I surprised myself this week by making as much progress on my Sudan project, especially as I took a day off anything hobby-related, due to illness, however as the week went on I found myself getting a lot more done than I'd anticipated.
As the title of this post hints at, I accomplished nothing major, but I am happy with the results.
The pictures on the right shows all the bots, sacks and bowls I've scratch-built (taking advantage of a single day without rain to spray-undercoat!
I was so pleased with the results that I'm now looking at doing a lot more.
Here's some close ups
|Three grain sacks (or some other yellowish stuff)|
|A couple of pots and a bowl of red stuff (spice ?)|
|A variety of larger pots (they look a lot bigger than they really are)|
|More pots (Bored yet ?)|
|Even more pots ! (Who'd have thought ?)|
All the pots etc. were made from what I had available; some very old FIMO; 20-year old, unused green stuff; and beads!
|A bag of 200 assorted beads cost £1.99 (from the Range iirc)|
|The FIMO stuff|
|Once undercoated, it's hard to tell their origin imho.|
I tend to work on several different things at once for many reasons, boredom, light, changing posture and awaiting items to dry or glue to set etc., so I also finished off the mass-door production gluing and cutting them all out:
|Notice tags on doors for securing into foamboard and the arched door is for the Souk |
My recently bought felt cloth was also laid out, enabling me to iron it, removing the very prominent central crease and the four lateral creases, from the need to fold and pack it for delivery.
|Before (top half) and after ironing (bottom half)|
|Damp kitchen cloth used )less washed out photograph)|
|The Iron (weighing about half a ton imo) - normally used on a Snooker table !|
|A beautifully smoothed out surface (on yet another 'washed out' photograph)|
As I ironed the cloth out, it was rolled onto a length of tube that I had retained just for this purpose, thus retaining its crease-less state. I'm pleased I cut the tube a little longer than six feet (the purported width of the cloth) as I found the cloth to have about a very pleasing, extra four inches to the width !
This whole ironing , rolling, weight-lifting cloth dampening and awaiting iron to heat up, took place in two sessions over the weekend as once more I succumbed to failing energy levels.
I did however finished gunking up all the foamboard buildings I've recently made (though not Gordon's pad) and save for the larger Souk, sanded them down into a more presentable format.
comparing them to the photographs in the last post, it can be seen that I've also added some extra areas of fallen plaster.
|A gunged up wall, half unsanded (left) and half sanded (right) |
|Sanded and some detail added|
|Reverse view of above building|
|The unplanned 'scrap' building|
|Reverse view showing a second door ! (I may also add rooms at a later stage)|
|One of my favourite buildings (and probably the smallest)|
|Reverse view of above. The figure (Al Hahdin- or Al for short, is from Redoubt) |
|Another very small building, but imho, beautifully formed|
|Reverse view of building|
I'm very pleased with how these have turned out and will hopefully be adding doors and roofs over the next week (though you may have heard that before). I do think though that I need at least two and maybe up to another six small buildings, all as yet unplanned. I do also however intend to make two larger structures, a barracks building and a larger terraced building. The latter building will be an experimental attempt to use up bits of scrap plastic I've kept for years, because "they're interesting and could come in handy" and not for any intended purpose (Ed
. Read: Confession:"My name is Joe and I'm a hoarder..."
That's then for this week, one in which I think I've been busy and productive over the last week and I hope you've found something of interest.
As always your comments and critiques are always welcomed and truly appreciated