Saturday, 16 May 2020

Pretty Pictures: The first five for Waaagh! Orkzenhower!

After about a week of mucking around and experimenting, I've completed the first five models for Waaagh! Orkzenhower. The first thing I had to work out what skin colour - my usual Ork skin is a more 'natural' look, starting out with an olive green which would be far too close to the colour of WW2 GI uniforms. The solution was to go with a more traditional, brighter green Ork skin look, but it took a little while to work one out that was distinct from the uniforms. Then I had to work out how to paint the military green of the uniforms... Now that I've worked that out, I should be able to get the next lot out much faster...
Of course, getting decent pics is another problem, and I'm really not completely happy with what I have got.
Anyway, here they are.

I did try to get close ups on all of them, but they all came out rather blurry apart from the two above. I think I'll borrow the school's photo studio and lights next week and try for better.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Ishoo Wun-Ateen: Cardboard Cottage

Due to the shift to remote learning, my school has been setting up a whole swathe of new clubs to help our students socialise during lockdown times. One of the new clubs is my Scale Model Club. Since most of the kids have never built a model before, and since most of them don't have any exciting kits or materials, I put together a tutorial on how to build a simple model using only cardboard from packaging, and the sort of basic tools and paint which they are likely to have for art projects. Then I thought why sit on a perfectly good project? Why not get Grot to explain it for his many fans?
So here you are, you lucky people! Apart from the static grass added at the end (and you could skip that!) this whole cottage is made from two different cardboard boxes using nothing but a knife, a pair of scissors, a pen/pencil, a ruler, and some glue. I did use both PVA and Super Glue, but you can just pick one and use it for everything. I did also use two different knives, but either one would have been fine for the whole project. You'll also notice there are more photos than I'd usually use - since this was designed for novice modellers, I went into more detail than I usually would, taking two or three photos were I'd usually only take one.
Anyway, Grot time.

Well, there you have it besieged Hippo Fans! Working entirely in cardboard really took me back to the early days of my terrain career, when I was 13 and my nan gave me the original red How To Make Wargames Terrain book for my birthday. Look out for companion pieces to this coming in future!