Monday, September 7, 2015

Derry's walls - part 4 the Devil is in the detail

roof tiles from cheap cardboard found at the back of notepads
The early stages of this project saw big progress. Walls appeared, stairways,a breach and a  gateway filled six feet of boards. Gouging and plastering and sanding and painting created a real sense that things were cracking on apace.
this middle board has taken over 40 hours alone so far.
When I started assembling the buildings around the gateway area I began to run into some real challenges - building symmetrical buildings onto tapering wall sections called for much planning cutting and pinning.
cutting door hinges
 Roof construction is challenging. The ubiquitous wooden coffee stirrers came into their own as a scratch building material.
Not yet painted - hinges and handle in place - brickwork is card.
I had to think of how to construct such mundane items as doors, gates, window frames, door knobs, hinges, half timber sections, fascias , a draw bridge and drawbridge chains, thatched roofing, fixing rings etc.
mesh grills on windows - I may yet seal this room up to create a more robust roof
This really put my ingenuity to the test and had me scrabbling through boxes and old materials bins which I literally had hung onto for more than 20 years.
finishing off the structure of the upper windows - built on wood

I have actually used stuff on this job which I acquired and stored as far back as 1995 and never used. The hording qualities of wargamers are I believe, unsurpassed!
This roof was difficult because I hadn't planned well enough

 
This post may help some of you who intend to embark on scratch building of mundane but necessary little features which lift a model up a couple of levels.
starting to take shape now - some tiles and chimney added
The humble wooden stirrer which is easy to cut and shape contributed to fascias, roofing sub structures, door panels, the gates of Derry, a drawbridge, hatches, half timber sections on the large military guard house and other patch jobs here and there.
where it's going is becoming more obvious now
I used a very useful sand, PVA and water mix to get the rough stone effect on most of the walls and buildings. This is easy just to paint on a dries very quickly.
this roof was tricky too
The hinges for the doors are made from cobbled pattern plastic sheeting which, when painted looks like rough wrought iron.
looking through the guard house gable end window
I even found something in an old store box that I thought I would find very difficult to buy.. some wire mess for the screened windows of some of the buildings.
to allow all edges to be finished properly I'll probably seal this room (without the guard inside of course)
The cruciform window frames were made from matchsticks. I was struggling with the idea of wrought iron door rings/handles and couldn't decide on anything until one day I noticed a bag of buckshot someone had given me to use as cannon balls! Voila! - Iron door handles in one!
feel the love.. it's had a lot of it so far!

There are various other details too numerous to mention but I am sure you will spot something here which you can use.

7 comments:

  1. Very nice indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed terrain, and finding out how it will be used.

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  2. Could you pose one of your figures next to the town gate and other buildings to provide some perspective? The work so far is amazing.

    I have also used flat head sewing pins for door knobs - just clip off most of the pin and push the remaining stump into the door to get an instant knob.

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  3. Of course, I am a little ahead of the posts in terms of work so I will line up some figures under the gates today for a shot.

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  4. Wonderful and very, very inspirational!! You've got me thinking of everything from Harfleur to Khartoum now Barry! I've gotta concentrate on Hastings too!! I must.... I must.... resist.

    A very well conceived project and beautifully modelled..

    Darrell.

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  5. It's been encouraging to try things which work. It makes you go that little bit further and see where the journey takes it. I am working on an 'Armoury/Magazine' building right now which will I hope, have a removable roof and rooms inside for skirmishing.

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