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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Its been a while and Cheap Trees

Hi there chaps and chapesses

It has been a while since I have posted or it seems a while and I am finding the motivation to do the blog, post in forums, etc a little hard. This is not because of any lack of mojo on my behalf its more a matter of time. Recently, as some of you will know, I have been very busy with my "real" job and have been trying for a promotion to an Executive Officer, team leader to you and me, and I got it and I am trying to find that balance at the moment.

5x 15cm Model Mulberry Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Park Scenery
Any enough of that and on to what this is all about. I have ordered some trees from an ebay shop after seeing them at Partizan when a freind of mine, Tym, brought them down and I have to say I am impressed with them. The trees are quite serviceable as is but I have added a little finishing touches to them and I think it has totally changed them for the better.

Before
After

I brought four difference tree packs ranging from the 5x 15cm Model Mulberry Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Park Scenery, got to love the name, thats those above, to 10x 11cm Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Diorama Scene Layout, to 5x 16cm Green Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Layout Scenery to 3x Green Elm Tree Model 4.72" fit Railways Building Park Scenery Layout 1:75.

10x 11cm Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Diorama Scene Layout
I have to firstly say for the price, 23 trees for 11 quid including postage from China, is amazing. The actual trees are for the most part made plastic with a sort of clump foliage for the leafs, well the 15cm Mulberry trees and the 16cm Green  Model Trees with the 11cm Model trees also being plastic with a strange plastic leaf clump thing, which works rather well to the Green Elm trees which is a wire frame with a netting of fine clump foliage added.

Before
After

All I did to change them as they are a little bright and plastic for my liking is to apply a browny/black wash to the whole tree, truck and leaves alike and set it to dry. I would advise sprayed the trees with cheap hair spray or varnish before hand as little clumps do fall off,

5x 16cm Green Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Layout Scenery
Then I simple dry brushed the truck and branches with a couple of shades of light brown, I think I used a brown flesh and a tan colour, and then a couple of shades of lighter green, a light olive and a yellow green to bring out the leaves. 

Before
After

The bases dont come with any form of bases and have a simple rounded bottom to them. All I did was to cut the bottom off the rounded base and drilled a hole into the truck and attached a pin or wire to the base with hot glue and hot glued the tree to the base using the pin. Sanded and flocked as normal after.

3x Green Elm Tree Model 4.72" fit Railways Building Park Scenery Layout 1:75
The last ones I am going to talk about it the wire Green Elm Tree as they are a little different to the other trees I have got. The first difference is the truck and branches is made wire, which means they can be bent is any position you like. I have to say for Elms they really dont look like them but there are very nice trees giving that different look. As they have a wire truck fixing them to bases is a little easier by simple hammering the blunt end some it fans out a little and hot glueing it a the base.

Before
After

All in all I have to say that they are a good buy especially for the price but if you will put a little work into them to make they will look stunning and a fine addition to any battlefield. I am now off to give some more.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

More On the Blogger Meet UP at Partizan 16

Hi folks with Partizan being only a week away, gosh doesnt time fly quick, here are some more details of the Blogger Northern(ish) Meet Up.


Firstly the Meet Up is actually in the north of England as it is north of the Trent besides the Great North Road, that makes it northern on my soft, southern, fill in the blank, books.

I now at set a time and the place. I have moved the time for a couple of reasons but mainly a request from a fellow blogger and also myself. The pair of us are running games and it is very busy in the morning so moving it to the new time of 1:00pm better suits us and is generally quicker.

The place, as it is a new venue for Partizan and I am a little unsure of the good meet up points I have that we have meet up at my table, DG 19, and then move from there to a better place after. It should be easy to spot as there will be a two metre banner advertising the Very British Civil Forum and the game. I actually have an idea of where to go but I just want to you all to see my game, no actually just sort of made sense and also reminds me to get my skates on.

The Floor plan and where the table is.


VBCW Banner look like this.


Hope to see you all there and if there is any changes I will let you all know.

Have a Lovely Day

PK

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Blogger Meet Up North(ish) at Partizan

Calling all bloggers that go to or think about going to Partizan in Newark at the Newark Showground but have never really got around to it well here is your chance as for the first time ever in conjunction with the new venue for Partizan


So like the chaps and chapesses do at Salute I was thinking of a similar think for us Northern, okay Northern(ish) bloggers to meet up, get to know each other and have a chin wag about things, but most importantly put names to faces. Maybe you will get to know my real name, lol, but joking aside I think it would be a wonderful thing to do and who knows maybe this could be the start of the Bloggers Roadshow and have a little tour of bloggers meet up up and down the country, hang on I am giving a little in front of myself, but really these meet ups could be a good way to breathe some new air into the idea of Blog Con, who knows.

So if you are interesting in this and are coming to Partizan lets make it a date and say we will meet up, somewhere at the moment and I will come back to you all with where, at noon in the George Stephenson Pavilion, Newark Showground on Sunday 22nd May.

Put share this and re post, so we can make this in the word of the Wild Stallions,

Most Excellence! 

I hope to see you all there.

Have a lovely day

PK
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