|Gateway placed on in front of wet ditch under construction|
Having fallen at the first hurdle with the 10mm medieval piece from Kallistra I bit the bullet and decided to make a gate house for myself from scratch.
|buildings on the inner wall under construction around the gateway|
The original gates of Derry are long gone and have been replaced by semi ornamental arches and bridges. The available illustrations suggesting what they may have looked like in 1688 were variations on a theme.
|scribe marks on template show how distances were gauged|
|Cutting 10mm foam core with a scalpel sometimes produces angled cuts.|
|Double wall forming the gatehouse tunnel|
|Double wall inside the tunnel before affixing the inner wall gate|
|blotting out any white which might show through at later stages|
|Matchstick window and door frames, portcullis in place|
|The reason for the advanced level of finish on the gate becomes apparent with later construction|
I skimmed the entire building in plaster and then quickly etched in brickwork (roughly) with the modelling tool. Once this was dry I coated the entire surface in a viscous mix of sand and PVA glue which gives the outer skin the rough texture. Always take a few minutes to give any plaster work a look over in order to lightly sand off bumps and brittle prices.
|This drawbridge is a placeholder and not the actual piece|
|Start of the inner wall construction - a modest storehouse which will be thatched|
|The entire project builds in complexity - this is all macro scale rough work at this stage|
The final component which went in at this stage was a portcullis constructed using one of the most ubiquitous item in the entire project - the humble coffee shop wooden stirring stick. The wooden lattice was attached to the inner wall of the gateway tunnel.
Many fine details still have to be added such as the drawbridge and the inner gates but painting at this stage was a very good idea.
|from concept to...|
I used chocolate emulsion as the base. I heavily dry brushed this is a nice stone grey and then added in a little white to bring up the highlights particularly on the crennellations and corner edges.
After painting I washed the tower in a mix of black, umber and yellow ink with water in the following approximate proportions 1:6:6:24.
|... near completion|