Thursday, 14 December 2017

A Stroll in the Park - part two

Following on from yesterdays post; Orcs in the Webbe - A Stroll in the Park (see this link), I have included a couple of additional images of The scratch-built Signal Tower. The Tower was originally built following a request from Henry Hyde (editor of Miniature Wargames) but with Henry moving on, the article was never used.

The expanded article (with additional images) was re-written and is now included as one of the chapters in Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models for Wargamers. For details of how to order a copy, please use this link.

The final image shows seven of the ten models featured in Models for Wargamers and once again should you wish to order a copy, please use this link.

Models for Wargamers is a limited edition and self published book and is available from me for £18.00 plus postage.


NB. Free prize draw see this post for details.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Orcs in the Webbe Advent 2017 - A Stroll in the Park

Image 'borrowed' from OITW

Day Thirteen and another short story/scenario written by me.

A Stroll in the Park was originally written for Ragnarok, the Journal of the Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargaming or SFSFW back in 2012. With the demise of the magazine the article was never published. Craig of OITW has included it here as day thirteen of this years excellent Advent.

For full details of this story, see this link.

I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Models For Wargamers book is still available

A timely reminder that Dampfpazerwagon Guide No.3 - Models For Wargamers is still available and if ordered within the next couple of days will be delivered before Christmas. For full details of how to order this self-published book see this link.

I also have limited numbers of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain and once again you can find details of how to order by following this link.

Please note, copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 - Building Wargame Terrain are out-of-print.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirteen

The metal salt pan was painted with a mix of pure black, Charred Brown and Panzer Grey which I stippled on with an old hogshair brush. The lighter weathering was done by adding Elf Flesh to the mix and applying it with a make-up sponge. I was looking for a well-worn and aged black which will be further weathered later on in the build.

I was particularly careful not to over-do the highlighting as I was looking for a hyper-realistic finish rather than an over-the-top or excessively drybrushed finish.

The interior was painted in a slightly darker black/brown colour.


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Saturday, 9 December 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part twelve

With the red brick base now finished (see earlier posts), I have started work on the metal salt pan. I have used the Lion Salt Works as inspiration, but the depth (front to back) has been shortened to fit in with my planned shelf layout.

The salt pan was constructed from 3mm thick plastic card (an old advertising signs which I was given for free) with .5mm thick plastic card detailing to the sides and rim.

I used a small metal cog on a scratch-built handle to emboss the lines of rivets, then cut the thinner plastic card into strips and glued them in place with superglue. The slightly thicker rim to the top was also produced from plastic card and was modelled to produce a slight overhang, hiding the fact that the sides are in fact too thick.

Note how I have distressed the metal sides by gouging with the bit of a Dremel or trimming with the point of a scalpel. Once the superglue had fully set, I 'washed' the plastic card with liquid poly to 'soften' the effect.

In this final image, you can see how I have added a 'make-do' repair (something that was once again copied from the Lion Salt Works pan). The wooden beams (under the metal pan that hold the metal salt pan in place) were modelled from 3mm thick plastic card strips and textured with the teeth of a razorsaw before being glued in place with more superglue.

Prior to taking these photographs, I have further textured the flat metal sides by adding some acrylic gel and very fine sand to show some surface rust.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Annual Port Tasting

Last night was the Annual Charity Port Tasting and as usual a great time was had by all who attended with lots of money being raised for charity.

The three Ports were;

Dows Special Reserve - Very good

Taylors LBV - OK, buy not my favourite

Dows 2004 Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port - Exceptional


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar - day five

Image 'borrowed' from Orcs in the Webbe

Day five of this years Advent and a short story written by me. The Pyjama Pilferer, featuring 'Trickie Dickie' in a couple of adventures.

The character of Foul-Mouth Freddy is based on a family friend. In addition most of the 'Posse' are also based on colourful personalities - friends of my father. This year the last of these characters 'Dickie' passed away and I thought it a fitting tribute to break with tradition and feature a story about Trickie-Dickie rather than Foul-Mouth Freddy. I hope that you enjoy it.

Full details can be found here.

Rest in peace and thank you for all the great stories.

Additional story stories and gaming scenarios featuring Foul-Mouth Freddy can be found here.


NB. Free prize draw see this post for details.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Scale Model World 2017 - part three

Part Three - Modern Jets or Post WWII Jets.

I have more images and will post them during December.


NB. Free prize draw - see this post for details.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar - day one

Image borrowed from OITW

Day one of this years Advent Calendar and it's a beauty. The Raft of Medusa by Matthew Hartley a multi-player game based on the infamous and true survival story of The French Flagship - The Medusa. For full details see this link.

And for those who (like me) are not familiar with the true story try this You Tube link.

Wow, what a fascinating background and game. Thank you Matthew.


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Countdown to the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar 2018

Just one more sleep until the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar 2017. The anticipation is palpable.

"What is the Orcs in the Webbe Advent?"

Where have you been? The OITW Advent is an annual treat for dedicated followers of certain games - Flintloque, Slaughterloo, Pax Bochemannica, Panzerfauste and many more where Craig Andrews (Editor of OITW) releases a daily treat in the form of a twenty-four free advent calendar release of original and 'written just for Advent' articles or scenarios. For more information check out previous Advents here.

Here's looking forward to another great year of content and thank you Craig for keeping up this great tradition.


NB. Free prize draw - see this post for more details.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part eleven

The shelf-layout plan calls for a copy of the open salt pan as seen at The Lion Salt Works, Cheshire (see illustration above and earlier posts). The brick built base to this pan has now been fully painted using a variety of different acrylic paints to show a well worn red brick base. The wooden sections have been painted in a dark brown with lighter brown streaks and some grey weathering and the wall ties are plastic wheels from a toy train set painted in a well rusted finish.

One of the features I wanted to copy was the use of white bricks and these appear to be very white in my images of The Lion Salt Works.

I still need to add some additional weathering to the wooden doors and supports, but this can be done later.

For more information see the Narrow Gauge label to the right.


NB. Free Prize Draw. See this link.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part ten

It has been a while since my last update and to tell the truth, this is because I was disappointing with the effect that the standard brick slips had given me (see earlier posts). I felt that they looked too uniform, too toy like and not like the hand produced brick effects that I had seen on layouts or building like those modelled by Marcel Ackle or Emmanuel Nouaillier.

So I filled in the missing corner bricks with Milliput and after covering the speaker with a piece of card and some masking tape, I let loose my Dremmel with a large grout-removing bit set to high speed.

Here is the result.

I think it is much closer to the effect I was after, with truly weathered and damaged bricks. I also like the natural colours better.

There is still lots to do before I can think about mounting it on the shelf layout, but at least I feel better about it. I believe that with any model, you should modify or re-work any item you are not 100% happy with - after all if you are not happy with it, why show it to others?

Hopefully this weathering will be enough of an kickstarter to get me modelling more features on the Narrow Gauge Layout.


1,000,000 Views - Prize Draw, see this earlier post.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017



Earlier today Dampf's Modelling Page celebrated it's 1,000,000 page view. I had wanted to run a competition prior to this, but time and other projects got in the way. So between now and the 1st January 2018 any comments placed on the Blog will be entered into a prize draw. Details of the prizes will be posted over the next couple of weeks. So good luck.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Blog.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Snapdragon resin terrain - a charity shop find

I found this resin model in a charity shop in Evesham. I am pretty sure that it is a Snapdragon (or Moondragon) original. I have made no secret of the fact that I think the now defunct Snapdragon range is/was some of the very best fantasy terrain available, this example does nothing but confirm this view.

The model is 150mm x 130mm x 95mm tall (to top of chimney). The doorway 24mm tall by 18mm wide. And the best news of all ..... It only cost me £2.50.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Scale Model World 2017 - part two

Part two and armoured vehicles I photographed at the show.