Sunday, 27 February 2011

Super Secret Project - IX - Parcels!

Well i came back from my weekend away and finally got to see the parcel that arrived earlier in the week...  I opened it up and inside were 160 A4 sheets of laser cut styrene! 

Brandlin does a little happy dance.

That's Pryn-gul Towers, Haft-oob Stables, Shingles and Slates kits x20 which is starting stock for salute. So I have been spending the evening bagging and tagging and will have loads more to do during the week too.

That's just half what I need though so I'll be ordering the Walls, Watchtowers and Bridges and then its all systems go...

Oh, except I still have this pesky board to finish!


Sunday, 20 February 2011

Super Secret Project - VIII nothing to see here

No update this weekend, cos I am away from home.

Also no update next weekend as it will be my wedding anniversary and I am under orders not to plan anything!

On the positive front I am awaiting some laser cut sheets - so it looks like things are going to be close...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Super Secret Project - VII - Paint!

Finally I managed to get some paint on this!

Firstly the surrounding MDF frame was given an undercoat and a couple of coats of flat black to act as a frame.  Then I masked out the edges and covered them in news paper to protect them. I also marked out where all the buildings are going and masked those areas out as well, so that when I peel the masking tape off there will be black location points for each of the buildings.

Then I applied all the scree, and collapsed rubble at the bottom of the cliff edges and such like, and gave all the exposed rock a couple of spray coats of dark grey base.

Then a couple of layers of progressively lighter grey paint dry brushed onto the exposed rock faces and scree.

Finally a close up of the rock formation on which the fortifications sit.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Relaunching Delays and Salute 2011 Issues

The observant amongst you will notice that January has come and gone and my web store has not reopened as promised.

My laser cutting supplier is having significant delays due to other work pressures and is unable to give me a delivery time either for existing stock or prototypes of the new models. This situation has been ongoing since early December with a number of missed promises, and I see no reason for it to change anytime soon.

I need a few weeks to get prototype models and build them to make any changes for the production models, write the assembly instructions, paint photograph etc.

I also need these kits made to go on the board for Salute 2011 otherwise I will be letting down Mike Thorp of Twilight Miniatures as I am providing the board for his demonstration game. I am getting very close to being forced to pull out of Salute this year, which is incredibly frustrating.

I have hunted high and low for any other supplier that could undertake this work but drawn a complete blank - most small outfits wont cut styrene as they don't have the correct extraction and ventilation. Whereas the costs of the big industrial guys are orders of magnitude higher as i'm using a tiny tiny portion of their capacity.

If anyone knows of any reasonably priced company offering laser cutting services in the model making industry then please let me know.