away and day one was travelling up. Once booked in to our hotel, it was off to walk the streets of York and visit the Rose. We had booked to see A Midsummer Night's Dream. The busy street scene around the Rose included authentic food stands selling mussels, drinks and huge locally sourced meat products plus an Elizabethan garden as well as street entertainment.

After the initial disappointment that a lot of what you experience while walking up the scaffolding steps and sitting in your seat is scaffolding and modern materials, the play started and you just got engrossed in the whole experience of an open-to-the-elements Elizabethan theatre.

We both enjoyed the play and performances with some quite spectacular aerial acrobatics. The actors interacted with the audience who were obviously enjoying it just as much as one another. There were many instances when the acting stopped as the laughter took over. I had not seen A Midsummer Night's Dream since I was in school/university and have to say that the performance was superb. On our way out we were able to chat to some of the cast who made it obvious that they had just as much fun as the audience.

The pop-up theatre was more expensive that a trip to the cinema - then a night away and travelling expenses pushed up the cost but we felt it was well worth it as a very special treat. Later a trip to an Italian restaurant and some red wine before walking back to the hotel rounded off a great day out.

Day two and we started early with a huge cooked breakfast in York. We then spent the whole day enjoying the unique experience of the streets and gifts of York, somewhere we had not visited for over twenty years.

The Rose Theatre was available between 25th June and the 2nd September and was a great idea and treat for Sue and I. As I write this Sue has just returned from a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at the RSC, Stratford. Sue says that the Rose theatre experience was much more entertaining.

Tony

Industrie Fiorentine published by Alinari

September 6, 2018 - 09:16


This charity book shop find has been a great source of inspiration, with its many black and white images of the industries of 1900's Italy. I'm sure that some of the images will make it in to model form at some time.

125 images for just £1.49.






Industrie Fiorentine Tra '800 E '900
An Italian language book
Published by Alinari in 1982
No ISBN number

Adding Clutter - what did you think?

September 5, 2018 - 08:38


I have been wondering how the 28 Narrow Gauge Clutter posts from August had been received?

What did you think of this clutter themed month?

Tony

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September 3, 2018 - 09:35
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Dampfpanzerwagon Guides - an update

September 1, 2018 - 09:22


Dampfpanzerwago Guide No. 1 - Building Wargame Terrain SOLD OUT

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain JUST TWO COPIES LEFT

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers LIMITED SUPPLY
For more details of how to order your own copies see the links to the right.
Thank you.
Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-eight

August 31, 2018 - 09:51

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

Update number twenty-eight of my themed month and as the last planned update, something a little unusual, a road sign.

The model is a scale representation of a typical sign from around the 1960's. It was inspired by this magazine image (below) that I cut out and kept. I'm sorry but I did not keep a record of which magazine it was from. Using techniques championed by Emmanuel Nouaillier, I have mounted the signs onto thin plastic card and then trimmed the plastic card before gluing the signs to a section of plastic rod and weathering with acrylic paints and washes.

My intention is to use the sign as a bit of highway scrap and place it with some of the other rusted metal work at the back of the layout.


The themed month has forced me to finish off a number of scratch-built models of clutter in preparation for them being added to the still-to-be finished layout. Most of the pieces were modelled in short modelling sessions while listening to the football World Cup and sitting in the shed. I freely admit that I went a little over-the-top and am not sure that ALL of these pieces will be used on the layout.

I would hope that they have been interesting and informative. I know (through the Blog counter) that they have been well viewed and would welcome any comments.

Finally, here are two updates that didn't get shown in earlier posts. Another watering can/oil kettle scratch built from a section of plastic tubing and some aluminium foil.


and another wheel/tyre from the £1.00 toy tractor.


Once again, I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the progress.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-seven

August 30, 2018 - 09:40

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

The strangely shaped oil can to the rear right was copied from a similar can seen at the Bewdley Town Museum earlier this year. I was not able to get close enough to measure it, so I have estimated the size and I think I may have made it a little too big. It was made by gluing layers of 3mm thick plastic card together and wrapping with aluminium foil. The handle was more foil and the spout was a short section of plastic rod.

The other items were from my scrap box or bits box. A plastic tube, a section of plastic card and the fender from a cheap toy tractor.

Painting was once again done with acrylics, then washes. I am conscious that the rusted items look a little darker in this post.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-six

August 29, 2018 - 20:23

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

The two gas bottles above may look like the ones from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set, but they are in fact scratch-built using large plastic knitting needles that I 'turned' on a Black and Decker hand drill using pretty rudimentary tools. The caps and dials were scrounged from the Italeri set and glued in place with superglue. Painting followed my usual basecoat of acrylic paints then blending with make-up sponges before detailing and weathering. The labels are small rectangles of paper glued in place with PVA glue before being matt varnished.

In contrast, the bottle and drum in the image below were taken straight from the Italeri set. The gas bottle was painted in a similar way to the ones above, but the weathered oil drum was a new technique using a coarse natural sponge to add the rust and the white paint. At first, I thought that I had gone a little over-the-top, but now I look back at the weathered oil drum, I think I could have gone even further.


Once again the labels are small rectangles of paper applied with PVA glue and then matt varnished.

Tony

An Industrail Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-five

August 29, 2018 - 09:17

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

Another post of bits and pieces. From left to right they are; scaffold pole bases. I had seen these at a local building site and thought that they were worth modelling. They are used as bases for the scaffold and are simple metal plates with an upright pole or spike that fits into the bottom of the poles. They were made from plastic card and plastic rod. The thinner poles/tubes are plastic tubing, while the thicker pole/tube is from the barrel of a pen. The cider bottle to the rear was 'turned' on a Black and Decker hand drill from a section of plastic rod while the square section rod to the front was a section of plastic coat hanger. Finally we have a metal fitting which was cut from a KNEX building toy. Most were painted in the Vallejo Color Charred Brown and Hot Orange mix detailed in earlier posts then varnished with matt varnish.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-four

August 28, 2018 - 09:45

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

Seven metal petrol cans. These 2 gallon petrol/oil cans were inspired by a second-hand SHELL petrol can I saw at The Severn Valley Railway, the Bewdley station last month. At the time I didn't have a ruler or tape measure with me and was trying to scale the cans with a piece of scrap paper and taking images with my camera. A volunteer asked what I was doing and when I told him, he very kindly found me a tape measure. Thank you.

The models were made from layers of 3mm thick plastic card cut and sanded into a long strip 5,5mm x 9mm. This strip was then cut into can size heights 11mm tall. I added a thin plastic card top and bottom to the cans and then sanded them to shape (adding some dents and bruises to some). The handle is a strip of aluminium foil and the screw top is a piece of plastic rod glued in place with superglue.

They were painted with acrylic paints in a variety of different colours and aged with more acrylic paint, drybrushed on and washed. The blue can had a yellow decal added, just to give it a little colour and the metal edges were highlighted with a graphite pencil after they were varnished.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-three

August 27, 2018 - 10:16

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

Today's update shows even more bits of clutter for the 1:27.7 scale layout. The larger, cut-down oil drum was scratch-built from an aluminium food tray, the smaller drum and green bucket were from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set while the metal poles are various plastic rod and strips, either shop bought or scrap plastic from the spares box. In all cases the painting was brush painted or sponged-on acrylic paint with washes of 'flesh' or brown coloured washes. All of the items were varnished with Galleria Matt Varnish and I have used some rust weathering powders on the larger drum.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-two

August 25, 2018 - 08:51

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

These three items were modelled from a simple 99p toy tractor picked up in PoundLand. The bucket is a simple re-paint, while the wheel and tire have been modified with holes drilled in the hub and the tyre cut back to show that it is a flat. The rectangular panel is made from plastic card, but the hub is from the tractor's front wheel and glued in place with superglue.

All three have been painted with acrylic paints and washes, however I have use various weathering powders after matt varnishing all three.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-one

August 24, 2018 - 09:42

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

The two oil drums are scratch built pieces made from aluminium food trays as described in this earlier post. These were my first attempts at impressing and rolling the foil and as such are experiments that although look OK are a little out of scale or too tall. The blue oil drum was made using the same techniques as the green and yellow oil drum but is taller and not so wide. The rusted example is the right height but again not quite wide enough. Both were painted with acrylic paints and washes. I have been experimenting with different rust powders and these have been applied to both oil drums.

The small green bucket is made from the same aluminium foil, but rolled around a smaller tube, while the oil kettle and jack are from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set. The jack is modified with a longer cocktail stick lever painted and washed before being varnished with both matt and gloss varnish.

Tony

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty

August 23, 2018 - 08:39

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.
In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.

The larger piece of exhaust was made from various pieces of plastic tubing, some pen barrels and straws. The metal banding and mounts were either sticky-back plastic and/or strips of aluminium. The demijohn is a modified resin casting detailed with new Green Stuff handles while the rest of the bits are scrap plastic found in my bits box or scrounged from work.

Painting was done with the same techniques detailed elsewhere on the Blog.

Tony