Welcome to my blog, the story of my continuing journey into the World of Zombie Wargames.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Church Tower

What I would normally do in a single week of effort (even at my rate) has taken seven days, spread over two weeks, with real life rearing its ugly head to prevent me completing the church tower. A routine clinic visit and a weekend away were the main culprits, hence just seven sessions of hobby work. There was a lot of waiting for glue and plaster to dry toov(of course). 
The photograph on the right shows the assembled towere, awaiting its covering of filler.
Here's the rest of the photo record: 
The collection of bits for the top of the tower 

The bits for the top of the tower, in the photograph above, were, left to right: a piece of polystyrene, top of a Kinder egg top, a piece of cork, two beads and a piece of sprue. The kinder-egg/cork arrangement was discarded in favour of a perspirent spray top ! 
Top of the towere, showing the cut-down foam block insert and packing for the higher bit.
Top of the tower surround - cane and BBQ skewers
Upper bit of the tower, needing filing and filler
Bell housing being fitted
Tower in place (but not fitted), before filler added
Tower after gunging with filler
The tower still need a lot of filing and sanding down before fitting/attaching to the church and it'll then be glued in place. It also needs four pieces added to the four small block, which I'm still sourcing.

Given all the issues I've had though I'm happy enough with the progress I've made and another few sessions will get it to the stage where it can be painted with the rest of the models.

That's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always, your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 11 October 2021


I finally managed, after two weeks of email exchanges and the petrol 'crisis', to meet Michael, who is not a figure collector, games player or painter and who doesn't make model buidlings of any sort either !
So whilst he may not be recognisable to many bloggers, his surname will almost certainly be.
Michael Scott is the younger brother of Bryan (Vampifan) and has the task of clearing out his late borther's possessions and collections. I was ably helped by my daughter, Michael, his daughter and two lovely neighbours - Ken and Dorothy.
We were there for a little over two hours, sorting through box after box of figures, buildings and games (a lot of Bryan's games have been donated to charity).   After a while it became very apparent that you couldn't believe what what was said on any box cover as the contents rarely were as stated on the box!
Micahel merely wanted the room cleared and knewthat I was on hand, so to speak, living very close to Bryan and had a very  lengthy enchanges of emails over the years (300+).  After the two hours, my daughter's car was full to overflowing and we called it a day. I very much doubt we'd loaded more than a quarter of the  "Aladdin's Cave" that was Byran's room, but I will be back to help out again.
This is a BIG model !

The header pgotograph show an outstanding model, I'd never seen or heard about  in all the years I knew Bryan - It's the Mayhem Haulage Company warehouse, (built by Bryan of course), but what was surprsing to me was its size. The model is little under a foot tall and about one and a half foot long.
The other most interestng thing about it, is its scale - it's 1/32, suitable for 54mm figures !
I never new Bryan had any 54mm figures, let alone western figures (I did know he dabbled in 28mm westerners)
Rear view

Of course it has a detailed interior too !

The wall and floor removed,  to reveal underneath the 'office'
Great detailed interior and note the removed end section
 So where were the figures that were used with this building? In the great  collection of drawers shown below was the answer !
Would the labelled drawers hold what they're labelled ?
I opted to show off couple of drawers
Not too carefully stored - a feature of many of Bryan's figures
A selection of the 'heroes'
I recognised many of the figures throughout the boxes, early Swoppets, Timpo, Britains and Atlanttic figures among quite a few converions there may also have been afootballer or two !
The heroes had a sprinkling of contemporary figures too !
The civilans' box, with many conversions
One of the drawers containing Atlantic figures
Better packed in than most !
Boxes of stuff, don't be fooled by any labels you can read
Mayhem city boards and more
More stuff under the table...

...and stacked high on the table !

I have a lot of things still to open and sort (and maybe pack a little better) and  lot of figures that I have no idea what they are.

In other news I've done a little more on my church, but I've got a lot more to blog about now !

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully my adventure was of interest and as ever, your comments, thoght s queries etc. are always welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 4 October 2021

The Church (again - wip #4)

 My enthusiasm for this build is dwindling as time goes on and consequently I haven't managed as much as I would have liked. Once again, I spent a lot of time waiting for things to dry out, both glue and filler. Neverthelss I have managed some progress as shown below.
The photogrpah to the right shows two of the four buttresses - I went for four, despite having no evidence for two of them, mostly because I like symmetry.
The yellow arrow shows one  of the four that I have no clear evidence of its existence!
The tower was the main objective of progress this week, requiring a lot of cutting and glueing , but the main body of the church had a lot of filler added too.
Here's the photographs:
The parts needed for the 'bell housing'
The housing itself, still needs filing, filler and bells!
The main body of the tower.
The tower with a block of foam inserted, that I was going to use for the tower originally
The foam from above, showing its trapezoid cross-section.
The trapezoid nature of the foam prevented me using it, but I will be cutting it down a lot and I'll use it to reinforce the structure of the tower.
The right hand side of the church. suitably gunged with filler.
The arrow on the above picture shows one of the two buttresses that I do have evidence for,
The apse at the rear of the church, gunged up
The left-hand side of the Church, the buttress on the right I have no evidence for,
The front left corner showing where the tower will fit and why the buttress looks very rough.
So that's the sum total of my efforts this week, not much but still progress. I did spend a lot f time looking at photographs of the tower and considering how it will fit into the church and there's little to no evidence of that !

In other news:
I did mention last week that I had some very intersting news to share, which unfortunately never came to fruition, in part due to  the petrol shortage, but the 'event' has been re-scheduled for this weekend. Hopefully I will have some interesting things to report upon next week, which should alleviate the tedium of yet another 'work in progress' post !

That's it then for another week, I was heartened by the responses to last week's post as it's the followers'
comments, criticisms, suggestions etc. that have kept me plodding along over the last nine years.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something (however small) that was of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 27 September 2021

The Church (wip #3)

 After feeling ill for the first half of the week, recovering and now ending up with a cold, I'm amazed that I managed to get anything done this week. 
After cutting and fitting the various parts necessary to finish the roof, gluing them in place was very slow as I really needed to wait whilst one piece dried before assembling the next one. 
Each side of the church needed three pieces to attach to the vaulted roof and once done the whole assembly needed gunging up with filler and then sanding, some areas having to be done twice. 
The filler was my usual cheap pot of read-mix from Poundlandworld and I've gone through half a pot of the stuff just for this model ! 
The inside of the church was painted black (to stop seeing the inside from the three openings); doors were glued in place (before the roof assembly) and the two statues on the facade were embedded in filler. The latter had their bases severely filed down as I didn't want to raise their height above the plinth any more than was necessary.
So the main body of the church is finished (see photograph on the right), the buttresses have been carved out and the tower plans are well underway.
Here's the photgraphs of how it went 
Inside of the church painted black
Roof pieces cut, rabbetted and the inside painted black
Roof pieces held in place by masking tape, whilst drying.
After adding plaster and sanding.
Side and rear view (not looking forward to tiling the apse).
Lower sides have not been 'gunged', yet, as they still have work to do on them.
Three-quarter view showing where the tower will be  (bootom centre - the square of foamboard).
Picture to show scale with 54mm (kneeling) figure.
The footprint f the body of the church is about 12" long 30cm), by 7" wide (18cm) and 8" (20cm) to the top of the vaulted roof. The top of the faced is about 10" (25cm), from the 'ground' level.
The four buttresses with template (on the left).
 Other than the four buttresses, the tower, the cross on the top of the facade and the two bells to source, the building is all but complete !

In other news:
I had a very interesting exchange of emails a week or so ago but will have to let you all (both ?) know  the outcome of all the messaging after this weekend when it all comes to fruition. (I too don't yet know how this will turn out.)

That's it then for another week, when I've not acheived much, but more than I thought I would. Next week should see the church all but finished (a trip to the pet shop is in order - for the bells in case you were wondering) but I'll also be, yet again, losing a day due to real-life (and the above).
Once more, thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully you found something of interest and as always, your comments are both welcomed and apprciated.

Monday, 20 September 2021

The Church (wip #2)

 Once more this week, I have been working in 'fits and starts' on the church, adding a lot of detail to the facade and other bits and pieces to the remainder of the building. I keep wondering what the set makers were thinking of when they added seemingly random bits to all the buildings in the village. I've also started planning the bell tower and the photograph on the right shows one of the few pics showing the whole (almost) of the tower and a good view of the large buttress to the front right of the building. There is only slight evidence for another three buttresses, but there is definetly a second on the rear left of the church. I'm going with the church being symettrical and having four buttresses.
Here's the photographs:
The area of the facade I've been addrssing.
More matchstick bits added
The front three steps added.
The two front doors made in cardboard.
Internal view of the steps and where the third layer of the facade (with the doors) fits

Mock up of the facade still in pieces to facilitate work.
Plans and materials for the last detailing
The pieces in place
The facade after its initial coating of filler
The facade is now as complete as I can make it, but without the elegant plant carving, up the two thin columns - though I do have thoughts on these too (doilies ?). It does need a bit more filler in parts and a lot of filing, but this week should at least see the major body of the church assembled. There is still a lot of work to do on it though.
The four buttersses need material sourced (foam ?) and the apse's half-conical, tiled rood to do. I have though started on the card that will support the dark stone surround as shown below:
The rear apse sans roof.
In other news:
About two weeks ago, I recieved notice of parcel, through the post and after a bit of hassle with the post office I eventually got the small, heavy, parcel (with a Russian label), into my hands.
After closer examination of the label I fouund it was marked 'sample'. I hadn't ordered anything from anyone but upon opening I realised than my Evil-bay wanderings had probably been the cause of this windfall (I was looking at 54mm-1/32nd scale western figures). The Russian firm has a vast selection of these figures,  from gunfighters to civilians, but at about £6 plus postage and the fact that my painting skills (or lack thereof) couldn't possibly do them justice they remain a wishful whimsy.
Here's the figure I recieved: 
He's a cowboy with chaps and a great level of detail, though hardly a figure I'd want.

That's it then for this week, I'll be continuing work on the church, assembling the bdy of the building, making buttresses, starting on the roof of the apse and making inroads into the tower, proving real-life doesn't interupt as it did in the last week when I was recruited as the on-site joiner to fix both our front and back doors, losing a whole day's hobby time to the two endeavours.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something here of interest and as always your comments are always welcomed and truly appreciated.