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Sue and I had our first away-day of 2018 - a visit to Hereford where I was allowed to browse the charity book shops before going for a Thai meal. I was disappointed not to find anything that I wanted to purchase and with my birthday coming up next month Sue was searching for something to buy for me.
On the way back to Droitwich we stopped off in St Johns (a district of Worcester) and I saw a copy of the John Blanche and Ian Miller book Ratspike in the Primsland Hospice second hand book store (a book shop that has many second-hand bargain and is well worth a visit if you are in the area). At £30.00 it was a little too expensive (even for a birthday gift) but at least I got to look through the illustrations before making our way home after a great day out.
Hopefully there will be more successful away-days later in the year.
Yesterday evening Sue found this on Amazon while searching for a birthday gift for our Grandson Finley. Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood is due for sale/release in September 2018 but is, as you can see now a reality.
The book will be part one of a series of books that I have been commissioned to write for Pen & Sword. The Napoleonic Wars being the first. The cover illustration is of a 28mm scratch-built Peninsular Wars house on a diorama style base.
Further details can be found by following this link.
At this moment I can not find any details on the Pen & Sword Web pages but will update the Blog when I have further details.
In the meantime copies of Models For Wargamers and More Wargame Terrain are available to buy from me. For details of how to order see the links to the right.
Just one month to go until the Alumwell Wargames Show or WMMS.
For full details see this link.
I plan on being there to show some of my latest scratch built models and sell the last copies of the Dampfpanzerwagon Guides. See this link for details of how you can order a copy of this limited edition book.
The concrete slab fence has been modelled from 1mm thick plastic card (ex-advertising material). I have modelled it with one slab missing - a common sight with older fencing while the uprights have been made from the same 1mm thick plastic card. I scribed the horizontal joins with the tip of a sharpened screwdriver and removed the burr with some fine sandpaper.
Additional surface texture was added with acrylic texturing medium which was applied with a thick stencilling brush. Prior to undercoating and painting, I have chamfered the tops of the posts and added a slight 'crown'.
I have used standard acrylic paint to give that aged concrete look, applying more colour with washes and tints. Final colour detailing was done with artists watercolur pencils which I sharpened to a very fine point before scribbling the colour on.
As you can see I have also added some damp patches to the lower edges of the base slabs.
My plan is to add this small section of concrete fencing to the left of the salt pan.
These first four images show a very well used pre-cast concrete slab fence found in a local park in Droitwich. I took these photos with my trusty Minolta Z1 and then some quick measurements before scaling up a simple sketch.
Below are my site notes - which give some idea of just how quick and simple they were!
Finally, I produced this scale drawing - scaled to 1;27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot.
I had some funny looks and a couple of comments when I was taking pictures of the fence and then measuring up a utilitarian slab fence in a park.....
The things we do for our hobby.
With the salt pan completed, I am moving on to a smaller project - a section of concrete slab walling as seen in this image and marked with an X.
It is only a short section, but I have wanted to try and model this style of fencing for some time and I am sure it will add to the layout.
I will be posting details over the next couple of weeks.
Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is still available to purchase. For full details see this post.
In addition there are limited numbers of Dampfpanzerwagon Gude No 2 - More Wargame Terrain and once again for more information see this post.
I would expect supplies to be exhausted following WMMS, Alumwell in March.
I have in the past written about my preferred paint brushes being the Rosemary & Co synthetic/sable mix and this still holds true, however I wanted to highlight this beautifully presented gift box set from Winsor & Newton that I received as a gift earlier today. The box contains three brushes, a No 1, a No. 4 and a 6mm flat or chisel edge brush. They look almost too good to use.
Thank you Sue.