Weekly Roundup – 22nd October 2017

It’s been a busy week with quite a few projects finished and some fun too.  I even managed a trip to the cinema and a bit of Halo Wars 2.

So what did I get up to?

First up I built a few Halo kits just for fun – they’re snap together, really easy and it reminds me how serious we can make our hobby when it can be just pure fun.  They have stickers, not decals, they’re not painted but they went together really easily:

Halo UNSC Warthog
Halo UNSC Warthog
Halo UNSC Pelican
Halo UNSC Pelican

Next up, I worked on getting the nasty gluing out the way on my background trees.  The video is on MRVP this month.  The results were great:

Background Trees
Background Trees
More Background Trees
More Background Trees

But my poor airbrush booth is a real sight:

My poor airbrush booth
My poor airbrush booth
Glue!
Glue!

I’m glad that batch is over!

I also finished filming my next MRVP video on midground trees:

MRVP Midground Trees
MRVP Midground Trees

I’m really pleased how they came out!

I did also get almost all my first YouTube Kino video done:

Video Editing
Video Editing

It’s a great kit from Doug Foscale’s Diorama Blitz new range which he sent for me to build. It’s a beautiful kit and I wish I had more time to build it as it’s so much fun to do. I’ve built all the wooden parts and started painting.

I was hoping to get on to some airbrushing for the next YouTube video on painting stone and stucco but editing videos took most of my weekend. I don’t think you realise how much time editing takes until you do it. It takes me longer to edit than record sometimes!

Here’s where I am so far though:

Kino Stonework
Kino Stonework
Kino base
Kino base

I’m also still dwelling on slate and was wondering whether to scratch that itch with the BRM cakebox challenge to do a diorama in 8″ square:

BRM Cakebox Challenge
BRM Cakebox Challenge

That looks like fun!

Time now to go and play some more Halo Wars 2.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup – 22nd October 2017”

  1. jolitzwr@yahoo.com

    I’m particularly eager to see-learn how you do stucco. I’ve tried several approaches, none of the particularly effective.

    What separates American model-builders from you, British and Continental modelers is that all y’alls (the Texas plural) are artists-cum-storytellers who work in the model RR medium. What I see in The … Review and Voie Libre are carefully constructed illustrations in 3D that both evoke an emotional response and narrate a place or happening. In the USA, many-many people are RRers first who don’t have much to say.

    Would love to hear your comments on my contention.

    Cheers!!

    Bill Jolitz

    1. Hi Bill

      Stucco should be fun but I’m starting with a hydrocal casting so the hard part is already done!

      There are plenty of people in the UK who are only interested in the railways, not the artistic side so I suspect it is more custom and practice. When you have a small space, you add more into it… Once there is a trend towards more detail, people follow along.

      Just my thoughts

      Kathy

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