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Offline elsmallo

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2020, 09:40:43 PM »
I did a bit more building this weekend. I finally got round to making a mold of my gate door, although the first time I tried it the mix of silicone and mineral spirits (to create a shrinking mold) didn't set properly so I had to save the door and tidy it after it got a bit gunked up. I was able to clean it up however and make another mold out of straight silicone - I use Lego bricks to make the box mold and clay to seal the edges. The second mold worked OK and I've been able to make a cast in resin of the door although not photo'd it yet.



I also had a go at making some trees - never tried this before. I used wires of various thickness to create the trunk and branches, twisted around each other and then gunked a mix of polyfiller, pva and sand onto the wires, filling the cracks and creating texture. I coated this when dry with more pva and paint. I then painted, and when dry glued on some lichen and flock. The colours are a bit green, but I'm still quite happy with them.




I also played around a bit with another building. A little while ago I built a little blacksmith building, using some Mantic forge parts. However, I figured a blacksmith's shed would be a good building to attach to a town wall piece, so decided to turn the building I'd made into something else: an inn. This was the original build:



I altered the existing model to fill in the open shed area and constructed a new ground floor out of cardboard so that the original could become the first floor.




I only got as far as putting a few windows on to this one. I glued some old GW mordheim windows together and made a mold of them so I can reproduce on this building a few times. It can be quite a grand inn hopefully when finished.



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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2020, 09:46:07 PM »
More awesomeness! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2020, 04:55:47 PM »
inspirational stuff!

how you just whip up mold after mold for doors and windows continues to impress me. a lot!


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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2020, 07:17:23 AM »
You really got the skills & energy!  :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2020, 11:45:33 AM »
The winds of terrain magic are still blowing strong for you. Really top notch
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2020, 01:58:04 AM »
Just checking in on this section of the forum for the first time in ages and...  :Ohmy: wow, what an awesome project! Great detail and painting in those buildings.

Offline elsmallo

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2020, 10:05:57 PM »
Just checking in on this section of the forum for the first time in ages and...  :Ohmy: wow, what an awesome project! Great detail and painting in those buildings.

Many thanks!

The winds of terrain magic are still blowing strong for you. Really top notch

You are too kind and these and other comments help to keep the motivation strong!

inspirational stuff!

how you just whip up mold after mold for doors and windows continues to impress me. a lot!


Mold making is something I got into this year during lockdown when contemplating this project and realising I'd need loads of doors and windows for all the buildings. Originally I'd just planned to duplicate OOP GW stuff but then watching other tutorials and also considering the potentially questionable legality I've gradually started to try my own designs as well.

There are heaps of mold making tutorials on YouTube and I'm sure explanations are not needed here as to the process. I buy my silicone for the mold making and the miniatures resin I use from an eBay store called DWRPlastics and use the soft rubber easy mold product they sell. I've graduated from making boxes out of cardboard to pour the liquid silicone into to using Lego which is much easier. The whole process requires patience but isn't difficult, and it is really gratifying to see things you've created duplicated (or frankly also old Mordheim stuff  :icon_lol:). And the resin final product is really nice to paint too.

My big gate/castle door didn't enjoy being surrounded with rubber but I was able to get a good cast of it and create a resin version:



Last few weeks I've mostly been making more of my own doors and windows. The windows use an MDF etched product from a hobby company called 4ground so I can't claim they are totally mine - I just built frames for them out of wood and card and some putty. I made some double windows and a basic door and also one of those sort of sticky out window things not sure what it's called. The pictures aren't great but you can see the original models on the left and then in their Lego boxes ready to have the silicone poured on them. I painted them grey and varnished them before doing this hoping it might help them survive the process better than the big door:



And here are the molds from that - I use a blue dye in the silicon, and on the right the number of resin casts I've made so far. I think they'll work really well on the inn building.



I've also gotten distracted making loads more trees. The big one was made by drilling some holes in a cheap plastic paintbrush handle and then pushing little wires through for branches. The others were just wire wound round itself. 



After this I glob on polyfilla and texture with sand and then paint:



I actually went to Hobbycraft and had to restrain myself from buying all the different flocks but did get some new stuff for doing tree foliage which I used some of here to finish off:



And my intention is to build larger bases with circular cutouts so the trees can be arranged into small 'woods' and this could be slightly different each time. Here is the first one (I actually cut the holes a little tight so it might get scrapped, but it works OKish)



Due to coronavirus restrictions it looks like I'll be having more free time from now on so, along with searching for sellable scrap down at the dump and crawling around in the gutter for loose change this'll be one of the creative projects I'll be filling my time with; as ever comments and encouragement much appreciated!  :biggriin:

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2020, 06:28:31 AM »
Those castings look really great!
I'm doing some smaller stuff with "blue stuff", but not the quality you have here.

That ramshackle gate looks really Warhammer/Mordheim :-) How some buildings in the old can keep straight up, nobody knows!
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