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Posted by Beano Boy on 25 Jun 2018, 09:27

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Being not much of a painter I thought to let you suffer a little bit today.
:sst: " and sorry there ain`t no trees." added the little button.

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This picture shows the back of the rustic stables where the large rough and ready hay wagons were often rolled in when not in use. Lots of other stuff too no doubt.

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It seems a small army of four have invaded my tidy table top set up to re-record lots of my stuff.

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Well the Bonaparte French at odd times do take liberty a bit to far. Such cheeky so and so`s.

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This stable out back would house lots of spiders that`s for sure.

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These are Hat 1/72 scale figures. They just look bigger due to the paint I lumped upon them.

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The quirky chimney content to soot up the outside wall was my inspiration for wanting to scratch-build my version of this little oblong place.

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They seem content to amuse themselves in this enjoyable occupation of charging about and firing at something unseen out there, but what I ask myself ? Is this perhaps a start of a very tall tale ?
Perhaps they are part of a diversion, while Boney marches on Mons and not Brussels after all ?

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I will leave her while she busies herself about the place. I believe Belle is very brave or the silliest toy figure a going ? BB
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Posted by Kekso on 25 Jun 2018, 09:53

Awesome work Paul. I especially like worn out brick wall in stables.
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Posted by Susofrick on 25 Jun 2018, 11:58

I like it a lot! And I think she is brave! With all those spiders in the stable!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 25 Jun 2018, 14:01

Very nice indeed Mr B.

The building is very evocative and would grace any battlefield let alone Mont Saint Jean.

Well done, your skill shines through.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Beano Boy on 25 Jun 2018, 17:23

Thank you very much guys, i think the hardest part of all this was clearing up one of my large tables.
Which will now serve me well as my topsy turvy photo shoot studio. BB
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Posted by huib on 25 Jun 2018, 19:28

Beautiful Beano! Well built and nicely painted and weathered.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Jun 2018, 01:45

I guess it was a good use of plastic drinking straws,
Polly Filler & washing up soap ,
and also the free emulsion paint that was leftovers in tins
dumped into a nearby skip.
:-D Wombles spring to mind. BB
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Posted by Fire at Will on 26 Jun 2018, 06:29

Very nice work BB, just puzzled why the upper floor windows on La Belle Alliance are bricked up?
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Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Jun 2018, 19:53

Very good question Will. :thumbup:

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Well they were closed up in the picture above I used to work by. These scratch built buildings are over 12 years old and I had no internet access then. I used books to help me stumble about.

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I realised though that the windows at the back would be open.

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Above is the back of the building now showing the kitchen on the left ,and yes guys open windows.

Looking down towards the farm of Le Haye Sainte, the lean to is on the right.

I am photo shooting and filming lots of my bygone stuff using much better cameras, and if all goes well I hope to show some here. :-D BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Jun 2018, 20:02

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Here la Belle is seen in the process of working, but in reality she is just one in a network of spies working for the Allies. She is a metaphor: a former shadow of the dark future to come. BB
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Posted by MABO on 27 Jun 2018, 07:09

Another cool house, Paul. I like it. And like Dalibor said, the brick wall is really cool and lifelike!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 27 Jun 2018, 07:47

Wonderful work Paul! :yeah: :-D
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Posted by Graeme on 27 Jun 2018, 11:09

You may think that you're not much of a painter but i think the paintwork on your buildings is always fabulous, they look totally realistic. I also think that's quite sophisticated painting on those figuires too.

Good to see La Belle Alliance and I like Belle, the kind of figure we should have more of.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 27 Jun 2018, 13:28

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This was the picture seen in my minds eye with the soot climbing those dirty steps in that end wall.

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I thank you all for commenting. BB
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 27 Jun 2018, 18:45

Total cost for the cottage? If that's considered a cottage?
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Posted by Fire at Will on 28 Jun 2018, 06:49

Beano Boy wrote:Very good question Will. :thumbup:

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Well they were closed up in the picture above I used to work by. These scratch built buildings are over 12 years old and I had no internet access then. I used books to help me stumble about.


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Posted by Beano Boy on 28 Jun 2018, 12:54

Thank you for your questions Bluefalchion. :thumbup:
£2.00 for the paper card made the two buildings.
Of course they are both quite large buildings and not small cottages.

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A few figures can make them pop! ___ Along with homemade tree`s and bushes.
Mine appear to be invisible. ;-)

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However one can make any size scratch building one likes ,using lots of unusual stuff because having independence from the off the peg market place, gives much more relaxed freedom of choice.

Back in The Day of 2006

Box of Polly Filler £1.00 __ the washing up soap everyone has anyway.
Plastic Drinking straws 60 Pence from Asda
The white wood glue. £1.00
A packet of 10 cheap brushes. £1.00, but I would have used only one 10p brush.

I cut and trimmed it down to suite my needs.

:sst: " bb, still does this unusual practice with the cheapest of brushes."
:mrgreen: " Ya! It makes for more fun."


The craft knife I already had, and most in the hobby have this item

The paint was leftovers found in local Skips by my Mrs B. :-D Great Girl

So £4.60 sort of fits that bill.

Pricers of today have not changed that much depending where you live i suppose.

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I tend to buy the cheapest samples tubs of emulsion: 99p Tester Paint`s to mix my own colours up now.However any free paint is still welcome white and pastal colours suite my needs best.

If money is tight buying cheap testers of prim colours will help relieve ones pocket.
Red,White,Blue, Yellow,Black and White will mix any combination of colours.
My Colour Wash is the dirty water in the glass jar i plonk my paint brushes in, and given a very highly skilled money saving stir, it works well enough for me.

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How many of you guys tend to use the Translater?
Thank you kindly for reading my waffle! :-D BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 14 Jul 2018, 17:09

I fudged out these old photographs,and they were as near to likeness as the picture in the book I was using for reference sake. The camera quality ain`t that good, but better than nothing I suppose ?

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Bonaparte`s Old Guard advances to the beat of the drum.
A last desperate hope to smash once and for all Wellington`s line.

After battling through the French Middle and Young Guard,
the Prussians were already flooding upon the field.
Napoleons right flank had been turned, and Boney knew it.

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I am no longer very active in the hobby. Things happen in life and time has to be diverted elsewhere where it really counts for good.
However I will still visit from time to time,and will always support this Forum.
Keep painting guys, and presenting. BB
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 17 Jul 2018, 17:57

BB, you're right. Life is very complex and you can't always invest your time on what you'd like more. You say well: "Time has to be diverted elsewhere where it really counts for good".

I feel fortunate to have met such a great person and modelling hobby fanatic like you, and hope to keep contact through this fantastic forum.

My best wishes forever. :thumbup:

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Posted by Beano Boy on 18 Jul 2018, 09:52

Santi Perez. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: BB
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