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London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Seven Years War armies).

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Paint Table Saturday 18 September

 


As you can see, I have made some good progress on the log bridges. Most of it has been done today - I finally knuckled down and did the lashings. 

The thread has been reinforced with thin superglue. That should harden it and prevent the ends fraying.

It turned out that I did have enough linen thread for these, but I will need some more as I plan to do a vehicle-width bridge (or maybe two) as well.

I decided this afternoon to do a rough-and-ready "trunks laid across the stream" type bridge as well. I glued some 10mm blue foam onto oval bases, then shaped the foam with my hot-wire cutter and a sanding block. I then scooped out a recess on each piece using the hot-knife for the logs to sit in.

Tomorrow I will be seating various log bits onto the bases with brown frame sealant. On Monday I will add some basing texture and might think about adding some small jungle plants.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Wednesday Workbench 15 September

 


Well, it might not be Wednesday any more in the UK, but it is still Wednesday somewhere!

I've taken things fairly easy the past couple of days, but I have made a start on the log bridges. All the lengths and support posts have been cut. I'm not sure where to start on the assembly though. I think it will be easiest to begin by adding cross-beams to the lengths and then use them to correctly place the uprights at the ends (and in the middle of the longest ones). 

I am planning to do proper lashings, so I think I will need a bit more linen thread. The lashings will be "reinforced" with thin superglue or PVA.

In case you are wondering, there will be two 6" bridges, and one each of 8" and 12".


Sunday, 12 September 2021

Finished: Jungle Buildings

 


Well, finished for now. At some point I will probably add some tufts to the bases and I also need to glue the buildings onto their bases (the roofs will be kept as removable for access to the interiors). I was tempted to leave the more elevated buildings unglued to allow figures to be placed underneath the decking, but I did a couple of tests and there isn't quite enough headroom for kneeling figures.

Also, like you if you had read my post yesterday, I am pleasantly surprised to have these finished today.


Plantation Buildings


For my plantation complex, I wanted a slightly more "modern" feel to the buildings so I opted for corrugated iron cladding for the roofs and the walls of the barn. That didn't make sense for the tool shed though as the roof is flat, so I used fine grit sandpaper to simulate tar strips.

This "complex" could also work for a miner's/prospector's base.

Planter's Lodge






Tool Shed




"Outpost"


I believe this shelter was inspired by the Airfix kit. I'm not sure what purpose it serves on the plantation - perhaps a shelter away from the complex?


Water Tank



Barn


At some point I need to make up some bamboo tables and sculpt some coconuts and banana bunches to go in here.


All of these are from Sarissa Precision apart from the barn which is from Charlie Foxtrot Models.


The Village

I decided to thatch all of the village buildings. If you look back to earlier posts, you will see that I used towel strips for this. I should, perhaps, have tried it out first on one building but in my own inimitable style opted just to go for it and do them all at once. Had I been more sensible I might have achieved a better result, but they do still look good. I have learned a few lessons for if I do any thatched buildings in future:

  1. Soak the strips in diluted PVA before adding them to the roofs (you still need to coat the roofs with undiluted PVA).
  2. Make sure all the strips have the loops going the same way - down for a neat look, up for a rough look.
  3. For the ridge strips, cut the towel at 90 degrees to the main strips
  4. Cut the strips at least an inch longer than they need to be.


Village Huts












The first hut is from Warbases, the rest are from Sarissa Precision.


Big Hut




This one was from Warbases. The laser etched "woven palm" detail was not very deep, which meant that it doesn't really show through as well as it should, and it got filled too much for washes to help re-define it.

Village Community House


I only too a photo from one long side as the other is identical (apart from static grass pattern).


this was another Sarissa Precision kit.

Colonial Residence


I imagine this as the domicile of a team of missionaries or maybe a wealthy planter or miner.



This was also a Sarissa Precision kit.



I think that's enough buildings for me to be going on with. I might get some more of the village huts at some point and I have made a note of how I painted these for future additions.


Now I need to work out what I want to do next. I think I might have a go at making some log bridges for my jungle collection.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Paint Table Saturday 11 September


 As you can see, there has been a lot of progress on the jungle buildings since Wednesday. On Thursday, after some quick size checks, I decided to spray the buildings indoors rather than wait for a sunny day and clear garden. Not my preferred option, but needs must.


The spray paints I've used are Halfords Camo Dark Brown, followed by a dusting of Halfords Camo Khaki from a high angle to add a first highlight.


I also carried on with the water tank. I got it nicely rusted up on Thursday, then yesterday I textured and painted the base:



Yesterday also saw me adding drybrush highlights to the wood on all of the buildings. I also dry-brushed the thatch:


I started out today intending just to work on the buildings with wriggly-tin and the tool shed which I've given tar strip roofing. The metal was base-coated with thinned down VMA Tank Brown; the tar strips with thinned VMC Black:


Using some foam ripped from a figure tray insert, I splodged VMA Light Rust onto the metal:


I then drybrushed with VMC Oily Steel; the tar strips were drybrushed with VMC Grey Green and VMC London Grey:


The metal was then washed with heavily thinned VMA light rust:


The metal was finished off with more splodging of VMA Light Rust, a light splodging of VMA Orange Rust and a final light drybrush of VMC Oily Steel:


As that was all done much earlier than I'd expected, I mixed up a batch of ink wash to stain the woodwork, then applied it to all of the buildings. Unfortunately I forgot to take a comparison photo of stained and unstained.

Tomorrow I'll be texturing the bases:


I'll have to do that in two batches as there isn't enough room on the bench to work on them all at the same time. I probably won't get around to painting the texture tomorrow, so that will be a fairly quick job for Monday. The final job will be to add static grass - if I'm lucky, that will get done on Monday, but I suspect that it will be a Tuesday morning job.

Update: Naff all on the telly, so I decided to add the basing texture - only took about an hour including all the cleaning up!