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The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/14 01:06:39


Post by: Heretic Tom


I feel like the proportions are coming together now, you're on the right track for sure!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/16 05:12:15


Post by: Snrub


That thing is somewhat horrifying. But it's coming along nicely!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/16 22:53:04


Post by: Dr H


Partly caught up with DDakka.

Ta, Tom. Yeah, believe in your measurements, they will come through in the end.

Thanks Snrub. I said it was uglier than you remember.

No progress to show today. But some catching up done.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/18 18:07:33


Post by: shasolenzabi


So, statue mania I see! Good stuff!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/18 22:32:13


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Shas'. Like many hobbies, there is a tendency for a technique of the month.

You will have noticed in the previous photos that I left the eyebrows pretty sharp and distinct, and that they are not so much on the original.

This I left to dry / harden before adding more clay and sculpting the eyes up to the hard edge. This gives a defined guide to sculpt up to without problems of pressing in and distorting the position of the eyebrows.
I then used the same tactic for the mouth area.


I also added a start to the hair, with a comb no less, but it's only rough at the moment. Varying consistencies of the clay resulted in the inconsistencies in the lines. .

These details are now to be left to dry, I'll add ears in Milliput and clean up and sharpen details later.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/19 07:57:36


Post by: inmygravenimage


This is really coming together beautifully. Probably a stupid question, but what approach are you going to go with the paint? Regular metals? NMM? True metallics?...


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/19 08:54:37


Post by: Theophony


24K gold plateing or go home .


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/19 16:30:50


Post by: shasolenzabi


Interesting, hopefully is working better when the material dries?
Can't wait to see it finished.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/20 21:28:20


Post by: Camkierhi


Looks brilliant, and second the gold plating, or at least have a go at gold leaf, Brian been messing about with that.

I find fine detail in clay very difficult. Should do better with Milliput.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/06/21 22:53:50


Post by: Heretic Tom


It's looking really good, your approach to the eyes and mouth is genius and speaks to your experience (and probably past frustrations)

I agree that gold leaf would be a cool approach, but I'm sure whatever you have planned will look great.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/01 17:37:34


Post by: Dr H


Thanks chaps.

I was planning on normal, boring, metallic paint, and a little weathering to make it look old (as in the film).
While it would be an ideal candidate for gold leaf, I don't think that'd be fair on the recipient of the Falcon, that just got black paint.

Camkierhi wrote:...I find fine detail in clay very difficult. Should do better with Milliput.

I've found that if you leave it to cool to room temp' (assuming you are massaging it in your warm hands to soften it for sticking on things) it firms up a little. Also, if you let it dry a little bit that also firms it up more.
Firmer clay makes finer details easier.
All that said, I still did what I always do with sculpting; go back in later and carve away to do the sharper details.
And Milliput is firmer and cures faster, so "easier" for these things.

Heretic Tom wrote:...your approach to the eyes and mouth is genius and speaks to your experience (and probably past frustrations)...

Yeah, even when working with epoxy putties, it's good for large shapes to have a firm base to work on for the finer details.
e.g. don't try to sculpt an entire head in one piece of putty. Make a 50% sized ball first, let that cure, and then cover that with putty to do the details in that. You won't distort the head shape as much as if you had one whole piece of soft putty.

Progress:
So much small but important work, with minimal obvious changes to the appearance.
Smoothing surfaces, sharpening details, correcting shapes, filling gaps, sculpting additional things.
I think the sculpting is done, so on to painting soon.


In other news:
I've finished my Fallout 4 settlement build at County Crossing.
Tour video recorded, edited and uploaded to YouTube. Give it a look.



Thanks for sticking around.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/01 18:30:48


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's both wonderful and ghastly.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/01 22:25:37


Post by: Dr H


That it is Gits' that it is.

It's a shame I didn't get the head at quite the right angle (should be slightly more front-facing), but that was set from how I built the interior structure and didn't realise until I'd got past the nose and it was too late to do anything by then as most of it had dried.

In other news:
The Settlement blueprint is up on the Nexus if you want to add it to your game:
https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/39793/


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/04 20:27:15


Post by: Dr H


I forgot to take most of the painting-in-progress photos I intended, so here's a comparison from bare clay (and milliput) to primer, to basecoat, to gold (about 5 layers including the base).


There's mixtures of bronze/brown (the basecoat),
bronze/brown + gold/cream/yellow,
Gold/cream/yellow,
Gold/silver/yellow,
Gold,silver.

All over-brushed / dry-brushed.

I think it's now gold enough, just the eyes and a gloss coat to do.
Good thing too as it needs to be ready for mid-next-week.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/06 14:50:22


Post by: Gitsplitta


I think you're doing an excellent job.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/07 05:09:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


Looks shiny and ancient


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/07 10:25:32


Post by: Theophony


Looking great

I could see some royal society of Archeologists modify that thing by hollowing out the mouth and turning it into one of those parking validation machines . “We lost Sir William and three Sherpa during the climb to get to the temple of Xhositquatsit, and young Stephen lost his left leg in that awful spike trap, but now we no longer have to wait for Suzanne to validate our parking. Anyway God save the Queen.” And then everyone in the room (especially those not paying attention) say “God save the Queen” and takes a drink.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/09 14:32:13


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Gits' and Graven'.

Thank you Theo'. God save the Queen!

Now that it's been handed over I can show you lot the finished piece.
Didn't get the time to do the weathering I intended, but it has a nice aged gold look anyway.

Eye progress first (I remembered to take photos of each stage this time).
Paint white.
Blend black into edges to give 3D effect.
Measure out and position dots for the centre of the eyes. *check that it appears to be looking forwards
Paint in brown for the iris
Shade, colour and detail the iris, resize the pupil to match.
Gloss coat.


With that all done varnish the whole thing.


And I can relax for a while with no presents to get done for months.
Normal service will resume soon (I have actually started the flesh on the tripod).


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/09 14:32:46


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


That's one fantastic idol, would be honoured to raid it from a tomb!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/09 18:17:53


Post by: aku-chan


Very cool, looks authentic!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/09 18:20:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


The eyes have it excellent indeed


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/11 21:12:13


Post by: Dr H


Thanks all.

And now back to the bloat drone.
Fleshy bits done.
Looks a bit flat in the photos, but has a bit more colour to it IRL. That should stand out more once the contrasting armour colour is on.


Not sure what will be next on the building desk, this should be the point where I start job searching more seriously. We will have to see.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/12 00:06:16


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


I love the more human-like tones to the flesh. I always thought it was so much more disgusting to have the flesh look almost recognizable, compared to the more traditional fantasy green flesh that GW puts on their Nurgle models.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/12 01:43:13


Post by: youwashock


Amazing recreation on the idol. The drone will really be something, too. Heck of a project.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/12 06:10:00


Post by: Theophony


I like the flesh tone as well .


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/12 14:26:22


Post by: shasolenzabi


Idol came out great! and wondering how that bloat thing will come out at the end?


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/16 20:33:11


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Gwyn'. Yeah, I prefer a more realistic look to things. There is green as well as blue, red and yellow in with the flesh tones.
I spent a long time researching dead skin tones from photos on Google for the pox walkers, so I'm going to put that "experience" to use as often as possible.

Thanks youwashock.

Thanks Theo'.

Thanks shas'. I do too.

Been blocking in the base colours for the other parts of the drone:
Steel (with a touch of orange) for metallic parts. Will get rustier.
Brass bits. Will get verdigris-ier.
And purple for the armour plates. Will get faded and weathered to the point of not much of this left showing... is the plan.


In other news;
I put up a couple of mobile device wallpapers on my ko-fi page. Nothing exciting, just my painting board surface.
While many of you may be able to take your own photos of your own boards, I though someone here may appreciate them.
Example screenshots (quite large pictures):
Spoiler:

Link to my ko-fi page to get the "plain" pictures: https://ko-fi.com/theminidetailsofdrh
They are free for anyone. But I wouldn't say no to a coffee while you are there.



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/17 07:09:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


I absolutely love that purple. It's like a ripe bruise. There's not enough purple nurgle. Looks ace.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/17 08:46:55


Post by: Theophony


Purple , that’s different, not bad, just different .

I guess I’m strange, my desk gets very little paint on it, but neat to look at.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/25 15:23:04


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Graven'. Good way of thinking about the purple.

Thanks Theo'. Different is good in my books.

My desk gets no paint on it , I have a wooden board that has been in use as a modelling and painting surface for...a long time... it was in use before I started modelling ~3 decades ago.
It's had so much build-up of glue and paint I now have no qualms about using it as a pallet for small quantities of paint while blending etc.

Progress...
It's not had as much attention as it could have the past week or so, but enough has changed now that it's work showing.


Still a lot more weathering to do: Streaks, Verdigris, orange rust, silver highlights (rubbed off metal edges), etc.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/30 16:49:21


Post by: Dr H


Progress on the bloat drone.

Black washes about the metals and streaks from various damaged points, and verdigris on the brass.



That's the bulk of the colours done. Now to add all the little details and spots of colour.
And I should get around to painting the base before I get to the "messy" stage.

Edit: that picture looks horribly blurry to me in here. Click on it to see full size and (more importantly) clearer.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/30 21:28:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


Icky. Very good indeed icky


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/07/31 23:19:47


Post by: Theophony


Looks fabulous Dr. H, they blend in great with the paint splatters on your desk too, either that or papa Nurgle’s flys are obscuring the pictures.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/06 17:31:16


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Graven'. True icky-ness will be achieved when I get around to the goo stage...

Thanks Theo'. That's the fun of wip/pip shots; leaves you all wanting more, and something for me to show in the final photos.

More progress:
Adding some colour with the cables,
Painted the bony / claw-y / teeth-y bits (although forgot the ones on the gun ),
And painted the base, gave it a white line to add some interest to the mass of grey, but blood and goo will also aid this.



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/06 17:43:22


Post by: tinfoil


I love that Drone conversion to begin with! And the paint scheme is effectively bringing out the twisted, Warped nature of the creature. Well done.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/06 18:46:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


2 legs good, 3 legs better... Very crusty.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/06 23:01:34


Post by: shasolenzabi


Oh so Nurgleishus! that machine/daemon engine is coming along wonderfully Dr.H


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/10 17:38:13


Post by: Dr H


Thanks tinfoil, good to hear. And that is my aim; bring the vision I have had in my head from the start to reality.

Thanks Graven'. I see what you did there.

Thanks Shas'.

It is done. I can't see anything I want to change in the photos, so job's a good'un.

May I present to you the Foetid bloat-drone tripod in all it's glory.

Which config' would you rather face?


All the angles:


Close-ups of the bio-mechanical workings and the base:


And the magnetised weapon options:


And' that's it for the Dark Imperium box set.

This chap will be up in my Etsy shop soon...ish. Need to look at how long this took and decide on a price, and arrange the photos, and write the description...

What will I do next?
I don't know. I've left the building desk empty so that I don't get tempted to just flow into another project and avoid finding a proper job.
So I'm going to give that a push first (got a plan to write to the RSC for careers advice) and then I'll pull out some of the junk I have laying about and start using that up when I get stressed out with the job searching... so probably tomorrow...

Thanks for sticking around and watching my random projects.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/10 21:03:38


Post by: inmygravenimage


Horrible, sticky, sickly bastard. I love him.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/12 14:45:44


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Graven'. It loves you too...

It is now up in my Etsy shop. Click here!

In other news;
The plague marines have been "lost in the post" in New Zealand.

Apparently, it's standard practice for NZpost, when delivering to a business address, for their postie to deliver to a PObox and then a courier to take it from the PObox and deliver it to the business address.

Part of this process involves the courier signing for a package that is intended to be signed for upon delivery... let that sink in...

...the package was signed for, and the people at the address have not seen the package.

Luckily, my customer has laid the blame firmly on the postal service. I still get to keep the money (as I couldn't afford to loose that amount from my business), but I doubt I'll get any future custom from them (which was a possibility).

Say a prayer to Nurgle for the lost plague marines, "lost" but not forgotten.



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/13 00:03:55


Post by: Briancj


This is why I insure EVERYTHING.

--B.



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/13 00:31:08


Post by: Dr H


Indeed. That's why everything I post is tracked and requires a signature (international tracked and signed comes with £250 of lost/damage insurance).

However, I have literally just got a message from the buyer to say that the package has just arrived!
Severely battered box (probably been in the back of a van for ~2 weeks), but all seem to be intact.

Thank you for your prayers in facilitating their arrival. Grandfather Nurgle is sure to bless you all.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/18 10:41:54


Post by: Camkierhi


Nice work all round.

Always a massive worry when you send something away. If you mark it fragile it will probably be a football for some brainless idiot. I have had issues with just about every courier I have ever used. For some reason they insist on trying to damage every box they have. The extreme lengths I go to to package up stuff to try and make sure it arrives in some semblance of order is quite ridiculous.

But it got there eventually so guess it worked out in the end. Good luck with your current sales.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/20 16:04:20


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Cam'.

Yeah, I always get anxious while a package is in transit: Part of the reason I used tracked and signed, so I know where it is and when it gets there.

I always aim for over-doing the packaging.
Mini's get individually wrapped in bubbles, the box is lined with packing paper / tissue / bubblewrap, and the wrapped mini's are nested within.
Good, stiff cardboard box material is used for the box and I make sure the finished box has very little flex to it in any direction.
The result is often twice the necessary size to fit the contents in, but that gives plenty of "crumple zone".

I give the final package a good shake to make sure nothing is moving inside and then tape it up (with red and white FRAGILE tape).

I feel it's best to over-do it. The box can look like it's been used like a football, but the interior hasn't been touched.

Still, a glowing 5/5 star review for that one, and this week someone bought the Forklift.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/08/20 18:22:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Dr H wrote:
Thanks Cam'.

Still, a glowing 5/5 star review for that one, and this week someone bought the Forklift.


congrats buddy. Well deserved indeed.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/09/03 16:51:05


Post by: Gitsplitta


Those turned out beautifully Dr H. They'll come home... Papa Nurgle will see to that.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/09/05 18:54:50


Post by: shasolenzabi


Wonderful looking chaos force there! Very good work, and color palette does have a nice mix


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/09/07 21:25:24


Post by: Heretic Tom


I love those rusty bastards, all of your Nurgle stuff is great.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/09/10 22:16:55


Post by: Dr H


Thanks for popping in chaps. Nice to hear the love.

Nothing to show. Not done any modelling. Just sweeping through to show I Ate'nt dead!

I have made some progress towards a start for what is required to find a "proper" job, so there's that.

Something may happen soon. Stay tuned.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/07 14:29:59


Post by: Dr H


Hello again.

Things are happening again, normal service will resume shortly.

First, check out my interview with Jenn over on her blog Tragic Fangirl.
Read my ramblings about my adventures in this hobby here: https://tragicfangirl.com/2019/10/06/fangirl-feature-the-mini-details-of-dr-h/
I even give a shout out to the LoER, and big-up my sprue hut tutorial (in a rare break from modesty)...

It's time for the October birthdays, so I'm making more presents.
Here's the start of a larger display base for N-gauge trains.

Still to add some trees and shrubbery.

I'll try and catch up with what you've all been doing this week.

In other news: There is no other news.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/07 20:32:13


Post by: inmygravenimage


Any news in good news. Cool stuff!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/11 15:59:13


Post by: Dr H


Lo Graven'. *waves*

Progress on display:
Trees and foliage.
Repaired the shack and inserted it (ground was not flat enough).
Added telephone poles. I did try to add wires but they didn't look right so will be left without.
And closed in the outer base edges.

More to do, including some static grass and painting (current colourfulness may confuse you, painting hasn't really happened yet).




The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/11 16:07:59


Post by: Briancj


Most Model Railways do not run lines. You have to get the right kind of thread to make it look good, very thin and stretchy.

This is looking great!

--Brian


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/11 16:11:57


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's a very nice looking display.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/11 16:37:43


Post by: Yorkright


I've been missing your stuff Dr. H, still looks cracking. Love that drone and the train display is coming along nicely.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/15 18:40:24


Post by: Heretic Tom


Great display, love the interview.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 07:52:00


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lo bud. Scottish scale model show this weekend, any train bits you recommend for general hobbying?


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 11:44:30


Post by: Briancj


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Lo bud. Scottish scale model show this weekend, any train bits you recommend for general hobbying?


You want to look at "O scale", which is 1:48.


--Brian



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 15:14:00


Post by: Dr H


That is true, Brian. But this is me, I will at least try and add ridiculous realism to all my models regardless of scale.
I tried with a really thin wire I have, but just trying to get 2 lines to play nicely was a pain and these technically required 12 lines... I wasn't about to loose years off my life to get them all together even on a single piece like this.
Thanks.

Thanks Gits'.

Lo York'. Thanks.

Thanks 'Tom. Glad you liked the interview too.

Lo Graven'. hmm... I'm not terribly up on what's available. I'm just working with what I have available here; all the train stuff I've been using used to be my Grandfather's, it's all decades old.
Other than keeping an eye out with things in the right scale. According to this site (http://theminiaturespage.com/ref/scales.html) you'll be looking for S-gauge for the typical 28mm.
Tools and toys (smoke-machines and lights, etc.) are pretty universal, but what's available? I don't know.

Maybe Brian and Gits' have some input.

I don't like to post without something to show, so here's something... really, I don't know where this is going...
What to do with leftover scraps and a cloth #102

You will remember me making a couple of prop replicas in clay recently. While doing these I used polystyrene foam to bulk out the shape to save on weight and clay. This left me with a pile of foam off-cuts. I also was using an old tea-towel to wipe things down. This became soaked in clay. I noticed that when the clay dried the cloth became set in a shape. This gave me an idea.

I piled up the loose foam lumps (all shapes and sizes, no larger than an inch cube) into the centre of the damp cloth and then folded in the sides of the cloth to the centre.
I then turned this over and formed it into a shape and let it dry.
I then further coated this with leftover clay sludge and a layer of PVA to seal it all in.
This is the top two pictures below.

I have then mounted this to a sheet of card, cut that to shape, and then filled in the edges with a bit more clay.
The edges will get a bit more tidying later.
This is where we are in the bottom two pictures.

With the usual basing treatment this will serve as a good base for something.

I'm not sure what I'm going to build on this, some kind of structure, likely ruined, and plenty of platforms / ramps / steps for tabletop gaming use.
It's taking up a lot of desk space, so this is the next project.

The train display is nearly done, so no need for wip photos.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 19:05:10


Post by: Briancj


There is stretchy telephone line wire, for this purpose, custom-made. I can dig up a link if you'd like to buy some.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 19:35:18


Post by: Dr H


I can have a look at it, sure Brian.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/17 19:59:03


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Brian.
Will have to see where I can get it in the UK for a good price (and doesn't have a postage cost that's more than the item). One found so far, not sure what their postage is yet.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/23 14:46:47


Post by: Dr H


I found some of this stretch rigging line from a competitor that was a) cheaper and b) longer, so got that.
Just turned up this morning and I'm thinking I maybe should have got the thicker version.. this is really fine.
you see that trailing end there?
Space Marine for scale.

Now to try and glue it on.
It's stretchy, it's clingy, and I can barely see it without a white background... just my sort of thing.

The mound continues with some stone steps.
I toyed about with thinking of some neat concrete steps, but decided upon rough stone steps instead.

This will lead up to a wooden platform on stilts and I'll build a hut of some kind on top. May try and keep the setting fairly neutral.

Also, another finished project; some crystal / precious stone earrings.
Check out the beautiful assistant showing them off too... (that's an old model, so don't actually judge it)

The blue is inspired by lapis lazuli and has some golden flecks in it.

That is all for now.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/23 15:22:27


Post by: Briancj


Yeah, cheaper == thinner == not as visible.

--B.



The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/23 16:26:53


Post by: Dr H


Well it's not thinner because it's cheaper.
It's thinner because I chose the thinner option (recommended for N-gauge, which is what I'm building at). I could have got thicker for the same price.

I could have also got an even thinner line...
this is what I've got


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/23 17:16:02


Post by: Briancj


Makes sense! As long as you're happy!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/31 17:19:43


Post by: Dr H


I try to be.

Finished large train display.




I only ran 8 of the possible 12 lines as they have a tendency to wrap around their neighbours and another layer would make it really difficult to untangle them.
The line does the job, but I'd probably recommend the thicker line as it's easier to see on the finished model, and while you're using it.
But I do have plans to use it for floating items in the future...

In other news:
I've been trying to set up Pi-hole for the house as a random side project after seeing a video about it.
It works as a DNS for your network and can block domains from receiving your data and from showing you unwanted things.
It doesn't outright block all ads, but it blocks the tracking and malicious ones, and you can add/remove domains as you like.
But, as with all technology, we've been having problems with getting one device to work with it. Time will tell if I find a solution.
This has kept me busy this week though.

I will have some progress on the mound piece soon though.

Happy spooky day.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/31 17:27:39


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice job Dr H.

Although when I try to visit the image in the Dakka Gallery it does not show the image. :(

Sincerely,

CB


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/10/31 21:19:06


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Cap'n.

Curious. They show for me, but I uploaded them.
That first one in particular is quite large, maybe it just takes a while to load?

Anyone else not able to see the pic's in the gallery?


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/01 09:45:55


Post by: inmygravenimage


Looks fine to me. Superfine, in fact.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/02 23:15:56


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Graven'.

And progress on the mound piece.

Finished off the stone steps and filled in around them with just some tissue/PVA (to save on some weight on that side of the model compared to using clay or plaster), and then created the platforms (all in card stock), gave them some structure underneath and textured the top.


Add some stilts etc. and then build something on top... I am leaning towards a Japanese-style, wooden structure, paper windows, fancy roof... I just get that feeling from it.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/02 23:17:37


Post by: Theophony


Looks great to me. Now do one in a winter theme with kids sledding down the hill and a train running them over . Or at least the sled tracks to a bloody smear on the tracks and parts in the trees......man I’m being really gruesome right now for some reason .


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/03 19:44:22


Post by: Gitsplitta


Lovely work on the train display Dr H. Love it!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/05 16:59:51


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Theo'.
'tis the season to be gruesome...?

Thanks Gits'.

Progress on the mound piece.
The platforms got edging to make them look like planks within a frame.
And the stilts were added.


Next job will be to cover the mound in my mud n' rocks basing before affixing the platforms.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/05 17:04:48


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


Well it looks awesome so far.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/05 17:13:44


Post by: Yorkright


Everything looks great as usual, but I am mesmerized by that beautiful yellow on the space marine.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/05 22:38:43


Post by: Gitsplitta


Oooooh! Very cool!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/05 22:42:28


Post by: Master Azalle


Been a way for a bit but your projects are fantastic!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/06 19:07:59


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Loving how it looks already, curious to see how this one'll evolve .


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/06 21:49:46


Post by: Theophony


Looking good so far


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/08 10:43:10


Post by: shasolenzabi


Cool! so what function can the platform serve? Observation? sacrificial? oratory for the masses? landing pad? all the possibilities! (Looks just big enough for an Argus lander)


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/08 17:52:46


Post by: Dr H


Thanks 'boss.

Thanks York'.
Ah he's a re-painted early member of my personal army.
Spoiler:

He don't hold a candle to the more recent Hellblasters
Spoiler:


Thanks Gits'.

Thanks Azalle. Welcome back. I've been fairly quiet recently, but should be more busy in the coming months.

Thanks CK. I am too. We may have to wait a bit to find out though, see below.

Thanks Theo'.

Thanks Shas'.

First, progress on the mound.
I've textured the ground.

The less rough areas will be rock and the rest will be muddy / grass-covered.
I've also attached the smaller platform, but the larger platform is left loose for now as I may need access to the underside when building the building on top.

Long time followers may be aware that I create presents for the family for their birthdays and Christmas. Usually, I start Christmas preparations in December. but this year I decided to start early to avoid the rush I end up in the week before Christmas. This means the current project is being put aside for now and will return once the presents are done.
Prepare yourselves for a handful of random projects again.
One is in physical planning stage, one is in reference collecting stage...


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/08 18:43:32


Post by: shasolenzabi


Okay, can't wait to see what you are willing to share in pics with us


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/09 21:13:20


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Shas'.

After much wood chopping and sanding I have the start of present 1 of 4.
Based on a thing I found on the internet and can be described as a bookcase diorama.
Vis'
Spoiler:


But mine will have a Lord of the Rings vibe as I have 2 miniatures to make use of; Elrond and Thranduil.
Here's the plan:

The right hand side is going to be an elven structure, a bit like:
Spoiler:

Thranduil will be stood on an upper floor of the structure (see arrow).
The rest of those circles on the base will be trees, twisty, Mirkwood trees.
I plan on a rope-bridge from the upper floor into the wood on the left, Will have to see if this fits in.
And there is a path snaking off into the back left.
The top half-ish will be branches and foliage.

And finally, I plan some lights in the top left, hidden by the foliage, as if light filtering through the trees from wherever the path is going.

Plans all subject to change as I work on it...


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/09 22:43:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


That's a really cool idea, and very fitting for your special brand of wizardry.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/11 19:00:48


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Now that's a fun idea.. Curious to see how your take on it will turn out!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/12 22:36:29


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Graven'. I've had this on my to-do list a long time, but it popped up on twitter just as I was planning what to do for Christmas and here we are.

Thanks CK. Lots of unique challenges are involved with this kind of build.

And progress.
Filling in the shape of the Elven construction. Much putty work to do to fill all those gaps.

That central pillar is 2 hexagonal cross-section pens,
The near one will have a tree out of the top of that spindle, and will be painted as if sculpted from stone to match the structure.
The far pillar will be a "real" tree.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/13 21:44:44


Post by: Dr H


Further progress.
Putty work;
Filling gaps, strengthening joins and covering the pillar (this will get some more tidying).

and I've hidden the figure's base with some wooden planks,
and hidden the edges of the planks with stone blocks.



Next job is to create some gnarly, twisted trees; one at the left side from the ground up and another atop the pillar on the right.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/13 23:45:36


Post by: Heretic Tom


Awesome Stuff Doc!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/14 00:58:22


Post by: shasolenzabi


Elves getting a fancy new home!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/14 22:17:27


Post by: Dr H


Thanks Tom and Shas'.

As part of this project I wanted a light at the rear, and for that (and other projects) I bought Green Stuff World's conductive paint:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Conductive-Paint-15ml-Acrylic-Conductive-Paint-with-Silver-GSW/283596319532?hash=item4207a86b2c:g:0CwAAOSwEohdZkvU
It allows you to create electrical connections without soldering (that can y'know, melt/burn models).
Seems to work, see below.

I also picked up some superglue a while ago, and I've only just got around to using it (previous took longer to use up than expected).
Works like superglue, nothing special...
Except, I got 50g of glue for less than most 3-15g superglues. Half of this stuff can go off without me using it, and it'll still be cheaper.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everbuild-HV50-EBD-Industrial-Superglue-Viscosity/dp/B0012RGKJK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2VOV5OOYRFOJO&keywords=everbuild+hv50-ebd+grade+hv+50grm+industrial+superglue+high&qid=1573771044&sprefix=hv+50%2Caps%2C138&sr=8-3
Sometimes it's worth looking about for alternatives.
They also have thinner and thicker versions of this.

And this is what I did with the conductive paint:

I used magnets for the battery contacts, but it's not quite strong enough to hold it in place so I'll have to fashion a clip of some kind to hold it firm.
The top and front will be enclosed and hidden by foliage.

Sneak peek of a tree in progress, more on that later but I wanted to play with this paint.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/15 06:40:20


Post by: Red Harvest


Blancmange?

Elves... the diorama looks a good start.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/15 07:32:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


That's exciting, the conductive paint, interesting to see what comes next!


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/16 14:00:59


Post by: Theophony


This is a really neat idea, I’m sure your skills will more than pull it off. Got to admit it’s a very tempting project for my own bookcase.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/16 16:22:41


Post by: Dr H


Dr H wrote:...I used magnets for the battery contacts, but it's not quite strong enough to hold it in place so I'll have to fashion a clip of some kind to hold it firm...

I have found a battery that does stick, so no clip required.
Tip for the day, find a battery that is more magnetic for this purpose.

Thanks Red'. If you want to use Blancmange, you can. Or at least the mould for one...

inmygravenimage wrote:That's exciting, the conductive paint, interesting to see what comes next!

Yeah, the paint holds many useful possibilities for running electrics without visible wires. Something I've wished existed for quite a while, and it turns out it does (I could have searched earlier for such a thing, but had no immediate call to do so).

Thanks Theo'. It's not too much more difficult than any normal terrain build. The world, and your bookcase, needs more of these.

I said there was a sneak peek at the tree-in-progress above. Here's where this half of the diorama has gone.


I've started planning out the other half now, and how it fits together with this half.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/16 17:41:41


Post by: Yorkright


What an awesome idea for a book case! You always have something new and interesting going on. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out too.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/17 15:02:31


Post by: CommissarKhaine


+1. I'm loving this idea, tempted to try something similar for our club's painting contest.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/19 21:34:23


Post by: Dr H


Thanks York'. I like to keep myself entertained with a variety of things.

Thanks CK. Go ahead, I stole the idea off the internet; just look for "bookcase diorama" and you'll get the same inspiration that I started with.

Thanks aku'.

Progress.

Of note to you all, especially those considering their own, you have to build these things in two halves, and paint them, before joining it all together.
That means you have to have a join somewhere. Plan ahead to how you will hide it.

I've now built up the other side and the ground (leaving space for the first half to slot into)
Blank wall space will be taken up with dark paint or foliage, hopefully showing this one path through an overgrown forest to the light at the back, as I envision.


The start of the foliage is next up...


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/19 21:37:37


Post by: Heretic Tom


Trees are looking great, you make it look easy Doc.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/20 00:21:03


Post by: Gitsplitta


Verrry interesting...


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/20 10:55:25


Post by: inmygravenimage


Substantial. I hadn't appreciated the scale of it till now.


The (Mini) Details of Dr H: Now Building: Something on a mound / Now Painting: ?. @ 2019/11/20 16:24:54


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Thanks CK. Go ahead, I stole the idea off the internet; just look for "bookcase diorama" and you'll get the same inspiration that I started with.


I think I'll do just that. Thanks for the tip, and excellent progress so far!