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Postby Sir Briand » Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:00 pm

Chris, many thanks for that nice glimpse into the heart of Exmoor. Love that pony :D . Also like the wall details around the yard. Am planning on working on Upton over the next couple of weeks prior to the Bracebridge show. You has spurred me on :P :P .
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Postby Insanity prawn boy » Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:09 pm

Sir Briand wrote:You has spurred me on

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:47 pm

Nice pics once again Chris, typical Exmoor architecture. I can just picture a wagon in the stable yard :) . I would hazard a guess that it's in the Exford/Simonsbath area looking at it, but it could be just about anywhere on Exmoor, a truly unspoilt corner of the country.
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Postby Insanity prawn boy » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:26 pm

It's a few hundred yards up the road from Tarr steps:
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The stable was right next to our hired holiday cottage (back in Witsun), note the Land Roverroof rack in the first picture!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:07 am

[quote="Insanity prawn boy"]It's a few hundred yards up the road from Tarr steps:

Thought it looked like that area of the moor, Tarr Steps is about 2 miles south of Exford. Not been around that way for a while, but I expect it has changed since the introduction of the ban on hunting, which was a major part of the community.
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Postby Sir Briand » Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:37 pm

At long last the folk at Upton Whent have something to ride around in relative comfort on. A passenger vehicle has arrived. All will be better when Phil and Dutch get some colour in their cheeks :roll: .

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Postby Sir Briand » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:13 pm

Well Phil now has some colour and this is how he got it.

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First off he was painted black and then dry brushed with white acrylic tube paint so that ideally only the high spots got coloured. Note the high quality of the brush used.

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His shirt was painted using liquid craft acrylic that comes in the little 2 fl. oz containers. First off was a wash of diluted colour taking care not to get the black vertical edges sullied. Then, when this was dry, a small brush was used to put the raw colour on the high spots. Frankly, I don't like the liquid stuff for this job. For one you can't get it thick enough to dry brush which is the best way to colour up the high spots. The pigment is also much coarser than that in artist quality tube acrylics and the appearance suffers somewhat.

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His trousers have now been coloured as above.

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His face was painted using artist tube acrylic and a very fine brush. After much trial and error I have decided the best flesh colour for me is Liquitex Acrylic Artist Colour Light Portrait Pink. It is made in England. His right eye is buggy :cry: . The pupil should not have white showing above or below it. In fact, painting his eyes took far, far longer than the rest of him :roll: . In this scale paint a thin black line and then add a dot of white to either side was what I remembered I ended up doing in the past. It worked. His lips are also too fat.

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Corrective treatment has been given and Phil looks ready to take his place in the new coach. As you look at him on your computer screen he probably looks pretty ugly. Might I suggest you get up off your rear and have a look to your screen from a distance. Then I hope you will appreciate just how well this technique works.

After looking at all this I went back and ran a little dark brown into the spaces between his fingers. A definite improvement.

Dutch will be next and I am going to use the tube paints this time. Standby for next instalment.
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Postby shortliner » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:34 am

Pic 3 looks like something out of "Night of the living dead"! Nice set of pictures though and a great final result. I remember way back in a previous life, when I used to paint Citadel wargame figures for people, converting (new head, and reposing arms) a semi-nekkid slave girl, and then giving her full makeup - never again! Mind you - it cost the client!
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Postby Sir Briand » Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:40 am

Finally caught up with all the good happenings after a few days up in the Muskoka area. Congratulations Richard on another gnifty gnatty layout. Muskoka is a land of lakes and rocks. A famous tourist area for well over a hundred years.

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The Segwun in the foreground was launched 129 years ago. After numerous adventures she was rebuilt and relaunched 25 years ago A genuine steamer and a wonderful way to see the big lakes in the area. The Wenonah II, in the background, is new, diesel powered and was launched in 2002. She was built with all the style of a 1907 Muskoka vessel but with mod cons like a/c and an elevator. :shock:

The trains used to run right onto the original wharf and passengers just crossed over into the boats. Standard gauge alas, but a basis for a gnifty layout.

The Huntsville and Lake of Bays railway (42") is also in the area. http://www.portageflyer.org/

Here endeth the tourist promotion :P :P


The reason for the visit was a train show, and of course Upton was there. The boys were all in a tizzy because a hitchhiker appeared. Presumably a wandering tourist :roll: .

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No wonder Jon has a smirk on his face. :lol:
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Postby Sir Briand » Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:34 pm

Turns out the hitchhiker is the Lord of the Manor's ex-mistress's daughter come to cause a bit of a rumpus :!: :shock: I must be watching too many BBC made mysteries on PBS :lol:

Upton now has a new loco whose progress has been documented elsewhere as some of you are well aware. :) To keep the chronicle of Upton itself here up to date I include the following portrait.

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This is Binky, a small "Cranberry Special" Brookville, a superdetailed Schomberg Scale Model's kit of "Winky".

Building her occupied my time and now she is finished I can turn to the layout itself. I had noticed that there was an awful lot of bare, boring roof to look at and decided to jazz the long stable block one up with a cupola. This left the other tall roof in need. Searching through the treasure box I came across some birds of indeterminate scale and type. They looked as if they would do for 2 pigeons on the roof.

The following images are befores and afters.

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I was quite surprised at what a difference doing this made. Now to carry it into effect. :D :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:47 pm

That cupola just cries out to have a clock in it Brian, fairly common in this part of the world so everybody working around the yard could always check the time. Sadly cheap watches these days always seem to have LCD displays, otherwise having it working could be a bit of fun.
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Postby Sir Briand » Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:54 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:That cupola just cries out to have a clock in it Brian, fairly common in this part of the world so everybody working around the yard could always check the time. Sadly cheap watches these days always seem to have LCD displays, otherwise having it working could be a bit of fun.


4 clock faces or 1 clock face :?:

Think I will stick with louvres. :(
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:09 am

Sir Briand wrote:4 clock faces or 1 clock face :?:
Think I will stick with louvres. :(


Normally only the one :)
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Postby michael » Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:36 am

Go for the clock Brian, It only has to be correct twice a day.
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Postby scott b » Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:35 pm

I think you could pick up a clock face at Lee Valley for that cupola. Then we could all tell what time it is at the shows!
Perhaps a few roof vents as well might break up the expance of roof.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:40 pm

:lol: Sorry Brian, perhaps I had better keep my ideas to myself in future :)
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Postby dr5euss » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:22 pm

That's a good idea Brian 8)

I like the watch idea too, though I don't think using a digital clock would be a problem - there's a prototype for everything :lol:

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Postby DCRfan » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:55 pm

Forget the temperature. The clock could show time and voltage or amperage.

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Postby Sir Briand » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:54 am

Time will tell what I do. :lol: Thanks for all the helpful :?: suggestions.

To pass the time today I got bird watching, or rather bird making.

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This is the first time I have ever got really serious about trying anything with Milliput. Some of the birds turned out to be reasonably good. The others belong in cartoon land.:oops:

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Dug out my old "Green Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe" to get some of the colouring approximately close to reality. What we have are a pair of Ringed Doves, 4 Blackbirds, a Thrush, a Coal Tit, a Blue Tit, a Raven, a Turtle Dove, a Hen Harrier and some unknowns.

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Sort of pleased with the Doves. I love the name, Hen Harrier. :roll: He sits up in the big tree looking for hens I guess. :wink:

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The birdies do sort of brighten up the landscape. The Blue Tit is there as are 3 blackbirds. Now that the bug has bitten I must improve the breeds, but first TIME needs to be looked after :!:
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Postby Peter » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:02 am

Brian, I am truely awestruck.
The birds really do look great :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:43 am

I know i said I would keep my ideas to myself, but when you post stuff like this, I cant help it :) . That structure on the roof, just has to be a Dovecote. Something like this maybe, but not quite so elaborate given the setting.
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Brian, these birds are fantastic, I dont know about cartoon like, I would be pleased to find space on a layout for any of them. Any chance of a masterclass on how you did them, I'm sure I'm not the only one that would appreciate more info on how to do it. I cant think of a layout scenario that wouldnt benefit from a few birds around the place, even inside my mine I could find a place for a canary :)
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:45 am

Brian,

Truely amazing. Personally making things like that was always in the much, much to hard basket, I now realise that is not true. But have I the skill and patience. Oh for the Starship Enterprise replicator.

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Postby AndyA » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:32 am

Brian, they're wonderful. I, too, would welcome, if not a full masterclass, then a couple of photos of how the bits fit together. I might even have a go at a seagull or two. :)

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Postby shortliner » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:58 am

Oddly enough I've just been making some HO scale crows (a bit oversized, but look okay!) for my palm trees - these were done by "moulding" some droppings of Hot glue when it has cooled a bit. - my problem is trying to post pics, which I can't get to work- I have some flying as well - done the same way i used to build flying dragons. The smallest is a little blue parrot sitting on a fan palm leaf! Love that Hen Harrier
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Postby MOG » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:11 am

Really inspired/ing Brian. It's amazing how they bring the scene to life. The little group of blackbirds works a treat.. very real.
I've done a sleeping cat but never tried birds.. you may have started something off!

Cheers for your figure painting sequence pics. I've been painting wargames figures for years and nearly always use exactly this method (black, drybrush and colour/highlight). Although generally on MUCH smaller figures. Have yet to master the techniques of white undercoat with stains and washes, which can look very effective.

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