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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #250 on: May 19, 2012, 02:55:19 PM »
Another building,  a quicky this time as it is mostly stone. Another hardfoam one from the Ziterdes range. I'm calling it a belfort because that's what it looks like to me (for those not familiar with the term, it's a medieval watchtower/belltower). This is one of the more recent models in the range I think and it shows, crisp, hard edges and detail everywhere, you wouldn't believe this is foam until you pick it up and feel the weight. Hopefully they'll keep adding more with this level of quality.

I did some weathering on this that doesn't come out well in the pictures. Basically, some of those vertical streaks and shadows you may detect are actually greenish streaks in reality. Really. I'm actually quite happy how well this came out with minimal effort.



And in case you're wondering about the size, here's a scale shot with some figures (again, this is an impressive model sizewise) and some detail shots:


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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #251 on: May 19, 2012, 03:16:22 PM »
Ooooh! Aaaah! Looks great! The weathering is definitely visible.

I don't know whether you've elaborated on this before (apologies if you did), but are you happy with that hardfoam?

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #252 on: May 19, 2012, 03:40:11 PM »
That looks great, I definitly wouldn't have thought it was made out of foam!  The details are quite crisp.

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #253 on: May 19, 2012, 03:40:58 PM »
Well, if I could get all of my buildings in that material I would. It's sturdy and light and I don't have the same anxiety as with resin buildings where I always fear that they will chip or the glue will loosen or I will drop them and they will fall apart. I'm not saying you can't damage these, but the risks just aren't the same to me.

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #254 on: May 20, 2012, 01:02:26 PM »
Love your stuff WK! Traded away my Marauder dwarf army 1990 away :-( ... and still miss them.

Never heard of zvezda doing foam stuff. Where did you get this stuff??

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 19/05 - Belfort
« Reply #255 on: May 20, 2012, 01:42:18 PM »
We've all traded away stuff we thought we'd never use and then end up regretting it.  :unsure:

Not Zvezda, Ziterdes. A German company.

http://www.ziterdes.de/ziterdes/en/index.php?we_variant=en

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #256 on: October 04, 2020, 02:09:55 PM »
It's been ages since I painted anything for this project and when my lovely wife bought me a Lemax Halloween Gatehouse for my birthday, I knew I had to make this top of my list of things to rework into a wargaming model (you know, so I can still be entitled to get toys from her in the future).

http://whiteknightminiatureimperium.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-abandoned-gatehouse.html

As with most Lemax buildings, this had great potential but needed a little TLC to bring it up to the standards and to remove some of the out of scale bits that tend to feature on them. I'll go into that a bit more below, but first the pictures of the finished gatehouse, which I tried to paint in order to match my earlier buildings in this project.

Some Empire dwarfs are exploring the abandoned gatehouse. Looks like it hasn't been visited in a long while and small scavengers abound, but then who lit those torches? Figures added for scale.



The gatehouse from different angles without figures:















And a comparison between the original model and the modified and repainted one below. I removed the oversized gravestones and skeletons. I did leave one of the skeletons under the arch as it was about the right size. I also got rid of the lighting system, since it couldn't be hidden. I used some plastic bits from a Warhammer fortified mansion to cover the large whole on the side where the switch box was situated. I should have removed the torches as well, since they're a bit big and there are big gobs of hot glue attaching them to the wall, but I didn't want to lose too many of the original building's features, so I kept them on. The building also has moulded on bits of green slime oozing in places. As I didn't quite see how to make that work, I decided to flock them and turn them into overgrown bits. I also used that in a few spots to hide some of the mouldlines that couldn't be removed, the lower body of the model being a type of porcelain.



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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #257 on: October 04, 2020, 02:56:15 PM »
Love what you've done with that! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

I looked it up ... turns out Lemax seems to point folks towards the folks who are selling their product.  I started checking out the links to various sites, and finally found this item on one for $49.99.  It is tempting.
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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #258 on: October 08, 2020, 09:37:01 AM »
Jayce?

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #259 on: October 08, 2020, 03:19:15 PM »
That looks great also looks like it was fun to paint  :::cheers:::
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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #260 on: October 09, 2020, 06:12:50 AM »
Great conversion work! The result is hugely atmospheric, not toy-like at all.  :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #261 on: October 09, 2020, 04:59:35 PM »
Thanks guys, I think it really looks the part for that GW Empire vibe.

Jayce?

When I took that original picture he was the only one nearby for scale.


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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #262 on: October 12, 2020, 08:22:29 AM »
It looks really cool and has a good vibe to it.
The only thing I find strange, is that is abandoned and still the torches are lit.
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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #263 on: October 12, 2020, 07:07:42 PM »
Thanks guys, I think it really looks the part for that GW Empire vibe.

Jayce?

When I took that original picture he was the only one nearby for scale.



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Re: WK's return to the Empire - Update 4/10 - Abandoned gatehouse
« Reply #264 on: October 13, 2020, 09:50:44 AM »
It looks really cool and has a good vibe to it.
The only thing I find strange, is that is abandoned and still the torches are lit.

I did think about that and then considered the torches are probably magical and still work for that reason. Might have been a good idea to paint them in an etherical blue or green instead but it's done for now.