Our webblog has been refurbished

After roughly 16 months we have re-installed our website. It took us a while to decide whether we should proceed with it or simply ditch the whole idea and post our work only on  social media. We decided to hang on to the website, or blog concept, after all. Although nothing really ever dissappears from the internet, we believe that eveything digital vanishes into oblivion rather fast, particularly on social media. So there you have it, our own website. Just like in the good old days, that aren´t even that long ago when you come to think of it.

Whatever reasons we have for making this website, we enjoyed building it and we hope that you enjoy viewing it.

A lot of the older work has been archived, and we have decided to focus on displaying only our latest work and some of our own favourites in the galleries.

We left the old blog posts intact as they contain some in-progress and step-step-by-step info you might find useful, and some in-progress articles are still relevant. Not sure if that’s a good thing though, as it means that the project still hasn’t been finished. Anyway…..

The intention is to use this blog also for show reports, to show you what’s on the workbench now and also to share other hobby related stuff with you that we think is worth sharing.

Enjoy viewing Stories in Miniature!

Margot and Robert

New bustes by Margot

New bustes by Margot

Margot has finished these bustes recently, the Necromancer and Wendat Warrior

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The Wendat Warrior depicts a Huron Indian and was featured as it came in the box. The Necromancer buste was modified as the original piece has a rather chunky, ugly looking shoulder piece on the left that looked pretty much out of place, so it was replaced with GWS gosts.

Both bustes were done in oils over an acrylic base.

More images in the gallery, as usual

Margot’s Boudica finished “Odi et Amo”

Margot finished the Origen Art bust depicting the epic Celtic warrior queen Boudicea or Boudica. The piece is titled Odi et Amo (I hate and I love). Base colours were done in acrylics and the majority of the painting was done in oils. More images in the gallery, as usual

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Boudica in progress

As I mentioned, Margot has been busy and still is.
One of the projects she’s working on right now is the Boudica bust, an epic miniature by Origen Art.
Sharing some in progress pictures seemed a good idea, so here we go:

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New entries in Margot’s gallery

Margot has been busy lately.

First there is her new project, Watch Out, Bilbo!, which shows the hobbit from FeRMinatures on a home made base including spiders, a giant mushroom, and “UHU”spiderwebs. Check out more pictures in her gallery

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Her “Colours Of The Ocean” received some additional TLC with an improved result. The images are also to be found in her gallery. Rumour has it that she tweaked this figure even a bit further after a conversation with a certain guy from the company that produces the figure…..but these rumours are yet to be confirmed 🙂

The base of “Sirens Call” was painted black after all, and seagulls seem to have tails. Something the manufacturer failed to add, so Magic Sculpt to the rescue. Some new images were made and added to the gallery, just because it looks so cool.

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“Sent from Heaven” is also recent additions, as well as a new set of images of Queen of Darkness (formerly known as “Vampire Queen”). Again she tweaked the painting of the vampire figure a bit, hence the decision to place new images.

Please enjoy the images and if you feel like dropping a line, please do so.

 

 

 

My Worst Nightmare

I am sure that I am repeating myself here, but this is another project that I started early 2014, maybe even late 2013. Who will tell? It has been lying on the shelf for lack of confidence probably, as it involves some serious sculpting. You know, sometimes you started something and end up thinking: “what did get myself into now?” Well, this is one of those projects.

Here are some in progress images. The steampunk bicycle is from Smart Max, with some scratch built additions. For the figure I used a plastic miniature, to have the proportions right at least 🙂 All details and most of the plastic was scraped off with a scalpel and I added a mix of Magic Sculpt and Green Stuff, or only Magic Sculpt.

The plastic arms were completely left off, and used for measurement purposes again.  I replaced them with wire and putty and are not done yet, as you can see from the pics. The guy is going to hold an umbrella and has to hold on to his bike, and frankly it took me a while to figure out a way to get it all done. Not regarding the umbrella of course, but the way the right-hand/arm-to-the-bike connection could be done leaving space for painting after sculpting and construction is done and to sculpt in the first place and still have everything still fitting at the end. Pretty tricky really. The right foot will be firm on the pedal, but the left one will be positioned in such a way that it appears to have slipped off the pedal. Think about it: you have several attachement points between the two subjects: right hand-bike, his butt on the sadle, and one foot on the pedal. Perhaps I’d better stick to building little tankies.

Head and hands are from the Hornet range, and I used Green Stuff to add hair, beard and side-whiskers,
The coat has a lead foil base, and the cuffs are from lead foil too. Shoe laces are fashioned from thin lead wire.

And in case you are wondering where this is leading to: hang on, as it’s getting weirder as we go. Water, waves, driftwood and a shark. Don’t ask. I haven’t called it My Worst Nightmare for nothing.

Enough talk, he’re the images of the story so far:

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To be continued

Snow Hunt diorama finished

I actually managed to finish this project during the holiday season. For some obscure reason I was a bit frightened to get started with the groundwork. The Fieseler Storch was ready for a while, although I still had to attach a number of parts that were left off, or had broken off, during previous weathering and painting steps, and I didn´t want to attatch them until the aircraft was about to be fixed to the groundwork.
In hindsight I decided to use only a part of the Storch’s  left wing,. Seemed better to me that way. Here’s a peek at the completed diorama, and more pics are avaiable in my Diorama Gallery

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The Aerosan went through some serious weathering. Looking at earlier pics I decided it was too boring and too clean, and that I should take it a few steps further.

So, here´s a shot of the almost finished Aerosan. Almost? Yes, indeed. When I was in the process of making the protective acrylic cover for my diorama I realized that the windscreen of the Aerosan was much too clean, so that was fixed after all the photo’s were taken. Well, you know what they say: I know it’s there 🙂

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More images of the finished Aerosan can be found in my Vehicles Gallery

For those interested in making the groundwork, I have added some snapshots I made during the process.

I found a too large gap between the ground and the botton of the aircraft, so I filled up the space with some cork strips and covered that with more wall filler. Why not just wall filler and no cork strips? A thick layer takes too long to dry and will certainly crack.

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The next step was making traces of where the aircraft hit the ground, disturbing the smooth top layer of the snow. I used cling film to prevent  the model being covered with wall filler.

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I used a mix of various brands of artificial snow, as well as some extremely fine aquatic sand that was absolutely white. You can also use white wall filler instead of that sand, but white wall filler tends to turn yellow over time. Same goes for other natural products like baking soda, reason I never use it. Anyway, the white sand came in handy as I didn’t need to colour it. It also has substantial volume, something the artificial snow lacks. I added water and plenty of white glue to make a nice white paste and covered the base again, with a thin layer of the mix.

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After the mixture was set, I sprayed white glue, thinned with water and a drop or two of dishwashing detergent over the whole base and sprinkled an even finer artificial snow with a sieve over the whole surface. The snow I used for this last step is by Techstar, a former VLS brand which is no longer available, I believe, and an extremely fine product from Scenery Workshop, which is in fact very fine glass. So, be careful when using such products, and wear a dust mask when applying it, as it is dusty a h#ll.

 

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The aircraft, Aerosan, figures and the trees are all fixed to the base using two component epoxy glue, the rapid drying, 2-minutes, version.

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The trees were the last elements to be attached to the base, in order to have better acces to everything that  was already attached. I always need to touch up things during the final process, so leaving the trees for last seemed logical. For the snow on the trees I sprayed them from the top with 3M Photomount and sprinkled the Techstar and Scenery Workshop powders over them, and repeated the process until I was happy with the results.

On to the next project that has been lying idle for too long as well.

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