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Monday, 11 November 2013

The Park (a wip part 2)

The work on my park has been carrying on apace even though I went through my usual lethargy half-way through this project.
As can be seen from the photograph I added some greenery in the form of two strips of grass-mat (courtesy of my son) on  top of which I put two pieces of very thin soft card as templates and cut out the bits of "grass" that were beneath, the card was then glued in place.
The sections of paving on the card were inscribed using a very sharp pencil, rather than a craft knife and were then very roughly painted-in using a dark brown. You can see my usual practice of using a part of the model as a palette (in this case the front step !).
The paving area was decided upon after a great amount of thought after many other configurations.
The next picture is to show the pathways after two coats of dry-brushing.
The first was the darker of the two ("Wholemeal"), whilst the second was a highlight of "Sandstone", note the step has now ceased being used as a palette, that honour being taken up by the centre of the square in the top of the model.





The photograph on the right shows two hedgerows I added as a small bit of detailing (also giving some cover for figures, be it slight).

The hedgerows are made from rubberised horsehair, beloved of many wargamers, back in the day, when "Snickers" were called "Marathons" (bit like this project - a marathon)
I ripped them from their card bases and gave them some added life with some pva glue and flock on just their upper 'surface.

 
To complete the 'terrain' part of this model I added the fallen masonry inside the park walls.
The bricks came from my pot of cork bricks, suitably coloured to match the foamcard walls of the park. The broken top pieces of the wall were the actual bits cut from wall.
There still needs a bit of mud and dust added to complete the effect of course and this will be added when the completed model is "weathered", which in my view s a necessity as I really don't like pristine looking scenery.

Next week I'll be showing some of the internal bits I've made for this model and I'm currently trying to finish the final pieces before the final assemblage comes together, but I still keep coming up with bits I'd like to add !

And that's it once more, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

36 comments:

  1. I quite like it! Crashed car into the wall?

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    1. Thanks LS, as for the car, well maybe.

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  2. Looking good! My mind is now filled with images of the "internal bits" you mentioned, though I suspect I'm very wide of the mark - and probably 40 years out of date, come to think of it. So, what about flower beds, a bandstand, a pond (with or without boats for hire) and so on :-) ?

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    1. Thanks C6, yes they're all great ideas and they all did cross my mind, but if the park were the sole piece of scenery I'm sure I could do all of the above. Sorry to disappoint but the things I've readied to fill the space are all pretty mundane (and not so pretty actually)

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  3. This just keeps getting better and better, great Job.

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    1. Thanks Michael, coming from you that's a great compliment.

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  4. I have to agree with Michael, this does get better and better. I'm very impressed, Joe. Take a bow, sir.

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  5. It looks brilliant. The hedges are a nice touch. For some reason I have the image of people running around the hedges being chased by zombies. The paths look suitably weathered the hole in the wall is a nice touch and breaks up the perimeter nicely.

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    1. Thanks Bryan, stangely enough I had similar thoughts of ring-a-ring-a- zombies around the hedges !

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  6. Nice work. Looking forward to see the finished piece.

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    1. Thanks you Zanazaz, there's still a bit to do, but I'm nearly there.

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  7. This looks great! Thinking I may need to build one of my own.

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    1. Thanks Ironmonk, my urban terrain certainly needed the greenery.

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  8. I cannot find anywhere locally that stocks Rubberised horsehair, and trust me I have looked.

    As for the park. It really does look very good. As you say a little bit pristine at the moment so the addition of some dirt in the rubble will put this up another notch. (Ahhhh just had first cold call of the day (8:25am) on my home phone! So sorry I have lost my train of thought!)

    Anyway it does look very good and I am looking forward to seeing the inevitable coffee stirrer bench! (Bloody cold callers!)

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    1. Thanks Clint, I had thought it would still been around and had just gone out of fashion.
      The coffee stirrer bench, you say - think plural !

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  9. It looks great, home stretch now!

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    1. Thanks ZA, you're absolutely right , nearly there.

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  10. It's really come along. Very nice work.

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    1. Thanks Sean, it'll be finished soon (thank goodness)

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  11. Looking good as usual Joe, so I can't really say you've surprised me! :P

    I wonder how many mud poodles you'll add to the grass...surely someone was playing football in this nice park in the afternoons!

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    1. Once I get all the scenic contents glued into place, it'll to longer look as pristine.

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  12. Smart stuff, that's looking real good.

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    1. Thanks Irqan and just for the expenditure of time

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  13. Awesome stuff once again Joe, can't wait to see the end result!

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    1. Thanks Dave, I can't wait either, but I guess I'll have to.

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    1. Thanks Major Diz, I hold your opinion until it's in its finihsed form.

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  15. Beautiful work, I like it!!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I'd like it better if it were finished.

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  16. I imagine terrible things will happen in that nice park.

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