Thursday, 8 June 2017

The former day-glo castle begins to look a lot better ... I think!

The next stage in the process of 'improving' the look of the former day-glo castle was to:
  • Paint the windows black
  • Paint the spires on the roof turrets a darker shade of grey than that used for the main part of the building
  • Paint the ground around the castle brown

The results looked like this:





To give some idea of the size of the castle, I have placed a base of renovated, varnished and based Del Prado 25/28mm-scale Napoleonic figures in front of the castle's main entrance.


Unfortunately the photographs don't do justice to the final model, but they do give some idea how much better it looks now than it did a week ago. I may flock the earth area of the model to help reduce the rather stark look it currently has, but all-in-all it has been a small project that I feel happy with now that it is almost completed ... especially as it cost me less than £10.00 for the resin casting and all the materials that I have used.

20 comments:

  1. Bob, that is excellent. I had completely misinterpreted the scale of the piece, it's about four times bigger than I thought it was. Very handy bit of kit.

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    1. Me too. I thought it was roughly 15mm scale.

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    2. Conrad Kinch,

      It is quite a bit bigger than some of the aquarium ornaments that are on sale, and fits in well with 20/25/28mm-scale figures ... and isn't too big to be used with 15mm-scale figures.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    3. Barry Carter,

      I really should have put some figures alongside the model when I first bought it to show its size.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob,
    Splendid results- looks great! Well done. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      Cheers! I have decided to flock the courtyard area ... and may well remove the central turret as has been suggested in several comment.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. The Good Soldier Svek (Tony),

      Thanks for your very kind comment. The end result is much better than I had hoped for.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Bob,
    A fine looking castle - or eccentric ruler's folly! To go with it, you really need a Fantasy version of the Portable Ancient Wargame...
    The front entrance doesn't look very defensible - access for the fish, I presume?

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    1. Arthur Harman,

      A fantasy version of THE PORTABLE ANCIENT WARGAME? Now that would be a best seller!

      The front entrance of the castle can be guarded by the garrison; the open back door is for villains to escape through and imprisoned kings to be ejected from ... into the moat!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Dear Bob, I have taken a photo of one of the named ships selected at random from the biscuit tin ! Is there an e mail address I can try and send it too ? I am not great with technology so may need to negotiate help from children which will cause much sighing and eye rolling. Thanks.

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    1. Chris Platt,

      The best email address to send the photo to is warden_@_dircon.co.uk ... but remove the _ before and after the @.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Certainly looks like a useful piece of kit. Think I would probably gone for a red tile rather than grey to give a bit of contrast.

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    1. Rob Young,

      I did consider painting the tiles red, but in the end decided on dark grey to keep the colour scheme somber. That said, I could re-paint them in the future.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. That looks very handy for just about any European war games period from 1200 on. Might I suggest that you might prefer to 'pave' the open space or part of it, rather than flock the whole thing, as a species of court yard, or maybe approach road. Just a thought.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      Thanks for the suggestion regarding the castle's courtyard. I think that I'll flock it with natural-coloured cork as that gives the impression of gravel, which is quite commonly used in castle courtyards because horses find it easier to walk on than flagstones.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Archduke Piccolo,

      My knowledge comes from visiting large numbers of National Trust and English Heritage properties over the years.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Leang Heng,

      I am very pleased with the way it has turned out.

      All the best,

      Bob

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