Posts Tagged ‘wooden coffee stirrers’

Sheddy steady go!

February 11, 2011

The drive towards using one thousand coffee stirrers in scratchbuilding continues with this farm hut/woodland shack made as part of an ever expanding farm set. Yes I did use even more Army Painter Ivy leaves which have become a regular addition to my rural buildings.

The roof is plasticard, cut in scale correct sizes and quite heavily weather, with a mix of rusty tones of paint and oil pastels, with a lot of smudging and plenty of slightly different coats. On one side of the roof there’s a small repair as well as a missing sheet.

The timbers were coated with mock plaster which is allowed to dry for about 30 seconds and then brushed in the direction of the grain. This not only fills most gaps in the planking but also gives it a very aged look.

I painted almost the whole thing in this delightful green, which you see in a similar shade all around the countryside, especially on corrugated iron. The corrugation on this model is plasticard.

As per bleeding usual, the roof comes off to allow the full doll’s house experience. The interior has beensprayed, washed, gloss varnished and then matt varnished. I have left one corner for a stove or boiler, if I can source one – does anyone know of such a thing? If so please leave a comment.

A relatively simple build except for the roof, but I always have troubles upstairs – but with each one it is getting better.

Stirring Stuff

November 3, 2010

Once you’ve taken up scratch building for your games you find your eyes are always open for materials you can hack into a model. One common material is the humble wooden coffee stirrer from one of those fashionable coffee chains you find in just about every corner of the land. These stirrers are perfect for planking in the larger scales, and can even be split for smaller scales. For those who like variety in the width of their planking, like you might find in a rough fence, if you visit different chains you’ll find they have different lengths and widths.

Of course it won’t be long before you’re on the rocky road of criminality – it all starts with you taking a dozen or so extra stirrers with your skinny latte expenso and ends up with you grabbing handfuls of the things and furtively stuffing them into your pockets, because you’ve choosen to make a few metres of trench tiles. This may lead to being caught, banned from premises or even sent to prison.

Worry not! I’ve found that wholesalers or cash ‘n’ carry depots such as Booker sell these in boxes of one thousand for around £2. Deffo worth considering, especially if you’re spending more than that in visiting a coffee shop to pick up a few sticks for “free”.