I just finished putting together a new kitchen table.
Isn’t it lovely? Aren’t you excited? Let me show you another amazing shot of the table.
Now, I know many of you are saying: “That’s it – Pogue has gone over to the dark side of domestic boredom. What happened to the man I knew! The sorry S.O.B. is excited about a kitchen table!”
But, behold friends – this is no ordinary kitchen table!
My Duchess Gaming table finally came in. The interior does not have the gaming mat yet – it will ship later. Nonetheless, I now have a kitchen table I can get excited about! Further, it is a truly cat-proof gaming space.
Slow, but steady progress on the townhouse. First a shot of the ground floor tiles.
The blue area in the middle of the light gray hall is a reflecting pool.
Here is a shot with roughed in interior walls to give a sense of the room layout of the ground floor.
The townhouse is designed to be the home of a bourgeoisie, new-rich, merchant – so it is going to be a bit gawdy. I’ve got some challenges with the upper story and roof, but I am going to start detailing the interior walls before tackling those.
This weekend I started working on creating a townhouse for my Bruckburg. I cast pieces from some of my new Hirst Arts molds and set up the ground level.
On the left side of the photo you can see the ground level floor tiles. The Hirst Arts pieces on the right are arrayed on double-sided tape on cardboard pieces. These will be spray painted black and dry-brushed up to appear as wood. Pre-painting these pieces before construction will save me time in the long run.
The Town House will be two levels with a dormer out the back of the top story. The walls will be constructed out of foam core board. The ground level floor [pictured above] is glued to a piece of vinyl tile. The second floor will be glued to foam core board. The interior walls will be made out of foam core board. My current plan is to have the interior walls removable by slotting and gluing the interior walls together.
For the first time in several years I am playing in an RPG campaign. I almost always am the Game Master, so it has made for a nice change of pace. It is always good to gain some insight into the game from the other side of the screen. Anyway, one of my fellow players is running a Tabaxi – a cat-person. I’m not big on furry-style characters, but he has done a nice job with his character. The problem was we did not have an appropriate miniature. Then I remembered I had some old Alkemy (an OOP French fantasy skirmish game) figures that might work. I painted one up and we will see if he wants to use it.
I am running the Bruckburg campaign this afternoon – I will post a campaign report soon.
I finally finished the blacksmith shop model I have had for a while. The blacksmith model was made by Novus Design and was a decent model to paint. Forgive the quality of the pictures – I could not get the lighting correct.
Parts of the Blacksmith shop:
The smith shop will make a nice addition to the Bruckburg campaign scenery.
I just got my shipment of new Hirst Arts Molds in and I cannot wait to start casting!
Mold 227 Tavern Window and Door, Mold 245 Slate Shingle Roof, Mold 262 Rubble Slab, Mold 263 Rubble Block, and Mold 264 Rubble Floor Tile.
I fill the molds with dental plaster and after they dry I have modelling bits to build all kinds of things. I love Hirst Arts Molds and have built up a fair collection over the years.
In the mid 1990s I was casting figures and models using RTV Rubber. Then I had the idea to build castle walls and cast them in pieces. I experimented with it off and on for a couple of years, but I could never get the blocks precise enough to work well together. Whereever my pieces came together there was a huge seam. Then in the late 1990s I found Bruce Hirst’s site – Castlemolds. He had the same idea, but his execution was so much superior to mine, and to my delight he was selling RTV molds, not the bricks from the molds. The red molds in the picture above are some of the early molds I purchased. The white powder in some of the molds is talc used to keep the molds from sticking when stored.
Bruce Hirst is a quality model artist and his site Hirst Arts is well worth a look.
These new molds I purchased are perfect for making lots of new molds for my Brucksburg campaign.