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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.


5 comments:

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

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  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

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

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  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 :)

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