“Packing it in”

This week I have been mainly mucking about! Simon Moore over at “Fantorical” has been turning out some rather nice scenery of late and with a couple of other bloggers crate 1jumping on the “scenic” bandwagon, I thought it was time to join the party and give my little chaps something to fight over and around. The ubiquitous packing case is always useful so I thought I start with some of these, I set to work making up a “test piece” before I went into “full production” as it were, so after marking out on some spare card the shape of a box template, with the dimensions of 15mm x 15mm x 30mm I cut this out and glued it together. Originally I had cut crate 2“tabs” where the edges joined but these proved to be too thick and awkward so I cut these off and just used superglue to glue the sides in place. Next I cut lengths of “coffee stirrers” (I have some differing lengths and thickness ones of these “liberated” from various sources), and these were then glued onto the sides and ends as planking, a few more pieces run around as strengtheners and my rather ramshackle crate was complete.crate 3

Painting of course came next, so an undercoat of matt black was painted all over, and then a heavy dry-brush of chocolate crate 4brown and another of butternut were applied. It looked alright but I decided that a final light dry-brush of coffee was still needed and this “aged” the wood nicely. Reasonably pleased with my crate I decided it was time to go into full production, so a crate 5much larger piece of card was marked out with enough pieces to make up ten more boxes, and the process was repeated as above. You can see in some of the pictures that a few of the “stirrers” have been used to stir pots of paint in the past, re-recycling how’s that for environmentally friendly!

crate 6But anyway that’s what I’ve been up to this week, just a short post this time, so till next week.

Cheers Roger.

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12 Responses to “Packing it in”

  1. Great stuff Roger. You really are a dab hand at whatever you turn your eye towards aren’t you 🙂 Thanks for the shout out!!

    • Roger Webb says:

      Oh I definitely wouldn’t say that! They came out OK but are perhaps a little more “ramshackle” than I’d hoped. They don’t stack up that evenly. You are of course more than welcome for the shout out.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Carrion Crow says:

    Very nicely done, Roger. Another one of those things that I’ve promised myself I’ll do at some point, but not yet got around to. That and some pallets. And some fencing. Hmm, looks like I might have to have a scenery month…

  3. The ever versatile coffee stirrer comes to the rescue again, like your good self and the ever industrious Jez I need to make up some pallets for my zed games etc and now thanks to you Roger I have some crates to stack on them too!

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Gobbo, stirrer are great modelling accessories and best of all free! and as you say the basic crate will work in almost any setting. Having seen some of your scenic effort before I’m sure yours will be Chippendale standard to my MFI!

      Cheers Roger.

  4. vampifan says:

    Crates are incredibly versatile scenery items, being usable in so many games and genres. I have crates of all sizes and makes in my own collection but I’m always on the look out for more. I admire your own scratch built ones, Roger. They may be a bit “ramshackle” but there’s nothing wrong with that.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Bryan, I do seem to have a bit of a lack of scenery, each time I’ve made any I always seem to end up selling it on. The crates are a bit rough and ready but they will do for what I have in mind for them. I’m too tight to spend much on scenery when I could be spending it on figures.

      Cheers Roger

  5. They certainly look the part, very nicely done Roger.

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