Other Modelling Projects


Abe Sapien - Hellboy Painting Article

At long last, I have painted the Jim Bowen/Graven Images miniature that has sat on my 'to-do' list for ages. The figure is a rare 40mm casting from the short-lived Hellboy range distributed by Graven Images. I already have the Hellboy figure based and painted - see this link from ten years ago!As you can see from the images below, the original casting has been modified and based on some LEGO blocks.Finally, we have the Hellboy and Abe (Big Red and Blue) figures finished.Tony

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Scratch Building a Star Trek Shuttle - Miniature Wargames August 2019

Issue 436 of Miniature Wargames (August 2019) has a five page 'how-to' article on scratch-building this Star Trek Shuttle for 28mm gaming. The full tutorial, written by me shows how I re-drew scale plans, built the shuttle and painted it as well as sourcing some suitable hull decorations. The magazine is available from Warners, your local gaming store or W H Smiths in the UK.Shuttle DiplomacyThe model was built on a foamboard core with plastic card cladding and bits from the spares box. It was painted with 'rattle-can' spray paints and acrylics and finished with home-made and scrounged decals and labels.In addition to the Star Trek Shuttle, there are another two 'how-to' articles and a number of early Tolkien First Age scenarios. The magazine also includes the usual reviews and eye candy.Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding detail

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 these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The first items of clutter added to the layout were the large oil storage container and some greenery modelled from artificial hanging basket material as seen in the image below while the image above was me placing items to see how they interacted with one another. I had great fun moving items around until I had found what I thought was the perfect position.The low wall (in the centre) has been glued in place with a corrugated cardboard spacer to move it

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Modifying the track layout part two

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 these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The original 'Y' Shaped track layout has been pulled-up and replaced with a single length of Peco SL - 500 'Crazy Track' or O-16.5 track fitted slightly further back from the wharf than in the initial design. I have removed about one in three sleepers for a more in keeping sleeper spacing and glued the track down with PVA glue.I have used card and DAS modelling clay to level out the groundwork to either side of the track and small pieces of cork to fill-i

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Modifying the track layout

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 these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.It's been some time since I posted updates on the OSO SALT layout. I had allowed the whole project to stagnate due to some work and commission issues but hopefully the visit to the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Railway Show earlier this month will give me the push to continue working on the layout.I have decided that the 'Y' style layout will have to go as the area in front of the main building (particularly in front of the factory door) does not allow for

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The Guardians of the Riverbank from Northumbrian Tinsoldier

The Guardians of the Riverbank is a limited edition set of 10 metal miniatures and 7 dice in a beautifully packaged gift set from Northumbrian Tinsoldier. For full details see this link.The models arrived in this black card box (above).And were presented in a tissue and foam wrap (below).The full contents include;10 - 28mm scale metal miniatures10 - plastic bases (slottabases)1 - black velvet purse with 7 blue crystal dice1 - presentation leaflet3 - full colour postcardsI chose the Northumbrian Tinsoldier miniatures above the Oathsworn (official Burrows & Badgers) minis as I thought the limited edition pack was better value and a little more characterful.I think I will replace the plain plastic based for something more fancy, but look forward to painting them up.Tony

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MOS ESPA - Scratch Built Terrain for Star Wars Article in Miniature Wargames issue 432

The Mos Espa article in Miniature Wargames issue 432 (April 2019) is a bit of a landmark for me as it sees modelling articles written by me in both Wargames Soldiers & Strategy (see this post) and Miniature Wargames at the same time. This is not the first time that this has happened, but is unusual enough to be special.The Star Wars themed domed house is based on the Tunisian film set which has recently been renovated by Star Wars fans and was built from spare foam with a DAS and filler rendering.The original project was modelled and written for the forthcoming Wargames Terrain and Building - North Africa book from Pen & Sword (my second book from P&S due in 2020) but was cut at the last moment as the commissioning editor wanted historical themed models rather than Sci-Fi or fantasy terrain. John Treadaway (editor of Miniature Wargames) has reproduced the article as fully as possible with lots of work-in-progress images in a format which I believe shows off the step-by-step construction and painti

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Models For Sale on ebay

I have decided to sell-off some of my model terrain starting with these two buildings.The first is the scratch-built 28mm scale Timber Framed Dovecot that featured in Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 87. Details of which were included on this Blog back in November 2016 for more details see this Blog post.The model is 200mm tall and mounted on a 3mm thick plastic card base that measures 110mm x 120mm.If you are interested in purchasing this model - please see this ebay auction.The second model is a 28mm scale Brick and Stone Built Well and Dovecot inspired by a resin model from Hovels. A Napoleonic Wars themed model is built from blue foam with DAS roof tiles. The model is 190mm tall and mounted on a MDF base 130mm x 145mm.This model was built some time ago and is rare in that I do not have any work-in-progress images. For more images see this Blog post.If you are interested in bidding for this model you can find details of the ebay auction here.The Flintloque Rifleorc is in

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Kid Wood Charity Shop Find

I picked up this pack of Kid Wood - an expanded foam modelling material from a local charity shop (where I find most of my modelling material).I have used it in the past as the basis of various modelling projects and was wondering if anyone else uses it?This pack has 13 individual pieces;4 x round sections4 x square strips5 x sheetsIt cost me just £2.00 from the St. Richards Hospice store in Pershore.Tony

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Apocalypse Miniatures Olde-World Resin now available on e-bay

I recently came across these resin buildings for sale on the Apocalypse Miniatures e-bay site. The masters for all of the main buildings were modelled by me and cast in resin by Hysterical Games for a Kickstarter Campaign back in 2016. For anyone interested in purchasing the models from Ryan, see this link.I have one or two examples of raw resin in my own 'to-be-painted' stash and hopefully I'll get around to painting my own pieces soon.This link gives more information of the Olde World Kickstarter.Tony

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Warhammer Shadespire my first game

This weekend I had my first ever game of Shadespire from GW. Gary was over for Holly's birthday and between babysitting and eating we had a quick game. I was playing the Bloodbound and lost!I'm afraid the die Gods were definitely not on my side.....Shadespire from Games WorkshopI found the game mechanics were simple enough to pick up quickly but offered the opportunity and challenges that meant that I am looking forward to a return match. Hopefully with a better outcome.HelpI would like hints and tips on how best to play prior to sitting opposite Gary when we next play.Tony

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Making Newgrange - Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy - issue 99

The latest issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy includes another terrain making article written by me. Making Newgrange shows how I scratch-built a model based on the Newgrange Stone Age (Neolithic) mound in Ireland. For full details of this interesting structure see this link.The model was built from a lump of 50mm thick insulation foam and self-hardening clay. The article covers two pages with lots of work-in-progress images as well as details of how I had to repair some mistakes and mishaps that occurred during construction.For full details of W, S & S issue 99, please see this link.Tony

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Iberian Windmill - update

This is not the first time that I have featured this particular model on the blog. For details of the earlier post see this link. However I have recently repaired the sails and thought it was worth adding these images.The model was built some years ago from DAS covered corrugated cardboard, card and balsawood with the sails modelled from skewers. I had damaged the sails and the cotton rigging after attending the West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell in March this year and thought it was time that I repaired them.The simple model is one of my all-time favourite scratch-built terrain models, one that I am very proud of. It was inspired by an image I had found in a Portuguese tourism guide picked up at a local travel agents and although simple in design and construction I think the model is just perfect for showing how I build and paint my terrain pieces.Unfortunately, I do not have any work-in-progress shots to show how it was built and painted.Tony

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