26 Oct 2016

Readying the next tranche

I'm coming to the end of the first set of buildings for my town and I'm of a mind to try and get one of my planned scenery sets pushed to completion.

I seem to be working on elements from my town and the scrapyard and also the docks at the same time. In fairness the Scrapyard and Docks are really just add-ons for the town but I don't seem to quite be close on any of the sets. I had a tot up and I think I've got in excess of one hundred hours worth of stuff to finish all three.

My thoughts turn to how I can get the most on to the table in the quickest time. Seeing I already have several good size buildings for the town it will be usable but limited so I'm playing with the idea that I should finish the scrapyard, with only twenty(ish) hours of work required to get it to a playable state.

Those twenty hours will involve making a base board for the scrapyard and painting the fence, site office and caravan. There's obviously more stuff that I want to add to the set but that will suffice to get it sizable enough to use with the town to fill a 3x3 table. With that in mind I decided to use today's clement weather to get some spraying done to get some of the next bits ready for painting.

One lunchtime spray-a-thon and I've got the stuff to finish the scrapyard undercoated along with some other bits and bobs for the docks and town.

I'll also need to make some pavement baseboards for the town and a forecourt for the petrol station but I can do that at the same time as the scrapyard board. Not planning anything especially time consuming there.

The Petrol Station itself is almost complete. Just need to do a couple of last bits like the window frames. Should be finished tomorrow night.

I would do it tonight but the Empire are threatening one of our bases so the X-Wings are being prepped for launch.

If there is another good days weather I should get the chance to spray the fire station, the brownstone apartment and the ship which is now complete.


25 Oct 2016

Progress from the weekend

I haven't rested upon my laurels this weekend but I was more involved with getting things built than painted. The Fire Station from TTCombat has been eye-balling me from the shelf in my study and I finally caved in on Friday night and put it together.

As with most of the TTCombat kits I've made so far, this one proved easy to build. The main body of the building went up within two hours with the windows fitted. On Saturday the grey card trimmings went on with equal ease.

It is huge.

I'm looking forward to painting it but can't quite decide if I want to do the brickwork in a sandstone colour with red upper walls or pale walls with red brick detail and trim. The Red brick would fit with the buildings so far and would be nice and colourful so I suspect I'll go for that.

I have to add that there was a cutting error on one section of the kit that I reported but then I discovered they'd actually included a whole spare sheet to address it. The really impressive bit was that I sent the message at 21.48 on a Friday night and got a response within about 15 minutes checking if I needed replacement parts. Good Service!!

After that I got back to painting the Petrol Station. I've dry-brushed all that I can now including some colour on the outside and I've come to the slow part of painting in all the etched lettering. On the most part it is so crisply etched that it isn't a particularly hard job just time consuming and surprisingly enjoyable. I was expecting a mutter-fest of hasty brush swaps to correct mistakes but on the whole I kept in within the lines!

 I've also done a light floor check effect to break up the internal space.

Tonight it'll be finishing the red trim details and, if a I get time the petrol pumps which need a few bits picking out. Looking at the pictures they do need a bit more colour on the body of the pumps as well. A bit of red methinks.

I've done a bit more tinkering at work on the TTCombat container ship. A hulking model and pretty easy to construct like most of their stuff. Just the main bridge window to finish now and I'm thinking of adding something on top of the bridge like a rader.

This thing is about 75cm long. Its a WHOPPER! I haven't actually joined the two main sections together as I suspect that would be a total pig to paint as well as being a pain to store.


20 Oct 2016

Another finished and another started.

The urban painting marathon continues.

The fast food joint got its last licks of paint. I've still got to add the counter inside and yummy looking menus and teaser posters but I've not got those yet (hint hint Urn! ;-)).

So its finished until the extra bits are sorted. On to the next one, the petrol station. I think it'll be the last for this tranche as it completes a storage box worth of buildings (apart from the Sarissa repaint) and I really do need to look at doing a few other things.

I'm going for Yellow and Red trim colours to make parts of it bright so I've dry-brushed it quite heavily. The sections that will have colour will probably have another dry-brush to lighten them even further after they've been masked off.

There is quite a lot of writing and detail to pick out so this might take a few evenings to complete.

There's been a little progress at work on the ship but not as much as I'd of liked. Dock crane added for effect.



18 Oct 2016

Infinity Train

This is the completed model for my infinity train.  In common with most of my projects, it got 80% done really quickly, another 15% done relatively quickly after a lull..... and then the last 5% took me ages as I faffed around and didn't get on with it.  This tends to leave me with a huge pile of "nearly finished" things on my workspace as I drift between projects....

Anyway, here it is, and it's a bit of a beast....

Fully four feet long and great fun to put together and paint.  And retailing at £20 delivered from ttcombat it's a real bargain.  As it covers the length of the table, there is no need for track.
I decided on a Green colour for the wording and final arrows.  The train is heavily weathered as I figure a cargo train isn't going to get much cleaning.

 This is one of the power cars and you can just about see the hazard stripes that I decided it really needed to finish it off..... but of course, I didn't have any long enough, so I had to go and find an image on the internet to print onto my transfer/decal paper.  Here's a better picture:
The decal/transfer paper is one of my best purchases but it is a fair bit thinner than most commercial decals and my home printer doesn't lay the ink on as thickly so it can sometimes be a little translucent.  I think it works in this case as it shows wear and tear without me weathering it :)

And the thing that took the longest for me to do?  Junt suggested that each train needed it's own identifying number.... and try as I might, I couldn't shake the feeling that until I added them, it wouldn't be completed.  so here is a close up of one.... you can also see it in one of the pics above to prove each is unique......  I'm now looking forward to getting a game in on it!  Just need some cargo for it.....

17 Oct 2016

Weekend update

A fruitful weekend again. No time during the day to do anything but once the nippers are in bed it's..........PAINTING TIME!!

The fast food joint is coming along. The floors have been done now. Tiles down stairs and floorboards upstairs. The signage has also been started but needs a bit more work and tidying up.

I'm going to mix up the masking order next time I try this effect to get a less patterned outcome.

Still to add is the serving counter and its tills, Wall mounted menus and some tasty looking wall poster adverts.

I had Friday night off from the painting but didn't want to be unproductive so I got a lap tray out and made the next building on my lap whilst watching TV with the wife. Its a really nice kit and the corner grey card trim works well to hid the joining tabs and to make it just that bit more realistic looking.

Lunchtime today?

Started the massive cargo ship from TTCombat. Only got the bow together but the rest of the ship doesn't look like it will take too long as it is a fairly simple construction.

Given the size of it and the fact that it comes with several containers, this kit is really good value and well worth the money if you want to add something cool to a dock scene.


14 Oct 2016

Thursday night progress

I'm still plugging away at the fast food outlet. Last night I concentrated on the interior walls. I would have done more but they took effing ages.

I tend to layer up the dry brush areas from grey to ivory to white but this can take a far while and last night was no exception. I added the peachy pink as the lower part of the wall then masked off that area before painting the red dado rail thing. Then that was masked before the white was layered onto the upper wall area. This look ages and in some places it turned into stippling rather than dry-brushing in an effort to get good coverage.

I walls will have posters and menus on them to break them up even further and the kit came with a counter which I still have to do. I might also knock together a couple of tables as well. Next painting session the walls will get masked off and I'll start on the floors.

Lunchtime was quiet so I got a chance to mount the crane upon its base pylon and the opportunity to add some extra rivets to the crane. I'm looking forward to painting this!


13 Oct 2016

Cos my mate Junt asked for it.

Fast food it is.

I only managed to get the base colours on last night and I'm of a mind to lighten the exterior walls up quite a bit. I'm also a bit undecided on how to approach the inside. The downstairs floor is going to be a stark black and white tiles but I'm not sure about the upstairs. I might try the floorboard thing again now that I've got the narrower masking tape.

I've been collating some pictures that Urn has helpfully said he would print in colour for me and I'm hoping to do some wall menus and nice foody decorations. I think I might go for a two or possibly even three tone look for the downstairs. Bright colours such as those you'd find in fast food joints. We shall see.

I want the brand colour scheme to be a KFC parody so it'll be something revolving around Red and white.

More progress hopefully tonight.

Today I put together the steam crane from Sarissa. They do cut their stuff really precisely. Went together like a dream. I just need to work out how best to attach it to the oil rig to make the dock crane.