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Ok its finally finished.

I ended up going for a simple plasticard base and just

basic vegetation. If the base had been any bigger it would

of limited the amount of places I could of used it on a terrain

board.

So to sum it all up. Due to lack of 15mm windmills on the market

in the Normandy style, I decided to scratch build one. The tower is

made from plastic tube and has modelling clay on the outside giving

the stone effect. The top of the windmill is styrene with modelling clay

on the outside giving the tile effect. I also used balsa wood to make the

sail connection.

The sails are borrowed from another 15mm manufacturer of windmills and I used

an iron rod to connect the sails to windmill. Thus the sails actually turn and

are not fixed in place. The door on the windmill is balsa wood and the windows

are pinched from an “N”guage model railway building.

I tried to go for the overall look of recently abandoned.

Anyway it was lots of fun making it and hope you like it.

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Things are on the move finally. I finished the top

which is styrene covered in modelling clay. I also managed

to get the connection between the sail and mill sorted

which took an eternity to get just right.

Its presently had a few starter coats of paints on it and I am

about to base it on something a bit bigger. The basing will

help it stand up and keep it safe from big clumsy hands like

mine.

More soon.

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I have been wanting a windmill to sit on

my terrain boards for ages and fed up with the

lack of ready made terrain to do the job I

decided to have a go at building one myself.

So here is the plan. First,I cut off a small

length of black plastic drainpipe tube. After much

thinking I decided to achieve the stone effect with

DAS modelling clay as it gave me the ability to get

exactly what I was after. Its simply moulded around

the drainpipe and I used a small knife to mark out

the stone relief, windows and door.

Next up I need to create a roof, build some door and

window frames plus add lots of paint. I have found a

windmill sail from a bargain bucket which can be adapted

to the correct type. This should help speed things up.

Below is the DAS modelling clay after sculpting.

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Only got to wait 3 days now for it to dry lol.

Been playing with hedges again and having lots of fun in the process.

My hedge is made from fish tank filter, wire and sea foam. There are also

a few other bits added for fine detail.

I have also been painting up a huge amount of German armour so seems ideal

to combine the two.

First up the hedge with vehicles hiding behind it :

Click on any picture to enlarge

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The vehicles:

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The proof those vehicles really were behind the hedge:

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Finally another hedge close up :

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Its no bocage hedge ,but more of a normal type.

Thanks for looking.

Flak1

Some things take an age to complete and this is

a prime example. Its been in a box for over year

and I felt it was time to clear the backlog. Its

made by Cama models and the flak gun sitting in

the middle is a Forged In Battle 2cm Flak Vierling.

I scratch built the raised platform for the flak gun

to sit on(which was a common thing in real life) and

added a base for it all to sit on. There are a few other

scratch built bits on it as well.

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Once again you could use it as an object marker or just

more terrain.

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I recently bought a few goodies at a local model

railway show and one in particular that caught my

eye was a used tower/mast in a box of spares. I am

not sure of the manufacturer but believe it could be

Marklin ? Anyway,a quick scratch built aerial was

added to the top and a few bits added to the base and

we now have a radio/aerial mast for our Germans to

guard. I also added a few coats of paint and rust in

various place. It can be used as an object marker or

just an extra bit of scenery.

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Must go to more railway shows.

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I have had this stuff lying around the man

cave for some time now and as New Year resolution

I decided to work my way through the back log and

create some space.

First up is some simple but lovely back gardens made

by Tiger Terrain that fit nicely onto the back of

their terraced houses and shops. They would also fit

easily onto any other makers buildings as well. As

soon as I saw these gardens I had visions of ” A

Bridge To Far” and paras jumping gardens in Arnhem.

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Of a similar nature is this ruined house and

walled garden, once again by Tiger Terrain.

Plenty of room in the ruin house for troops, a pak

gun or even a tank. The walled garden just adds

a little extra dimension.

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For more information follow the link to
Tiger Terrain.

Just so you know, I am still madly modelling

and the work is already building up.

Some finished pieces as of late include a stack

of 15mm field gates, some grave stones and a pile

of sand bags. All made by Loic Neveu.

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More stuff coming soon.

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You might of noticed that my previous post called,

More completed Loic Neveu 15mm terrain” had a hint

of something more to come ? Well about 3 months ago

I noticed that I had been using a large amount of useful

information(tutorials and painting guides) from a few select

blogs and websites. One particular site I am very fond of is

Modeldads and as a way of saying thank you for all the

excellent posts on that site I decided to give something back

in the way of a painting tutorial for the Loic Neveu 15mm building

pictured below.

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So happy Christmas modeldads and thank you Justin for allowing

me to contribute to your fantastic site.

Please check out the tutorial and the other great posts

on modeldads.

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Its not 2016 yet I hear you say ! Well, who cares I have

downed tools for this year and decided to look back at

what I managed to get completed.

Here is the quick list:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 Normandy terrain boards.
11 Backdrops.
10 Curved walls.
9 Normandy houses.
8 Model trees.
7 Horsehair hedges.
6 Stained glass windows.
5 Tutorials.
4 Ruined houses.
3 Infinity Order Sgts.
2 Normandy Tigers.
1 and a Bergepanzer in a pair tree.

Ok enough of the gags just check the pictures

out and see for yourself.

Just click on a picture to enlarge.

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Highlights of the year personally for me was getting those

Normandy terrain boards finally finished and really getting

my skills up to scratch on painting buildings. If I had to

choose just one thing from the whole year as my all time

favourite, it would be the Infinity Ice Diorama

picture which was so much fun to do.

Happy Christmas to everybody and may your New Year have

less models to paint than what I have planned.

Oh finally aims for next year ? Well I aim to do a lot

more dioramas and I must get that Infinity terrain finished.