The rest of the pictures show everything in the structure, which will give you some idea of how I think it is all going to come together...
Several entries ago, I talked about my Blacksmith project and showed my "In Progress" Blacksmith. Today, I would like to continue that WIP with a look at the blacksmith shop...
The above image is a drawing I did of one of the buildings that Gray Ghost and I are working on for our Ft. Thomas display. This is the largest of our town building flats - the livery stable. On the left side of the drawing is an open-air shed, this will be the blacksmith shop. The primary reason for making it an open air shop was the possibilities that a blacksmith shop offered for detailing the scene. Today, I want to look at the actual shop that is being built.
Above is the structure for the shed. The construction uses a number of woods and synthetics, everything from plywood to bass and balsa and a little bit of particle board. Notice the differences from the drawing. As I began to plan the "interior" of the shop, I decided that it would be better to have the forge at the back and the placement of the exhaust hood is different. I also added a small length of fence on one side to make room for additional details that would not fit in the shed. It is not apparent in the photo, but all of the wood has been distressed. A razor saw was used to add grain, a drill, to add nail holes and a Dremel to add worn edges and dings and dents. The exhaust hood and vent pipe were made out of wood dowel and styrene. Smaller dowels are used inside (can't see in photo) to create mounting rods, which hold the hood in place.
The forge, oven, grill, furnace...whatever you want to call it, was created with a piece of styrofoam, covered with joint compound. Once dry, the brick detail was carved into the surface. The painting looks a little rough at this point, but it is going to get several washes and some drybrushing before it is completed. I am still looking for something to use for scale coal. There are three tiny dowel in the front that will be painted to resemble rusting iron. On prototype forges I have found pictures of, many times there were brackets, or hooks for hanging various tools, such as long handled tongs.
In every blacksmith shop there was some kind of bellows for getting a lot of "air" to the fire real quick. Sometimes these were mounted in some sort of frame because the bellows was too large to handle, but my blacksmith doesn't have that kind of money and his bellows is smaller. The bellows was made from two pieces of wood sheet with the middle part made out of leather. It is pretty cool in that you can really pump it. It will hang on the back wall by the forge.
Probably the next most important piece of equipment is the anvil. Mine is made from a block of wood that has been shaped with the Dremel tool. It sits on a stump, which came from a branch that came down in my woods. The anvils were usually secured to the stump with metal rod, my metal rod is actually strips of leather lace that will look like rod once they have been painted. Sitting on top of the anvil is a pair of tongs with a piece of metal in their grip that is being "shaped". My blacksmith will actually hold this in the finished scene. Next to the anvil is a water barrel for cooling down metal and tools. The "Barrel of Monkeys" section sits on a wood disk with legs attached to get it up to a good working height. Once the barrel is painted, I will add water and probably have some tong handles sticking out of it.
Above left are some of the tongs that have been created to hang on the front of the forge, they will be painted of course. The metal rods with the loops on one end will hang from hooks on the wall beside the forge. As I researched blacksmith shops, I found pictures of all kinds of weird tools, most of which I can only guess at their purpose. My metal pieces are made from bits of coat hangers and do not necessarily resemble in actual tools. Most of the tools I found pictures of were too complicated for me to duplicate with coat hanger wire. But when hanging on the wall, they look good and that is all that I care about. On the right are the hammers, mallets and one file that I plan to hang on my Anvil work station. A lot of pictures showed tools attached to the anvil block or stump with leather straps and that is what I intend for these.
Here is my Blacksmith's tool bench. It is a low bench, which would allow him to have more leverage on anything he might put in the vise. You can see a couple of mallets and some files laying on the table as well. The table was made out of various pieces of wood scrap and some legs I had. The vise was made primarily out of bits of wood and a large screw.
These are some of the items that my Blacksmith has been working on, a saw, hatchet and a couple of axes. Somewhere I have a wagon wheel that I am going to add to the scene as well, along with some small buckles, etc that he has made. I also plan to put a saddle on the piece of fence.
The rest of the pictures show everything in the structure, which will give you some idea of how I think it is all going to come together...
And that is pretty much what I have accomplished thus far. Painting starts tomorrow. I am hoping to have everything "completed" in time for the August SSCC meeting. - PM Out!
I am probably going to ramble just a bit today as I don't have one specific project that I want to talk about. I have a variety of things on my mind, so I figured I would just start writing and see where it went. - PM
By now most people who are into 1:6th figures have seen this picture. I swiped this one from OSW (credit to OSW member, siquisiri). I've got to tell you that I am more excited about this particular Hot Toys offering than I have been about any 1:6th product in a considerable amount of time. I don't care what I have to do to get the '66 Batmobile, Batman and Robin, I am definitely all over this one. I grew up in the 1960's and the original Batman TV show was the first TV that I had ever seen in color. Yes, it was kind of corny, but every last one of us thought it was the coolest thing we had ever seen. The colors were so bright and exciting and there was plenty of action packed into that half hour. Of course the real star of the show was the Batmobile. There have been a lot of great Batman gadgets and costumes over the years, both in film and comic book, but never has there been anything as cool as the '66 Batmobile.
I definitely have to have one, I don't care how much Hot Toys charges for it and I am guessing that it will not be cheap.
A couple of posts below, I talked about my various modeling projects and if you read that post, you know there are 14 projects listed. I also have some Comic Book projects that I would like to get back to and that is what I would like to write about next...
MOST RECENTLY...I have come up with this idea for a Harry Potter parody called WIZARDS IN SPACE, which is sort of a combination of Harry Potter and Lost in Space with a little bit of Firefly thrown in. I have been fleshing out the concept and even have a beginning for the series planned out in my mind. I have even shot some material for the first episode, though I have not spent any time on working up the material. Part of what is slowing me down with this one is that I need to come up with a couple of interior sets for the space ship and I really just haven't had time, nor a good idea that I want to use for the design. I hope that I will work that out soon because I would like to begin working on this after the Ft. Thomas show is completed this year. I think this one really has a lot of potential for being a lot of fun. I really would like to get started on it.
SO... those are my comic book projects, some of which I will hopefully get to in 2013. Jumping subjects again, I would like to talk a little bit about the WESTERN/CAVALRY project that Gray GHOST and I are working on for Ft. Thomas. A big piece of that project is of course the Cavalry and the supply wagon that they are going to be escorting through our western town. I did a piece a while ago for DISPATCHES about the creation of the wagon, but I have not shared it anywhere on my site, so, I thought I would finish up today's journal entry with that piece...
A few weeks after doing this piece and posting it on DISPATCHES and GREEN LEADER"S ULTIMATE SOLDIER website, I found a second Mule and was able to make the harnesses for both animals to finish up the wagon. Below are a few pictures of the completed wagon and soldiers. I still have some horses and saddles to do to complete the project, but I am a lot closer - PM
Part of the western project... for this year's Ft. Thomas show includes creating a blacksmith shop with all of the tools and a blacksmith of course. At left is my start on that part of the project; the blacksmith and his anvil. My blacksmith is loosely based on the Robert E. character from the show Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. And actually, the blacksmith shop in our western town will be similar to the one on the show in that it will be an open air shop, allowing the viewer to see all of the tools. It just seemed like a good way to add a lot of detail to the scene.
This is a drawing of what the livery stable will look like. The blacksmith shop will be on the side of the building in the shed.
The Robert E. figure was made using a Hasbro AA body and a Playmate Star Trek head (Sisko). The hand and glove are from Sideshow and Hot Toys I believe. They had to be pinned into the arm to work. The pants are the NVA pants from 21st with added buttons. The Shirt is from Dragon. The suspenders are ones that I made as are the leather apron and the bandana. The boots are from 21st. The hat came from the Wright Bros. set. The figure has not been detailed yet, I am still working out how to do realistic "sweat".
Eventually I will make all the blacksmith tools and the shed to fit on the side of the livery stable. As I get more done I will u
As mentioned previously, I have fourteen major 1:6th modeling projects and I thought it might be nice to mention them all here. Then as I continue to blog, I will add detail...
1. Finish 1870's Cavalry unit and horses. This unit is comprised of a supply wagon with driver and assistant and mule team, four escorting troopers on horseback. To date all soldiers are completed, wagon and team are completed and one of the four horses. It also looks like I might be getting some additional troopers, so that will change the size of the unit.
2.Ten to Twelve cowboys and up to ten horses with western saddles. These cowboys will include ranch hands, gun fighter, blacksmith, saloon keeper and other locals. At this point in time I have maybe half of this project completed on the figures, none of the horses are done.
3. Ft. Thomas Diorama 2013 - This project actually will be done in conjunction with projects one and two and must be completed by November 1st. This part of the project includes detailing, painting and weathering 4 building flats as well as a open air blacksmith stall. Gray Ghost will be putting the initial flats and supporting boardwalks together and I will be doing the rest. I have already designed the buildings; there will be a livery, a saloon, a bank and a general store. This will provide the background for our Cavalry/Western display.
4. Backdating an AH-6 Little Bird to an Oh-6 Cayuse to create a more accurate Vietnam gun/recon ship. This includes correcting and super detailing the cabin and creatine the proper tail section and 4 blade rotor configuration. Finally, I will add a realistic crew, using slightly smaller figures for a better fit. So far I have created plans for a corrected instrument panel, and decal art. The helo has been taken apart of modifying.
5. Sd.kfz 222 German armored car project. This project involves taking a pre-built Panzer Jaun 222 and detailing, repainting and weathering it. I have already written in more detail about this project below. This project has not been started.
6. Panzer III Tank. This project involves the detailing, painting and weathering of a Panzerwerks Panzer III. I have not started this project.
7. Sd.kfz 250/3 German Half Track. This project is intended as a replacement for the 250/3 that I traded to Cory Lord in 2012. My intend is to create exactly the same vehicle as what I had, though I made finish it differently. I am half considering finishing it as Rommel's 250.
8. Dragon Desert SAS Jeep kit - Build, detail and weather
9. Sd.kfz 250 - this is a second Armor Hobbies kit that I have and am considering building as a trade or sale vehicle. I may already have a deal in place on this one, I'm actually not sure.
10. U.S. M5 Stuart Tank Refresh. My Stuart kitbashes were done a long time ago. The Stuart came out in 2000 and I am betting that I had done all of my kitbashes by 2001, so the modeling is at least twelve years old. I would like to improve the detail, repaint and re-weather this tank, so that it is at the same level as the improved crew that now calls it home.
11. White Scout Car - My scout car is the same as the day it came out of the box. I have never done anything to it. I would like to detail, repaint and weather it so that it fits in with the unit that the above Stuart is part of. Additionally, there is a Jeep that is also part of this unit and it needs the same level of detailing and weathering.
12. British Stuart - I have a second Stuart that I want to rework into a British M5, complete with crew and appropriate markings. I have done the art for the markings, and have the crew, but have not begun the rework yet.
13. Scratchbuilt an M-113 for Vietnam era figures and comic story. This would only happen if I were able to work out the trade for the sd.kfz 250 and obtain a Bradley (for its running gear). I might not have to do this project if that trade doesn't happen.
14. Come up with an interior for my Hairy Putter series spaceship. This really needs to be at the top of my list as I can't go any further with the comic until the set is done. I sort of have some ideas about this one and I am thinking that a Steampunk look will give me the right amount of magical/muggle technology that I am looking for.
Well, those are the fourteen major projects. As we move forward with the project diary, I will get into more detail on each of them as I not only plan, but work through
I put together this project piece on the 222 some time ago and it has been moved from another place. I have not touched this model as of this date, but at least I am thinking about it. It is one of 14 projects on my "drawing board". Hopefully I will get to it in the near future...
Wow...It has been a while since I have posted anything in here, guess I have just been too busy. Well...I have a few things to talk about, so I am going to try to start using the blog again on a regular basis - PM
FIRST ON THE LIST - Some of the Cowboys that I have been working on.
This is the first Cowboy that I made. The figure is a DID model. From Bottom to top; Hasbro boots, BGT pants, my custom chaps, my custom gun belt, Hasbro long sleeve undershirt (painted with acrylic), Hasbro shirt, my custom vest and bandana, Hobby Lobby hat, painted with added leather band and "gem" stones. Weathered with acrylics and chalk.
This is my prospector and donkey. I have always been interested in prospecting and the gold and silver mining that went on in Colorado and California (having lived in both places). I have even done a little panning myself, which gave me a tiny inkling and appreciation of some of the struggles these folks must have faced on a daily basis.
The prospector started life as a Dragon Ancient Goth Warrior. I covered up the plastic hair with faux fur, which I add to just about all of my 19th Century figures. His outfit consists of 21st boots, blue jeans with buttons added for BGT suspenders, a pair of BGT Dr. Denton's and a Hasbro shirt. The bandana is custom and the hat is a Hobby Lobby felt one that has been painted. The pipe is a LOTR piece and the rifle is from BGT.
The donkey started out as a Marx pony. My good friend CK2 did the conversion about 3 or 4 years ago for me. After I painted the beast, most of my effort was spent researching and creating the supply harness that the donkey wears. Unfortunately most of it is covered up by the supplies. The supplies are items that I either made or found in my parts box. Everything has been weathered with acrylics and chalk.
Afraid the picture of this cowboy doesn't show the face and facial hair very well (it photographed a little "hot"). The boots are Hasbro once again, Hasbro pants, my custom chaps, BGT gun belt, Sideshow shirt and vest, custom bandana and Hobby Lobby hat with leather band. Everything has been weathered with acrylics and chalk to finish him off. The figure is a Dragon.
This is my U.S. Marshall. Once again a Dragon figure. He is wearing a BGT shirt, which cannot be seen in photo. The hat and vest were made for me by Mark Wright. I added buttons to the vest and a leather band to the hat. The bandana is custom. The duster is made by Newline Miniatures. The gun belt, a double rig, is my custom. This is the first time I have tried a double and I want to make more of them. The pants are Sideshow, boots are Hasbro and the spurs are In the Past Toys. The 1877 Winchester 10 Gauge is a custom bash made from the sawed off rifle that came with 21st's Villain - T-Gore. I added stock and lengthened barrel.
Another Dragon figure. This time the theme was "green". I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out too. The shirt and pants are Sideshow with a coordinated custom bandana. The gun belt, chaps and suspenders were all customized by me. The hat is a Hobby Lobby one that was weathered with some spray paint, which incidentally allowed it to crush down on top really nice. A leather band was added. The boots are Hasbro with Dragon spurs that have had the elastic straps replaced with leather.
This figure is a Dragon body with a DID headsculpt. I was sort of going for a subtle "Mal Reynolds" look from the SciFi show, Firefly. He is wearing tan Hasbro pants, a red BGT shirt and a brown Newline duster. The similarity to Mal ends there. The boots are Hasbro. The hat is Hobby Lobby with leather added and the gun belt is one of my custom ones. Everything was weathered with acrylics and chalk.
This is my Gunfighter. A Dragon figure with faux fur hair and gloved hands which had to be modified to fit the wrists. The three piece outfit started out as a Dragon Robert E. Lee uniform. It was painted black with watered down acrylic. The fake brass buttons were removed and sew on buttons were added to the vest and frock coat. The gun belt is one of my customs as is the bandana. The hat was made by Mark Wright, but has been painted and a leather band with "gem" stones added. The boots are Hasbro. Notice the fine watch chain on the vest. Everything was weathered with acrylics and chalk.
Well...that's it for this time. Next time I will talk a little bit about my blacksmith project and show a couple of pictures of that WIP.
POINT MAN'S PROJECT