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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)Tonyhttp://firstname.lastname@example.orgBlogger1961125
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Earlier today Dampf's Modelling Page celebrated it's 1,000,000 page view. I had wanted to run a competition prior to this, but time and other projects got in the way. So between now and the 1st January 2018 any comments placed on the Blog will be entered into a prize draw. Details of the prizes will be posted over the next couple of weeks. So good luck.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Blog.
I found this resin model in a charity shop in Evesham. I am pretty sure that it is a Snapdragon (or Moondragon) original. I have made no secret of the fact that I think the now defunct Snapdragon range is/was some of the very best fantasy terrain available, this example does nothing but confirm this view.
The model is 150mm x 130mm x 95mm tall (to top of chimney). The doorway 24mm tall by 18mm wide. And the best news of all ..... It only cost me £2.50.
My plan is to have another pre-Christmas day out in early December. I have already booked the day as Friday 1st December and will meet at Parabellum, Birmingham for 12.00 on the Friday. For details see this link.
For those that have been to one of these annual days out you will know of the cakes and tea, but for those new to this event, expect to have chats with other like-minded modellers and put the world to right.
This will be the eighth or ninth time we have met up at Parabellum and numbers who attend vary, so if you can I would hope to see you there.
Last night Sue and I visited the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon to see Twelfth Night. For details see this link.
I thought the performance was once again stunning with very special contributions from Adrian Edmondson, Michael Cochrane and John Hodgkinson. The stage design and production were very Edwardian or Gilbert and Sullivan and the use of music was inspiring.
For anyone who knows the play, the humour was 'spot-on'. A very entertaining evening, and another Shakespeare play crossed of the list.
Yesterday Sue and I visited Scale Model World, the IPMS model show at The International Centre, Telford. I came away with loads of reading matter, some paints, filler and tools, but as usual didn't spend that much.
Here are a few of the boat models that I photographed. The 'in action' lifeboat model (above) was very well modelled, some of the best water effect modelling I had ever seen.
These small ship models (above) were all the more special as they were entirely scratch-built, see below. I would estimate them to be about 1:300th scale.
Another in action boat model - The sea and waves were made from Modge-Podge.
This galley (above) was featured in the competition area, so was this huge 1;35th scale Mulberry Harbour diorama. What was interesting about this display was that I overheard a veteran of WW2 discussing the actual harbour with the modeller.
Finally a 1:72nd scale Clyde Puffer.
Look out for more images over the next couple of days.
Another new board game - this time Ivor the Engine by Tony Boydell. This was the first time Sue and I had played this boxed game and I have to report mixed opinions.
Gary and Holly (who had played before) were very positive, Sue and I (first timers) were a little less so. I found that the first few turns were confusing, but things did get better towards the end when I was getting the hang of the turn sequence and picking up stray sheep. In the end a reserved welcome and possibly this is a game that you have to play a couple of times before you can fully pick it up.
I will add that production values were top notch and the value for money very good.
Further details can be found here.
Sue and I were visiting Bewdley, a small riverside town in Worcester last week when I saw a pack of 36 old fashioned wooden clothes pegs for sale for just 99p. I had been looking out for a pack for some time as my own supply had dwindled quite a bit over the years. What do you use those for? I hear you ask.....
Well they have many uses;
1 - The obvious is holding things together while glue sets - I can remember old Airfix Magazine articles stating the usefulness of these simple clamps as aids while scratch-building and even today their use in holding plastic kits together while the glue dries is as relevant as it has always been.
2 - Holding illustrations or sketches up while modelling. I like to have my inspirational images on display as I'm working on new projects. Usually the sketch is pegged to my overhead lamp.
3 - Lately I have used clothes pegs as grips while sculpting. If you need a bit more 'bite' just add a rubber band around the claws and you can hold your sculpted pieces with ease.
4 - Figure holders while painting or in my case while varnishing. I find that a simple wooden clothes peg either as it comes or with a large wooden lollipop stick glued on the top gives me a great figure holder (with the figure either glued in place with a tiny drop of glue from my hot-glue gun or just plain Blu tac).
The clip means that you can clip them to a spare piece of cardboard while waiting for the paint/varnish to dry.
Do you have a simple low-cost hint or tool that you could share?
At long last, the Salt Pan base is fully clad. I have used brick slips from an e-bay supplier called Minaco-streamline101. The slips are intended for 1:24th scale dolls houses and so I had to trim each individual brick by about 2mm to get a correct 1:27.7 scale brick.
The black/dark grey bricks were standard red bricks painted with acrylic paints. The wooden clad area to the lower, front right was modelled from green foam and the filled arch to the right side was modelled with DAS modelling clay over PVA glue and painted with acrylics.
The roughly made wooden door and support were modelled from more green foam and detailed with both plastic card and plastic rod.
The brick slips were a real pain to apply one-at-a-time and in truth, I'm not that impressed with them. They still look a little 'toy like' to me.
Just one week to go to the IPMS Scale Model World Show. For full details see this link.
My plan is to be there on the Sunday.
Adding the brick slips is a slow and mind-numbing task, each one is first cut to size (removing about 2mm from the length) then glued in place over PVA glue and fine filler. The arched bricks have been painted black/grey as the original Lion Salt Pan (see earlier post).
The large wooden beam or support across the front was first cut from a strip of Green Foam, then textured with the blade of a razorsaw. I then added some more wood grain by carving with a scalpel and brushing with a wire brush before glueing extensions to the sides and painting black/grey. The beam was glued in place with superglue.
The smaller arch to the left was filled with more brick slips, the larger arch to the right was modelled from Green Foam carved into vertical wooden planks and painted dark brown/grey while the large arch to the side was filled with DAS modelling clay. Then back to adding the brick slips one-by-one.
Following closely on the heels of yesterdays Blog post, Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webbe has uploaded all of the 2016 Advent Calendar to the site, for full details follow this link.
I should also add that Craig will be looking for content for the 2017 Advent Calendar soon. If you are interested in supplying a story or scenario, follow the links to Orcs in the Webbe.
Obviously I will be supplying at least one story for the 2017 Advent and look forward to seeing what Craig has to offer.
Q. What is the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar?
A. 25 daily updates in the run up to Christmas offering a free article, story or scenario for the featured games of Flintloque, Pax Bochemannica and Panzerfauste each day.
Image 'borrowed' from OITW site
It has become something of a tradition for me to write a short story for All Hallows Eve and Craig Andrews to include it on his Orcs In The Webbe site. 2017 is no exception and I present my latest Flintloque inspired short story - The Cursed Snuffbox.
For full details see this link.
Last years story - Dead Birds Don't Lie can be found here.
I hope you enjoy this bit of fun.
Following on from the earlier post. I have mounted a single speaker in to the top of the building blank. The speaker was taken from a transistor radio that I picked up from a charity shop in Worcester. There were no radios on display in the shop, but when I asked the man behind the counter he found a box full of old radios and I choose the SONY model as I thought it gave the best chance of a quality speaker.
I took the radio apart and stripped out the speaker and jack. The rest of the bits were put in to my 'spares box'.
The small round speaker was mounted in to a corrugated cardboard lid and glued in place with my hot-glue gun after I had tested it. As you can see the wires for the speaker exit the structure through the back. The speaker is 60mm wide.
I have started adding individual bricks to the front of the building. These brick slips were bought via e-bay from minaco-streamline101. I purchased three packs of 250 slips, two in Tudor Red and one in Weathered Red. The brick slips are meant for 1/24th scale dolls house modelling and so each brick needed 2 to 3 mm removed before they could be glued in place.
In the image below you can see the first brick slips glued in an arch shape to the front of the brick built building. I used a mix of fine filler and PVA glue to glue the slips in place.
Finally; the inside of the speaker housing was painted black/dark grey as I will be building the metal salt pan above it and I didn't want any lighter colours showing through the open sides.
The scale rule was printed via the internet (see earlier posts) - 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot.