Saturday, January 28, 2012


Making a small cottage with a thatched roof. Decided on the standard method of using teddy bear fur. First, I cut pieces of fur a half inch or so larger than the sanded roof all the way around. Glued the fur to the roof being careful to ensure the nap direction of the fur ran from roof peak towards the bottom edge.

Once the glue was dry I trimmed the edges by barely cutting through the fur’s backing within a quarter inch of the edge and pulling the excess away.

Using a scrubbing motion to make sure the paint got into the fur I painted it a yellowish brown.

Before the paint dried I combed the roof to indicate individual thatch reeds…

Then jammed the comb against the nap to separate individual rows. Let it all dry.

 The roof looked too yellow to me so I washed it a grayish brown, drybrushed it a light gray, and snipped away errant bits to neaten it up.

ALTERNATE: Another method is to use a terry cloth. An excellent tutorial is at I decided not to have separate rows this time. I used an old green towel, which added an extra step of spray painting the roof black after the Scenic Cement had dried. The resulting roof is much different that the previous one.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DETAILS 3: Signs, Bit Boxes

Signs are cool! Using them on the tabletop helps set a scene location as well as give combatants a bit of cover.

These were all made using INKSCAPE, a great FREE graphics program that lets you resize things without losing clarity! It’s really simple to make signs using downloaded fonts and backgrounds.

Here’s one of the tackle boxes I use for keeping bits. Second row down has critters. I “hide” one near or on most of the Medieval buildings I make. They bring a smile to viewers. Looks like the larger snakes have slithered down to the bottom row.

I keep my bit boxes in bins. I also store my buildings in larger tubs as well (not shown). Everything together, nice and handy to get at.