Sunday, 25 June 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure

For the past six months, I have been working on the new Pen and Sword book that will feature a selection of scratch-built wargame terrain for the Napoleonic Wars. This book is now nearing completion and I have been looking around for a new project - something for me.

My plan (and remember that this is still a paper plan) is to build a small shelf layout featuring a couple of industrial narrow gauge engines, more than likely diesel or petrol narrow gauge engines and some simple skips. My ideas are based around some scratch-built narrow gauge engines that I built some time ago to 1.43rd scale or 7mm = 1 foot. For details see this post.

For anyone not familiar with this type of modelling, the engines are built to 7mm scale to run on modified HO-OO track - 16.5mm gauge which gives an actual track gauge of 2 foot 4 inches. Sometimes referred to as NG O-16.5.

I have looked at a number of options;

1 - Repeating the same scale/gauge formula - 7mm = 1 foot on 16,5mm track.
The modelled prototype would be 2 foot 4 inches/2 foot 6 inches.

2 - A much larger scale of 11mm = 1 foot on 16.5mm track
This would equate to a scale of 1:27,7 (1/24th - 1/25th) or a six foot man being represented as a figure 66mm or 2.5 inches tall. The modelled prototype would be 18inch gauge.

3 - A compromise between the two - a scale of 1/36th or 8.47mm = 1 foot (one third of an inch = 1 foot or a six foot man being modelled as a 2 inch figure - think 1/35th scale or thereabouts).
This would mimic a 600mm gauge on 16.5mm track.

As I said earlier, I have still to decide on the actual scale/gauge mix I will use, but I'm tempted with the 1/36th scale as 1/35th scale models and figures could be used with little modification.

I understand that these formula could be a little confusing to a non-narrow gauge modeller so here are a couple of links that might help;

Ogam and Stone - a 7mm Narrow Gauge railway layout, see this link.

Nystrup Gravel - a 1/35th scale narrow gauge railway running on 16.5mm track, see this link.

Hook Basin - a 1/25th scale narrow gauge running on 16.5mm track. see this link.

Keep checking back for updates and progress.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

Runemarks by Joanne M Harris is a book that was given to me as a Fathers Day gift from Holly.

For details see this link.

Thank you Holly.


Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part ten

The painting is now done and I have varnished the whole model and base with Galleria matt varnish. The metallic areas have been gloss varnished and it is just a matter of adding some static grass and ground foam decoration to the base and the diorama will be finished.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part nine

I have mounted the two 40mm Jim Bowen miniatures onto the small diorama base, actually into the base or groundwork.

I used a Dremel Grout Clearing drill bit to make two oval holes in the groundwork and glued the figures in place with superglue. I used small slivers of spare balsawood to act as fillers and made sure that the feet of the two Saxons were level with the modelled groundwork.

The groundwork was then built up with DAS modelling clay before being textured with sieved stones and sand. The base was then painted brown, highlighted with a lighter brown and odd stones were picked out with grey, highlighted with a lighter grey.

I touched up the feet and wall stones where they met with the dark earth.

Before this image was taken, I had 'washed' the base with Dark Tone wash from Vallejo.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part eight

I have tried to keep the colours slightly subdued, but couldn't resist painting the second miniature with striped leggings.

With most of the painting done. I will be now be thinking of adding these to the diorama base.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Foam Walls and 40mm Saxons - part seven

Both Jim Bowen miniatures were painted over a dark brown basecoat/undercoat with the main colours built-up from a dark base colour to mid colour and then highlights. The metal areas on the figure on the left were painted with a bronze/gold palette and the one on the right with a gunmetal/silver palette.

The shield on the figure on the left has been modified by cutting off the moulded decoration and grinding it smooth. I then added a plastic boss with superglue before undercoating.

I have started to paint the large fur cloak by drybrushing with lighter browns.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Oldhammer Kickstarter - the well

This is a cropped image of The Well, a multi-part model for the Oldhammer Kickstarter which is due for launch very soon.

The model was built by me and comes with alternative bases, a flagstone base and this rough ground base.

For full details of the kickstarter go to this here.