A little of what you Fantasy

Si Benson

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Missed lots of this:flushed:.
Some excellent work John, figures and scenery look splendid. Can’t beat a bit of fantasy :thumb2:
 

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John,
Just caught up with your fantasy build and the latest additions, it really is coming together and there is so much to enjoy.
Cheers, Mike.
 

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Ta very much chaps. This is still keeping my mojo going on what is for me, a long build.

After endless hours of painting, touching up, repainting etc etc a have now got a bus for my merry band of adventurers.

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Nice little model but an "osti de cochon a peinturer" as we might say here. Give me some splinter camouflage at 1/35 any day.

John
 

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Hi John, missed this before…and what a great looking dio it’s going to be.:thumb2::thumb2:

Great scratch building and I love vibrant colours too, a most welcome change to all the OD and sand.:hugging-face:
 

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With the caravan nearly done I decided some flowers were necessary. This also gave me scope to try another new technique, new to me anyway.

No apologies for stealing this technique from Mr Andrew Belsey. I chopped up some spongey foam in a bladed coffee grinder. I then coloured the foam granules with fabric paint, to prevent them from going hard if I had used ordinary Acrylic. I made some stalks out of thin needles of bamboo painted a suitable shade of green. The leaves were punched using one of these things from green stuff world.

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Stuck together with some white glue this is what I got.

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I then transplanted these on to my dio.

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Easy gardening, beat that Mr Race and you other real gardeners.

John
 

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Nice fantasy gardening John. Big plus, no pollen to drive ones allergies nuts!
Love the flora man. Rick H.
 

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Hi John
Flowers look good. Great idea to use fabric paint - I wouldn't have thought of that.
Jim
 

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Great work John! I love the vibrancy of this. And nothing's stolen. We share techniques to inspire and help each other. That's why I'm here anyway!
Andy
 

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The colors, the details, the whimsy, the action, you've got it all going here John. Outstanding. Savage Mouse reminds me of Wee Forest Folk sculpts. PaulE
 

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Your kind comments are really appreciated and I am having lots of fun playing with new techniques etc etc.

I know some of you are already expert at this but for me casting has always been a dark art. Having looked at a number of fantasy based sites I saw that casting paving floors, walls etc etc was very common. So although I don't know what I am going to do with this yet I thought I would give it a go, and provide a simple SBS for anyone who wants to try the same experiments. I decided to try to cast a section of rough stone wall.

Step one involved cutting a 1cm thick sheet of insulation foam, and then cutting it into rough stone shaped blocks. I sanded off the edges to give a worn look and stuck them together with white glue to form a basic wall. I then took a sharp knife and cut this in half along the long axis and stuck both halves to a piece of firm card, Step 2. This was given a coat of acrylic sealer and a thin coat of Gesso just to protect it.

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I found some quick set silicone mould making putty in my local art store, Photo 4 shows the stuff I found. This comes in two parts, and like miliput etc you simply mix the two putties together to form the quick set moulding stuff. I smothered my rough wall with this mixture. Now this stuff takes about 10 minutes to set so you need to work fast.

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After 10 minutes I peeled the mould off the original and voila! a rubbery mould ready to go. Step 5. I then made two casts from this mould the first in Hydrocal (like plaster of paris) and the second in quick set resin mix.

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I think the result is very acceptable in both cases. The hydrocal version is probably cheaper to make than the two part resin mix.
I intend to continue casting these sections then to create some kind of house or castle etc by simply sticking them together maybe on a light cardboard backing. Notice that with the form I have made they fit together top to bottom, end to end and you can turn each casting in any direction so that the finished wall does not appear too repetetive.

I hope this is useful to someone.

John
 

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Just caught up John, some very impressive work so far.
 

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Vibrant it is John :cool: needed shades for the bus. You've put some of the real gardeners to shame with your instant garden. Nice production line on your stone casting.

Cheers,
Richard
 
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