Friday, 29 January 2016

To View The Making Of The British Square!

Hi Guys,i`ve re-posted The Making Of The British Square,as many that are now visiting this Blog have not seen it,and may wish to.
It takes an age to go through the contents of this Blog which although only a little over a year old is already quite Massive in Postings.
In order to view that Topic,click onto it,and when the picture appears,then click onto the Title in yellow in order to view it.

In the wood,just beyond our fence line the tiny Owl is hooting out to its hearts content,and so it and i wish to thank you for taking time out to read this little something.  See You Later    BB

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

New Sci-Fi Fantasy Arrivals: Daleks _______ by Beano Boy

Although not into War-Gaming i am however interested in the guys who are,because of the great figures and table top dioramas they play on. Since setting up this Blog, i have visited many a War-Gaming Site,and i enjoy reading good battle reports.So although not into the gaming side of the hobby i do like collecting and painting on occasions model figures,and i am one to build up armies rather than paint one or two figures. Massed Formations.                                                                    
Many years i spent painting Napoleonics up without a day off. Now it is time to increase my massed formations of Daleks. True a few helping Fred and Maybell have been seen doing odd chore's  about the place,but an opportunity to buy more came my way and so                                                             
                                                         New Arrivals are Coming.                                                                    

                                          10 Mini Pack`s arrived all safe and sound                                      
                            from the BBC!   No Broken Ones                                   
This will bring the invasion Daleks .     
up to 600 Combat Ready  Pepper Pots!

Hard to find at a reasonable price i  ,but I have.
 i`ll be able to show how easy they are to paint too.

(he,he,he, painting a few Zulus too,in another Topic.)
                                       If any Daleks arrive slightly damaged it  will give me the                                       bright opportunity  to convert them into Special Daleks!

                                       What Fred ,will think about this is anyone`s guess.                                           
                                       So this will be a Work in Progress.

                                         Just to give you a taste of what`s coming.

 As French Napoleonic Cavalry charge upon the larger table a tray full of Alien Pepper Pot`s  can be nicely viewed ,along with  a few stragglers.

                                                                  The Invasion Is On

As the French Heavy  Cavalry try to smash my British Square in the background another tray arrives.They are quite tussled about due to lack of space.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Work in Progress: Polyphemus Cyclopes by Beano Boy

                          Some might well remember the Cyclopes from BB`s Toy Figures?
Well i thought to do a little something with him.                             

                 So i paced him out in flow and ebb                                    
and set to sea in Greek Mythology.                   


The Work in Progress

The first thing i did after washing the thing,was to make the plastic base. I used Green-Stuff,and i rolled ,twisted and shaped it a small piece at a time. Besides getting a blister doing this,i managed it well into place and plunked my Cyclops upon it. I fixed a wire into each foot and bent it about so as to get a good grounding for the figure. A bit like a tree root to help anchor it in.The pose is one where he stands upon a cliff top,and far below is the sea. I found the perfect tool to use was the rubber end of a pencil. I remarked to Mrs B, "This sticky stuff does not stick to the rubber at all." So it was that i managed well to shape the base as my imagination wanted it so. There we have it ,and as it seems to me with no great skill level required at all.                                                                                            
He now needs painting which does require perhaps more talent then me,but like the story that follows i will have a stab at it.                                                                                                                                              
 Polyphemus Cyclopes

After coming upon an island and the boat being well secured, Odysseus and a few of his men set out in search of food supplies.Water having been found earlier was being relayed in skins back toward  the boat by the greater number of the crew. A small number were carrying out needed repairs. Odysseus seeing that all was going well decided to take full wine skins in order to trade them for his needed food supplies. As he set out upon that pathway with a dozen of his well armed men,the sound of axes chipping away on lumber  filled every ear. The repairs to the boat were indeed going well.Very soon she would be in full fit trim again.The Greeks all veterans of  that Trojan war of ancient times were at sea ,and lost because of a great storm that had smashed the fleet of many a boat to splinters along with their men.It had blown them into uncharted waters.

After finding a well trodden track used by animals,such as Sheep or Goats,they followed it alongside and around huge boulder's and worked their way up the cliff.Finally it led them to a great cave. Entering into the cave there was evidence someone lived there because a large store of cheese was laid up,and sheep skins were bundled up in piles. Others soft to the touch were laid upon the floor where it had been levelled out.The Greeks fearing no Herder of Sheep, decided that they would help themselves to the cheese and trade later when whomever turned up.However later as the sheep are driven into the cave what appears is the sheepherder a Giant Cyclopes who enters the cave and then rolls with very little effort a huge stone across the only entrance and way out. They are all trapped. 

Polyphemus the Son of Poseidon is angry to find men eating his food. So after introducing himself the Cyclopes sits down. He then catches and eats one of Odysseus men. Biting off bit by bit the good pieces he likes the best,and throws down whats left of the legs. Then sitting there he picks his teeth with the tiny Greek sword the poor fellow had carried. Horrified the Greeks realise their fate. Panic sets in amongst the men,but it is Odysseus who calms them down. Turning to face the Cyclopes Odysseus introduces himself as Nobody,fearing that Polyphemus might recognise his real name. Laughing out aloud he urges the Giant to sip the Wine. "Wine! What`s Wine?" Polyphemus, asks in his loud demanding voice."It is the drink of the Gods." Odysseus answers,and beckons his men to ply the Cyclopes with the sweet wine. As a flute is played the soothing music fills every ones ears. After  much wine had been gulped down by Polyphemus,he falls to sleep being quite full of Vintage Trojan Wine. ( Spoils of war. )With his men now wanting to kill the Cyclopes,Odysseus calms them down with a question. "If you kill him.Who will roll away the stone so we can escape?" Some leap forward upon the chance to move the massive Stone,but cannot. Others try too. All fail in the attempt. 

Odysseus as ever resourceful has a plan.                                                                                            
He fetches a large length of wood,a pole that lay in the cave.                                                          
As the flute player spins out his musical tune, a spike was hacked into shape by a sharp Greek sword. Soon Odysseus,in the lead followed by a handful  of his men manhandle and manoeuvre themselves with this stake up above the rock face over looking the head of this giant man eater. It was upon a split second as the Greeks plunged downward the spike that Polyphemus opened his eye. It was far to late as it was driven in. In the darkness and blinding pain Polyphemus the Cyclopes rolled about in agony. Pulling out this wooden stake what was left of his eye gushed out with blood. Stumbling about the Cyclopes rolled away that massive stone and then on his knee`s at the only way out he called out," Brothers,Come Help Me! Nobody Has Blinded Me!" It appears there were more of this kind. "Come Help Me Brothers." cried out Polyphemus. With the way open the sheep began running out,and one by one the blind Cyclopes fingered and felt out each and every one before allowing them to pass between his legs. In a bid to escape a Greek holding a sheep over his head and back tried to trick the howling beast,but was blindly found out,but before those giant fingers closed around him he leaped and scrambled through the gap between the legs and ran screaming  in the direction of the boat.   The last of the sheep scrambled their way through and raced out in all  directions.                                                                                                                                               
Now upon his hands and knees Polyphemus, cried out "I`ll eat every last one of you." So the Greeks were still trapped with no way to avoid those searching giant fingers. It now fell upon the courage and self sacrifice of the gentle flute player,as he enticed the blind Polyphemus to seek him out,by blast upon blast from his flute. As those giant hands found him the last defiant note slipped out ,as those hands and teeth tore him apart. Behind the Cyclopes a gap had appeared just enough for the Greeks to escape.    Seizing the opportunity of escape they ran for their lives  knowing full well  that the blinded Cyclopes would follow on best that he could behind them. As they neared the boat Odysseus shouted out to the men on board  to shift out the oars and make ready to sail.Jumping frantically on board each grabbed an oar,and soon pulled the boat away to sea. With hearts racing,but with heads of relief they rowed for all their worth. As they eyed the cliff they were pulling away from,the blinded Cyclopes Polyphemus came into view upon the highest point.
             As Odysseus and his men escaped on board their boat they shouted out insults to Polyphemus which is nearly their downfall. Relying upon his hearing the Cyclopes hurls huge rocks that crash into the sea around the Greek boat sending giant plumes of water sky wards.                                                                                                          

                      As they rest oars exhausted,and sail away to whatever next will befall them,
                     This is the End of this Greek Mythological Tale.

One Poem describes Polyphemus as calling out to his two Brothers,but crying out that Nobody hurt him suggested to them that he really was not hurt at all. So they yelled back and told Polyphemus  to pray to the Gods. Later Polyphemus would commit suicide by wading out into the sea.
                               Written by BB

A Top Secret Undercoat went on today. I have been fed up and let down in the past with undercoat pinging off ruining my work. So formulated my own and it skins over well dries perfectly and is tough. A second lighter coat will go on and in a day or so the base colours will be applied to this Man Eater.

The eye of Polyphemus having been  poked out has been converted for purpose of story telling.It`s horrid that a toy should suffer so,but there we have him struggling in his frustrating painful dilemma.
A plight torn  between nursing his wound or of trying with all his might of sinking the getaway boat.
Meanwhile one of his Brothers is being painted by my untrained awkward hand. He runs forward adding more power to his intended hurl ,because unlike his Brother and us,he can see the escaping Greeks. It does seem to be the case,that these two Sons of Poseidon  are Well  P`d Off!

                                       The Damaged Eye will be last on this list to do.

                        The skin does look rough and shocking,but gradually thin`ed  down
                       lighter shades of flesh will give the look i want.

                            Highlights on the skin next,and then the brush will be applied to the fur..

It`s well worth the mention that the undercoat paint that i mixed up has been a perfect success,and that the spot of red mixed into the Tanned Flesh ,has been a good base colour  for my use here.It was easy to gradually lighten in way of two thin colour washes that i myself mixed and applied by brush. As the figures have dried lighter than can be seen in the picture above.The case being they were still wet when the photograph was taken. The work i nearing completion and should be finished sometime today 27/01/2016.

                                i have now finished the painting these two in Acrylic Paints and Ink

 As Polyphemus was a Shepherd raising sheep i changed the  thing he wears into Wolf Fur,as i thought it apt to do so. A quick varnish next will hopefully make them Pop!


                                            The end results have i feel worked out well.


Monday, 18 January 2016

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Making the Little House ____________ a Tutorial by Beano Boy

This is my little book,and i have put it together in order to help others realise just how easy it is to take pen in hand and design their very own stuff.

Tools Needed.
A Set Square.
A Metal Ruler. I recommend a Safety Ruler with a grove down the center where your fingers are safe from being cut off and flying around the work place.
A Craft Knife,and new pointed  blades.
A few Pens for marking out lightly,and then heavy-like  used for scribing.
 Pencil just smudges off,giving lots of problems. This I know only far to well so take my advice please.

                                                         And So A Beginning

The shape is marked out,defining where the windows will be,and the upper floor is marked at the same time,along with the roof. I will show how the chimney`s are made later. The pieces were all cut out,and the work of cutting out the windows began. Soon they were all cut out. Looking at it as a pattern,a plan, what we have is a small house  with four dormer windows at the top and ordinary windows where windows ought to be lower down. Artistic Licence applies here ,because one puts windows wherever one wants them,and the same goes for doors too,but the principle of my system i developed can be used on any shape and design of build going up tall ,or coming down small.

Which basically means if you wish to have a go at scratch-building in this way,it is your build not mine. However mind your fingers,and make sure the craft knife cannot roll off the work table and onto a Pet. OK?

                                                     So onward with the cutting.

            Where the line defines the edge of each wall i cut a tiny slit right through at the bottom.      

                        Then when turned over i can see where to mark the edge of the inside walls.

                                        Three lines are penned down each inner end wall.

                                           Just one line down at the edges of the cut-out ends.

                      The center line is lightly scores down a few times,but not right through.
Then the craft knife is angled in order to cut out a V section.

                                         Above that V section seen quite clearly.

            ( You can practice on scrap paper to gain experience,before attempting this cut.  )

                                        Each inner wall markings are cut out the same way.

                                          The facing paper left intact to hold it together.

          As seen above the end edge is angled at a sloop,and this means the two end walls
          will meet,as the whole thing is folded up to form a an oblong box shape.

                                I always wait until reaching this point to cut out the door ways.
                              However when to cut what out depends on the individual,and the
                                end result logically speaking is the same

                        Although the work on the inside of build is not complete.i want to show
                        you how the little house folds up,around the upper floor section.

                                    It`s a very easy thing to bend just where the bend should be.

                                        The floor is simply slipped into place where the ink line is.

                                   A tinny piece of tape holds it in place,just for this illustration.

                                It`s looking Good and each edge is clean straight and tidy.

                                                    What! A loose piece of paper?

                                This was easily stuck back in place. So caused no problem.

Back to the flat out stage. It has been laid onto another piece of card,and used as a template.So skirting around all the edges the windows and doors are easily marked out,as is the entire outside edge.So the next piece is marked out easily.

Four sections are cut out after marking out allowing a space for the box to form. I put A,B,C and D,on all the corresponding pieces.  As these parts go together they will cover up the pen line for the floor level,but it can soon be placed on as a guide again. The point of it was to help show the illustration.So each piece is to be stuck in place after the windows have been marked out in full.
                                                       The first piece is stuck in place.                                                                              

The open door a useful thing to do,because it allows a darn good opportunity for tiny figures  to be placed giving them  a sense of purpose in entering and leaving the house,or just stood chatting from the doorstep. Yes, there will be doorsteps and allowance for them has been made under each doorway.

                              It`s a good feeling when one reaches this point in the project.

                      Each part has its corresponding letter on the other piece that is to be stuck
                    upon it.Here goes the C.

                                      Here goes the D with its door slap bang in the middle.

Allowance has been made at the edges where my trusty Knife and hard pressed pen points.

After spending an overnight sleep with a heavy book upon it the little oblong boxed shape is ready  for gluing up with the floor along the ink line.

                                 Glue is brushed onto edges of the floor,and also into each
                                  grove,and at each end too.

                In seconds it goes together  and the trusty elastic bands come into play once more.
The installed floor keeps it square  and tremendously strong.

The sections have been cut out that will make the roof quite fit and able just to slip either sides of each dormer window.  It is at this point the center line on the roof top side of the card is carefully and lightly scored a couple of times,but not right through.  Now the card can be folded and placed onto the building ,and each side checked that they are still aligned with each Dormer Window. Everything was square and true,so no adjustments needed doing.

The faint lines were made along the top or the roof which  revealed where the waste was to be cut out ,and with that removed it allowed the roof to slide right into place. The lines going across the inside of the roof must be square with the edges.  Use the Set Square.

I always like to mark A onto the inside of the roof ,and likewise with trusty over-keen pen,ink another A onto the floor or wall inside the workpiece. This makes sure in case there`s a slight difference in  each dormer  window at the sides. Makes life easier and this makes sure the roof goes onto the build in the exact same place every time.

                                            A dry run showing that dormer windows.

              I always cut a longer roof off than is needed,because it`s easier to trim a piece off later to make it look correct,than having to stick a piece on ,and failing . Than having to scrap all that hard work,and start a new roof again.

                                       The elastic band courtesy of the Royal Mail Lady,
                                        lays limp to one side now its job has been well done.

The Little house is quite a strong structure and once the roof is scribed out it could simply be stuck on,but i design all my roofs to be very tough indeed. So the roof needs supports rather like a real roof.However simplicity is the key here and all that`s needed.  No complicated cuts on my scratch building. Simple is,As Simple does!
 "Yes,BB,is quite simple in his own creative way."                                                         
 "Ya! You can say that again."                                                                                            
______"That`s OK,guys we get the point of ingenious little fellows like you."                                                                                                  


                                                     Making the Bracket`s for the Roof.

                                                          The easiest way to do it.

This is a good strong shape,and it allows a complete view through the top windows without a beam blocking the line of sight.  I am a firm believer in marking out once,and then using it as a template,just by drawing around the thing..

                                                                 Look`s Good

                               In the picture above you can see the clearance over the end windows
                                             They were all stuck onto another piece of card.

 Left for five minutes after gluing them,then a heavy book is just the right tool to use and will keep them flat and true. Waiting a few minutes stops the things sliding about with the weight of the book.

                                                          MAKING THE CHIMNEY`S

The first thing one notices when looking down upon a model,or toy building is the rooftop and the chimneys. You can have a fantastic looking building,but make a feeble job of the roof and chimneys and the viewing interest is lost. Below is how i made rendered chimneys. A first for me this time.

What follows is one of the easiest ways of making them,that i could possibly present.

Strips of paper wound around a brush handle with a touch of glue makes perfect cheap chimney pots.
The chimney in the picture was for another project.

                                               The Apex must be the same as the end walls.
                                                The shapes stuck onto scrap paper card.

When the glue is dry the chimney`s are easy to cut into shape by running the craft knife around  the edges.Then once again it was stuck onto another piece of paper card. Eventually it was built up in width to four.

 Here are the cut out pieces that when combined will make two solid good looking chimney`s.
To mask the straight edges of the card created by gluing four pieces together,p v a glue was applied and then it was stuck onto facing paper that had been peeled off,a piece of spare card,but of course the facing flat side is the sticking point here. Later when trimmed it left  the edges looking the same as the larger side which had ,had its facing paper removed in the same manner.

Moving along two pieces had already been stuck in place and thick glue was being  arranged for that next piece.

And so after each section had dried out a bit and another added it was taking the intended shape.

After a little forethought, adding simple cuts in differing sizes was going to add detail to an otherwise flat bleak line of chimney`s,and would in turn hopefully look good to those eyes that would view them.

                         Finally it was chimney pot time.    One could call it a Crowning Moment.    
I actually love making these.                                                                    

The little tube needed plenty of PVA Glue placed into it from the bottom using a small brush.

Then each in turn was placed onto the tiny cross, and arranged upright  straight and top level. Because these are tiny pieces ones eyes are perfect enough to do this. Later glue can be globed and guided around and in between the chimney pots with a trusty brush. As for the glue p v a,the more the better.

                              At this point i simply stood them onto the roof until the glue dried.

That`s about where they will positioned on this little building.  They are good and solid,and will paint up well. So this has been just one way of making simple chimney`s for your model building.

As seen above,you might also like to visit my March 2015 Topic,  Hillcreast Cottage which shows a different approach to Brick Chimneys & Thatching!)

                                      Scribing The Roof & Sticking the Brackets in Place.

 Starting at the center  line`Two 16th`s`,down each side. Always make sure that a line on the Ruler is sighted down the center line as each line is marked out for scribing down each side of the roof at the same time. One on one side,one on the other. This avoids making a mess of the scribing work,and is the best ever tip i could give you concerning scribing roof tops.

The top two lines must be scribed right across the same way,then working downwards create the brick weave pattern.  When complete a few tiles with the edges can be scribed off giving a slight appearance of broken tiles.

Sticking the Brackets in Place

Work on a flat surfuce.

Now this is very important,because if you get this wrong all the work done so far is useless. You must make sure the lines are square across the underside of the roof,before sticking the brackets in place alongside each line which is crucial in forming the angle of the roof. Most importantly you must have a few of your favourite sweets on the work table too.  To,suck and chew away with the gluing and placing of each bracket. Here six brackets = 6 of my sweets. So you get double the enjoyment in sticking every piece in its rightful place.

I use PVA Waterproof Glue,it`s thicker than the cheap watered down stuff. If you buy cheap you are paying for half a tube of water,so take my advice and buy the much more expensive glue,that will not run off in all directions when applied. Another Tip here is this, Give each bracket a good thick amount of glue and place aside until all the brackets have been coated. Wait a few minutes lets say five. Than picking up the first bracket,brush on thickly more glue on top of the first coat,and fix it into place. This speeds up the sticking process,and means you don`t have to waste time holding the roof up into place while waiting for the glue to stick. The principle here is two fold,One coat you let dry off a bit so it will act like contact glue,and Two the wetter glue will be forced out as each bracket is stuck firmly into place. This creates a nice seal of glue along each side. You can tidy it up later,or not.

Two of the brackets are trimmed shorter to go in the mid section leading down to what will be the dormer window.

                                      Well that was quick and i have one sweet left.
                                    "Where`s it gone? I`m sure i counted six.

 Soon even though not completely dried off,it can be handled in the confidence that it is a good sound roof indeed,and one that will not be flimsy and fall to bits. Believe me the sweets make a heck of an easy job of this type of work.

                                    "My Word! There it is all covered in bright shinny paper,

                              And inside Chocolate coated Toffee.  Mmmmmm,Bliss!"

                                                            Adjusting the Dormer Windows

                                   The roof fits perfectly on, but a i have just realised a minor
                                    problem has to be put to rights. Please follow along it will
                                    be fully explained and is a good learning curb to see just how
                                    it will be corrected and not brushed aside as being unimportant.

                          I forgot to angle the inside edges of each dormer window sections,
                         but it is just a matter of doing it now. The knife angle and faint ink
                         lines will help one see the tiny problem,and where the cutting has
                         to take place.

                                     It was soon rectified and if anything,it was just a bit
                                      awkward  doing this fiddle of a job.

                                  So the right angles have been cut out nicely with a fresh
                                  sharp pointed craft knife blade.

                              Then i cut out what will make up each side of the dormer.
                             These will have the same angle partly cut into each of them
                              so when glued into place the dormer will have a nice sharp
                              clean corner to the walls  either end of each window.

                             Meanwhile the roof and chimneys have been painted with,
                            S M Enamel Black Paint,which makes it a tougher than any off the
                             peg plastic when dry.

The end wall brackets have been stuck in place either side of the dormer windows. I built a little lean to  which can be seen in the picture,and because i need another that is marked out on the card.

The Strelets figure of General Pickton looks a Giant compared to the small ho oo scale figures.

The tiled roof will extend  over each dormer now. 

Fixing the Fascia under each Eave.
These can be wood or even stone. It is up to the individual on how the box is dressed up for show.

                                                         The Outside Door Mantel



A slight subtle change to the dressing up of the little house. I am facing it in stone rather than wooden beams with mantel`s over the doors. I want to give this place a lift which will imply a more substantial building than it would be if it were to be left just as a rather Plain Jane Box.

So the stone masons work i  his art can be created just by using strips of cheap paper card and glue.

There will be a doorsteps glued onto a base,so the building can just squeeze into place. This is much better than sticking one to the building itself only to fined it has bent up enough to cause many a milk bottle to skittle away out of place.

The slight open door,and the stone work taken shape. Hopefully as these  have gone into place they have given out idea`s to others how a simple cardboard box can be improved upon.

There are also more work to do upon the roof too as each chimney is stuck into place. No main base colour painting has been done yet,just white to tidy it up a tiny bit. The lean to is slightly out of place because the stone work needs a tiny trim so that it will fully slip into place. 

Now i must just mention it here with a question which is,can you can remember the slit cut into the upper floor? Well the answer to Why it is there is to allow light to filter upwards
  as it does up a stairwell in a real house. A tiny light fixed into place where the actual bulb remains out of sight will allow that glimmer of light to the upper windows.  

The strips of split down the middle card has been folded in half then stuck onto the chimney bottoms.This is the lead flashing around the chimney`s. It`s like a saddle. These are not stuck onto the roof yet. Painting the roof is next then the ridge line can be stuck in place,along with these two sitting in their saddles.

                                                    The Roofs Have Been Dry Brushed

                                  A little more work to be done on the ridge line and painting.