A friend was clearing out his attic recently and came across some books he thought I might like.
Based around the idea of making models and scenery from household items, I jumped at the chance to widen my repertoire, and learn some new techniques. We arranged to meet up, and he handed my a carrier bag, which I eagerly took, and started to look through. Imagine my delight when I realised what he had brought me! Three classics from Carousel’s Craft Range! While the first of the series was missing, it would be a simple task to fill in the gaps!
I have not fully read them yet, but a quick skim-read has given me some great new ideas, and I shall be sharing my progress with you as I work through them.
So without further ado, The Books:
More Models From Odds And Ends
Dinosaurs From Odds And Ends
- Making A Model Village
So, armed with my new literature, I am finding whatever time I can to try out the enclosed tips and tricks!
The Main Site now has a step by step guide to building cocktail stick barricades, with detailed instructions on each technique!
Aimed at those people newer to modelling and scratch-building, it walks you through each stage, explaining the techniques, and reasons behind them, so that you will end up with a useable piece of scenery, and the skills to build your own!
Things you will need
Checking the height of the barricade
Nearly done …
Whether for placing at the start of a battle to represent the war-torn terrain, or for replacing pieces destroyed during the battle, craters are a useful addition to any gamer’s collection.
While there are many shapes, styles and sizes available to buy, making your own is not only easy, but also fun! You can customise them to fit the rest of your scenery, and decorate them to look like particular pieces (see also: Ruined Pill Boxes).
There is a new tutorial for how to create your own craters from paper mache, which walks you step-by-step through the process.
Finished Basic Crater
This simple technique, using recycled materials, can provide you with plenty of craters for your table, and somewhere for you soldiers to hide!
Modellers tend to have lots of left-over sprue (the plastic frames that miniature soldiers come on, as part of the moulding process). Often this is thrown away, but Dr H has found a great use for it!
While this looks like an advanced model, the techniques used are relatively simple, although time-consuming.
Dr H runs you through the building process step-by-step, with many pictures to check your progress.
Also included are several general modelling tips that you may find useful. I particularly liked the idea of using old, dried paint for adding texture to bases.
So, if you’ve got plenty of sprue lying around (and who hasn’t?), and some spare time, why not have a go at putting one of these huts together! Or take the ideas and see what you can design!
Don’t forget to let us know how you got on!