Posts Tagged ‘fence’

Double Dutch

June 25, 2009

DSCF1242=A delightful pair of Timecast buildings which I’ve spent quite a while getting right as they’re a couple of beauties. Firstly that penny isn’t part of it, it’s just I know some folk have trouble imagining the 6mm scale so for them here’s an idea, a penny and a cent are around the same size, and even one of those Euro coins is the same size although I’ve no idea which one. For the scale savvy that’s a GHQ jeep, and it shows how perfectly on scale the buildings are. DSCF1244= This pair are rather obviously the same model twice, based on the No14 Zwarteweg where General Urquhart hid in the attic at the invitation of the Derken family for some of Operation Market Garden. Every detail is pretty sharp, although a couple of windows have lost a little detail, and once I’d based them I also realised they sat with a slight slope to them. Now these are minor details which insane spods such as me, and very probably you dear reader, notice mainly because we spend hours working on these models. It’s not a problem and typically we expect such minor flaws, however I have to reiterate how minor they are, one to be fair to the fellow gamer but also because Timecast are similarily mad when it comes to their range and the quality of it. Once before on a forum I mentioned a couple of bubbles and a missing corner to one of their castings and within nano-seconds one of the Timecast team was there replying how if any model wasn’t up to the expected quality they’re gladly replace it, etc. Now marvelous as that kind of offer is, especially when it’s in addition to their excellent quality, it’s not needed. Timecast products remain top-notch, tiny flaws are easily addressed, so if you’re one of the Timecast quality control cavalry don’t feel my comment is anything other than a simple observation. DSCF1246=One thing I did want to do with this base was to make it urban, but passable hence the paving in the middle. I finally found a reasonable paving slab texture plasticard, so made use of that as you can see. Usually for fencing I like it rough and tend to hand plank the whole thing to get a nice rough and ready kind of fencing. Of course this isn’t really suitable for the tidy Dutch suburbs, so instead I’ve cut strips of plasticard and scored the planking effect to them. These have been painted green and superglued into place. However I left the rear fences until last, this allowed more room to put the lawns and the plants in. DSCF1248=The hardest part was the painting. Getting the colour scheme correct was important to me, so a brief look at A Bridge Too Far helped. There’s lots of white detailing which for some odd reason I always fine the most difficult to get right. I’m happy with the finished piece, just hope I never find my command pieces hiding there, although once photographed under two lamps and a flash it does reveal the occassional blemish, which I’ll blame on the Flemish.

A place in the country

June 25, 2009

DSCF1228=Another beauty from the Timecast range finally makes it to the usable in a game stage, but as per bleeding usual what looks to me a near perfect piece reveals my painting flaws only after having been photographed.

DSCF1231=This is a sizable building as the GHQ Panzer IV shows, sits on it’s own little hillock which is fine by me as I do like irregular surfaces on bases. Two sides have the not-very-good Javis hedging, which I’ve hacked to look more rural and reflocked. The other side has some of the excellent Irregular Miniatures metal fencing, while the front has a couple of those cheapo Chinese trees and well vegetated ditches using the offcuts from the Javis hedges.

DSCF1233=Until you notice it you can barely tell how large the front door to this is, it’s more 10mm than 6mm but works none-the-less for it.

DSCF1234=Here’s the reverse, with the delightful detail of three stone piles supporting the rear of the building. One thing I did notice is how this would make a great conversion for anyone seeking a watermill, the back wall seems to be almost screaming out for a scratch built water wheel.

Home is where the base is

May 8, 2009

DSCF1004Here’s the result of a bit of an experiment I shared the other day. I only let it sit for around 18 hours, and it had to be eased out gently as it wasn’t completely set. It does look like a hedge, it’s smoothish on three sides so it’ll stand without a worry. The top edge could do with alittle more grit but that’s simple enough. Although I only had a single comment on the original post it was from Mike of Angel Barracks, but given he’s the Richard Branson of 6mm scenery I’m happy to have caught his eye with this idea.

DSCF1011 There were a couple of pleasant side effects to it having not set  fully, the most interesting being it was flexible, so I took one section and curved it and stuck it to a base, making a point of putting the most irregular side on the outside. Given a few more hours to dry it set fully, I added some more grit to the top too and then flocked the whole hedge. The other effect is how it can be cut with clippers.

DSCF1020This is the building from my earlier tutorial on making a simple house. I didn’t like the roof so I’ve added tile texture plasticard, as well as a little detail on the door, then painted the whole thing and finally a gentle dirty wash. This is the building I’ll be putting on this base.

DSCF1021The house will sit in one corner. The outline has been pencilled in, a simple path painted on and a strip of plastic glued on for the placement of a planked wooden fence. A premature dab of superglue marks where a tree will go.

DSCF1022Tree placed, and a quick undercoat of brown to mark the ground.

DSCF1024The start of  a short visit to fidgety city, plastiwelding the three posts for the fence. These are rod plasticstrip about 7mm long, you can use square if you want but it’s only marginally easier.

DSCF1025The horizontals have been added, as well as green putty to break up the overall flatness of the base.

DSCF1036Finally the planking, this is quite time consuming and doing a short 3cm strip like this first is a good way to see how well you can do it but also you can measure the odds of it driving you completely insane. Personally I prefer the irregular look, you can try more regular but don’t try to do it by applying identically sized planks as it’s unlikely to work.  Instead try planks which are too tall, then once dried turn the base on it’s side and trim them to the same length.

DSCF1038The fence has been painted, as well as another coat of brown (a slightly different shade) over the green putty, both allowed to dry and then a coat of watered down PVA glue for the first layer of flock.

DSCF1042A second coat of PVA glue for a second coat of a different flock, and then the house is superglued into place. A welcome addition to 6milphilville.