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Monday, 18 November 2019

Souk on this

"Welcome to the Souk"
After a week in which I had little to do to complete my Souk, I fell ill with a rather vicious cold that has laid me out for most anything other than reading (with plenty of splash-guards !
Nevertheless here's my Souk, as complete as it's ever likely to be. The photographs are of my cameraman's usual mediocre to poor standards, but one or two show the model in its true colours - it is predominantly white, rather than the off-white magnolia of the other adobes and bases, apparent in a few pics. The floor 'tiling' is a mix of washes and again is apparent in a few photographs.
Your guide throughout will be Omar the Wise as seen in the photograph above.
"One of two useful side entrances"
"The rear (secure) door."
"Abdul the rash tried entering here on his camel"
"Space in the courtyard for several traders..."
"...and here"
"The rather better area for the trade is the arcade..."
"...sheltered from th elements and tiled throughout..."
"...giving an upmarket feel"
"There is also a strongroom, which is perfect for holding valuables..."
"...and a rather larger area for the more discerning"
"Internally it is very well maintained..."
"...but of course there are areas where private talks can occur"
"Moving on to the roof of the building..."
"... where Abdul 9the rash) again visited..."
"...but there is ample room for more trade"
"That's our Souk then, hope you enjoyed the tour, Omar from the Souk"
That;s it then for this post, apologies once more from the rather rushed state and quality of the pics, but at least I reckon a few of them are OK.

Apologies are in order too, as I've fallen well behind in  my efforts to keep up with all the blogs I normally comment on, but as time, current health, real-life and various hospital appointments (three in the next four weeks!) allow, I will endeavour to catch-up.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully the quality has not hampered you finding something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Alms for the Armless

Having managed a mere painting sessions this week and despite losing Friday to eye treatment I've still managed to finish off (by popular demand) the Eureka civilians destined for my version of the Sudan.
What astounded me was that even though I'd cleaned up what little flash there was and based and undercoated the figures, there was still one that had an arm missing !
All of this despite the time I'd spent on them and the photographs seen by my followers (including a close-up ), no-one had seen the poor chap with but a single arm and if indeed anyone had spotted it, they didn't mention it.
The photograph below (for the doubters) was cropped from the image of four  of the Merchants from last week's post.:
Can anyone spot the missing limb now ?
I needed a left forearm for this chap and my pack of Old Glory Mahdist leaders came straight to mind as they provide arms separately !
One of many such bits.
A quick bit of filing off flash, mold-lines and whittling down the peg to fit and the result is seen in the photograph heading this post ! Whether or not I'd received the arm and had lost it, or it was omitted form the pack, I'll never know - I can't recall there being any mention of "some assembly required" but luckily there was no other assembly problems !
With the delay in requisitioning and replacing an arm well in hand the whole cast were ready to have some paint and here's the results:
"When I were a lad..."
"Buy something already"

"Lovely jug or vase sir ?"
"Also available in pink"
"Giz yer dosh"
"I hate shopping"
"Ready wrapped children, get yer ready..."
"At least I've got one nice looking jug"
"I wish I'd brought the trolley"
"I wish I'd got the pink"
"Damn I forgot my handbag"
All the chaps
And all the Ladies
The whole ensemble

What little time I had left this week, for hobby related things was spent working on the Souk, which is almost completely painted up and with just a small of work still to do - some internal detailing to add (if time permits) and a little more painting to do. All being well the Souk should be ready for being the subject of next week's post.

That's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit. Hopefully you've found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.  

Monday, 4 November 2019

Adobes (again) and more

In a week where I had only three sessions to get anything done hobby-wise I put in two five or six hour sessions to complete the painting of my remaining four small adobe buildings.
I painted them using the same process as the first one, save for the not using the very watery 'highlight'  of yellowy-white and reverting to Magnolia, from a quick visit to Wilkos. I've been using tester pots of paint from Wilko's for a lot of my recent paint jobs. It's cheap, acrylic, thins well with council thinner and has great coverage (Imo anyway).
With three layers of paint and a large surface area, these took a long time to paint !

The step-up to the roof acts as the lifting tab
The generic batch of doors were all individually cut to fit
Carpet and large bowl of olives (roof 'handle')still need to be glued down
'Camelport house'
The 'camleport' house had the central roof support removed to allow easier paintbrush access to the interior and still requires gluing in place and painting ! The roof step allows for easy roof removal.
I intend to add a few more details and colour to these otherwise drab buildings. Larger buildings I intend to make a a lot less dour-looking (though I'm not completely sure how yet !).

Whilst waiting for paint to dry and daylight to return I managed to get more pots underway
More beads and more work to do on them, BBQ skewers help!
Taking advantage of a a break in the weather I undercoated the civilians shown last week, having already based them up (in a break from painting buildings).
The figures are based to match the rest of the Sudan stuff, 20mm square, thinnish card, covered in filler (Poundland's - of course),  pva and sprinkling of sand  - after the filler has completely dried !
Salesmen (I do love their almost cartoony appearance)
The chap presenting the ladies' "unmentionables" is obviously my favourite and...
...now we know what this bevvy of beauties wear underneath their robes !
As an afterthought (and padding for this very thin post - ED.) here are some finished British gunners that somehow were omitted from previous figure posts !
Late gun crews to the left, earlier to the right. Figures mostly OG with a few Redoubt (Top right)

And that's it then for another week where time was at a premium and will unfortunately be again this week as on Friday I will be out of action all day with some serious eye-drops, from yet another clinic visit  (the first of several varied hospital/clinic visits for November) .

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you've found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Sudan - 1st House - Finished !

This week I've been making some more progress towards finishing some buildings for my Sudan project. The large Souk building was gunked up, dried out, and sanded down. Doors were all finished off and mostly painted, but the biggest step forward was finishing off the first (practise) building  made to a level I was happy enough with.
 The photograph on the right shows the completed model.
Before doors and pots added !
To get to the final stage I washed the original model in black (though in future I'll be using a very dark brown), then a sandstone wash, followed by a magnolia (ish) colour (I'd ran out of magnolia and used the closest I had); next was the final white dry brush to highlight everything. The white is not a brilliant white but rather a very, very ,very light grey imo. (It's called either chalk white or moonlight white)

Colour before the final two highlight colours were added
Black wash on a second building
Building above (on left) with sand colour added alongside finished model.
Another view of the finished building
Rear view (bit boring)
Another rear view (really boring)
Side view (asleep yet ?)
Slightly more interesting internal view - note the corner roof supports
The internals, haven;t had the same attention as the exterior, but will get a small amount of attention when more buildings are finished.
View showing removed roof  and a gravity defying pot...
The other roof removed - again with the pots (acting as a handle to remove the roof)
That's it then one  adobe build down and lots more to go !

In other News

 I ordered some bits from "Frontline Wargames" - superb service and outstanding resin casts, for  a very reasonable price. Their Wild West stuff has everything you could imagine needing for a western town.
Here 's some photos of the things I bought with the Sudan in mind  !
Market stuff (4 counters) and a fountain !

Library shelves, cupboard, open book (on stand), chair and globe
Bedroom stuff, wardrobe, drawers (with lamp and stuff on it) plus bed
Boudoir (fancy bedroom) - great model !
In addition I also bought some civilians figures from "Eureka UK", again, wonderful service and excellent figures:
It's the angle of the camera making them appear smaller going right !
Photo comparison: Redoubt on left, Eureka centre and Foundry on the right.
So I have some salesmen for the Souk and some beautiful women to go shopping.

My adventure in Techy Land during these two purchases would fill a post by themselves. One of the order forms had pale yellow check options which I didn't always notice and my PayPal account wouldn't let me log in (since fixed), but eventually everything was sorted and the Interweb gave a sigh of relief (as did my daughter who had sorted it all out for me) .

I 'll be taking advantage of the added hour of not having to pick up my granddaughter and do some figure painting this week and making up for losing the weekend to a mandatory wedding attendance.

So that's it then for anther week , thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments and both welcomed and appreciated.