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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2021, 12:42:37 AM »
Outstanding! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

Keep bringing back more. :icon_mrgreen:
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2021, 07:52:35 PM »
Excellent, excellent!

Love the atmosphere of the smithy - and the whole town.

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #52 on: February 28, 2021, 12:32:08 AM »
That blacksmith shop is awesome! Looks really good.
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2021, 09:56:31 PM »
That blacksmith shop is awesome! Looks really good.

Excellent, excellent!

Love the atmosphere of the smithy - and the whole town.

-Z

Outstanding! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

Keep bringing back more. :icon_mrgreen:

Great job on the blacksmith :eusa_clap:

Thanks very much all. It's been most enjoyable documenting this project here and without it and such encouragement I'd almost certainly have given up by now  :::cheers:::

Quote elsmallo: smug and pleased with my efforts so far.

I would feel this plus cartwheels around the property perimeter and a 10k run as well. (All completely impossible for me to do btw - much like the ability to pull off terrain like this 😺)

Haha!   :biggriin: In 'peacetime' as it were I'm an art teacher and do odd DIY jobs so, this scenery project has been something to get my creative teeth into, as well as being a lockdown time sponge. In fact, since I've started building the scenery in earnest it's been more fulfilling than the painting minis side of the hobby, although, having spent a few weeks on the forge I will probably give my fingers time to recover from the stabbing and glue etc and do a bit of mini painting now.

Also. I lost touch with the hobby for a few years and missed the whole end times/AoS debacle, but in a funny way the fact that the original WFB has kinda passed out of fashion, so to speak, I feel frees it up a bit and allows proper time to be taken, at one's own pace, to realise the childhood dreams. It doesn't need to keep up with the edition changes, new miniature lines, etc, or be driven by whatever pace GW is setting.

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #54 on: March 01, 2021, 01:15:54 AM »
What miniatures are you planning to paint :icon_question:
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2021, 11:03:13 AM »
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So long and thanks for all the fish.

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2021, 11:30:09 PM »
I've not posted here in a few months - I've been warhammer-ing as usual amongst the other hobbies but I've got the mordheim bug again and also been finishing and painting up some regiments in the backlog, both of which have involved spending too much money on eBay. I also find the terrain pieces require more and more courage to start now. But with some time off I've made a start on a new piece for the town, detailed below.

When I started building my own doors and windows one of the earlier things I made was a big round-topped gate, so I thought I'd finally get round to using it and build the gatehouse. This was the gate:



This would mean I could join the two wall sections I have already, maybe making it usable in a siege battle (if I can understand the rules). I wanted the door to be openable, however, and as it was originally made as a one-part mold, it has no reverse side. So I sanded down the reverse of two of my doors to make them slimmer, glued them together, cut in two and tidied up, and I had my two-sided (and still thick) door. Attached to cocktail sticks I figured I could find a way of making it move. I didn't photo this so you'll have to take my word for it.

I originally also wanted a portcullis. I've been reading the Gotrek and Felix books and increasingly feel I'd be unsafe in the warhammer world without a portcullis. Or with one, frankly. However, I couldn't figure out a way of making that openable/liftable easily as well, so in the end shelved this idea. Some of my original ideas were quite ambitious, they got shelved too:



I ended up settling for something a little less ambitious:



To begin, then, I simply cut down my base, two small bits of pinewood for the two wall sections, and went about constructing the main wall of the gatehouse out of card:



To make it open, I needed to cut away parts of the wall surrounding the door to allow the cocktail stick hinges and the door to swing fully open. This required some shivving with the craft knife after the door had gone in, since I wasn't clever enough to figure it out beforehand.

Anyway it worked OK and here you can see the door open and closed, also with some plasticard brick texture onto the walls.




This was my first afternoon of building, and when I returned the next day I added some of the walkways, wooden construction of the floor above the gate, etc. This was all coffee stirrers, some polystyrene, bits of discarded DIY softwood etc. I have a big bag of the stuff, although I'm nearly through the really useful 'beam' sized bits now. The metal post is I think from an 80s bretonnian siege engine, off eBay, of course.




One one side there's a stair going up from the wall and the other there's a ladder. There is a little door hidden behind the main gate, which I've since realised is a really stupid place for it as you'd never be able to get in or out with the main gate open, but, there we are.

I decided to make the roof separate to make it easier to fit models in and out of there. The little crow/raven/magpie with the key is from one of the new Broken Realms boxes (I just bought some bits separately on eBay)



The next stage is filling any cracks, adding texture. I used too much sand in my filler/glue/sand mix this time so the plaster texture is a little claggy. I hope it'll look OK when painted. It's a messy stage and I rushed it a bit.




I also used the Mantic wagon I'd got in the terraincrate set and added some GW wheels to it as the originals (like many of the mantic pieces I got) were badly warped and bendy. I added some bottles from I guess an Empire kit; someone has evidently been or intends to have a drink there.



The next day I undercoated. I'm almost out of ArmyPainter brown so mostly grey went on.




That's where I am atm. I probably won't be able to paint for a few days but I shall of course post here when I'm done  :smile2:


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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2021, 12:30:44 AM »
Good to see another one of your scenery projects, thank you, and congrats! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #58 on: June 21, 2021, 01:42:05 PM »
Good to see another one of your scenery projects, thank you, and congrats! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

Many thanks, sir!  :-P

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #59 on: June 21, 2021, 01:42:23 PM »
Great job on the wagon

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #60 on: June 25, 2021, 04:10:03 PM »
Completely and totally awesome on every level. Looking forward to be braindazed by the painting 😺
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Offline elsmallo

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #61 on: August 12, 2021, 09:39:34 PM »
Great job on the wagon
Completely and totally awesome on every level. Looking forward to be braindazed by the painting 😺

Many thanks both  :smile2:

Here are some painted shots of the gate; I actually had it painted by the end of June but have been slow in going through my camera and phone stuff. I do my painting and modelling in the conservatory at my home and when it's hot, as it has been to extreme levels occasionally this summer, it's a no-go zone as it's unbearable in there. So next year I will look to find another spot to do modelling in maybe.

Here is the painted gate section, with the door closed...




And open!




It's really quite satisfying to open and close - I'm genuinely pleased that I've managed to introduce interactive elements into the buildings as I've gone on with the project. Although, I suspect that one day the cocktail sticks will break and I'll have to bodge it with glue somehow.

What doesn't work quite so well is the removable roof - it fits fine but I keep forgetting that it's not fixed on, and it has therefore been dropped several times and the little bird keeps getting knocked off  :oops: so has already been pinned and glued back on more than once.





Anyway, I hope it'll pay off in terms of being able to reposition models inside the roof section. There's a little wheel thing in there which I think is from an old dwarf or orc siege engine of some sort. I gues it opens the door.

Finally, some shots of all the buildings together. The wall now spans the width of my dining table.





Most excitingly of all, the wall sections fit perfectly into some plastic storage boxes I bought in B&Q, pleasing the perfectionist in me no end! Also, I will be able to transport and store it all neatly, which is good.



I've already started building some more wall sections to fill the box! These will be angled, so the wall can be turned to more of a semi-circle. They're actually nearly done so I'll post them soon hopefully. Once again, thanks for reading and all the encouragement.  :biggriin:


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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #62 on: August 12, 2021, 10:01:09 PM »
This way more greatness comes! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap:
"Not all who wander are lost ... " Tolkien

"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Offline Michael Stockin

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Re: Empire Town project - scenery
« Reply #63 on: August 13, 2021, 07:45:25 AM »
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So long and thanks for all the fish.