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Monday, 27 February 2017

Church (take 2)

Awkward, skewed angle !
Taking a rest from all things nautical I've made another assault on my church build and sundry other minor bits and pieces, all connected to my pirate project.
The last time I had done anything to this model was quite a while ago and then it was merely bare foamboard
As can be seen from the photo on the right, it's come a long way towards being finished.
The ridge tiles from on the main building and those on the tower have both been added as has a small building abutted on to the rear wall of the church, though not visible in this photograph..

Photo showing the extension


The whole model was liberally covered in filler, using a very watery mix to give some texture to the otherwise smooth walls.
This would be later sanded down and leaves a very nice surface, though not smooth.
This filling procedure also helps to fill in all the minor cracks and joins that develop in any scratch-build model that I make!


The front, all gunged up with filler.
Side view (doh!), showing initial roof undercoat.
 The roofs were all given a coat of thinned filler and allowed to dry before any paint was added.
When the filler was dried, a dark brown was used as a base coat/primer to which I gradually dry-brushed lighter and varied colours, A dark red, a slightly lighter red, some yellow ochre,  a light brick red and finally some terracotta tile colour. (All £1 emulsion tester pots)
Initial wall colours
The body of the church is also painted with using another £1 tester pot tester pot and I'd forgotten just how long it takes to paint models!
The bits that weren't painted in he creamy yellow colour would be undercoated in grey and highlighted in white. Door colours are yet to be decided!
Another view of the progress so far.
Spot the error
Other than the church I've started on the cannons needed for the three new ships. To fill all the gun ports I'd need 14 cannon, so I'll have to take a stock-take of what I have, but in addition I added the cannon seen on the right  and although I haven't a photograph I've undercoated and painted them up, with just some final highlighting and tidying up to do on them.
Four spools of garden twine from Poundworldbargainland I reckon gave me an almost lifetime supply of ropes, lines and cables that I'll ever need. Even though dark green twine is included it's easily made into a black tattered rope too (and of course there's always jungle vines too).
Ropes coiled and tidied in ship-shape fashion
Finally in a burst of unparallelled enthusiasm I quickly  finished off the three rowing boats that came with the three ships in less than an hour (I know, it shows)
They're not the best models , but are usable and having looked at the prices of similar sized  resin ones I'm pleased enough with these.


The plan for the next week is to finish off the church, at least one ship and  a dozen cannon, all whilst I plan the necessary terrain boards (so far, a beach, a harbour, a rock (yeah I know) and a fort. In addition to which I'll also be planning a village to accompany the church and in a similar style.

That's it then for this week, I hope you've found something of interest and as always your comments , good bad or indifferent are always welcomed and appreciated.

24 comments:

  1. The Church is looking very good indeed. It really is looking superb. And for just 1 hour the row boats are nice as well. I am sure I would have spent longer but I am not sure they would look as good!

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    1. Thanls Clint, the boats were really rushed and could really do with a makeover, but they#ll do for the moment.

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  2. I had forgotten about the church, great work Joe. Now where did you put that last cannon barrel?

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    1. Haha, well spotted, I may have top have a look again at my stockpile of cannon, to fins the missing barrel or maybe I'll just cast another dozen or so...

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  3. All is looking well, Zab. The row boats are really cool, imho.

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    1. Thanks Jay, the boats are good enough for a game, I'm sure.

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  4. I'm loving the church! What colour will you be painting the rock and fort? ...You're favourite, 'stone castle' grey [he jokes]

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    1. Haha, well remembered Roy, the 'rock will be browns whilst the fort will start out as a dark brown and have lighter brorn progressively highlighting it until I reach white.

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, great to hear from you.

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  6. the church is coming on beautifully Joe, such a good job!

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    1. Thanks dGG, it'll be hopefully finished this week.

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  7. Lovely work on the church, the jolly boats came out rather well I thought and you were right no trace in the works of further pirate ships.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, I'm pleased with how the church is coming along and I can see an end in sight. I' think I 'll also manage at least one finished ship in the next week too.

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    1. Thanks AL, my enthusiasm has known no bounds recently is seems.

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  9. Creative and fantastic job on this church, well done!

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    1. Thanks Phil, though the church is an almost a straight copyof Gary Chalk's.

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  10. I love the church! The ships and boats are coming along nicely too :-) .

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    1. Thanks C6, the church has come out a lot better than I thought it might, I very pleased with it; everything else is grinding along too but slowly.

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