Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Tutorial: Painting Stonework

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In this article I describe the way I paint stonework on my models. From cobblestone streets to the walls of medieval houses – they all are painted following this recipe.First off, as with all artistic things there is not the one right way to do things….

DIY dice box

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

We like a good dice box/rolling tray in our house. It’s funny, when I first got back with my gaming crew rolling dice in a box was what I did with the kids to avoid arguments, the fact Ben, Liam and Otty were also operating the same system, probably for the same reasons goes some way to illustrate how fraught those games could be. I like to think there’s a more relaxed approach nowadays ‘win at all costs’ is no longer an issue. That said the box still has it’s place and I was really impressed by Ross Graham’s tutorial on how to make one and then Nick over at the Burning Eye did something similar.

However, good as they were they weren’t quite what I was after. We’re used to rolling in box lids, bigger and wider than thos box frames with plenty of run-up like a craps table. So I’d been looking at a variety of options [detailed at the end] but have created this option as a serviceable solution. We’d nipped to Hobbycraft recently and they had these ‘Photo boxes’ for just £2, which was a perfect price point for me. This was the best patter on the outside, the rest being pastel polka dots and gold embossing, shame they had now darker more urban looking one but ultimately it’s a £2 shoe box!

I also picked up four sheets of felt for 55p each [three was enough]. I chose black because I thought it’d show up my yellow dice beautifully.

I then cut them to fit, layed on PVA glue, smoothed it out with a coffee stirrer and attached the felt. Now I’d done a few rolling tests and even with the felt there was a certain loudness to the dice I still wasn;t happy about. So I glued a sheet of my laminate floor foam underlay into the base first.

I then glued another sheet of felt on top.

So the sides are reasonably muffled but then the base is perfect. Ultimately if I wanted a noisy dice roll late at night I’d still be rolling on my Realm of Battle board! I got so excited I did some videos, because all the cool kids use the YouTube.

And then I went and did a slow-mo

OK I got giddy again with the slow-mo

So I was really pleased with the results. As you can see from Ross, and Nick’s interpretations, including my own there are plenty of ways to do this so here are the ‘also-rans’ for boxes I was considering if you want to try and make one yourself…

This box from the Works was my original contender and at £4 was nice prize but it would require painting on the outside too as well as getting the felt to line it.

However I’d been distracted by a crate similar to this at Home & Bargain that I was going to remove the upper slats and then repin lower down and trim the bits poking up to make it an enclosed box. It was only £2.99 but they stopped selling them in the end, which led me to look at alternatives and seeing just the £2 box at Hobbycraft and the felt being right there too I just snapped it all up.

DIY dice box

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

We like a good dice box/rolling tray in our house. It’s funny, when I first got back with my gaming crew rolling dice in a box was what I did with the kids to avoid arguments, the fact Ben, Liam and Otty were also operating the same system, probably for the same reasons goes some way to illustrate how fraught those games could be. I like to think there’s a more relaxed approach nowadays ‘win at all costs’ is no longer an issue. That said the box still has it’s place and I was really impressed by Ross Graham’s tutorial on how to make one and then Nick over at the Burning Eye did something similar.

However, good as they were they weren’t quite what I was after. We’re used to rolling in box lids, bigger and wider than thos box frames with plenty of run-up like a craps table. So I’d been looking at a variety of options [detailed at the end] but have created this option as a serviceable solution. We’d nipped to Hobbycraft recently and they had these ‘Photo boxes’ for just £2, which was a perfect price point for me. This was the best patter on the outside, the rest being pastel polka dots and gold embossing, shame they had now darker more urban looking one but ultimately it’s a £2 shoe box!

I also picked up four sheets of felt for 55p each [three was enough]. I chose black because I thought it’d show up my yellow dice beautifully.

I then cut them to fit, layed on PVA glue, smoothed it out with a coffee stirrer and attached the felt. Now I’d done a few rolling tests and even with the felt there was a certain loudness to the dice I still wasn;t happy about. So I glued a sheet of my laminate floor foam underlay into the base first.

I then glued another sheet of felt on top.

So the sides are reasonably muffled but then the base is perfect. Ultimately if I wanted a noisy dice roll late at night I’d still be rolling on my Realm of Battle board! I got so excited I did some videos, because all the cool kids use the YouTube.

And then I went and did a slow-mo

OK I got giddy again with the slow-mo

So I was really pleased with the results. As you can see from Ross, and Nick’s interpretations, including my own there are plenty of ways to do this so here are the ‘also-rans’ for boxes I was considering if you want to try and make one yourself…

This box from the Works was my original contender and at £4 was nice prize but it would require painting on the outside too as well as getting the felt to line it.

However I’d been distracted by a crate similar to this at Home & Bargain that I was going to remove the upper slats and then repin lower down and trim the bits poking up to make it an enclosed box. It was only £2.99 but they stopped selling them in the end, which led me to look at alternatives and seeing just the £2 box at Hobbycraft and the felt being right there too I just snapped it all up.

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains. Part VII

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Almost done!  The mountain sections have been given a coat of diluted matte medium (50/50 with water) to harden the exteriors.  As the matte medium was drying I added some scenery – tufts and some ground foam.  I tried to not go ov…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains. Part VII

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Almost done!  The mountain sections have been given a coat of diluted matte medium (50/50 with water) to harden the exteriors.  As the matte medium was drying I added some scenery – tufts and some ground foam.  I tried to not go ov…

On The Desk – Creating a Lava Base Part 2

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

“Join me next week for the painting” he said two months ago…Well I’ve had a bit of an artist’s block. This piece in particular has been 95% complete for ages. Time to finally get it done. In case you need to refresh your memory here is the first part…

On The Desk – Creating a Lava Base Part 2

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

“Join me next week for the painting” he said two months ago…Well I’ve had a bit of an artist’s block. This piece in particular has been 95% complete for ages. Time to finally get it done. In case you need to refresh your memory here is the first part…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part VI

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 The basic painting of the mountain sections is now completed.  The first coat of dark red brown (mix of Dark Burnt Umber and red) was followed up with a heavy dry brush Raw Sienna (a leather tannish color) and then a light dry brush of yello…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part VI

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 The basic painting of the mountain sections is now completed.  The first coat of dark red brown (mix of Dark Burnt Umber and red) was followed up with a heavy dry brush Raw Sienna (a leather tannish color) and then a light dry brush of yello…

Studying Painting

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I love watching videos of other people painting, even if I don’t like their techniques. Learn why I think that it is helpful.

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Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part V

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Last night I had intended to start dry brushing the mountains to lighten up the colors.  As I was working on one section I then noticed that there were lots of spot where the pink foam was showing through – little dots of pink on all the pie…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part V

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Last night I had intended to start dry brushing the mountains to lighten up the colors.  As I was working on one section I then noticed that there were lots of spot where the pink foam was showing through – little dots of pink on all the pie…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains, Part IV

Posted on May 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 With the day offI was able to get A LOT of work done on the mountain sections.  All of the carving was finished, ground texture was added and, lastly, a base coat of red brown was applied. The ground texture is my standard goto – Sandst…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains, Part IV

Posted on May 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 With the day offI was able to get A LOT of work done on the mountain sections.  All of the carving was finished, ground texture was added and, lastly, a base coat of red brown was applied. The ground texture is my standard goto – Sandst…

Distressing Wood.

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I know some of you may be interested in how the waves turned out and to not show you all how it went as of yet might really annoy you and if that is the case I do apologize. But I found something out while painting and I was so happy about that I found…

Distressing Wood.

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I know some of you may be interested in how the waves turned out and to not show you all how it went as of yet might really annoy you and if that is the case I do apologize. But I found something out while painting and I was so happy about that I found…

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part 3 – Carving Rock Faces & Post #750!

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Tonights project was to carve the “rock faces” on the pink foam.  I managed to get 2 of the six section done in about an hour.  I used a new technique from model rail roader David Frary which I’ll explain below. The first step was …

Terrain Tutorial: Sectional Mountains Part 3 – Carving Rock Faces & Post #750!

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

 Tonights project was to carve the “rock faces” on the pink foam.  I managed to get 2 of the six section done in about an hour.  I used a new technique from model rail roader David Frary which I’ll explain below. The first step was …