Small update of the project so far. The pictures taken show the first time I have put the whole thing together with surroundings just to get a feel for the project and how it all links together. Lots of work still to do inside and the roof needs a bit more work but apart from that its coming on nicely.

Chateau Saint-Gilles
Chateau Saint-Gilles

After completing the build on my Churchill and Panther tank and builing a large batch of walls,what better excuse for a quick diorama to show them off.

The diorama is based on a real event that took place in the village of Tilly-Sur-Seulles on the 18/19th June 1944. The 2nd Essex Regiment were assualting the village with support from the 81st Assault Squadron RE. The Churchill AVRE unexpectedly came upon a chance encounter with a Panther tank and fired a snap shot at it unfortunetly missing, but striking a near by telegraph pole or tree and thus destroying the Panther tank.

The diorama wall was simply made from foam card and the tree behind the wall is scratch built from wire. I used a simple photograph as a backdrop. The black and white photograph is actually a real shot taken in Tilly after the battle.

Although not easy to see, the dust behind the Churchill tank is made from Poly Fill which was sprayed cream and then had the dust/dirt from the road glued onto it.

Both tanks and figures are 1/56 scale made for Bolt Action gaming.

Tilly-Sur-Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles
Tilly Sur Seulles

Elder Scrolls Call to Arms is the board game version of the game made by Modiphius which uses 32mm figures in a skirmish type system of game play.

They make a limited amount of terrain and I wanted to re create a small house commonly found in Skyrim. Timeline miniatures provided me with an ideal starting frame using a Viking Hut from their Saga series of games. Houses in the Nord parts of Skyrim have a Viking look and theme to them so it was ideal for the initial shape.

I basically clad the hut in model wood planking and created a veranda using balsa wood and cock-tail sticks. Balsa wood was also used for the top wood bit on the roof and faux fur for the thatch roof.

This was the original Timeline model below.

Tamiya 1/35 Abrams tank.

Posted: January 23, 2021 in 1/35, Diorama, Tamiya
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Never built a 1/35 kit before and this one was built with my 13 year old son so double the fun.

He built the kit and I helped him with the airbrushing which is pretty steep curve for anybody let alone a 13yr old. He then took on the weathering using the hairspray technique and did a really good job.

He then made the wall for the diorama from foam card and added the Iraqi graffiti(translates as “Leave”). The base of the diorama was finished with a sand and rocks all glued into place.

We added a random Iraqi backdrop to the final shot for a bit of fun.

On a final note the Tamiya kit was really easy to build and lot more simple than a lot of 1/75 kits that some people might think would be an easier starting point for the young model maker. We cannot wait to do the next 1/35 kit which is going to be a Tiger.

 

Just finished a test four Men-At-Arms group.

The snow theme seems to be my favoured choice and I am quite pleased with the Woodland Scenics snow flake effect.

Very quick update of the progress so far. All my attention has been on completing the roof

and internal roof space. The 1/48 scale Citroen parked outside is just a guide for scale.

Next up is prepping the ground floor for some interior design work and painting.

A much needed update on my chateau project. Things have finally started moving again as I have cleared by back log of painting during the covid 19 lock down.


As you can see, I have been working on the ground and second floor and have just started on the third floor and attic space. It still looks a bit Heath Robinson at this stage but once I get some paint on it will come on really quickly. One thing that has surprised me is the sheer scale of it as it comes together. I wanted a scratch-built Chateau as nothing on the ready built market ticked the box in size or detail, even so this going to be a beast.


Things that have slowed me down are the planning of how everything will fit together and allowing access to all rooms and spaces for figures. Its difficult making whole floors that can be separated for game play and structurally solid at the same time, especially in foam card.


Interior design will include marble floors using marble effect sheet, wooden flooring using model boat planks and dolls house wall paper for a lot of the rooms. Fire places have been scratch built and I intend to fill out every room but in a moth ball type state if that makes sense. So white sheets over chairs etc etc.
Big thankyou to my laser cutting friend who was responsible for turning my very basic diagrams into some fantastic looking windows and doors.


Next challenge will be the roof which is a Mansard and the dormer windows protruding from it. The roof will most likely be the most complicated part of the building and I think it will test my limited building ability to the max. Wish me luck.

A bit more armour for the allies. An M10 Wolverine tank

destroyer by Warlord games in 1/56 scale. Marked out in

British colours of the 20th Anti-Tank Regiment with men from

3rd Infantry Division. The original picture the mini diorama is

based on is a short distance from Sword Beach on the 6th

of June 1944.

The raised railway line is simple 28mm resin and the embankment

is styrene. The road is real earth.

Been busy at home during this corona virus lock down

adding bits and pieces . This is a simple large, fallen

oak tree made from wire wrapped in woodland scenic flex

paste. The canopy is made from a floor cleaning pad that

was ripped up and the roots are a combination of sponge, real

dirt and rubberised horse hair. Basically anything spare lying

about was included in the build.

Lords of Midnight

For while now I have been wanting to recreate a favourite 80`s

computer game called The Lords of Midnight into table top

wargaming and I fortunately stumbled into Para Bellum`s

Conquest game which seems to fit perfectly with my vision.

For those of you who are too young to remember the 80`s or just

missed this game it focussed on a land locked ice kingdom with

the good fighting the bad in a Lord of the Rings type environment

and more.

Para Bellum`s new conquest figures which are roughly 36mm are enough

of a match and ideal for conversion to get me started.

The soldier in the picture comes from the Men at arms figure set

and will represent a Lord of Midnight. Hope the frozen atmosphere

of the landscape comes across ?