I decided some of my town setups needed some statues to add a bit of character, so I created a simple mdf plinth. This design has actually been made for a Salute freebie model but I have tested it out on this random geezer on a horse. I have a bunch of Salute giveaway models from over the years and plan to make plinths to fit a variety if model sizes.
The Mark II version of the Office Block has a different stair entrance. For this model I also added the corner stonework which I painted a good contrasting colour. The roof and interior floors are just paper images found on DIY websites and printed, cheating I know, but it works for me! There is a Mark III with double doors at the front, but I don’t have one cut yet.
The original office block I designed has a different stair configuration that did not look as good as I had hoped when I actually came to build it. But it was still more than usable, so it has been inked to within an inch of its life. The flash has bleached out the pavement a bit, but I think I will go back and draw in the lines.
This is not one of my designs but a TT Combat large warehouse. I did change the roof as I did not like the way it fitted, it was way to difficult to remove. It has plenty of room inside and may a close combat battle has been fought in its interior. Now with some ink and paint, it is actually finished.
After many months of designing and building various towers for Jim to display for Products For Wargamers at shows, I have started to paint and build some towers for myself. The first one here, along with a spiral staircase was to test out the colours and connecting sections. So far so good. Five more to go.
This was definitely a good idea, painting the components before gluing it together. The hex pattern looks really good and I have painted random hexes for a bit of variety.
These two buildings were the prototypes so not available in this exact design any more, but I will still be using them in games. I have added pavement bases to them to finish them off. Now ready for inking and painting. I also have an idea to add some removable interior walls, well maybe one day.
Most of the MDF tower models I have built over the last few months have been for Jim to use on his Products For Wargamers stand at games shoes. I am now getting around to building some for myself. This time around, I thought I would paint components before I stick anything together. There is plenty to do, I plan to paint and then build three standard height Industrial Processing Towers (with Pringles tubes) and one double height tower. All the towers will link together with ground level sections all designed to make one large industrial setup for use in 40K, Rogue Stars and Kill Team. I just need to see how long it will all take.
Some time ago, I cut some MDF ruins, so I thought I really should put some colour on to see how they look. I have just used various inks rather than paint, it really is very quick and they look destroyed enough. This one was my first prototype and so did not have any internal detail, the later versions are a bit better.
To go with my 4′ x 4′ port boards, I needed a 2′ x 4′ section of water. Rather than just paint a bit of board, I thought I would life difficult for myself and try something different. I did start by just painting a bit of hardboard various shades of blue, perhaps not dark enough, but as a first go it will do. Once that was all dry, I spread a whole tube of silicon sealant over the entire surface with a wooden spoon. This left an interesting texture and helped to distort the paint underneath. There are a few small gaps where the silicon missed here and there, but that sort of adds to the effect. There are also a few bits where the spreading has left an undesirable mark, but I think I can do a better job on the next version.
Yesterday was Colours at Newbury, usually an event I look forward to, Salute and Colours are my two essential shows each year as they are nicely about six months apart. I guess I was not in the right frame of mind to go to Colours anyway, I did not have anything in particular to pick up, in fact for the first time in years, I did not even take a shopping list. Overall, I found the show a bit disappointing, several retailers I like to pay a visit to were absent and there was not much else to grab my attention. The crowd seemed less and I found myself wandering around aimlessly… The highlight for me was to see my various MDF towers on display and on sale at Products For Wargamers. Also there was a new spiral staircase, looks good, but tricky to build. So all I bought were some paints, some big brushes for terrain, a couple of resin machines for scenery and ONE miniature, ONE I tell you! That was just some random historical bloke on a horse that I will as a statue… All was not lost, on the way home