For those of you who are not in the know the next two months are “Summer Scenery Challenge” months, this is being run by Dave Stone over at “Wargames Terrain Workshop”* (follow link at the bottom of the page for the rules and details). Now I have signed up for this even though scenery is not really one of my strong points, and there are some serious scenery experts taking part (you know who you are!), but I do hope to get a couple of pieces done before I go back to work, however I will have to order in some bits to complete said pieces and when you add in drying times etc… progress is going to be sporadic at best. So along with the “scenic bits” I decided to try and paint up a few figures as well, you know “as and when” I get the chance, so I thought I’d begin with a bit of an apology as rather than my usual way of working which is start something see it through to the end and post it, things are going to get a bit “messy” over the coming weeks with things progressing a bit here and a bit there. But we’ll see how we get on.
So I have dug out eight of my “Mega Miniatures” dungeon characters (see right), and I hope to work on these alongside the above. These have now been based and undercoated in matt black and also this week I have finished the cavalry and “Battle Mage” to go along with my 15mm Elven army as well as “Quickshading (strong tone), basing and varnishing them. But now onto the main event, my scenery…
OK so the first piece of scenery I want to work on is a decorative “pond” for my “Into the Wasteland” project. I’ve had this idea for a couple of years now, and even started work on it back then, taking a plastic lid from a whipping cream tub (honestly that was the only reason I bought the jam and scones!), I was going to fill it with “Plaster of Paris” but didn’t have any, so I used “Tetrion” filler instead, now this didn’t work out as well as I’d planned, so it got dumped on my table and forgotten.
Till now that is, as I have decided to re-visit this idea, so tearing away the pot lid (It adheres a lot better than plaster!) the resultant casting was a bit rough to say the least, but with some filling with more filler it might work to my advantage. The gaps on the inside of the ring (I’d tried to fill just around the edge of the lid) were given a rough filling with more “Tetrion” and it was then glued down onto an MDF base, I then attacked it with a scalpel. First job was to cut six vertical lines around the outside to look like it was make of six separate pieces, the defects in the casting were then worked out into cracks and missing “lumps” in the concrete.
Next I spread some more filler around the edge of the pond and flattened this out as best I could with the side of a wet knife, once this was dry I took the scalpel again and carved cracks and joins into this to give a broken tile effect. And that is where I’m up to as I write, hopefully by this time next week more progress will have been made.
Till then, stay safe. Cheers Roger.
Great work on your elves Roger, and some very interesting looking models to come as well.
Excellent looking start to your pond, what are you going to use for water effect ?
Water, no seriously I ordered some “Vallejo still water” resin stuff, never used it before so we’ll see. The reviews are pretty good.
Been watching this guy for years, but something to think about
Oh my god!! that is awesome!! and so beautiful, I actually have a goldfish that is the image of that! I was hoping to add some colour between the layers but nothing like that!
Thanks so much for the link Dave.
Being an apocalypse setting you’d probably want floating dead fish, rather than healthy swimming ones anyrate, but thought you would appreciate what you can do with resin
I love the idea of a wasteland having a decorative pond! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing it finished!
Thanks John, it’ll be getting a bit more “wasteland” before I’m finished.
Good start to the month. The pond is gonna be cool. I actually started another western building the other day. No progress on the windmill though.
Thanks Harry, glad you have faith in me, I not so sure I do!
Good to hear that you have started a new building, but it is all to easy to get sidetracked though. 😜
Squirrel! I know Roger, I know.
You’ve made a good start there, I haven’t even got my posterboard out of its wrapping yet 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing how you do the water effect as it’s something I’ve never tried.
Thanks Matt, planning is 50% of the battle mate 😉 so best not to rush into anything.
” I’m looking forward to seeing how you do the water effect as it’s something I’ve never tried.” You and me both!! So I’m as interested as you! 😨
Good start Roger.
Thanks Luke, I’m surprised you aren’t taking part in this, you are a master of the old scenery after all!
Hehe I wouldn’t say master but thank you. I have enough on my plate
I think your being a bit to modest here, your “Hellgate” buildings were certainly masterly!