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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WIP Scratchbuilt House

First things first.  The painting Challenge for the title of Supreme Master of The Universe is being held on Monday, August 6th. In order to make this an unbiased contest Ray and I have come up with the following scheme.

Each of us takes two photographs only-one from the front and one from the back.  Figures will be photographed in front of a white background in order to eliminate visual cues that could indicate whose figure is whose.  A poll will be placed on the right sidebar of my blog so that voting is anonymous. The post will run for one week.

Now all that said, I know that some of you will be able to tell which figure is mine. I want to make it clear to my Hooligans that I do not want you to vote for me out of friendship or sympathy. That would only bring me shame.  Please vote for the figure that is painted the best.

Onto my first scratchbuilt house.


Because I've no real idea of what I'm doing, I am only working on one element at a time. This is the front of the house. I have dwarfs coming in September and I hope to use this house for their town.


I made the stones for the house using really cheap patching plaster and I used kitchen matches to make the windows.


The wall was cut from styrofoam which I then painted gold. To make the stones I used the back end of a paintbrush. Slopped it on and let it dry.


This is a close-up of the door. I wanted it round because this is a fantasy piece and I wanted to embellish it with bright and shiny bits because I'm a girl.  The piece in the middle and the door handle were both made from old earrings that I found in my jewelry box.


I bought little kid modeling clay for one dollar and...


.....used it to make the door bit.  I used a pencil to carve out a simple design then painted it first in metallic black and then highlight with silver.  All the paints I used were cheap acrylics from the hobby store.

I think this turned out well enough to bother with making the rest of the house. I'll learn a lot by trying to make a shingled roof, a chimney and a covered porch on the side.

I've got a lot on the painting table right now which is good, but also bad because I keep going from project to project and now have three going at the same time. And on top of that I keep buying more figures. I'm not sure if this is normal, so if any of you work like this let me know.

I'll be in today to comment and reply but I have to take my computer in for some repairs and the Hubby has a doctors appointment so I may get to some of you late, but I will get there.



69 comments:

  1. Nice looking, and pretty cool use of everyday items to make it happen.

    Waiting for the photos to come up to vote though.. am curious as to how they will come out!

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    1. So am I as I'm not even done painting my mouse figure yet. I work very slowly.

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  2. Ray has hired a professional photographer with his painting money but don't worry Anne I'll fix him.....

    No Ray you can't see what I'm typing....
    Get off me.....
    You'll get a smack...
    Stop crying and get off the floor!

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    1. Hired a professional? Oh my, oh my. And now he's crying on the floor. This is troubling.

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    2. I knew he was going to cheat, the git. Remember how he stockpiled for the Analogue Painting Challenge.

      Go give him a swift kick in the crackers Angry.

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    3. Your a lying shitbag Fran, you even took a pic of me trying to take the bloody photo's I've just sent to Ann.
      Its him that needs the cracker kick, which I'm gonna do right now!

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  3. Very nice! I really like the door - especially the use of jewellery bits - I've started loitering in those sections of HobbyCraft now - I get odd looks...(more than usual anyway).

    For wooden bits grab more coffee stirrers than you need from Starbucks for when you run out of matches. :-)

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    1. i'm going to see if the Hubby will let me go to Starbucks and the hobby shop today after his appointment. I need to work out how to make mountain scenery and I'm going to need little farm animals and I think the hobby store has those.

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  4. Nice one! To me, the colors are a bit strong, but as you pointed out, it's fantasy, so evrything is allowed :D

    Why did you use clay that "never dries out"? Guess that's not what you want :P

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    I keep going from project to project and now have three going at the same time. And on top of that I keep buying more figures. I'm not sure if this is normal
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    Oh yes. This is so normal. Infection progress... ;)
    Feed it. Feed us!

    //Mojo

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    1. The kids used this clay when they were little and it dries out. If it cracks I'll replace it with green stuff, but I only have one package of it and I have plans for that. It is bright but when I make my tavern it will be Medieval and that will be historically accurate.

      I can't stop myself, truly I can't. I'm looking at doing a piece from Flames of War that is a diorama of Rommel and Monty.

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  5. Love your painting projects and thank you for showing how you are making all the pieces.
    I am pretty sure your buying sprees are pretty normal for anyone who is loving a hobby. You should see me at the paint shop

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    1. I know you are prolific and have more than one project going at a time. It helps to know I'm not alone.

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  6. I'll make a concession for you Anne after reading this haha. If I like Ray's better I just won't vote, there's no way I could vote against you! I think you might win though because your work here is awesome. Seriously, I mean you've not even been doing it that long and it looks amazing!

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    1. You haven't seen any of Ray's work yet. I'm going to get trounced, but I don't care a bit. If I get 10 percent of the vote, that will be a good showing for me and I'll feel pretty good. I'm learning and having fun so that's what matters most.

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  7. That looks great! I guess the colour of the back 'wall' and the 'stones' complement each other pretty well!
    Nice job so far!

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    1. Thank you kbud. I'm going to make curtains for the windows, the men don't think about these things, but I do.

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  8. Hola.
    Muy bonito y muy util como usas lo que tienes a mano alucino,la puerta parece a la de los del bloson cerrado.
    un saludo

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    1. Gracias

      Me da mas dinero para gastar en las cifras.

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  9. I think it looks great too Anne. The stone work is really effective. And yes, your buying is very normal!!

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    1. I'm going to be going through the alley behind the liquor store here and try to score a wooden crate like the one you have. It's a great idea for getting wood and the wood already has character.

      I'm so glad that other people do this. I can't stop myself.

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  10. Good start Anne.
    Yes its quite normal to have several things on the go at once...in fact its beneficial, as while one thing is drying (whether its paint or glue) you can be working on someting else, so you are not wasting any time.
    Keep up the good work.
    I like the ear-ring door handle - I'll have to raid the wifes jewelry box... ;-)

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    1. Your wife will have your head on a platter if you do. The only problem is that pesky things like housework and cooking are getting in the way of my hobby.

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  11. Very cool, looks like a fancy hobbit house-perhaps the dwarves took a liking to hobbit's round doors :)

    3 projects at once, buying more minis before the others are finished.. yes. this is perfectly normal. It's a long held belief that a hobbyist dies when the last miniature is painted, explaining why we collect more than enough for 5 lifetimes, it's just prudent protection.

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    1. I keep finding excuses to buy new figures. I have just convinced myself that I have to have some mini's from Lead Adventures because I need townspeople for one of my stories.

      If that is true some of you guys are going to live forever with the number of mini's you have stockpiled.

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  12. Clever use of what's-around-the-house to build your world. Lookin' good, Anne.

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    1. Thank you Joe, it leaves me more money for figures.

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  13. I think having anonymous voting and not saying who painted which figure does make it pretty fair. I loved the house, it looks great. You did a good job there and I especially love the door.

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    1. It will make people more comfortable with voting because it's anonymous and it will let them be honest and not feel bad about it. I want it to be fun and fair.

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  14. You are doing a fantastic job with your painting! And you are getting creative using random items such as matches and earrings to enhance your awesome work! I think your stone work has turned out exceptionally well!

    Keep it up and Ray will be shaking in his boots, as well he should be!

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    1. I'll be playing around with different techniques until I find something that really works for me. There's a learning curve here and I'm still at the bottome of the curve.

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  15. I'm not sure if you have one in the area but both Hobby Lobby and Michael's carry FIMO which is probably a better choice for clay if you can get it. You can bake it to harden it when you are happy with your shape. It's looking good! Another source for wood is coffee stirrers but I'm not sure if you can find them at Starbucks or not.

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    1. i just got back from Strbucks and took two handfuls of stirrers. I'll go again next week and take a bunch of kids with me and we'll clean the place out. I'm going to have to come up with something cheap to model with because I want to make some mountain terrain.

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    2. A good source of cheap material are housing projects. The blue and pink close celled insulation foam is ideal for making hills and mountains. You can usually find plenty of odd shapes in the trash piles outside of new construction.

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  16. Your doomed Anne! Before you know it you will have different boxes for different modelling elements such as basing and construction; oh wait that's me! It looks lovely Anne and I know the Dwarves will feel right at home. I haven't forgotten about your photography tutorial but considering that you need to show off your entry to the best and with some trepidation at teaching you to suck eggs, here is what I do;

    1. The white background extends some way back, giving a feeling of depth and avoiding the casting of shadows on the back.

    2. Always try to use natural light and never be tempted to use the flash. I have a small lamp with a daylight bulb that I position right on top to take out most of the shadows.

    3. Use the highest f. you can (f. 29 - f.32) this will give you a greater depth of field and mean all parts of your miniature are in focus.

    4. Place the camera on the table in front of the miniature and use a shutter release cable or button. You'll need to do this because the shutter speed will be so slow to compensate for the aperture.

    Hope all this helps and best of luck Anne.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Photographing this is going to be the hardest part as I've never done it with a set white background. I'm going to start practicing with the photobox set-up I put together. The box I bought has height and depth and should give me a lot of space to play with.

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    2. I had a hell of a lot of trouble photographing mine, I must have taken at least 80 odd pics! Drove me around the twist, more than it did painting the bloody figure.

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    3. Guess what. I'm still painting my feckin' mouse. I dread the photography bit as I've never done one with a white background. I'm truly and properly fecked my friend.

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  17. That looks amazing there and I wish you all the best with this. I have to say i am rather surprised, in a good way, by your talents there, most be the Irish spirit within you allowing free expression.

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    1. Thank you. Almost everyone in my family does something musical and artistic so this is typical for one of us. The Irish are a creative lot and I think it's because we've had such a hard time of it that we pour our souls into the creative arts.

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  18. it is so lovely to see the whole process and how you make something out of nothing! Really interesting, Annzie!
    Keeping fingers crossed both for the hubs and for your computer.

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    1. I just got home and I have to buy a new keyboard and I'm going to order that tonight. The Hubby isn't doing real well right now and the therapist doesn't think there will be a way to avoid the next surgery. He's going to do his best, but he says there's not much hope.

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    2. oh, those are bad news, Anne! Do you know when it will happen?

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  19. Such a beautiful and talented woman. xo

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  20. Beautiful job, Anne. I can't wait to see it finished. Have you decided how you will do the roof, yet?

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    1. I'm going to make individual tiles for shingles. I've got some lovely glitter paper and I'm going to alternate colors for this piece. I read a tutorial and I know it's going to take a long time and be a lot of work, but I want to give it a shot.

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  21. Your scratchbuilt house is sweet! Thank goodness there's a use for old earrings.

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    1. I've got all kinds of old costume jewelry and charm bracelets are the best.

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  22. So if the opposite is true and the cat would never ever vote for you, does that mean I have to vote for you? hahaha pffft that would just ruin my streak, we can't have that.

    And great job too, was it fun playing with the clay like a kid again? haha Also normal to have ten things on the go, as the cat does too at his show.

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    1. We can't have you being nice to me now Cat, it would mean the world is coming to an end. Jesus what would people think, 'twould be scary indeed. You, Cat, were not made for sitting still and your mind never goes silent.

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    2. Yeah that is true, no matter the crap that comes due the cat will have is say. And if I want it to stop I'll just put on a nicey nice diplay and the world will end, seems easy enough haha

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  23. I love it, Anne! I love how you are using things from around your house to incorporate into your hobby. If you are only working on three projects and still buying more figures, I wouldn't worry. Devin does the same exact thing and he's been doing this for years. =P

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    1. I just hope she won't pluck diamonds off her rings and jewellery in order to stick them into some plaster wall LOL :p

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    2. LOL - That would be tragic! Only the opals should be used =PPP

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    3. There's no way I'd use the good stuff on these. The Spawn would kill me as she's already got dibbs on all my jewelry after I die. She would notice if just one piece went missing. Just the cheap costume stuff I never wear is fodder for projects.

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    4. The Spawn has the smarts just like her mom!! Send in the fodder first, smart girl! =)

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  24. Very good - nicw to see you expanding your imagination and skills. If you try putting superglue over the clay it should harden it up as well.

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    1. Thank you Dave. The superglue would probably keep it from cracking which I expect may be an issue. I'm going to have to find something cheap but that is better because I'm going to be needing large quantities.

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  25. this is really cool...i am liking the textures and the detail...i like how th rocks are coming out...lots of mortar showing so i might tighten it up a bit...

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  26. Sky is the limit!
    Well done Anne! Your ingenuity really comes out now...Im impressed! :)

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  27. Thank you Thano's. Now that I've read your tutorial I can start on my fence.

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  28. you're so talented - I wouldn't know where to start...If it doesn't involve a computer I have no clue

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  29. This is all new to me..but I am waiting for the final result ~ Best of luck to you Anne ~

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  30. I really dig the matches. They just give it that detail, works great.

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  31. What a great job you did Anne! So clever to create the brick look like that :) I have no doubt that you will seriously deliver on your challenge. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! xo

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