Monday, December 2, 2013

Paint Bench: 28mm ramp to Bridge

I bought this bridge to go over a canyon I can make on my table, but had to make some modifications to it. I also decided to make a ramp to it as well, so that I can use it with a hilltop that I use for putting castles on. The castle looks great on the hill, but there was no way to get up to it, so I had to make a modular ramp. I used my Hotwire Foam Factory tools and cut a ramp out of foam. 

I have it made, but I am waiting on some paint in the mail.........

It will look better when its painted to match the bridge, no pink bridge for me.

Here it is finished up. It is not exactly perfect, but it works. Eventually I will use it on a mountain or hill for a few castles. 

Just an idea what it looks like with a castle on the hill.

I can use the bridge or just the ramp

The Hill terrain I made for a Castle.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Paint Bench: Building a set of 28mm Greek Temples All Three Temples Finished!!!

I have a bunch of terrain, mostly for Greeks,  but I have no Greek Temples or Palaces. I decided to build my own finally. Let me tell you, it is a lot of work. My first mistake was buying 1 inch pink board, its too thick, but they sell it in 2' squares, so I was enticed that I could just load it up in my cab of my car and not have to cut a sheet of 1/2" pink board up in the store after buying it, plus I did not need a 8' x 4' sheet of pink board. ( It was raining too). Anyways, I made plans on the drawing board, and cut everything out, and the structure was just way too big, too big for 28mm scale. So I started over. I had some extra Precision Plastic brick sheets laying around that I got from Philip Viverito when I got Carthage in the mail, so I eventually came up with a plan...I think it is turning out rather well, but a lot of math involved.

I used some wedding 5" Roman columns, which turned out to work well also. I still used the thick pink board, but you can't tell, after awhile. Still have a lot to do, the roofs are next. I am waiting on some Spanish Tiles for the roofs. 

Part 1

Eventually everything will be painted black, then grey, then dry brushed with a flat white (house paint), then dry brushed again with a antique white, with the roofs being painted with a russet red and then dry brushed with a Terra Cotta paint.

Part 2

I got half of the Spanish tile roofs in, and all of the columns. I decided to start experimenting paint jobs on the smallest temple. I did some research on Greek Temples and found that they were painted up extravagantly. I am still trying to figure out how to dry brush the columns better. I start with black. 

Part 3

Finished painting the first temple, minus the roof. The pitch of the first temple is slightly higher than I realized, but it still looks good once you put the roof on it. So I am still debating about replacing the trident on the small temple. Meanwhile I have started on the next 2, the large temples. A lot more work ahead.

Part 4

Trident and Columns finished, Temples painted....but still working on the roofs. One picture has the roof on it, but not glued or anything, I just sat it on top to see what it looked like. It will obviously be drybrushed as well. That is next. Plus I am waiting on some back ordered roofs.

Part 5

I got the first Temple finished, because I only had one roof. I am waiting on the others. It was my very first ever roof, so I learned some stuff, before the next two. After getting the roof on I dry brushed the roof. This took some time, it turns out the ruddy brown primer I used was so close to the Terra Cotta paint I had, you could not tell the difference. The last time I used a dark brown and then the Terra Cotta. This time, it took a few different tries, but I finally used a mix of brown and yellow and dry brushed the roof and it came out as good as it was going to get. I almost decided to wash the roof, but changed my mind. I didn't want to wait. Anyways, one down 2 to go. I used some old Hinchliffe 25mm Greeks for painted statues. 

Part 6

I finished the 2nd Temple finally. I have one left. I have some new roofing in, but it is only 12" long x 7.5 inch wide per panel, I need the Precision Product one that I also order because they come in 15" x 7.5" which fit perfectly. I may have a little more overhang than I need, but it still works. I am not perfect, and I don't expect my models to be perfect. I do not have to live in them. Now all I need is to buy some civilian figures for my Greek cities. It never ends.

I was going to repaint my Grand Manner Temple, but I said naah. But since I am waiting on some roofing, and have nothing to do, I may just do that. I am not ready to start this game currently. But I do think it does need some color, My quick paint job on it, seems boring now.  I like the detail of the Grand Manner, but I also like my models.

Carthage is starting to look more balanced now, being that I am adding large Temples and Palaces to it. Three or Four workout well for this. I made these temple for any city, Rome, etc. And I know I made a Temple with Alexander the Great on it, and they are being attacked by Macedonia. But I just had to drop it in anyway. Who knows maybe they worshiped him, and got betrayed....whatever fits. 

Part 7

Finally finished the 3rd Temple, and rebuilt the 2nd Temple roof. I did not like the out come of the 2nd Temple roof, it was a little short. Finished with everything and I am fixing to finally start the game on my table, after one more project is finished. 

The glue is not completely dry in these photos, it dries clear eventually.

I used Plastruct for the roofs on this one and the 2nd one. I used Precision Products for the first roof, but they are hard to find. And as soon as I finish it, they come in. Oh well, one can not have too much spanish tile on hand.

Can you tell where I added roof. I think I did a great job of extending the roof. I did not like the first roof.