Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time wargamer.Wargaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of wargaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy. Sharing hints and tips with the masters has really helped my own style over the years. I will share some hard won hints and tips where I can. My style and preference is certainly "old school". Over the last couple of years I have moved into skirmish games more - and really like the American West, as you might tell by the number of posts.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

A home on the range..


As last weekend was actually sunny I took the opportunity to do some work outside , catching up with some airbrush work I wanted to start on long delayed project, and I decided to do a bit of house building. I already have a number of commercially available laser cut MDF and resin buildings for the Old West collection and felt the need to create something unique for it. So I have built my own take on a farm ranch type building using 5mm foamboard and 2mm Balsa.It measures L10" x W5" x H4"





I am going to have to build a rocking chair I think to complement this

This is what it started out as , just a few base materials with a bit of time and effort.

I sourced ready made doors and windows from Antenocitis Workshop along with some 7mm brick embossed plasticard (for the chimney.


Painting was done with with a range of different browns - i used vallejo's, but not practical in long run and I will pay a trip to the DIY store to get something in larger quantities (the Sandtex range is good)

I think I will be doing a few bespoke buildings for the collection as I was pleased with how this one turned out.

Also well you need some cattle to look after!

These are 1/64th scale Hereford cattle available from ERTL - in packs of 25 ready painted.







23 comments:

  1. Beautiful, maybe a still to go with the rocking chair!

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    1. Cracking idea Fran - some moonshine - then i can use this for a bootleggers game too..

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  2. a very nice ranch!
    to fight? it seems so peaceful!
    it will be sad if bad boys come in this quiet place....

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    1. oh yes - there may be few holes shot in it yet..

      maybe i should make a ruined version!

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    2. you, wargamers, are really ruthless !!!

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  3. Great work Dave - how about a hitching rail out front?

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    1. Yep there will be some "portable" ones made for the town. I will add to this but left off as i am thinking about adding some furniture out front

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  4. Now that's a really nice bit of scratch work!

    Christopher

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  5. That is a very nice piece of work, Looks just right

    Ia

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  6. A very nice work. The building is fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Juan ... not bad for first effort i think

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  7. Tremendous Dave, love the paint job, but I know what you mean about the cost. I picked up some sample pots for mine.

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    1. indeed .. just beento dreaded B&Q .. 5 litre tob of bitter chocolate sandtex fine picked up for £20.00 .. should go a long way

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    2. Good Lord man; that will be some metropolis if you use all that!

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    3. Ah yes megalomaniac metroplis thas me.

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  8. Fantastic work, your terrain building is right up there with your figure painting.

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    1. thanks Pat.. i thtink i must just have absorbed it being around peoplethat do it so well . as this was a first effort

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  9. Great stuff, Dave! That ranch-house reminds me of alot of buildings I'd see in Alberta as a kid.

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    1. thanks Curt , sounds like i got it right then!

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Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
AWI Highlanders.

On the PREPATION table.
Spanish Hussars.
British forces for the Sudan.

In the PLANNING