Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Urban Project - Nash Road completed

hi all

firstly my apologies for the late post and the lack of comments on my fave blogs. I have been reading them, late of course, but I have been reading them. However the new job role requires some adjustment time.

So onto the post then.  The last post for Nash Road, so all that was left to do was the final upper floor of number 6.  Finished off in the same way as the other two buildings.  Some movie posters - check out Dawn (and Shaun) of the Dead as well as Guardians of the Galaxy.

So the upper floor is done, her is the wider picture

I decided a billboard was in order...

thats it for now
hope you enjoy

Friday, 1 December 2017

Tiles - a tutorial

Hi all

Recently I was I asked by Joe from Zabadaks Zombie World to give a tutorial on how I did the roofs on the houses in my Urban Project.  With one more roof to do I was happy to do it so here we go.

First of all I cut some 6mm thick blue insulation foam in to 2x rectangles to the required size in this case - 9x15.5cm.

I then took a large flat head screwdriver.

using the blade of the screwdriver at an angle, I pressed down and slightly toward the top of the roof

going down in columns to produce a look of overlapping roof tiles, then go along the row.

I then use a cheap emulsion - Rustic Red from Poundland to provide the main colour, weighting the roof sections down to avoid warping, I then "wash" it liberally with a homemade dark brown/black wash, before drybrushing the whole thing with Rustic Red.

While the paint is drying I cut two long pieces of card (cereal box card) the length of the roof (15.5cm) by 2cm, scored down the middle of each length of card. I then chopped one piece into 2cm chunks and added a 3cm chunk as well.

Glue the 2cm chunks to the long piece of card, shiny side to shiny side. Overlapping the "tiles" so they look like roof tiles make sure you start at both ends and meet in the middle.

Use the 3cm "tile" to cap the middle section

I had already made the next few pieces so my apologies.  The chimneys are made from 1cm thick blue foam, in a 1x1x2cm piece. cut the base to the angle of the roof and cap the top with a small length of drinking straw.  Score the foam to look like brickwork and paint the whole thing with Rustic Red and brown wash combo to match the roof.  The TV ariel I made from a cocktail stick.

The satellite dish was a small cut off of blue foam and using my "not" dremel I scored the front so a concave surface was produced.

I then glued the foam to a cocktail stick and stuck an old wire from a set of headphones into the back before painting the whole lot black.

The whole lot get glued together (not to the walls) with PVA

So that's how I made the roofs for my houses, hope it wasn't too boring a post for those of you who didn't request it. Joe I hope you found it useful buddy!

With regard to other bloggers.  I found this in Tesco, Simon "Blaxcleric" have you and Greg "The Wargame Addict" got together and started producing my favourite tipple?

Finally, I've now completed all the requirements to be a practicing paramedic - degree, transition to practice, interview and registration with the HCPC.  5 years of hard work and commitment have paid off and here we are!

hope you enjoy

Monday, 27 November 2017


Hi all

maybe one of the most boring titles in blogging history but I hope you enjoy the content at least.  For my urban project I've been wracking my brains on how to add layers of detail without cluttering the piece so much that miniatures can't be used in the games!  To this end I'm always walking the aisles in hobby shops of various types looking for inspiration and often finding it in the most unlikely source.  This is largely the fault of Jez from the blog "Carrion Crow Buffet", who is always doing something spectacular with just a bloody button or something! (no jealousy there at all :-) ). 

So in a shop called "The Range", I found some lovely little beads that I thought I could do something with.  They are pearlescent and vaguely teardrop in shape.  The first thing I did was glue a cocktail stick into the bottom of the bead.

I then cut the stick to size and reached for my trusty glue gun.  Squeezing a roughly round blob of glue onto baking paper, I then stuck the other end of the cocktail stick into the glue, flattening it somewhat.

Once the hot glue cooled and hardened, I took it from the baking paper and voila.

With a touch of black paint....

and in my newly built houses... sorry for the photo

nice and simple detail with a minimal outlay and takes about 5 mins exc drying time.

hope you enjoy

Friday, 24 November 2017

Urban Project - Nash Road (WiP) part 2

Hi all

progress is slow but it is being made. I'm starting to get a little worried that I'm not going to finish the project in time and I'm not sure how I can get speed up!  Still I beaver away at it....

Last time I'd completed the ground floor and the gardens, a significant sized piece of work.  This time I managed to only complete two of the top floors for the three houses. So here they are (nearly) finished...

number 2 Nash Road.  Note the rooms are all differently decorated inc carpet colour.

small bedroom at the front of the house, master bedroom on the right and fitted bathroom at the bottom

rear view

small and horribly green (i still find these in old council properties)

my hand moulded bedroom furniture, very grubby - eeuuughhh!

movie posters on the wall and a digital alarm clock, finish this room

classic Athena poster!

couldn't resist adding a road sign

and a satellite dish and TV ariel

number 4 is a bit PINK!!
lurking in the bathroom...

more 80's film posters and Wicked

the small bedroom

more detail from my existing street furniture collection added for effect

I'm still yet to finish number 6  so that will have to wait until next week and then you can see the whole street.  After that we will see as I'm kinda making it up as I go along now....

hope you enjoy