Jim - Scratch building everything myself is what I like about making dioramas. Apart from the immense satisfaction I get from doing so, I am free from the constraints of bought stuff.
Good though ready made items are, they prevent me from allowing my brain to sail away to that wonderful horizon that opens up who knows what? I am free as a bird soaring high above the clouds searching for that modelling utopia that I'm sure exists somewhere far away and then.........
Oh, hello nurse, coffee time already? Hang on, it's only half nine!
What have you got there, that's no Kit-Kat, that's a needle!! If you think you're going to stick that......................ZZZZZZZ
Ron hi , that did cross my feeble mind ! Not you and the sun lounger ! But the joists !
When I did the truck canopy I did it away from the dio. I like the use of a black wash with the AB gives a great smoke effect to an open window. .
Right coffee and toast , in the garden .it's a hard life!!
What! And drag the thing through three doors and two rooms to get it outside! I didn't work for Pickfords you know! Remember I picked teaching 'cos it was indoors with no heavy lifting. And besides, if you know anything about cats, you'll know that as soon as I get settled and comfy outside, they'll be pestering me to come inside and feed 'em. Not to mention the moaning if I pinch their favourite chair off 'em!
I'll get my sun second hand as always- through the window!
Here's the final old building. Stray mortar rounds have hit the end of it. Same method as before. One finger pushed at it until enough damage had been done. You will perhaps remember my reference to only sparring out half the roof on this. As I had an idea to only slate one half of this one, it was pointless adding the roof timber detail to that particular section.
After roofing the building as before using thin paper for the battens and card for the slates, I just used a big flat headed brush loaded with watered down cheap acrylic paints and slurried the roof and where the explosion occurred. Then dabbed here and there. Finally, with slightly less water (Darker shade) I added a few streaks to the roof slates and generally messed the whole thing up a bit.
"Goddamit, I said don't hit the old buildings. Remember the cheese and wine!"
Moving quickly on.....
Here are the three half timbered buildings on the base. I've also scribed in a small cobbled area in the village square.
You can also see more clearly the raised area in the foreground where the two rendered buildings will eventually go.