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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Monday, 19 August 2013

The Farm - my first battle video

Greetings my friends!

Monday today, and my hands are filled with paint. As you allo know, I usually paint models but, in this case I am painting my balcony's railings.

It's what I call a nightmare. It's a different thing to paint little men and vehicles, and a totally different thing to paint details like the ones you are seeing in the photo below.

And yet, I have to give them a second hand (lots of details must be repainted).
But, complaining is just a waste of words and feelings.

I have prepared for you my first video which is about a small skirmish battle, I recreated some days ago. If you remember, in my last post I told you that I am going to have a surprise for you.

The pictures of this video have been processed through Photoshop (not the models, I only added some small effetcs and I have made the original colours a bit dull, just to give a 'warlike' feeling about it).

The story is about an attack of British forces to a Normandy farm held by the Germans. . . 

You will find some of the graphics a bit childish and...experimental, but please forgive me, since I have just started playing with programs like Photoshop and After Effects. At least it has sound effects in it! :-)
I promise that the next video will be better.

Enjoy the show boys and girls!

I hope you liked it.
Have a great Monday night everyone! 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Telegraph Poles

Greetings amici miei,

Hope you are all well.
As I am waiting for my folding tables to come (and since my budget is stretched to Its outmost limit), I came up with the idea to make some Telegraph poles.

As you may already know, if you search through the web, there are plenty of options available. The most characteristic product is Dapol’s CO24 - Telegraph poles.
Even though they are a bit old in terms of manufacture date, they are considered as good models and most of all budget friendly. However, since I am a rather selfish sod, I decided to make some (well they came out 50 of them) by myself.

The materials I used were the following:

  • Bamboo skewers
  • 5 cent coins (2.5 euro / cost - a small expense for their stability) - used as bases
  • Thin balsa strips (1mm) - two per pole
  • Small cylindrical (very small actually - 4 piece/pole) piece of cotton buds holders (the little white ones you’ll see placed on top of the vertical balsa strips)
  • Sand
  • PVA glue
  • Static grass

Below you see the fruits of my efforts. If you take out the time I spent I needed to make fifty of them (I know, I exaggerated once more), it was very easy to make them, and they should fit nicely on every WW2 tabletop.

For this reason I prepared for you a small present, a video showing them placed next to my home made Normandy houses, whilst Panzers are on the move, seeking to burn some Allies’ Shermans (I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop - stay tuned, something big will show up...)!

Vroom vroom everyone! :)

I hope you like it.

Have a great Monday night everyone!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Folding tables

Greetings everyone!

It's been (again) quite some while since our last ''meeting''. Life, holidays, SWMBO, friends, family have found some cunning plan to get in my way - as usual. 

I have been dealing with various on-going projects simultaneously, but, no pictures from any of them I am afraid.

I just wanted to tell you that I have placed the most significant order up to date (the one I should have done since the beginnning - but I learn as I get older as we say here in Greece) - my tables!

I was searching various products on the web (room space in my flat is a big issue), so I concluded in buying two folding tables (see photo below). Their dimensions after unfolding will be 1.83m x 0.76m / each. I guess that these two buggers when standing side by side, will be able to bear my Grass-dressed mdf sheets, that I am planning to make soon.

In case you have the same room-space issues I have, you might consider this plan as an alternative. I wish I had a big spacious room, only for my little men, but, a man's got to do, what has to do with what's available.

Have a great Wednesday night everyone!