An Ancient Terrible Tower – Part 1

This venture was recommended to me by a friend.  He’s looking for a dice tower to use while playing Ancient Terrible Things.  I’ve never played it, but the artwork looks awesome, so I readily agreed to the project.  One drawing shows a stony cliff with a skull carved out of the rock.  With that pictureContinue reading “An Ancient Terrible Tower – Part 1”

Heavy Freight Part 1

I am slightly modifying a 1/35 German kitchen trailer from MiniArt.  I’m dumping the kitchen equipment and replacing it with a balsa wood trailer.  You’ll find out what’s going on it soon enough! I’m using XPS foam for the base.  It will house the horse and cart on a muddy trail.  To get a nice,Continue reading “Heavy Freight Part 1”

The M113 Part 3

I’m waiting on the Ukrainian postal service to send me the figures that will complete this project.  As a result, this will be the last post for awhile concerning the M113.  I’ll rustle something else up to keep me busy until then.  I’d just gotten the chipping done last you saw the vehicle.  At thisContinue reading “The M113 Part 3”

A Scale of a Tale

Nothing ruins a diorama faster than an out of scale item (except a turpentine spill!).  The immersion is spoiled, and the out of sorts item becomes the focus of the scene.  So, save the poor size estimation for closing time and try this technique for scratch-built scale.  Specifically, I’ll show you how I scaled someContinue reading “A Scale of a Tale”

The M113 Part 2

When we last left, our hot dog-fingered protagonist was trying to super glue tiny metal shavings onto a hunk of plastic.  Did he succeed? What is he doing now?  What’s the next step?  Stay tuned to find out! Most of the photo etch in place, I gave everything a coat of primer through the airbrush. Continue reading “The M113 Part 2”

The M113 and the Never Ending PE

Building model kits going a little too smoothly for you?  Finally decoded all the symbols in the directions?  Honed your build order to the maximum efficiency?  Well, why not try adding a Photo Etch set to your next build!  It is sure to drive you crazy and double the time you spend on your kneesContinue reading “The M113 and the Never Ending PE”

Wood Grain Techniques

Scaled wood grain is a solid way to impart realism into a model or diorama.  You can create convincing wood using a few different materials; not the least of which is real wood.  For this demonstration, I used XPS foam, styrene sheeting, balsa wood, and a molded styrene piece from a kit.  The subject andContinue reading “Wood Grain Techniques”

The Last Stop Part 1

I decided to break out the spare parts boxes and give the 3D printer a rest.  The weather has gotten chilly here and that messes with the resin out in the garage.  I’ve saved just about every extra part and old model since I started the hobby, so I wanted to see what I couldContinue reading “The Last Stop Part 1”

Hare o’ the Bear Part 1

The idea for my current project hit me as I was playing around on HeroForge.  If you aren’t familiar, HeroForge is a website where you can build figures typically used in games like D&D.  They have hundreds, if not thousands, of characters, equipment, bases, and accessories that you can piece together into your hero.  YouContinue reading “Hare o’ the Bear Part 1”

Review – Sheperd Paine’s “How to Build Dioramas”

My adoring fans often ask me, “What inspires you to build dioramas?” and “Did you remember to turn off the hot wire foam cutter?”.  Well, I always forget to turn off the hot wire foam cutter so let’s discuss what, or rather who, inspires me to build.  Specifically, I get a lot of inspiration fromContinue reading “Review – Sheperd Paine’s “How to Build Dioramas””