Monday, 19 March 2018

West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell

Both Sue and I attended the West Midlands Military Show - Alumwell Wargamers show in Wolverhampton yesterday.

At the outset we were aware that there was an Amber Weather Warning and as we drove up the M5, I can confirm that we had our doubts as to whether we were doing the right thing and discussed turning around and heading back home a number of times. However once we were off the motorways and on the clearing A roads the traffic and conditions improved.

We arrived well in time for the opening to the sight of many volunteers clearing the snow from the main carparks. By opening time I had with the help of Ryan set up the display - actually taking an extra table as you can see from the image above.

As you would expect there were a number of exhibitors and trade stands that did not make it and the adverse weather had a similar effect on the number of visitors, but as usual, the Alumwell Wargames Group made everyone feel welcome and with the one condition that it did seem a little quiet I felt the show was a great success.

On the exit to the show, I took this image to show that even at 3.30 PM the weather was still having a negative effect.

The following (limited) images show some of the exhibitions and model displays that took my interest.

I would like to thank everyone who helped to get this show up and running and would hope that all of the visitors had a good time and got home safe. I'm sorry to say that I did not spend that much, coming away with only second-hand magazines and some modelling supplies, but I look forward to next year when I would hope the weather and numbers of visitors will be better.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

WMMS Alumwell

Both Sue and I have been watching the weather forecasts for tomorrow checking if the Amber Weather Warning will have any effect on our trip to The West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell. I can confirm that the car is packed and the majority of the food is bought, but there is still a doubt as to whether the planned Beast from the East will spread across to the Wolverhampton area. At this moment, I can confirm that it is trying to snow, the odd light flake passing across my computer room window.

See you there (hopefully).


Thursday, 15 March 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part twenty-eight

Following on from the earlier posts here you can see my initial blanking-in and first attempts at modelling the low-relief back scene building that is based on The Lion Works, Cheshire.

The black area are 3mm thick plastic card (ex-advertising material) or thick card while the wooden areas are scratch-built from balsawood, coffee stirrers or scrap wood which was first textured with the teeth of a razorsaw or by rubbing rough sandpaper along the grain.

In the image below you can also see one of my main modifications to the pizza foam brick wall. I have added a metal clad door which was build from plastic card. I felt the plain brick wall needed something to break up the uniformity of plain red bricks and in truth it was to hide the join in the pizza foam. The metal clad door was copied from an image I found on the Internet.

The small white marks on the impressed brick work are painted on acrylic texture medium used to clean up some of the impressed bricks and the areas on the corners of the building have been further defined with DAS modelling clay.

At this moment there is still a great deal of work to do on the surface texturing, but for now, I am happy with the progress. For larger images just 'click; on the main photos.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part twenty-seven

This is an image of the effect that I am trying to model on the larger end-on, low relief building at the back of the layout. As you can see it is very run down.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

WMMS just one week to go

Just one week to go until the West Midlands Military Show, for full details see this link.


Saturday, 10 March 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part twenty-six

Following on from the earlier post, I have completed the impressed brick wall. In these two images you can see the fully modelled wall. I have washed the bricks with a Vallejo Dark Wash as the plain white pizza foam does not show up too well when photographed. The metal Policeman stands 66mm tall.

I have purposely added damaged and crumbling bricks to the wall as I want this section to look run down. This was done by pressing a sculpting tool onto the foam or using a scalpel to remove sections of brick. In addition I have carried the brick courses around the corners to give a more realistic effect.

For larger views just 'click' on the images.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Airfix Beam Engine as featured in WS&S issue 95

Wargames Soldiers and Strategy issue 95 - April/May 2018 features another 'how-to' article written by me showing how I modelled and re-purposed a veteran Airfix Beam Engine into this piece of 28mm or 1/56th scale Steam Punk terrain. Far from being a straight-forward build the 51 year old kit fought with me all the way. However I am very pleased with the finished model and it gave me a great deal of satisfaction to see how I made a plastic kit look like aged and oily metal.

For more details of the contents of the magazine see this link.

I have included two additional images showing the finished Beam Engine on a scratch-built plastic card base.

The model was constructed with both normal plastic cement and superglue. The painting was done with brushes and sections of broken sponge and the weathering was carried out with washes and watercolour pencils.

The Airfix Beam Engine was originally sold as a working model and included a small electric motor and battery compartment which was used to turn the main fly wheel. This later kit does away with the engine but I can confirm that it is still a working model - the rocker arm, main fly wheel and piston all work as intended.