Just a quick post for today, this is an old Lionel Watchman Shanty for a railyard. It's actually a surprisingly good model for being so cheap (they regularly sell online for $10), went together really quickly and looks pretty nice even without a lot of painting. The only problem is the walls are very thin and have a tendency to warp slightly and there isn't any interior floor for the upper floor (I solved that by gluing in some plasitcard sheet).
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Finally got around to painting up the Borderlands-style terrain I finished building last month. I feel like these pieces still need a little something ("...a local shop, for local people!") but, for now, they're ready for the Necromunda tournament next month. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In the spirit of churning out terrain for Adepticon this year and because my son's gotten me back into model railroading, I decided to paint up some of the Lionel building kits I've had since I was a kid. The nice part of the plastic Lionel building kits is that they're molded in different colored plastics so, for the most part, I primed them in clear primer and just weathered and did some detail painting.
I've had the warehouse and water tower for ages and they were missing some pieces, so I tried making them as run-down as possible. The warehouse has a removable roof so minis can be placed inside and a movable dock door. The water tower is probably my favorite, mostly because the bricks were so easy to do (just a quick wash of white paint, and some wiping/sanding any residual color from the brickfaces) and I love the copper accent verdigris (always a fun color to paint!).
My wife actually suggested I buy the diner at a train show this past weekend. It's a nice basic kit but the accent/roof color was a teribly washed-out yellow so I repainted all those pieces in a deep red color. I also added windows by cutting pieces of clear acetate and I gave them a "fogged-up" look by spraying the inside with clear flat sealant and a very light dusting of white primer.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
There is one good thing about Chicago having one of the coldest and snowiest winters in years - I've gotten a hell of a lot done, finally completing every walkway that's sat half-complete in my bin for years and even adding some more. Many of these bridges and walkways are made from plasticard and masonite scraps. There are some exceptions though. The "TARDIS" walkway is a broken Hot Wheels city bridge, the rickety wood bridges are made out of popsicle sticks and coffee stirrers, the Enclosed Gothic walkway is made out of Syberclicks parts, and the Factory and blue Sectional walkways are made from 40K Cities of Death parts.
Friday, January 31, 2014
They're finally finished, and I have to say, I really like the end result. This is the first terrain project I've done in a long time that I'm really satisfied with. Everything came together pretty seamlessly and I think the only thing really lacking here is the rubble. Had I more time and extra plasticard and bitz, I would have really built up the rubble. As they are though (and having taken only a few weeks to complete), I think they look great and are really functional. I can't wait to see them on the tabletop!