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Monday, 2 August 2021

Bank and Store (2)

After the initial surge of progress on these two buildings, I've reverted to my more typical regime of an hour a day working on these two with sometimes needing a huge effort to face the challenge of doing more 'work' . I have managed to make progress on both buildings, namely finishing the facade on the 'Bank' and its two internal roof supports. Both buildings have also had all their windows added - which needed some remedial work too, to make them fit. Finally I started on the tiled roof of the store (previously referred to as Building no.4.) . I happy enough with what I've managed and both building should have their roofs finished this week. 
The photograph on the right above, shows the roof parapet 'trim' of the 'Bank' completed 
I also 'fixed' 'the Blue house' - building #8. It's been bugging me that the rear looked wrong and I finally found out why - I'd glued the rear wall on back to front, this wasn't too difficult to fix, but still a pain having to do it. 
Here's the phots of this last week's efforts:
What the door facade is meant to look like...
... and my efforts to match it.
Internal window by front door.
The window above was one of the reasons why I made the walls of this building so thick and I've tried to reproduxe it,
Photo showing that window and the arched roof support .
Matchstick window frames with cellophane 'glass'.
All window frames in place, though all sightly larger than planned.
'Tiled' roofing well underway...
...and the finished article (or at least half of it! - Ed.)
The 'Blue' house with correctly orientated rear wall.

This is my 488th post and I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth carrying on, but will probably try and make it to my 500th post.

That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit.

Comments, as always, are welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Two more Buildings Started

 I started on these next two buildings after chopping and changing my mind about their sizes over several weeks.Bting the bullet,  I took a further hour to finally decide their sizes.
On the left is the building I call the Bank, its footprint is approximately 10" square (26cm). The building adajcent to it is just referred to as no.4, its footprint is a mere 9"x5" (approx. 23cm x 12cm).
Here's the pics of my progress:
Building #3 - the Bank
Building #4
It took me nearly ten hours over two days to plan, draw and cut-out all the pieces needed. The 'Bank; has double thickness walls that required careful measuring for the inside layer. There's also a step up into the 'Bank' and a raised rear patio area. So a ground floor of foamboard was necessary.
Front of the 'Bank'
Rear of the 'Bank'

The left side of the 'Bank'
Front of #4
The rear of #4 (obligatory blurry photograph)
Three-quarter view to compliment the photo below to show what I was working from.
The only view of this side of #4 that I could find
It was this view that made me re-cut the long rectangular narrow window above the lean-to about 2cm lower than I'd done originally, The original position is just visible in the three-quarter view above.
The lean-to has had the horizontal bricks scored, but the vertical cuts have still to be made.  
The front of the 'Bank' with its imposing entrace
The front of the 'Bank' has a very imposing entrance (my reason for calling it the Bank) and I had to spend a whole two hour session getting it looking even partially similar (and it's still not finished - Ed.)
Progress so far, still a fair bit to do on this.

Mock-up showing how it looks, not glued on yet, for ease of working on it.

I've been well above my 'hour a day' regime, clocking in some twenty plus hours over the last six days.There's a lot of work still to do to get these two models anywhere near finished, windows and panes (a pain to do), doors and of course roofs, the 'Bank' has a flat roof with a parapet (with some decoration)'. 'Number 4' has a very long sloping tilesd roof and a very small bit of the other side, plus of course the stonework and roof of the lean-to has to be done. I doubt I'll get all this finished in a single week and will be taking it much easier. I found that towards the end of long sessions, I was making mistakes that meant re-cutting etc..
That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest.
As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.


Monday, 19 July 2021

The Banditos

With the addition of more 'credit ' cards, I based up  the last horses and brought them up to the stage of all the other horses. I spent most of my time shading all the horse with black, brown and chestnut washes before tackling all the tack. Other than the leader's tack I painted all the others' the same leatherish colour as the saddles of the bandit horses. The leaders saddle and horse tack was black in case you were wondering.
Then began the task of clearing a big enough space to get all sixteen riders and horses; my game table had to have a space cleared and here's the results:
Riding into town.
Half the town was removed to get them all in one shot.
This is less than half the gang !
Overhead view
Gratuitious padding - Ed
Nearest I could get to a rear shot without moving them all

The horses all need a bit of work on their bases and a coat of varnish, but at least they're all but done, the remaining twenty five just need riders and their dismounts:

The rest of the horses in their fancy storage units
I also did a quick paint job on the attemoted conversion using the Poundland modelling clay.It nevr really hardened but was more like the consistency of a solid rubber ball.
Very quick paint-job but at least the 'hair' stayed on !
I've nicknamed him Aaron.
From my perspective I've had a busy week, even today I was painting horses' eyes and nostrils on the few I'd missed. 
Over the next week I intend to start two new buildings and taking the flash off my gunfighters as they'll be the next on the paint tray (I'm sick of Mexicans atm).
That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope it was worth it.
As always your comments are always  welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 12 July 2021

A Miscellany of Bits

 Over the last week, I did manage a lot of painting, almost double my regime target of an hour  a day, but still never managed to finish a single piece. Neverthe less, here's some photographs of what I've managed to get done.
The photograph on the right, shows all the horse in their current state, save for three others, that need basing, painting etc. to bring them to the same stage as these.
Luckily I got a new injection of 'credit' cards from a friend, so the three will be brought 'up to speed' this week.
"Poundlandworld" impulse buy
I also had an attempt at using my newly acquired "air drying odelling clay" from Poundlandworld.
It's a peculiar substance, feeling like rubbery 'Plasicene", very malleable and soft.
I used one of my Marx robbers as an experiment in cutting off hats and moulding a head of hair on him. The photograph shos the result, but even afte 48 hours it still hasn't hardened, so is impossible to work on atm ! 
There are Seven packets of 'clay' tubes each about two inches long by about half an inch diameter (50mm x 12mm approx.).

The now hatless Marx gunman.
Huge Gorilla and 'farmer'
I also purchased another two figures from "Poundlandworld's" 'Play to Discover" wild anuimals range (2 for £1), in this set they're a gorilla and a baby elephant. Both are manifestly to scale, but not the same scale ! However I'm pretty sure that both can be used in Jimland, though the Gorilla will dwarf my current model !
The farmer in the photographs is about 25mm tall and is a cheap 'knockoff' of the old 1/32nd (54mm) "Briatains' " figure.
The other figure is an "Old Glory" native that had his staff repaired and hasn't seen Jimland yet.

A few mold lines on the beast, but he's still a very usable figure imho

THe elephant is a good 'baby' size imo - but those toenails!
Bonus rear pic of Farmer and "Witchdoctor" (Padding  -Ed.)

That's all I.ve got htis week but I have still been planning my next two buildings and the week was interupted by a routine hospital visit on Friday. This week I have another annual eye review that leavesme unabe to see clerly for a coupke of hours. It's a diabetic check-up (I'm not diabetic) but I do have a degenerating eye condition to add to by slight colour blindnesss, And you wonder why I don;t like painting ?

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully something was of interest (I doubt it - Ed.) and of course your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 5 July 2021


Even though I've kept up with my "at least an hour a day" hobby routine, I feel I've done next to nothing this last week, but acccomplished quite a lot.
Photograph on the right shows the sum total of my efforts !
 Here's my week:
Remember these ?
Monday Blog -3 hrs approx
About half of the'herd'
Tuesday, scoring the plasticard bases for the horses,  ten scratches one way, then ten the other way to make a criss-cross pattern. repeat process for reverse side. For nearly forty bases this amounted to over fifteen hundred score marks (just a tad boring ) - approx 2hrs.
Wednesday, glue horse to bases - not enough superglue gel for such large bases so uses UHU - works fine on the two types of plastic (horse and 'credit card' - an hour at least
Part of the results of Thursday to Saturday's efforts
Thursday - applied ready-mix filler to bases, run out half way through and had to find old supply and
mix by hand before applying - 3+ hours  (I  did it in approximately three lots iirc). Waited 24 hours to dry.
Friday- seperate bases from tray, repaired some flaking (especially where there were no scoring marks) and then covered the whole base in PVA filler and allowed to dry for 24 hours - approx two hours, maybe three.
 Saturday -  a break in the awful windy, wet weather  allowed me to take the oppotunity to undercoat all the models about an hour's work.
Saturday evening watched England beat Ukraine great end to a very satisfying day..
Flank view of the three hurriedly finised horses
Sunday - started painting horses, managed three before being interupted by family commitments and had to go shopping to buy enough food to last a small seige.
Bonus rear view for those that like this sort of thing
'Essentials' from Poundlandwold - £9 well spent
Took advantage of the situation to visit Poundlandworld for 'essentials'. Managed to just about finish only three horses taking eight hours overall but only about an hour's painting!

Three banditos with their new mounts

Today finished this post and took some stage pics:
The horse had a quick wash ver them and still need a quick spray varnish.
As an experiment I used three different washes, from left to right
Quickshade, homemade brown wash and an old black ink wash. 
With my eyesight I see very little differences.


Three down , just these few to go (note fancy storage tray)

That then has been my week, I'll be more than likely continuing to paint horses for the rest of this week - some sort of punishment no doubt.

And that's it for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully you've found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Banditos finished (and more)

 I knuckled down and maintained my 'at least an hour a day' painting regime, with a couple of extra hours over the weekend - filing!
The photo on the right shows all the dismounted bandits, each with a duplicate figure behind them, with a few small variations.

Here's the photographs:
Figure on left has had pig removed, other has had a pistol added.
Leader figure on the left has had his left holster and pistol removed.
Two standard figures
Hat removed (L) and added (R), also bottle removed from left hand.
The above eight figures are all the poses available, though some have had bits added or removed to make for a slightly different variant.
Mounted and dismounted figure (horses not done yet)
Another mounted and dismounted figure

Leader, mounted and dismounted versions
Final pairing (bored yet?)
I couldn't be bothered to keep mounting the figures so here's a few pics, without their horses!
No modifications here
Hats either removed or added
More with no modifications...
...and their mounted versions
Unmodified dismounted figures...
...and their mounted versions.
Another view of the whole lot, dismounted (obviously)

I missed showing the roofs undersides from a previous post, so here 's how they're affixed
'Blue' building roof, with scrap foamboard to 'key' the building - note also the support frame.

Underside of 'shack' roof (obligatory blurry photo)

Any and all store cards, phone cards etc.
Finally here's the results of cutting and filing my latest intake of  unused/out of date 'credit' cards, that I regularly use for bases. These are all for the bandits' mounts and although I am still a few short I have been promised twenty or so more from another two friends.
The miscelllaneous bit of card in the top left corner of the pic, is the template I used to cut the corners off. Cutting and filing took about two hours - all done whilst waiting for the figures' varnish to dry.

I'm happy enough with finishing the first batch of 16 Bandits and their 16 mounted versions. I'm now in negotiations with #1 son to see if he can make some more variants using scalpels, pinning amd green stuff; neither of the latter two skills I'm competent enough to tackle, but at least I'm fairly accomplished at using a scalpel (and I have the scars to prove it!).

That's it then for another week, hoping you found something of interest and of course your comment are always welcomed and appreciated.