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Monday, 13 September 2021

Building #1 - The Church (wip)

 Although I've taken a leisurely approach to this build in the last week, I've still managed (from my viewpoint) quite a lot of progress on this build and even managed to maintain at least an hour a day on the build.
The photograph on the right shows the front of the church (obviously), with peons scurrying about .
The other three photographs in turn show -
i. The right hand side of the church
ii. The rear  of the church with curved apse(?), where the altar would be found.
[Note: As Christian  churches are always built on an east-west line, with the altar in the east, this gives us a good orientation of the entire village.]
iii, The left side of the church, showing the only noticeable feature on this wall - a hole !
Note the 'arched building' on the left of the Church
Showing the general cross-section of the church
The very peculiar eliptical hole (window ?)
My build started with drawing out the plan and the front and rear walls of the church on a sheet of foamboard (A2), then gathering the other materials I'd need for the build.
Sketched plans, and all the tools needed
Two figures that will be used as statues on the front
A thick cardboard tube, used for the roof-top and the end bit
The roof top cut from the tube.
Rough assembly of the bits - the front is left seperate for ease of working on.
Vaulted roof will lie between the ends, rather than on top as shown.

Work started on the front - lots more to do.
I have also cut out the pieces for the sloping roof sections and the vertical walls from the vaulted roof, but they're nothing remarkable.
There's still a lot to do, the front to finish off, the steps to cut out and that tower to start ! The latter is almost a full build in itself ! 

That's it then for this week, more on this next week - probably. 

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Sunday, 5 September 2021

Gunfighters #3 and #4

 I've posted this week's blog slightly earlier as on Monday morning we're having work done on our Interweb speed thing (sorry about the technical terms) and should last until early evening.
I've just about finished two more gunfighters this last week; they still have some detailing to be done on them though, hatband, belt buckles etc. As their paint was flaking off, for some reason or other, I decided I'd varnish them along with the two already finished gunfighters before proceeding further.
Here's the photographs:

Sorry, no full frontal shot (ooh, err, missus) of the second gunfighter of of this  pair due to technical difficulties (camera battery), but there are two rear views (for those that like that sort of thing).
Bonus group shot of the four gunfighters so far:

 That's it then for this week, next week I'm making a start on the church (how difficult can four walls be?), so expect a wip-type post.
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Monday, 30 August 2021

Gunfighter #2

 So, continuing on my quest to get ffinished at least a-figure-a-week, just so I have something to post about, here's my latest addition, though I also started on another two, who are well on the way to completion.

Apologies for some of the poor photography (as usual), but for some reason I got an attack of the shakes, but nevertheless here's  the best of the twenty-five photographs I took.
(Obligatory blurry picture)

That's it then for this week, but maybe next week I'll have another two figures finished - not  a lot I know, but I have also made a start on planning building #1 - a church !

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Monday, 23 August 2021

Gunfighter #1

I've had a very languid week, mostly watching films, with little hobby stuff done, but nevertheless I decided to 'attack' my gunfighters with their inordinate amount of flash. In an attempt to close in on my target of 500 posts. I'm reckoning on getting one of these gunfighters done a week over the coming weeks, which should easily be attained. So here's the first and a couple of photos of the surrent stage with the others. 
The photograph on the right shows the leader of the group , with three shades of black clothing - a very dakr hat, a charcoal shirt and almost grey trousers. Other than his gunbelt, which has been gloss varished, he still need a matt varnish .
The remaining gunfighters
Reverse  view

That's all I've got for this week, a single figure ! 

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Monday, 16 August 2021

'Bank' Bits

 My enthusiasm for this is rapidly dwindling towards zero, so over the last week I've achieved more or less zero. The photograph on the right is the rear door of the bulding, looking a bit skew-wiff, but it's usable (just).
This was the major piece of work on this building all week. The white bits on the lintels above the door are plaster/filler, filling a small gap above the lintels. I also used the plaster on the upper surface of the building's roof parapet and the final detail on the front entrance.
WIth a new scalpel blade I tackled the start of the rear verandah roof strips that would later have corrugated card tiles added and got as far as sticking the strips together. 
It was when I reached this stage that I realised the futility of continuing this project - it's huge  and I doubt I'll ever be able to get the minimal area of a six foot square table to put it all together. I also wondered where I'd store all this, if I ever managed to get the three foot square boards needed to mount all the buildings on. 

Front door - note the new small pillars.

Plaster work on the parapet (barely visible)

Rear view of front door.

Strips cut for more roofs

And glued together to form 'steps', all  for...

...the rear verandah roof (1) - that's a tree on the right !

... and the second part of the verandah

I think overall I managed about 2 hours hobby time this week, though I did dig out the gunfighters to cut the flash off them, but looking at them was as far as I got !

Considering that I have large numbers of painted figures/armies in many genres and haven't used them in a game for over a year, at least, (and many years in most cases) I'm wondering why I'm bothering to do anything.at all.

That's it then for this week, if I manage to do anything this week I'll post again next week, or maybe I'll dig out another one of my 'forgotten armies' just to have something to post !

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Monday, 9 August 2021

One Down (Store) and one to go ('Bank')


Even with all the normal real-life issues, I've managed to finish off the Sore (Blg #4) and made some in-roads on finishing off the main structure of the 'Bank' . 
The photgraph on the shows the ridge tiles have been haphazardly placed but will be better looking when some filler has been added.
The next few photographs show why the tiling was imperative to the model and the extra work involved.
Rear of the 'Bank' showing the rear roof of the Store (Top left)
Another view, from the front, again showing the rear roof of the Store
With these two photographs, it meant I had to have a rear piece of roof, which meant additional tiling.
I think I managed it fairly well.
Side view, showing new roof bits and finished wall of lean-too

Rear  view, showing the rear roof supports and finished doors.
The roof of the Store does lift off, but leaves the roof supports still on the body of the model.

With the store's main building work finished I returned to finishing off the main building work for the 'Bank', namely the front double doors and the rear glazed door and side panels.

The front doors, pretty plain, but with a little more detail on the rear.

The rear door needed a little more work.
Prep work on the door assembly.


Rear door assembly in place, with door slightly ajar.

It was when the rear door assembly was in place that I noticed I hadn't put the transoms in the two side panel windows. The whole assembly was removed for ease of working on over he next week.  
So that's it, at least another week's work on the 'Bank's' rear verandah roofing and the rear door assemblt to finihs properly, plus the roof to fit. I'm still at a loss of how to replicate the walls around the verandah though. *see the second photograph).
Blogger seems to be playing up again, so despite this short post, it has taken me twice as long as normal - very disheartening.
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