The Sodden Seraph: Part 2

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A quick update on this build with more pics than words.

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I’ve added some details to give the place a little character and while it’s not completely finished I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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The smaller building in these shots is just a stand in for what will be a pump house or a tavern or both.

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Although the main brewery building does have a lift off section it is the modular side components that give me several choices of configurations.

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For instance:

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I still need to figure out a method to attach a sign that will withstand the rigors of the gaming environment (magnets?) and add some more details and weathering to give some history.

Thanks,

Night Owl

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The Sodden Seraph: Part 1

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Messing around with the gear molds last week pushed some buttons in me and made me want to tackle a project I’ve had in the queue for a bit.  I’ve always wanted to have a brewery and a tavern as the centerpiece of my wargaming town.  A brewery with some clockwork and dwarven influences, generic enough to be used in multiple fantasy wargaming and RPG settings and the same time still blend into my Skyrim building series.  The social hub where everyone gathers and shares stories of adventures gone by and adventures just beginning.

I picked up this Fisher Price car wash toy a while back at my local thrift store and thought it had some nice conversion parts on it so the first thing I needed to do was disassemble everything.  Cool, lots of goodies here.

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I wanted to make this piece architecturally interesting so I envisioned a multilevel structure with some vertical presence.  I started with a Hirst Arts fieldstone base building with a removable roof composed of floor tiles measuring 9 X 5.

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I added a second story about half that size and a wooden deck.

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Then I started to rearrange components until they made sense.  A brewing vat and stone enclosed fermentation vessel that could be seen from miles around.

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The front:

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The back:

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This week I hope to get some time to finish it up.  I would like to really like to give this one a little extra character and attention.  There are so many little details I have planned that can be placed to create stories around the structure and things to help give the building a history.

More coming…

Thanks,

Night Owl

Interesting Mold Find at Craft Store

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I was down at a not so local craft store the other day looking and pricing supplies for a different project and came across these clockwork molds in the glass department.  They are used to make powdered glass jewelry items (instructions mention something about freezing and microwaving?).  I thought they looked like something I could use so I picked them up. The package comes with four small square molds.  Two of them consist of gears and a clock face while the others, not shown, have wings, keys and a lock.  The firmness of the mold is less rigid than LINKA molds yet not as “squishy” as Hirst Arts molds.  So I took the bait, brought them home and messed with them a bit over the weekend.

First I gave them a coat of black spray paint as a primer, followed by gold spray and a dip in a black ink wash.  These look good as is for an antiquated clockwork project.

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I am planning something a little more ancient, more of a lost civilization time frame for these.  I poured out some dark turquoise and emerald-green paint making sure not to mix them.

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Next, using the spongy materials that many miniatures are packaged with, I took some hemostats (tweezers also work fine here) and dipped it in the unmixed paint and dappled the casts.

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I followed this with some blacks and rust:

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Lastly, I used a dry brush of bronze to tone everything back down and sealed with a satin clear coat.

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Interestingly enough the new 1 inch bases that were included in the Bones II Kickstarter package fit perfectly on the clock face and would make a fantastic health counter or condition marker for miniatures.  Unfortunately it isn’t the size I’m using for my skirmish armies.

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Maybe a Father Time turn counter?

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The wings, although limited in use, can add a nice flair to some terrain pieces.  I used both sets, adding my own cracks by scraping an awl across them, on this pedestal and finished it up with paint, flock and autumn leaves made from Birch seed husks.

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Now to figure what do do with all the gears.  Hmm…time to go rummage the parts boxes and see what we can come up with.

Thanks,

Night Owl