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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Eastern Front wooden gates – how to, tutorial – Part #1

Good afternoon everyone!
While waiting for some products to come from England, in order to make my WW2 British Artillery section, I thought that instead of sitting like a sleepy duck, to create two small terrain pieces for my eastern front battlefield. Instead of showing you the finished pieces, I thought to make a two-part tutorial post to share my idea with you, in case you want to create something similar for your little men.
So, on we go with the first part!

Step 1.
In the photo below you will see the materials needed for this little project.

Mainly, you will need some balsa wood and wood/PVA glue. Additionally you will be needing, a modeling knife, a simple pen, a small piece of plastic and a bit of patience (an indispensable material none the less).

Part 2.
Plasticard (I used some vinyl tile pieces)

Part 3.
A strip of balsa (0.5 cm * 0.5 cm)

Part 4.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.5 cm * 0.5 cm)

Part 5.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.3 cm * 0.3 cm)

Part 6.
A sheet of balsa wood (0.1 cm * 0.1 cm)

Part 7.
I began by using 0.5 cm balsa sheet and I cut four pieces of it (Dim.: 4 cm * 1 cm)

Part 8.
I then cut some ‘triangle’ pieces on the top of the four pillars, in order to ‘fix’ the rectangular balsa strips of 0.5cm (part 3.)

Part 9.
I cut two pieces of balsa (0.5 cm * 6.5 cm) from the long balsa strip (part 3.).

Part 10.
I cut two small bases of plastic (vinyl tiles) – 2 cm * 6 cm.

Part 11.
I cut four pieces of balsa from 0.5 cm balsa sheet (Part 4.) (Dim.: 1 cm * 6.5 cm)

Part 12.
I cut four pieces (gates) of balsa from 0.5 cm balsa sheet (Part 4.) (Dim.: 2.7 cm * 2.5 cm)

I then marked them (wood grains) with a ruler and the pen.

Part 13.
I cut four balsa strips (wood shingles) from 0.1 cm balsa sheet (Part 6.) (Dim.: 1.2 cm * 7 cm)

Stay tuned for the second part!

I hope you like them! 
C&C are welcome! :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Explosion Markers making of - Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well. In one of my last posts, I asked for advice regarding the making of explosion markers for my little men and their vehicles. Jack from Australia (Jacksarge’s Wargames Ramblings), in one of his comments, he suggested me to use some metal washers and the stuffing out of pillows or old teddybears. His full comment was the following: ’’For explosion markers I use the stuffing out of pillows or old teddybears. Give it a spray with matt black, but it doesn't need to be black all over. When dry, grab a clump of the stuff and glue it to a decent sized metal washer. Once the glue dries start applying streaks of thick paint , working from the base up. Start with a dark red and then, orange/red; orange; pale orange & finish with bright yellow streaks. Paint your washer at black/ grey’’. Since I like his work and I value his opinion (same thing applies to all of you who exchange ideas for our hobby), I decided to give his method a try.

Some days ago I found in one of my closets, a small pillow my mother has made for my flats' couch a couple of years ago, and I wasn't using it for some months now. Being still single in my early thirties, I try to keep my relationship with my mother in the most optimal way I can. That means I get some food as well from her, alongside some of her homemade pillows. She cooks very well after all!
If you want to call me a mere opportunist and a cheap bastard, please be my guest. I'll take it as a compliment. 

I took my modeling knife, and then I practiced my skills as a butcher on the pillow's cover (I am very happy that she won't take notice of what I did to her pillow – she can't use a computer, so I won't hurt her feelings. It's for our hobby after all and sacrifices must be made- I trust you understand). 

So on with the operation!

Step 1.

I took some metal washers from a hardware store and some clumps of the pillow’s inner stuff.

Step 2.

I then glued these pieces (metal washers and pillow’s inner stuff – for brevity, I will now call it ‘PIS’, and not piss…) with the help of a hot glue gun. This PIS takes the glue very well and the bond with the washer became very strong.

Step 3.

After letting some minutes for the glue to dry, I wore my one-use gloves and sprayed the wannabe explosion markers with a black primer spray (Army Painter’s black). I didn’t want to get them all black, so some parts of the PIS remained with their original colour (grayish white).

Step 4.

Basically, I slept. And I let the spray paint to dry. I had a proper excuse. Next morning I took my red and yellow art acrylic paints (cheap paints from a local art store – 2 euro/1.5 quid per tube) and a medium brush and started painting these little black smoky things. From the base (thicker streaks of paint) up, to the end (lighter streaks) of them.

Step 5.

They got dry. And then I got some more red (80%) and yellow (20%), and mixed them together. This Dark Orange mix, was applied to the upper lower parts of the markers (above the red I mean in case I am talking nonsense with my English), and on the upper parts of them as well.

Step 6.

More yellow (50%) to the red (50%). And Orange it went. Further colour streaks were applied to the middle and higher parts of the washers, in order to achieve a scalable colour progression. By now, as you can see, the washers are beginning to take their final appearance.

Step 7.

Even more yellow (80%) and even less red (20%). And Light Orange applied on the ends of the PIS. A nice colour combination, which resembles- in a way at least, some decent explosion markers for my little men.

Step 8.

Pure yellow. And small/light streaks of it, on the extremities of the PIS. That step was the final one before the completion of the markers.

And that’s about it really. I know that some of you may have found this tutorial a bit too thorough for your taste, but my intention was to give a full display of each step, so as to show the feasibility of this project.

Below there is a small display of what German mortars were capable of doing when they got in use…enjoy.  :-)

Part 1.
The Americans advance.

Part 2.
The Germans bombard... 
(Forgive me for my lousy German...I had to translate the English script through Google translator. Any errors occurred weren't done on purpose.... :-) )

I hope you liked it!

Have a good rest everyone!
C&C are more than welcome! :-)


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Airfix 1314 - AEC Matador and 5.5 Inch Gun

Good day!!

After a long night's session yeasterday, I managed to finish Airfix's AEC Matador and 5.5 Inch Gun model.
The model was really easy to build, I built it in about 45 minutes. The cast is very delicate, but not with the best amount of details, considering the fact that it's a rather old model. For the driver fig, I used an old Esci fig (cut in the torso and above). Unfortunately the model doesn't come with plastic transparent windows as the QLT & QLD trucks do (new models by Airfix), but, I reckon that I can live with that. The painting scheme I followed was the same as the rest of the British Trucks have, in order to achieve some consistency (mouse painting scheme). If you want to deploy Tommy numbers on the battlefield, you should go for this kit. It combines trasportation and firepower in a very appealing price. :-)

On with the photos then:

Below you will finnd a GIF file I created (a big boy playing I call it), showing the truck and the gun on the move through Normandy's hedgerows. It's pretty generic, but I made it in a few minutes time, so please be tolerant. Next time I'll do a better job! :-)

I hope you like it!