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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Monday Workbench

Yes, yes, yes, I know - I haven't posted for over a week now. It's not because I've been completely idle though. I have been doing something in the background as well as ploughing my way through a couple of books.

A few weeks ago I ordered a pair of texture rollers from Green Stuff World:

Last Monday, I decided to try them out on some terracotta Das clay. It was while doing this that I came to the conclusion that I should also have bought the plain roller so that I could roll the clay to the correct thickness before going over with the texture. I tried them over a variety of thicknesses (I bought the pack of  silicone rings - 2mm, 4mm, 5mm - to assist with this).

For some reason the Das clay took nearly 2 days to fully dry, by which time I was engrossed in my books so I didn't try doing anything with them until this weekend.

Yesterday I broke off a few chips from the brick pattern pieces. The 2mm thickness is about right for a single thickness of bricks in 28mm; 5mm would be best for double thickness (allowing for the mortar between).

I also shaved a suitable colour pastel to try to add into the recesses as "mortar". Unfortunately this had the effect of fading the terracotta colour. I think the best way to do this in future would be to paint the dried Das in a suitable mortar colour, then dry-brush the brick colour over the raised surfaces. Oh, well, live and learn.

I have managed to collect these fragments though:

In case you are wondering, these will be for adding to figure (and terrain) bases.

Tomorrow my plan is to start work on these figures:

Yes indeed - the jeep crew figures from Artizan and 1st Corps. They'll give me the opportunity to test a couple of new paints I've acquired for the green webbing and the maroon berets.


  1. Now they look interesting, shall be curious to see these added to the bases.

  2. Great use of the rollers Tamsin, a cheap plain roller can be obtained from Hobbycraft in their cake section and is a handy size for modelling

  3. very interesting. Like the large vial holder as well, wonder which lab is missing one ;)

  4. @ Michael A - hopefully that won't be too far in the future :)

    @ Dave Stone - cheers! I did buy a cheap roller from Wilko, the problem is getting just the right thickness :)

    @ Ray - I do have those every so often :)

    @ Martin C - it is very handy. It's one I acquired when doing a lab clearance at work that nobody else needed; sadly LSC is a dying technique in the life sciences :)