Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Post Apocalyptic Terrain Modelling Part 2

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In my last post I ran through the development and construction of the Fuel Storage Tank terrain piece.This time I am going to go through the painting and finishing process.I mentioned in the previous article that I had already given the model a coat of…

Post Apocalyptic Terrain Modelling – The next big project…

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I have started to put together a new collection of scenery for our new Post Apocalyptic (PA) campaign (we will be using the Across The Dead Earth rules).

Seemed like a good time for a quick run through of terrain construction.

I have had these tubes lying around the workshop for some time, and I have been looking for a good project to use them in. As a useful piece of PA terrain, a fuel storage tank seems idea, it’ll offer plenty of play potential, giving several locations to put figures in, as well as being a possible objective. So that is the plan then.

For the base, I used a piece of 6mm MDF. I sanded the edges down to meet the surrounding terrain.

Next up I cut (using the laser cutter) a walkway to go half way up and plates for the top of the three tubes.

I didn’t want the top of the main tank to be flat as I felt that would be a little boring. SO I made a quick visit to the local Hobbycraft store and found a polystyrene sphere.

I sliced the top off, making sure that this dome would allow enough room to get a 30mm base all around the top of the tank.

I also laser cut a couple of dozen steps.

Dry fitting the pieces you can start to see the basic layout. I needed to cut a section out of the walkway, to allow for the steps to get through it. So I did it at this stage.

At this point I glued the three tubes to the base, glued the tops and the walkway on and then gave the whole thing a coat of MDF sealer, to stop moisture absorption later on. Then I glued the steps in place. Now as the tube is just (very) thick cardboard I found that the steps would pull away from the tube, and also tended to droop (I could have pinned them, but I was in a bit of a hurry at this stage and I thought I could get away with it, oh well lesson learned).

I didn’t want to pull all the steps off again, so instead I laser cut some supports to go underneath them. Along with this I also cut some  piece to take a handrail, or rope.

Next up, gluing these pieces in place. I should have measured the spacing, but to be honest i just did it by, and I don’t think that it looks too bad.

This got me thinking about the “railings”, I was considering using a fine cord, but with a little investigation I found I could get two metres of 2mm beading chain for around £2, which I promptly ordered. Hopefully it would fit though the holes on the uprights…

I wanted to have some pipes connecting the three tubes . So first I found a piece of plastic girder and cut it at 90degrees, to act as a support for the pipes. Next I cut and bent various pieces of plastic tube and rod. I bent by holding it over a lighter for a couple of seconds. This works well for rod, but the tube tends to fold rather than bending. Still with a bit of filling and filing I got it to look reasonably good. Please remember, this build is going to be dirtied down and made to look abandoned, so will be quite a lot of room to hide imperfections.

I glued the pipes in place and added a pipe running directly between  the two small tanks, and also a waste run-off pipe on one of them…

That worked well and I felt it looked fairly “industrial” without getting it too bogged down with detail that could get damaged on the gaming table. I wanted to keep the tops of the two small tanks fairly flat so that an intrepid sniper, or watchman could get up there if he wanted to, still they do look a bit plain at this stage, maybe I will have to add a little more to them.

On to the top of the main tank. I glued the polystyrene dome in the middle and then painted it with a nice thick coat of emulsion. This protects the polystyrene from more aggressive substances that may dissolve it, such as some types of spray paint.  I wasn’t happy with the finish, as it was still clearly a piece of polystyrene, so smoothed some air drying woodfiller over it, allowed that to dry and then sanded it down. Much better!

Another coat of emulsion and a bit more sanding and I was finally satisfied with the finish. The dome was still a bit boring, so I decided to add a hatch at the top of the dome.

As I had the laser cut hatch design sitting on my computer this seemed like a good way to add a bit of interest to one of the smaller tubes, and as they match, it also ties the design together…

The base needed a bit more detail too, so I decided to add  some kind of control panel to one of the tanks.

I engraved the screen keyboard and other detail and cut the piece with the laser cutter again. Simple but effective.

Now, the hatch on the smaller tube really needed a ladder to give access, so this finished off  most of the structure of the model. 

In the next article I will move on to the painting.

Painting Stonework – a simple tutorial

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under . Posted by

How I paint stonework.In this Blog and in my modelling books (see links to top right of this page), I regularly comment on the importance of painting natural looking stonework. I am currently working on a project that should be featured in print someti…

Windmills on my Mind Part 2 – Painting and Glee

Posted on January 20th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hi folks, remember this: Windmills… Part 1? Don’t blame you, it was back in October, granted, the very last day of October but still, that was a long time back. To be honest, it’s been a dry spell for hobby for me. It’s actually been two full months …

Base Quadrant Marking

Posted on January 11th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

If you play as many games as I do you will know that some rules require you to be able to identify a figures facing; whether it’s front and back, left and right or both (Warmachine is a good example). … Continue reading

How to paint purple – the Burning Eye way

Posted on January 9th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hey all, since I started re-painting my dark eldar Kabal, I’ve had loads of comments about the purple (well, a few. Ok two) and how I go about it. So here we go – my recipe for purple. Or more specifically the various different purple that I use (and y…

TUTORIAL – How to play Warmachine…

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hey all! It’s been awhile and yes I am still alive. I actually have a lot of pics to take since I have finished painting so many miniatures since my last posting. In the meantime here are some great videos … Continue reading

Terrain is everything – Hail the Omnissiah new Print & Play buildings

Posted on December 29th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I know Christmas has been and gone but there are still presents to be had and the 40kaddict thinks you’ve all been very good this year so please accept this gift as 2014 comes to a close… Having introduced a number of new colour schemes for the Print…

DIY Model Trees: The Twist Tie Tree Tutorial

Posted on December 15th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello all, A couple of weeks ago I posted a couple of test trees I made while trying to work out  a method I was happy with.  This tutorial will demonstrate the process I settled on to get reasonably convincing model trees without breaking the bank. …

Winter Icicles

Posted on December 14th, 2014 under , . Posted by

As Winter arrives (at least at the top of the world) gamers thoughts turn to making scenery and bases that represent the cold and ice around them (OK so it’s currently bright sunshine and warm outside but it’s still December … Continu…

What the Flock(box)?????

Posted on December 5th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Hey y'all!I have got to share something that I recently found and am L-O-V-I-N-G!The Flockbox.Read more »

Crackle Glazing

Posted on November 22nd, 2014 under , . Posted by

It has to be said that Crackle Glazing is one of those techniques that I’ve never needed over the years, mostly because I spend most of my time painting figures and have never really felt the need to use the … Continue reading →

AdeptiCon 2015 is Coming!

Posted on November 21st, 2014 under , . Posted by

Well, next March is the actual event, but I wanted to point out that the registration for AdeptiCon 2015 is only a few days away! On Monday November 24, at 8pm Central time (that’s 2am Tuesday morning for you folks in the UK) to events web cart will go…

Terrain is everything – ‘Tis the season to pick up your trees

Posted on November 21st, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A few years ago I picked up a bag of model trees from Dobbies, our local garden centre [and craft shop]. They only have them in the run up to Christmas as they’re for making your own Christmas scene with miniature revelers and holiday nik-naks. In…

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Posted on November 16th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I was recently asked by a friend how to made a wet mud style base for his Bolt Action figures and it occurred to me that basing is not something I’ve really covered in the past. So to answer my … Continue reading →

Tree’s Company

Posted on November 16th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Wood yew beleaf it? Ash soon as one scenery article a-pears another follows. Sorry, I’ll stop, no more puns, completely stumped… sorry. Yes, today’s article is all about trees, and because it was a slow process I’ve taken step-by-step pics too.

For this round of trees I’m using the old GW "bottle brush" trees, they’re the shape of chestnut trees by the way, that have been hanging around

Terrain is everything – Project Ω – Realm of Battle Board – We can rebuild it!

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

What we have here is the first ‘real’ step to the restoration of Ferron Proxima. The shadow wash solved the Polyvine problem but here we see the true colours shining through. The bottom board has had it’s coat of Vermillion craft acrylic. I was slightl…

Painting Buddha Academy: Aanchuth series

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

This time Matt and Mati paint Aanchuth the Cursed from Mierce Miniatures. The series shows you among other things how to paint fur, skin, horns and wood. As usual I just bundled the free videos together in one playlist. The videos are produced and owne…

Figure Storage

Posted on November 1st, 2014 under . Posted by

One of the biggest recurring issues for gamers is figure storage; whether it’s for carrying figures to a club or friends for a game or simply somewhere to keep your figures at home, storage is something we all have to … Continue reading &#8…

Dirty Jon’s Basic Tips for Painting Miniatures

Posted on October 31st, 2014 under , . Posted by

In this article, I will set out some of my top beginner tips for painting 15mm miniatures for Flames of War.  I will be focusing on achieving good effects for playable models, and not trying to get you winning painting contests.  When one paints hund…

Terrain is everything – Project Ω – Realm of Battle Board – 50 Shades of Red Oxide

Posted on October 31st, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Happy Hallowe’en! Dry your eyes and lets fix this mother! On with the shadow wash. You can see there is still some evidence of the Polyvine [the whiteish streaks towards the top of the board] but overall I’d say it’s been reduced by 80%Once again this …

Martian Trenchworks

Posted on October 25th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Just recently I’ve been spending an increasing amount of my time painting and playing All Quiet on the Martian Front (great game, see my review). This is a great game and pits the brave Humans against the Martian invaders in … Continue read…

Terrain is everything – Project Ω – Realm of Battle Board – The following post has scenes of a graphic nature

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

 So here’s what Polyvine does to Realm of Battle Boards. You can actually see in some areas it’s OKBut in others it’s just frosted/dusted and there’s no explanation of why some areas dried ‘dead flat’ and some areas just flat wrong!This tile isn’t…

The Helpful Hobby Guide – How to store models ?

Posted on October 20th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

We hobbyists all have one thing in common, no matter what game or range we use, no matter if we're painters, collectors or gamers mostly. STORAGE. That's right storage. This hobby has an unavoidable problem : it takes space. The more models you…

Steampunk House – Part 5

Posted on October 19th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

So my making of series draws to a close with a few last details (click these links for previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). I’m not going to go into every last bit of the model … Continue reading →