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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - tower
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:21 pm 
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Mapper wrote:
TheTarkLord - nope, toothpicks!

My go to for buildings is using bass wood and toothpicks. The planks of top of the building (and for the planks on my docks) is 1/8 inch by 1/16th, the pilings and supports for the building is 1/8 by 1/8 and the wider planks for the railing and around the top is 1/4 inch by 1/16. I try to keep everything in multiples to make it easier to plan and build. I'm lucky that I have a hobby shop nearby that carries balsa and bass wood for projects.

I use the tool in the picture to cut my wood, basically a razor blade on a lever for straight cuts down - just have to remember to replace the blade to keep it sharp.

For the planks on the side, I use flat toothpicks, cutting off the rounded and narrow end, using the middle part of the toothpick, which I flip to even out the widths.

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I like my chopper have worn out two. :sad:
The flat tooth pick is a good tip 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - bookcase display board
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:57 pm 
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In kinda of a mental block on my laketown houses conversion, I think I know what I want to do, just haven't done it.

I decided to try something else to see if that would get me going again so I took a couple of pieces of mdf; used a hole saw drill bit on one piece, glued it on top of the other, sanded down the sides somewhat and tried the decorative glass I had along with some old LOTR terrain pieces to add on top.

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Nothing too fancy, just something I can put on my bookcase and change out pieces depending on what I want to look at.

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Might do something similar for infantry battle scenes.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - bookcase display board
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:37 pm 
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A lovely scene!
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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Aspen trees
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:44 pm 
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Took my second set of Aspen trees (from grandcentralgems) that I had got from a train show and put them on some bases that I can rearrange around the battle field to add some needed color to boards.

At some point I will probable make a small mdf board to arrange them in a small strand of trees but I have lost access to my work bench as we are having some work done at the house.

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I would like to get some more but the trees from grandcentral are rather expensive if you can't get them at a discount at a show, so I am experimenting on making my own.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Barracks platform, more Knights
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:12 pm 
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Had a hobby productive weekend, seems like the first in awhile.

To get the height and layout I wanted correct for my Dale Barracks, I felt I had to build the platform first. Got the basic layout done and mostly planked until I ran out of bass wood. Will have to find time to get to the hobby store to get the rest I needed.

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And because you can never have too many Knights, I had bought four more metal ones off of Ebay. Because the metal ones do not come with shields, had to take some off of extra Minas Tirith warriors I had. Wish that Forge World or GW would make some spruces of just shields and weapons for the different factions in LOTR.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Wanted to try to do a Radagast on a horse so bought an extra one off of Ebay. I felt that Radagast wouldn't use a saddle or bridle on a horse so I used a Wargames Factory horse I had and shaved off all the leather bits. After taking some parts off Radagast with an x-acto, rearranging his right arm and hand and adding other places with green stuff - I think i'm close to being ready where I can paint the figures. I plan to paint both the mounted version as well as the running one at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:47 am 
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Radagast mtd turned out quite well. I've long wondered why Gamling mounted with banner never came with decals for his banner. I think the reason is licencing restrictions, which is probably why we haven't seen weapons and shields. Even the conversion sprue from back in the day was quite generic.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:38 am 
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Lovely!

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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Great stuff!
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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:40 pm 
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Nice looking conversion!
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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:10 pm 
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Horse choice is perfect. I doubt Radagast would want to ride a horse w/ a saddle
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 Post subject: Re: Mapper - Mounted Radagast
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:14 am 
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Very nice!
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