Friday, 30 January 2015
Just a short update today but lots more to come..
As always the last update is here in case you missed it
So in this brief post I finish the deck and buy the doors...
The deck was initially painted with GW Mournfang broan and then drybrushed with Khemri brown. Once all this was dry I liberally painted the decks in Winsor & Newton Nut Brown ink.
As you can see in the post below they have come up a gorgeous colour and the ink has really helped to bring out the wood effect.
Eventually I am going to have to 'weather' this boat because at the moment its all looking a bit too clean.
Now in my previous post (I think) I mentioned that I was trying to source some doors for the superstructure. Well I am delighted to report that Rolf one of my games group came up trumps with a link to a site on ebay...
Not only do they sell the doors below but a whole host of other useful goodies for this build.
The doors themselves come in both left and right openers, they stand 40mm high and 20mm wide. So perfect for 28mm figures. They are made in resin (the yellow hard stuff). I soaked mine overnight in soay water and have given them a spray of grey primer.
These doors are also perfect for underground lairs, subs and even a vsf steam tank. Total cost 75p per door. I received mine within 3 days of ordering.
Guess what these glued to the boat next.....
Until next time...
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Just wanted to alert you to the progress on the Conan Kick starter I mentioned two weeks ago...
Its already gone past the $1million mark
This deal is becoming more and more attractive all the time...even if you are not interested in the game the number of miniatures and terrain bits are worth the pledge. At the moment I am just asking for the King Pledge and I get all of this for $125
A quick tally shows that there are over 170 figures & monsters (thats not including chests, lights, bookcases, tables chairs etc). These are all 28-30mm scale.
Don't seem to be able to get a better image but head here for more info
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
|Nottingham before the excitement|
|Guy's Manor House|
|The Sheriff inspects his troops|
The Above picture shows the scene from the ramparts of Nottingham. In the far distance you can see Guy de Guisborne's manor, the chapel of her Fair Lady (currently occupied by the Crusaders). Sherwood Forest lies along the right hand edge of the table and the Lincoln Road can be reached over the bridge in the centre
|View from Nottingham|
Our first melee saw both units wiped out with only the leaders standing. Alas for Ivanhoe he was exposed to Guys heavily armoured mates. Ivanhoe sadly went down in a pool of blood and a pile of metal.
|The demise of the Crusader|
Meanwhilst the Bishop of Lincoln advanced into town and rather fortuitously captured both the ladies in waiting.
The Bishop of Lincolns armoured retinue march into Locksley and start turning the place upside down for hidden gold.
Bewildered serfs stand in amazement (and dread) as the Bishops men march into the hamlet.
Boldly charging in the front of his troops The Sheriff makes swift work of the peasants and serfs defending the village. With a harsh cackle he rides the corpses down again just to make sure.
Are there no warriors worthy of mighty skills...he cries (subsequently choosing to ignore the taunts from the Merry Men)
Finally Robins men entered the rather depleted village to slug it out with the Sheriff crossbowmen. A lack of orders meant they soon got chopped up by the quarrels of Nottingham.
With Ivanhoe dead Guy de Guisbourne rode his charger towards the Chapel of our Fair Lady for Spoils and loot...
Turning his charge around The Bishop dashes for the Lincoln road, dragging the horse of the Lady. To his right Little Johns Merry men open fire decimating the cavalry unit. The Bishop all alone rides hard for the village.
He reaches the village only to fall to an unerring shot from Robin Hood. Eager to promote his vanity Robin dashes forward for a
But all was lost...half the forces of good had fallen and all the treasure looted.
The final score 13 points to the Ruling Class and Six to the Merry men.
A great game - several turns last about 2.5 hours and a fantastic time had by all. We will definitely be rolling this one out again next week.
For a further read head over to the excellent blog run by Legatus Hedlius
Until next time...
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Just over three years ago I launched the Shed Wars Blog, and I am delighted to report that as of this morning I hit a quarter of a million page views and to top this off my follower count went from 299 to 300 !
Now I know this number is tiny compared to some of the other blogs out there but in my own small way I think I am adding to the interest in this wonderful hobby. When I started it was an experiment to see if anybody might be interested in reading my progress, over the last three years its become an equally important part of my hobby.
I have noticed that when such milestones are reached it is usual for small gifts to be sent out as a token of thanks. Mine shall be no different.
Two lucky winners will receive 'Shed Wars T shirts'. These are yet to be made (as I am now putting in another order soon). They will be black in heavy duty cotton and have the Shed Wars Logo emblazoned across the front.
To win one of these limited edition T Shirts you need to post a comment in response to this post and be a follower. I am prepared to post overseas so all can win. The draw will take place in two weeks time.
If you are successful I'll contact you and get size and address details...
Thank you and good luck...
Friday, 23 January 2015
If you want to read from the beginning of this project head here
Well its been three days since my last post on the Pulp Steamer. Progress has been slow this week on account that I have been in Paris away on business and Eurostar doing their very best not to get me home.
Anyway I digress.
If you look at the picture of the tramp steamer below you will see that the hull is anything but flat, there are ridges running around the boat. I wanted to simulate these on my model. I also wanted to soften the edges of the top of the hull where it runs around the deck.
A simple solution was called for.
I merely edged the boat and created those raised bumps with cord and string. These were fixed where possible with glue and pins and then covered over with sticky address labels.
The pictures below show this in progress.
Adding the cord to the waist of the ship.
Using sticky labels to hold in place
Once complete I then wrapped masking tape around the whole hull. This reinforced the labels and gave the hull a new texture.
This exercise took about an hour to complete and to be frank cost nothing.
I then had to give the hull its first coat of paint. Black Matt Acrylic on the top and a deep red around the bottom. Its sitting heavy in the water. Still need to straighten this up but I hope you are getting the picture.
In the above picture you can see the first portholes added - fixed using superglue and then painted over top match the rest of the hull.
Next up I'll be finishing the deck and making a start on the superstructure...
Until next time
Monday, 19 January 2015
Anyway decided to crack on for an hour with the pulp steamer build.
The start of this build can be found here
A quick trawl on google for pictures of the King Kong movie ship lead me to the decision that I wasn't happy with my ships configuration. The movie boat shows the superstructure at the back of the boat allowing for one large cargo area. So I decided to move mine. A quick skip through the movie has helped enormously with rigging, colours etc
So here is the old configuration...
and here is the new...hopefully you like the change.
You can also see in the above photo that the decks have been clad. Many years ago I bought a massive bag of coffee stirrers from a catering outlet for a couple of quid. I think the pack held 1000. These would be used for the deck planking.
This really was an easy job, slap down the pva, trim the stirrers and apply.
I glued down all the planks on the precut deck plates.
Once dry I drew on the outline of the hull and then trimmed to shape
I still haven't glued down the deck plates (the foamcore) as this can be done once the hull is painted.
The large white are in the front of the ship will be the new hold area
Finally I have found the perfect portholes...
Hopefully these will get fixed with superglue.
Until next time...
Sunday, 18 January 2015
When I left you last night I had started on the hull...
Stage 1 is here
This morning the hull had completely dried so I was able to cut the sides to give some definition to the ship.
Now the pink foam base isn't very practical from a deck point of view so to combat this I cut out deck pieces for the fore and aft and the centre deck from foam core. Onto these I drew the design of the superstructure.
All the superstructure would be built from 4mm foam core. It was critical to get enough space to move my based minis around the ship. So gangways etc would all be 3cm wide.
The first two pieces go in and are glued to the deck plate. In the picture below you can see one of my standard based figures has easy access up and down the side walking deck.
In the below picture I have now added the roof to the first floor of the superstructure and following the success of the card around the hull (see part 1) I repeated this for this deck. The side panel wraps all around and stands 2cm high.
With this base built and pinned I started on the bridge deck. In the below picture you can see the small bridge. Again its important for playability that the gangways etc are wide enough for bases.
You can see from the above photo that the bridge deck superstructure is slightly off centre. This is deliberate as I plan to mount a lifeboat on the portside. It also means the superstructure covers the staircase.
So in the above and below pictures the boat is finally beginning to take shape.
All the decks are compartmentalised allowing for rooms !. The bridge deck will have the bridge, the map room, the wireless room and the gun locker.
A close up shot of the stairwell.. clearly more work needed with a sharp knife.
Main deck will have the Captains cabin, two passengers cabins and a ships locker.
You can see the funnel running through the deck and a better shot of the staircase.
More 'space & playability shots' with 28mm figure
So next up... finish the decks, the cargo doors and the fore & aft decks.
Come back soon...
Part 3 can be found here...