Daily Archives: November 23, 2015

Treant Familiar: Figure 181 of 265

Chris Palmer

   Once again I found myself short of time, so this weekend I grabbed the Treant familiar from the Familiars set, and prepped that to paint.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed ¾" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

       I began by painting the entire figure with Cermacoat “Territorial Beige”.  I then gave it a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the figure with Folk Art “Barn Wood”.  I then painted the mossy/leafy areas with Crafters Acrylic “Forest Green”, and gave the figure two eyes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”.  This was such a quick paint that I had almost finished before I remembered to take a progress shot!

     Next, I highlighted the mossy/leafy areas with  Crafters Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and then gave each eye a Black pupil.
       After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” in the morning.  Later that morning I flocked the base, and that evening I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     A nice quick little figure to paint, and I’m very happy with the results.   Let me take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving.  Hopefully over the holiday weekend I will have some time to paint!

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10mm Graham Farish building kits

Buck

A street of 10mm (N Scale) Graham Farish kits

A street of 10mm (N Scale) Graham Farish kits

At Barrage 2015 I picked up three Graham Farish 10mm (N scale) railroad building kits.  This weekend I finally took the time to assemble them.  While my assembly wasn’t perfect, I think the final outcome is passable.  With more practice, I think I could do a better job.

The box for one of the Graham Farish kits

The box for one of the Graham Farish kits

This is what the kits look like in the box.  There were apparently many different kits at one time.  I got these in a flea market, and I have not looked to see if they are still available.

The building blocks as they come out of the box

The building blocks as they come out of the box

When you pull them out of the box you get a bunch of these building blocks that have to be cut from the sprues and trimmed.  You get some instructions, and you get several sheets of facades to be applied to the building blocks.  I suspect these kits were quite old, but the gummy backs on the facades was still quite strong.  They are not die cut, so you trim the backs from the sheets, peel off the wax-paper backing, and stick them to the building blocks.

Another view of the building blocks

Another view of the building blocks

The various gummy-backed facades

The various gummy-backed facades

They assembled quite easily.  You almost don’t need the instructions.   There are some extra facades, so you can do a bit of customization.  The facades are meant to be photo realistic, and look pretty good once assembled.

A finished building

A finished building

There were even a couple of extra bits so that I could make these small sheds / garages.

On the whole, while a little large, I think the effect is good.  I really like the middle kit in the top picture that had the three stores.  The buildings will look okay in 10mm games and also some 10mm near future / science fiction games.

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