You'll find a little of everything here. Genres covered in this blog include (so far) prehistorics, fantasy, old west, swashbucklers, pulp, Blood Bowl, Ghostbusters, gladiators, nautical, science fiction and samurai in 6mm, 15mm, 28mm, 40mm, 42mm and 54mm sizes. You'll also find terrain, scenery, basing, gaming, modeling, tutorials, repaints, conversions, art and thoughts in general about the hobby.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Great-grandma's ferry boat

This is the ferry boat my great-grandma piloted on the Missouri River at Brownsville, Nebraska (across from Rockport, Missouri.) I'm thinking of building it from scratch, but reference photos are few (just two or three that I know about.) So the going my be a bit tough.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Quick photo for LuckyJoe

Hey, LuckyJoe- If you're over here, here's a photo of a finished tree. I realized in the steps shown below, I neglected to actually show a finished tree! So here's a photo to inspire ya! For wild west terrain, I would just use the branches cut off the main stem; trees weren't too big in the scrub of the west (and you'll get a lot more trees for your buck :)
The willow trees use the same stems, but use a different technique: The trunk is actually a bundle of floral wire twisted together and wrapped with white floral tape (touched up with paint to make the birch markings.) As you get higher up the bundle of floral wire (your trunk), you pull out one or two ends of wire to form branches. Thus, the more wire you start with at the bottom of your trunk, the more branches you can have at the top. The branches' floral ends are cut branches from floral stems which are spliced and glued to the floral wire branches. They are then wrapped with more floral tape.
The effect, in my opinion, is more stunning. The construction is also more controlled and using the floral wire allows the branches to be bent into any shape you need. These willows are the only I have ever made- definitely a labor-intensive technique.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Saloon version 2

Here's my second go at a saloon interior. It's gonna get a Faro table and some burelsque paintings eventually.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

WHat's fit to print is fit to paint

Scratch-built press and Samuel Clemens about to print some scathing witty commentary.