Monday, July 28, 2014

Inquisitor & Sister Hospitalier

My first painted 40K minis in several years, these two have been sitting partially primed in my painting box for almost a year before I got around to finishing them. I always really liked these sculpts and had actually painted up the Sister Hospitalier a few years back but I didn't really like the paintjob. My favorite part of these are the heavily shaded ermine robes - a technique I used before with Rackham's Kelian Durak mini.

With the direction GW is going, these probably will never see a game of 40K but may get some use in Inquisimunda.

Friday, July 18, 2014

15mm Pan-Galactic Troopers

Just a quick project for this week...Khurusan's 15mm Pan-Galactic Troopers. Kind of remind me of the Outsider troops from X-Com: The Bureau. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Canyon Diablo: WIP Dance Hall & Livery Stable

Work continues on the buildings of Canyon Diablo, slowly but surely.  First up this week is the Dance Hall (described in the contemporary literature as "little more than houses of ill repute"), as such I started adding a large moonshine still to the rear of the building. Don't be alarmed by the bright red fire hydrant look, the shape will be half hidden by dried earth along the bottom half (shown sometimes on old stills to contain heat), piping will be added, and the entire thing will be painted an aged copper color. The fence framing has been added and I'll be adding the boards after painting the groundcover.

Upstairs I added an interior wall to break up the monotony of the second floor. Unlike previous buildings, I'll put the multiple beds after painting and adding rugs. I also added some framing timbers around the false front and finished the front door. Downstairs, I added a small stage.

The livery stable is intentionally small, as it primarily serves as the coach stop on the North-South wagon trail with the stable for traveler's horses being somewhat an afterthought. The front window is actually made from the leftover Gamecraft doors that were underscale - I cut off the arch at the top and flipped them upside down, then glued three side-by-side, framing the exterior trim. It's hard to see in these photos but the exterior of the building is a wood board-and-batten pattern that I picked up ages ago and has been languishing in my bitz box.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Canyon Diablo: WIP General Store & Chicken Seller

The General Store is almost complete. I added a small addition to the side of the building which will become a dry goods storage area which will include bushels, sacks, and barrels. Dry goods storage was almost universally unheated with bare earth floors at the time, as abrupt temperature and/or humidity changes caused by indoor heating could easily spoil the contents. Speaking of which, I added a stove, stovepipe, and bed to the back room for the owner's comfort. 

On the "sales floor", I added some built-in shelving to display some consumer wares and a small sales counter. I plan to add a large Swedish flag to the back room wall in homage to my own retail job at a certain Swedish furniture store.

Lastly, this is the first 100% scratchbuilt structure - the Chicken Merchant. It's a big guess, but meat and animal by-products would have been in high demand locally. Even with the railroad's ability to deliver consumer goods far and wide, meat and food production was still fairly localized in the West, even by the early 1900s; so I figured I needed some food sources for Canyon Diablo. The chicken coop itself is based on a real design from 1910 - it's large enough to accomodate a good amount of poultry and a small storage area for feed and tools. It's elevated and screened to keep out predators - Coyotes were (and still are) a problem, and it's possible Mexican Gray Wolves would have roamed this area of Arizona at the time. There will be a fence as well.

The shack is just big enough for the proprietor to sleep and eat in. Naturally though, he puts his time and energy into keeping his livestock, which is why the coop is larger and in better condition then his own dwelling.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Canyon Diablo: WIP Hell St. buildings

Progress on the first batch of buildings is slow and steady. Most of these are Gamecraft buildings which, while cheap and easy to assemble, had badly under-scale doors on both main and side entrances. As such I had to rebuild nearly all of the doors. For example, on double doors below, the window section is actually just about the height of the actual door (minus transom) on the original Gamecraft kit!

Tar paper roofs for the two small buildings below. I love tar paper because it's so incredibly easy to simulate in miniature, just glue down 400grit black sandpaper in 4-6" strips. These pics also show some of the early details for the "backyard" - ladders, barrels, etc. The two small strips of lumber on the rear of the left building are the base for a firewood pile. The upper supports will be added after the groundcover is applied, the firewood will be added after painting.

Again, the basic interiors prior to painting without too much details. The pot-bellied stoves are awesome from the awesome Wiseman Railroad Models. These are in O scale - perfectly sized for 28mm! The bases and stovepipes are from plasticard. The stone floors (freely available all around in the rocky scrubland of eastern AZ!) are textured plasticard, base molding from strip wood.

The only 4ground building I've been able to afford really doesn't need much details. I built a workbench and sawhorse from strip wood, the plastic barrel is from a Lionel kit. I'll be adding some Wiseman Model tools and accessories after the groundwork is applied.