woensdag 20 september 2017

Feeling a bit fenced in - cutting corners

After a full day of internship I'm a bit beat, so not that much today.

1 90 degree inner corner, 1 90 degree outer corner and 1 very angled 30 degree corner just to see if I could make one without throwing it in the bin in frustration. Well, it worked. Well, apart from my shitty math then, one of the legs is 1 cm too short. Ah well.....

+29 cm.

194 cm's in total. Not too bad for a couple of evenings work. I'll do some more straights tomorrow and a backdoor I think. Maybe an extra corner.

maandag 18 september 2017

Feeling a bit fenced in +70cm

3 strips of 20 cm and 1 strip of 10 cm fence added today. Kinda overlooked the amount of time it takes to build these, so I've set my goal a bit lower, to +50cm's each day till I hit 6 metres.

And as luck would have it, when barbed wire has been added on top, it will make  a fine 28mm scaled fence as well. So there's that.

I'm now at 165 cm's of fence. Depending on how I use my time, I should have the basics done in a week or so.

Feeling a bit fenced in

Spent a enjoyable sundaymorning with the girls, and a enjoyable afternoon with the guys at the dinnertable, everyone working on their own projects. Made a very enjoyable dinner for all of us, and came to the conclusion it maight be handy to make those portable worktrays if we want to do this more often, to clear the table for dinner. After that, we all exhausted the girls by tossing various footballs and what not around. After that a bit more building and swapping of ideas, and the idea in our heads that we really should do this more often

Anyhoo, as I'm still acting like a fruitfly on Red Bull, I decided to test out something I had a seen a Youtuber do, and started out making iron sheet fencing. Thx to the trusty Lego box and The Chopper with a little sanding block, making everything properly was a breeze, even if the first part took me nearly 3 hours. After that it just went quicker and quicker.

 The first 95 cm's are now done. I need to sand and trim the bases, and some smoothing here and there, but basically these are ready and can go on with the next lot. I reckon I could use about 3 metres of the stuff, so taking my own advice to heart, I doubled that to 6 metres. If I can make more then half a metre wach evening I'm more then happy.

The fences are really simple btw, scrap plastic stuck together for the bases, matchsticks of various sizes and  a small sized wavey cardboard that I picked up 1 or 2 years ago in bulk for exactly such a project as this. I think I will make a quick tutorial on them at a later date. To ease setting up, this time I'm opting for a lot more 20cm sections of fence. I will do a lot more of those, plus corners, inverted corners, short bits, damaged bits and I'll make the sure the gate(s) will be a seperate piece flanked by concrete pillars. That way I can make a African gate, a Vietnamese gate, a UN Compound gate, a Russian base gate, a German company gate and anything else really. With some of the larger BBQ matches I should be able to make a covered area to park trucks and tanks and supplies and stuff.

I think I will spend the rest of the evenings this week with the radio on, churning out sections of fence with a few damaged and oddball panels in between. It's amazing that again I'm having the most fun scratchbuilding stuff with just wood, glue and paper. Well, not that amazing if you know me, but hey.

Oh, and the top of the fence will be topped off with some barbed wire, will make a small groove for that later and just epoxy it in place.....no rush to do all that now.

Yup, today was a good day.

zondag 17 september 2017

Every little step I take...

...brings me further in the right direction. Tonight, I cleared the desk, cleared most of the battletable (finally), moved all of the For Sale stuff on said table, listed more stuff online for sale and blimey, look at tthe time.

 Just trying to make sense of it all and avoid clutter on the table. Rehung 2 whiteboards as the sticky tape perished on both of them mere days apart, very odd.

Updated myself on some of the bigger items I'm working on (post-it so I know what's going on with it. Most are waiting for trade parts or magnets). Also started sorting unbuilt stuff into project boxes...keeps things a bit simpler.

Tomorrow I'm having a build day with some gaming friends, so all sunday building and chatting will be nice. The girls can join in with their colouring as well. I'm making dinner for everyone and after that we'll go on till people want to leave. Should be a nice day.

donderdag 14 september 2017

Tutorial: How to make neon signs, by Andy M

Copied for safekeeping off of the Lead Adventure Forum, as I had it bookmarked but the Great Photobucket Disaster of 2017 left it without pictures. It has now been restored: How to make Neon signs

Following text is all Andy M's

 So how to do neon signs....

Well....you don't need much. The making of the sign is just a bit of plastic card and some solder. You'll need superglue to stick the solder down and a knife to cut it.
 1. Cut the plastic card and draw out your sign. Having a template to cut the solder really helps get the size of the bits right.
 2. Glue your bits on with superglue.
 3. Now for the neon to work it needs to be on a dark background. Its the contrast between light/dark that should fool the viewer into believing its real. I've started here with GW Leadbeltcher Metal.
 4. I've then mixed a heavy wash. 1 part GW Nuln oil, 2 parts GW Abaddon Black to 3 parts water. Then allow it to dry.
 5. Here I've used GW Mephiston Red and an old brush. The idea here is to drybrush into the cracks around the solder and drybrush a 'halo' around the letters.
6. Use the same colour as the last step but paint the letters a solid colour this time with a decent brush.
 7. The next stage is just to add some white, GW Ceramic White, 1 part red to 1 part white. Don't paint the whole letter this time, but try and make each successful highlight a smaller line than the one before.
 8. Add more white to your mix 1 part red to 2 parts white. Apply some of your whitest highlights at the start and end of the letters.

Edit: I forgot to mention the other colours that seem to work for me....

Blue Neon: replace GW Mephiston Red with GW Sotek Green.

Green Neon: drybrush GW Warboss Green to create the 'halo' effect around the solder letters, then use GW Moot Green to paint the letters. Add more and more white to the Moot Green to highlight the letters.

maandag 11 september 2017

With a little help from my friends

Had a long detailed chat...well, argument really, with Kim, enroute to a wedding. As we arrived a bit early we continued our chat but in a more civilised human beings kind of way and one of the things we decided on, other then raising cash for the occasional baby sitter so we can start dating again and have a talk (somehow that just doesn't work right here at home) and try to save up money for a bigger buffer if the shit really hits the fan, is that I should take a hard look at my collection (of unbuilt stuff) and the Crisis show.

Kim was a bit upset I was still spending money (granted, way less then before, and currently I have more coming in then going out) and had mentioned me discussing taking cash to Crisis really soured her mood as I really should not be spending money but making money selling my unneeded tat. And it might be a good idea to organise what I have?

Well, it can't hurt to think about that and ask around how others do it, so a few chats later I get the idea it might be smart to box up stuff according to projects like Partisans, VC, Normandy Brits etc and anything I don't have a good reason for having around gets tossed in the For Sale pile.

So, now I should make a list of projects. Sounds easy enough. (looks around the room) Oh....

Well, WW2, Moderns, Gaslands, Frostgrave, Mordheim, Necromunda and TNT narrows it down a bit. Except the first 2 are divided in a lot of things. And I mean a lot. Still, it is the easiest way to make sure I keep what I want to use and get rid of the surplus that has ne reason to be here.

(actual footage of my attic)

Oh, and the Crisis show? Well, if Will from PSC doesn't have a job for me this year.....I'm not going. Yes, some people have already agreed to pick up stuff from there, and I could really use the job and the day off to meet so many wargamers and maybe even a couple of you, my readers. But as I should not be spending money, at all, going to what in essence is one giant bit of bacon strapped a a man sized mouse trap, yeah......

Still, no news from Will yet (usually I hear something from him a few weeks before the show) and only 1 small pre order with Sgts Mess (who informed me last week that they will not make it to the show) I think I will be able to manage, if I go or not. It's not like I don't have enough stuff yet.

Yes, that much stuff. Honest to God.

zaterdag 9 september 2017

50 cent challenge; The Palantir WIP

Quick progress update, not much as we have a wedding to attend so I'll be gone all weekend.

Metal base, glued to plastic base, trim added with filler, top hole drilled out, magnet epoxied in, plastic cover added with basic trim that needs to be cleaned with a tiny bit of filler, magnets inserted into the bead I found which fit perfectly, sateh stick added in the top with epoxy and trimmed, needs a tiny bit of filler but other then that it is going swimmingly. I'll just make this top, the not-Palantir, and might come back at a later date for a Sauron's Eye kind of top bit. I've decided going into 10mm right now would be a super stupid idea. Maybe when I'm older and smarter (and actually have money)