This Wednesday December 18th from 5PM to 8PM. Come on over for your last chance of 2013 to visit for some board games and ikea family. New game alert: Temple Run is based on the hit iOS game. Its easy to learn, fast, and furious.
And…… Done! Decided to knock out the last bit this morning. I can now have an entire #bloodbowl team on the painting table at one time (without fear of tipping while working on them)! #miniatures #minipainting #wargaming
The world’s largest scale city model is the Panorama of New York at the Queens Museum of Art, originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair. The model encompasses all five boroughs of the city, with 830,000 little buildings made from wood and plastic on 9335 square feet. Over 100 craftsmen worked for 3 years using plat maps, aerial photos and field surveys to recreate the mini city as accurately as possible.
There are many other scale model cities around the world, but few encompass the entire urban area from the skyscrapers of downtown all the way out to the smaller dwellings of the far-flung city outskirts.
Tutorial; How to make bushes
Going through hobbystores I found that pre-made bushes are expensive. And given the pricetag on the hobby itself, I guess it’s fair to find a good (and cheap) alternative.
Thus I tried to make my own. Here’s how;
What you need
- A suitable piece of plasticard or cardboard as a base
- PVA glue (the white hobby glue)
- Paint; preferably spraypaint to speed up the process. To speed it up even more; use green spraypaint if available. Otherwise, spray black, and paint green with a brush
- Something sturdy and egg shaped. I used the plastic shells from Kinder eggs. Though I know they’re banned in the US; Find an egg shaped hollow plastic that can be cut in half. The current GW paintpots might do the trick as well since they’re roughly the same size. Those aren’t easily cut though…
- Modelling Grass, sand or whatever you like to use for a theme.
- Modelling Bush/tree foiliage
- An x-acto/hobby knife
- An old brush (to apply glue; no use using a new one for that
1. Cut a piece of cardboard/plastic to a rough shape for the base and take 2 or 3 plastic shells and cut them in half. If you’re going the Kinder egg route, I also cut of the thin rim that keeps the egg closed.
Reminder; be aware that if you use cardboard, curving might happen due to the glue and paint used. Best to use plastic if available.
2. Mandatory picture of basing materials ;-)
3. Glue the half shells on the base in any configuration you like. The shells will serve as the bulk of the bushes.
4. Paint it all green. The reason being; coverage after the grass and folliage is glued on. Having it painted green doesn’t show gaps that well if you’re going for green folliage (as opposed to black).
5. Apply PVA glue to the base (and just the base)
6. Apply modelling grass (or your basing material of preference)
7. Build up layers upon layers of folliage on the shells. Best to start from the bottom and build upwards. Gravity will get in the way if you start on top.Don’t rush. Let the layers dry slowly.
In the end, if you end up with “bald spots” on the shells, use a brush to get in between and press a small bit of folliage in there with a finger.
8. Size comparison to a 28mm figure
This is a cracking guide. Thank you ever so much
- Darth Sebious
The Game Will be there! Come enjoy an fun family game at Ikea Brooklyn tomorrow night from 5 to 8PM. There are always new games to try!
Thank you to Tumblr for having Game Brooklyn for another game night! Last week everyone at HQ was invited to stay late and play some games. Timeline, Settlers of Catan, Smash Up and King of Tokyo all got time on the table.
The essence of a role-playing game is that it is a group, cooperative experience. There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you’re involved in, whether it’s a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.
Interview in 2006, as quoted in "Gary Gygax, Game Pioneer, Dies at 69" in The New York Times (5 March 2008)