Sunday, February 5, 2017

Medieval Ruins 1

Nothing spectacular here, just some ruins I made using my usual techniques (see METHODS>Chumley's 1 and 2).

This next pair fit together...
These two fit together as well...

Each of the buildings has a rolled scroll, a critter, and some piece of treasure, all waiting to be discovered by a brave explorer...
A scroll under the attic flooring and a giant red spider in the rafters.
Looks like Mr. Honks will soon find the Book of Obsequiousness in the rubble.
(more to come)


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Small Guard House

I made two little buildings for my good friend Gary Price for Iron Mask Miniatures Dwarf Musketeers games at the Pacificon gaming convention in Northern California over the 2015 Labor Day weekend. Here's a photo he sent me for reference but said he would like them to be 60mm tall (without finial) with openings around 30mm wide by 40mm tall.

They were easy to make. Here are the end results:
The walls are chipboard (stiff thin card). Detail is dollhouse trim and balsa strips. Each side was made individually, then they were glued together with a reinforcing basswood strip added at each inside corner.
The roofs are also chipboard with copper wire super glued on. Finial is a round toothpick with a small wooden bead and a plastic craft bead. The side windows are slices of plastic tubing. The building was painted as well the roof, which was then glued to the building. That's all it took to make them!

These small structures have many uses…
I'm not sure if the sign refers to the owner's name or his wares. Probably both.
No, I don't need any knuckle sandwiches, thank you very not.

Lou has souvenir town maps available for tourists.

King Bob visits a guard house. Figures are from sets by Illumination Entertain-ment / Thinkways Toys.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Steampunk Building Part Two

The inside of the building was painted a neutral grey. The upper side room was done in dark grey. The side windows were glued on and clear plastic "glass" was added from the inside. Card strips were cut to length and glued on. Peak window frame was glued on.

Between the strips, the outer walls were painted flat black with powder paint added for a thicker texture, then painted dark red and highlighted red in the centers. The strips and window frames were done brown metallic.

Prepainted plaster gears cast from a Keebler Gear mold were added on the sides of the porch. Definitely adds a Steampunk feel.
A finished window.
The peak window was glued on with Super Glue.
I made the outside door and the insert above it as well as the two interior elevator doors using craft findings. There are three levels underground (who KNOWS what the professor has going on down there!), a first/ground floor, and the second floor. All were glued to the building once it was painted.
Except for the detailed elevator doors the interior was kept very simple. Half of the upper floor lifts out for figure placement below with the table as a handle. The floors are simply scribed/painted mat board.
The roof was painted in shades of green. The chimney platform assembly was painted and glued into place.
Chimneys. The large one is a toy party favor whistle from the Dollar Store. The one in the back is a wooden train smokestack with a craft finding on top. The small one in front is a dowel with a finding.
Left: In back, there's a small shed and the elevator "chain assembly" made from a strip of wood covered in card.
 Right: On the other side of the elevator there's machinery made from Hirst mold castings with control wheels from Vector Cut Steam Age Industrial Gears and Handwheels.

That's about it. I've got to prepare some tea and crumpets for our good professor's return. In the middle of June he went off on another excursion, this time to Overpond to be in awe of renowned inventor Count Rivets. The Count has recently been gallivanting about in a new wondrous rocket ship he's constructed and, in addition, is to release an album of rocks in the near future. CHEERS!