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On 5/27/2021 at 9:55 AM, Pig of the Week said:

Tiles vid is good to see as a nice detailed step by step account..... I'm very much looking forward to the casting from mini art buildings ..hint hint.! ;)

As you have asked so nicely, and so persistently, I feel I HAVE to oblige.

I will have a look for a suitable MiniArt wall and think about making a mould and casting it in plaster. Don't expect a whole building, it'll just be one wall. I have some other vids to see too first though, one in particular has been giving me nightmares and is on its 8 edit and refilming! lol I really have to get that one out of the way or I'll go mad!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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P.S.

I am now returning to THIS diorama and continuing work with this building. I am in the process of making new roof sections, and the painting. weathering and the adding of ivy to the collapsed gable wall......... pics soon.

 

TFL

Badder

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On 26/10/2021 at 22:53, Badder said:

As you have asked so nicely, and so persistently, I feel I HAVE to oblige.

I will have a look for a suitable MiniArt wall and think about making a mould and casting it in plaster. Don't expect a whole building, it'll just be one wall. I have some other vids to see too first though, one in particular has been giving me nightmares and is on its 8 edit and refilming! lol I really have to get that one out of the way or I'll go mad!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

Nice one Mr B 👍

A single wall would be just fine !.. I'm looking at making a few identical walls ( once I've eventually got a few 1-1 scale projects out of the way !) ..and would value your expertise before making a start  !

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On 10/31/2021 at 8:51 AM, Pig of the Week said:

Nice one Mr B 👍

A single wall would be just fine !.. I'm looking at making a few identical walls ( once I've eventually got a few 1-1 scale projects out of the way !) ..and would value your expertise before making a start  !

I'm sure I can wangle one wall lol. I will see what I can do.

Rearguards,

Badder

 

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DO NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT EDITING VIDEOS! EVER, EVER, EVER!!!! 2 WEEKS OF MY LIFE GONE WHEN WINDOWS PHOTO EDITING APP DECIDED TO LOSE 3HRS WORTH OF 'SO-CALLED' SAVED VIDEOS IN AN INSTANT, 

 

That was a week ago and I've only just stopped screaming and swearing.

 

But I am getting back to doing some work on the farmhouse, what with doing some more work on the collapsed gable wall, with some re-modelling of the stonework, AND the application of plaster-dust and plaster-dust bubble washes. I still haven't perfected the bubble wash ratios, but I'm getting closer to being able to create 3-D frothy structures at whim.  #

Here though are some photos taken BEFORE I'd gotten to that stage. More will follow, but I have to get the photos from the new replacement video and I am currently taking a break from that just to save my sanity!

 

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Liking the white bubble washes on the rubble.................. looks a like lichen. There are even more rather nice effects to come, especially on the wall.

 

TFL

Badder

 

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On 11/22/2021 at 5:50 AM, JeroenS said:

Good to have you back, that's some good looking rubble. Sorry to hear about... that thing. 

On 11/24/2021 at 8:54 AM, Pig of the Week said:

Bloody annoying when you lose stuff on YouTube, we had some great footage of the dog and cat playing together that disappeared, and it was the only copy :(

....quality rubble there sir !

Thanks chaps.

The rubble will have more added - roof tiles, woodwork, window frames and glass etc, but I wanted to practice the moss effects first. The lost video was down to Windows 10 Video Editor rather than YouTube, although I've had YouTube mess videos up as well. Whatever, the companies should pay compensation for the loss of photos/videos which can have great emotional significance, or may have taken many, many hours to create.

Rearguards,

Badder

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Stonework improved in places (Most will be covered with ivy, but hey) Sap Green plaster-dust washes applied, messed around with. and all fixed with matt varnish. I think I'm narrowing down the exact mix to create the bubble washes. It's always been a bit hit-and-miss until now. I will supply a 'recipe' when I've got it producing 3D bubble effects 100 percent of the time.

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Some really nice 3D bubbles going on.  They've now been fixed with a matt varnish.

 

TFL

Badder

 

ps. The video is being remade, yet again. lol

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Hey Badder - excellent details as always - the various layers of decrepitude, colors, and textures are looking pretty tasty - as they say.  Have you taken any outdoor photos of this in a while?  I'm curious to see how the colors/textures/shadows etc might play in brighter/natural light (even if you have no plans for taking final pics outdoors) and not in such close ups?  Even if it's overcast and not bright sun, which would probably make more sense with weathering you've done. 

 

Uhhh, yeah, a pretty specific pondering by me -  but, I am curious, as you've got enough going on to likely have some pretty interesting results 🤔  maybe good interaction of color/texture/shadows?   I'm usually surprised by some parts of builds with outdoor photos - the good and less good seem to both love the camera!  😄 

 

OK, I'll skulk back to the darker corners of dio building...lol 😄

 

Cheers

Nick 

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On 12/13/2021 at 1:01 AM, Stickframe said:

Hey Badder - excellent details as always - the various layers of decrepitude, colors, and textures are looking pretty tasty - as they say.  Have you taken any outdoor photos of this in a while?  I'm curious to see how the colors/textures/shadows etc might play in brighter/natural light (even if you have no plans for taking final pics outdoors) and not in such close ups?  Even if it's overcast and not bright sun, which would probably make more sense with weathering you've done. 

 

Uhhh, yeah, a pretty specific pondering by me -  but, I am curious, as you've got enough going on to likely have some pretty interesting results 🤔  maybe good interaction of color/texture/shadows?   I'm usually surprised by some parts of builds with outdoor photos - the good and less good seem to both love the camera!  😄 

 

OK, I'll skulk back to the darker corners of dio building...lol 😄

 

Cheers

Nick 

Hi Nick, I am clinically vulnerable, not in the best of shape, so I haven't even been outside to put out the bins for over a month, let alone spend half an hour taking photos in the wind and rain! lol. I only half-jest! You're absolutely correct though. I'm not sure if you're aware but everything you see in the photos, going way back in this thread, is coloured with acrylic ink, and it really does alter quite drastically in colour, tone, contrast, transparency, opacity, etc etc depending on the type of light source, and the angle at which the photos are taken, and I don't think I've EVER photographed this building outside! And s byes, absolutely, natural light will make those 3-D effects  and textures pop out as well. So, yes, I will try to get some done as soon as the weather is better.

 

Happy new year!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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A belated Merry Xmas to all BM members and visitors, and in a more timely fashion, I wish you all a much better 2022!

Unfortunately, the better half and I are awaiting notice of a house move in the 'who-knows-how-long' future, so I'm not willing to get stuck into any serious 'big-modelling' jobs for fear of having to pack it all away again. So, I'm 'fiddling', adding bits and pieces, doing some super-detailing and the final weathering of what's already there.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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When you can't get 'stuck into' some serious work, 'fiddling' is a great option, improving things that could be better.......... that's virtually 95 percent of my model-making anyway! lol. So, I've been doing some 'super-detailing' and more weathering. The ONLY thing I'm not happy with at the moment is the interface between the red brickwork and the brownstone blocks at the tops of the walls. I'm going to fill and recarve some of those blockwork mortar gaps to form stepped brownstone blocks rather than a smooth slope. The original builder was an idiot! lol

 

Green plaster-dust washes for the walls, a heavier weathering of the door, with flaking-paint effects, and an improved copper door-knob

 

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This door, and the door on the ground floor were both made using 5 wooden coffee-stirrers CA'd together side by side, before the front and back of the doors were faced with paper, also Ca'd in place. This door was then bent back and forth to 'split' the paper along the joints to create the planks of wood. As the paper was impregnated with CA, it only 'cracked' partially, and everything held together. Thin CA was then applied to the front and rear of the doors, fixing everything solid again. Repeated painting with a sky blue, sanding, scoring with a scalpel, and rubbing back, removing SOME of the paper in the process, gave the effect seen below. I just have to add the latch/lock detail, hinges and probably some nails/studs to the door and it'll be finished. The door will be open and closeable.

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This door was constructed in exactly the same way, but didnt ungergo the bending-back-and-forth process to the same extent.  Again, I had painted the paper faces blue, and then gave them a going over with some sandpaper. I then doused the door with water and took to scraping the paper with a scalpel. I basically only removed the surface of the paper. I only took to scoring the paper at the tops an bottoms of the 'planks' to make them look rotted up and down the grain.  Brown washes were added in a very slap-dash way and allowed to dry and partially rubbed back. The white patches are remnants of the paper, with the blue ink sanded away, and they look like fungal growths, mold, rot. I'm very pleased with how this looks. I've since added nail holes/nails along the bracing beams and I'm in the process of making a latch/door handle.

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The other side of the door. This is an interior door, don't forget, so weathering would normally be light, but since the collapse of the building, the OTHER side has been exposed to the fully vagaries of the weather. THIS side, only gets a battering when the wind blows it fully open, now and then.

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I'm LOVING the chipped/flaking paint, dry-rot, wet-rot, fungal-growth effects on these doors. But don't think there's any 'skill' in producing any of. This door and the weathering took literally minutes. It's a case of gluing it all together, with CA, paint the paper, and attack it with sandpaper, a scalpel, apply washes and maybe attacking it some more.

 

PS, I was REALLY impressed with the hundreds of 'woodworm' holes in the wood, I wasn't aware I'd actually made any! Then I scrolled down the page and realised they were all tiny spatters of black ink on my laptop screen! lol

 

TFL

 

I wish you and everyone, a better new year, than the last!

Badder

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Badder said:

Hi Nick, I am clinically vulnerable, not in the best of shape, so I haven't even been outside to put out the bins for over a month, let alone spend half an hour taking photos in the wind and rain! lol. I only half-jest! You're absolutely correct though. I'm not sure if you're aware but everything you see in the photos, going way back in this thread, is coloured with acrylic ink, and it really does alter quite drastically in colour, tone, contrast, transparency, opacity, etc etc depending on the type of light source, and the angle at which the photos are taken, and I don't think I've EVER photographed this building outside! And s byes, absolutely, natural light will make those 3-D effects  and textures pop out as well. So, yes, I will try to get some done as soon as the weather is better.

 

Happy new year!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

Hi Badder - well, I hope you're on the road to recovery!  It's been cold and rainy here too - the sun just came out today after about three weeks of much needed rain - but, the cold!  I know, the cold here is nothing compared to other places, so I should stop with the complaining!  

 

I've also come around to using acrylic inks - I've used acrylic paints for a long time, but the inks do a great job weathering, that is, more transparent than straight paint.  There used to be a weathering product available for model railroad model building - the stuff was great - some "secret" blend of isopropyl alcohol and India ink, or so legend had it.  I used a lot of it - a great product.  But, as it's no longer made, I began experimenting with the acrylic ink.  My results haven't been as consistent as yours, but I keep trying!  I've found a method for weathering styrene that I like but am still hoping for better results with bass wood.  At one point I used a method that involved scraping colored pigment from a stick onto weathered wood, then adding more of the isopropyl, which had very nice results, but it is a very slow process - great at HO scale, less great at 1/35+!!! 

 

Your work on the doors looks great - the textures really jump!  I'm looking for a reason to build a larger scale, rundown shed to try out some of your techniques and others I've been pondering - someday - just need to think of what to do it for - 

 

 

Again, hoping all the best for your recovery, and yes, here's to a much better new year!

 

Cheers

Nick 

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1 hour ago, Stickframe said:

It's been cold and rainy here too - the sun just came out today after about three weeks of much needed rain - but, the cold! 

Thanks.

The best thing for replicating wooden objects, is of course, wood. I've not used Bass wood, cos it's a bit expensive, but I do appreciate how close the grain is, looking good for 1/35th scale I think. If I'm colouring wood, or plaster of paris, or paper, I apply the inks neat, either with a brush or AB. Absorbent materialS don't need many applications to make the colours 'solid'. Then I rub/sand/scrape/scribe/score/wash/re-apply repeat repeat to get the desired effects. It really doesn't take long and doesn't need to be done carefully, under a microscope. If I'm using plastic, I do apply a primer coat of acryic paint first. After that I apply the inks neat and might play around with ink washes a bit as well before sealing with a matt varnish. It might take several such applications,, depending on the colour to be applied, but I quite like applying multiple layers and rubbing some areas back, applying ink washes (diluted with water) rubbing those back, a matt varnish, and repeat, repeat. Enamel washes work fine over the ink once it's dried, but I don't bother and just use ink instead.

This is my Sherman Easy Eight with scratch-built added armour, which will feature in this Pit Stop dio. The OD base coat is acylic ink over acrylic paint primer, and the whitewash is is neat white acrylic ink. I think it was just two coats of white to get it er........ THAT white............. But then I rubbed it back to create the chipped and worn look. There's also some nice 'crazing' on the glacis where I accidentally overwetted the dried whitewash. I let it dry again but it shrank and cracked just like wet mud does in the hot sun, and the effect is quite nice. I often discover 'new techniques' by accident lol.,

I don't know what inks are available to you, but I use Daler Rowney 'FW' acrylic inks, which come in 29fl oz bottles with a pipette built into the lid. One drop goes MUCH further than acrylic paint, and as you say, is great for washes/weathering.

 

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Funnily enough, here in the UK the weather has been supernaturally warm, hovering around 15C (59F) for a few weeks, even during the night, when usually it would be in the minuses. Usually, we get south westerlies from the 'gulf stream' coming up from the gulf of mexico and that stops us getting as cold as New York does at this time of year. Yes, we are usually in the low plus and low minus figures, but rarely below -10c. This year we're being warmed by air/sea currents coming up from the west coast of Africa, very odd! It's much warmer than usual. I think we've had just one frost and I can quite happily sleep with the windows open. I would blame it on globular, um, globle warming, but I can't spell it. lol.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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Great to see some updates from your good self Mr B 👍

It may be unseasonably warm but if only it'd stop bloody raining ! I've a number of outside things I need to get on with but everything is constantly wet, I seem to remember a nice "Mediterranean climate" being promised here by the global warming brigade !

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On 12/31/2021 at 9:39 AM, Pig of the Week said:

Great to see some updates from your good self Mr B 👍

It may be unseasonably warm but if only it'd stop bloody raining ! I've a number of outside things I need to get on with but everything is constantly wet, I seem to remember a nice "Mediterranean climate" being promised here by the global warming brigade !

Not sure whether the UK climate transforming into a 'nice Mediterranean' one should be 'promised', like it's a good thing? I mean the Mediterranean itself and southern Europe would be transformed into desert and whilst we here in the UK were able to grow our own oranges, lemons, olives and dates, we'd have no one to pick, process, pack and distribute them, unless the people fleeing the Med/Southern Europe come to live here that is. lol

 

On that note, Happy new year and thanks for your continued support, it's much appreciated, and the same goes to everyone else of course.

 

Rearguards,

Badder.

 

 

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it's been a while since I've checked in.  This all looks great, as usual.  Nice job.

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On 1/3/2022 at 9:10 AM, Vince1159 said:

Happy New Year Badder and great work as always....

 

On 1/3/2022 at 9:35 AM, Pig of the Week said:

Indeed Mr B, I have as much belief in "forecasts" as I have in the tooth fairy... Tho amazingly it didn't actually rain yesterday :)

..a very happy and hopefully successful new year dear sir ! 👍

 

23 hours ago, RichO said:

it's been a while since I've checked in.  This all looks great, as usual.  Nice job.

Thanks chaps,

Nice to see you pop up from behind your model-stations. lol sorry for the late response, but I've been 'fiddling' a lot with the farmhouse, so much so that I've not taken photos or produced any vids lol. But when I look at the 'end' section of the building with the more or less totally collapsed walls and floor, it's looking so much better than it was and barring some fine details to add (and all the debris) is pretty much done. I will post pics in the not-too-distant future.

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