Friday, 13 October 2017


 Now doing arts and crafts finger nails get clogged up with gunge so please bear that in mind.

                                                             With that explained
                                                            LETS MAKE A START
                               I bought the Lego type sweet and the Chocolate  moulds with this in mind.

                       I  cast them up in Plaster of Paris and colour wash dipped them.

                            A tiny bit of Silicone did the trick of sticking each piece into place.

Each column fitted into my wall will have a stone Sentinel stationed on watch at the top,
and beneath his feet a water overflow channel will be fitted.

                                                   A quirky cheap as chips fun time item.

The picture above is a mock up but it shows the position this stone fellow will stand in,
and it will fill the space between the castellations.
I am always looking about for things that I can use for other purposes,and the old saying,
" Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained ", comes readily to mind.

So guys I hope you like this project?_________There will certainly be many, many more.


Saturday, 7 October 2017


Lots of extra pictures are posted in A ROOF FOR A ROUNDHOUSE     BB

Friday, 6 October 2017


                                                                 UPDATE ONE

                                          My lego type stone aliens set the scale nicely.

                                                              UPDATE TWO

                   Now all that's need is ??????? A fully fluffed up thatching to do.

                                                          UPDATE THREE

                                                        It seems interesting.

                                          The happy go lucky hobbying fun continues.

                                               Still lots to do before these two move in.

                                                               UPDATE FOUR

                                             The hobby blitz working week went well.

                                           The last course will be tied in the middle.

Then glued into the place shown above.

                              Just two more section pieces to stick into place to finish these off.

                             The Sentinels are viewing the up and coming Asterix Village.

                                                             UPDATE FIVE


                                          THE BRUSH RETAINS THE SMOKE HOLE.

                                                      NO GAULS AT PRESENT.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017





Dipping in colour-wash.  Emulsion Paint & Water.


I use an oblong deep soap box. This comes in handy for castings that need a deep 2 seconds dip.
They dried in seconds.


Over 12 foot of wall that will be silicone together with a buttress between each piece.

The rubber mould method works fine and DANDY for such a BEANO BOY as me!
  Some extra colours to be dry-brushed on later.                                               

                                                                   THE END

                                                    THANKS FOR LOOKING BB

Saturday, 9 September 2017



Adding more detail to give added interest.

In this case,a small gothic door like the one seen above. First of all the shape was scraped into place and then work began to chisel and scrap and scribe out the raised entrance way for the door. After that the defining of the stone work surrounding the entrance and the actual wall was scribe out.

The medical plaster stuck onto the scribing tool where the file was upon the stem. It saved my hand from sore chaffing. Better there in the first place upon metal then placing it upon a rather sore hand.
A good tip when using hand scribing tools.

The little gothic door slipped deeply into place giving it the normality look of it being planted there for many a long year. The last of the wall was then finished off in the repetitive style of deep shadow line scribing.

Yes I am most pleased with the look. Wooden steps would have led up to the entrance in days long gone by. And so it is that the work ongoing is gradually falling up into place.

Thank you for viewing a little bit extra.  BB

Friday, 8 September 2017

Tiny Wars Played Indoors: My Spanish Army

Tiny Wars Played Indoors: My Spanish Army: I think I'm finally done with the Spanish for a bit, having reached my goal to have enough figures to play the Tudela scenario I have wa...

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

OUR DOG KEATS a true story by BB

 This Update includes a Picture

I have felt very sad and tears flow now and again. Three days ago our little one eyed dog Keats,passed away. After 9 years as part of the family it does break your heart.I believe a little life lost deserves a few sad tears for they are only ever here once,as indeed are we all.
On a happy note,
Mrs B,and I saved her as a pup,as she was going to be put down because she was the runt of the litter and half blind. We bought her,and paid Vet bills to have her infected eye removed. So in that it comforts me knowing that our little happy home was also hers for her lifetime.

Of course she was Mrs B`s dog much more than mine, and Keats, would never let me pick her up or even pet her,but oddly her affection was shown in another way and I know that I will always miss her following me around the house all the time as if my shadow. I will also miss seeing her one good eye shining in the darkness under my PC desk, as  I type my work in the dark. Always I`d look down and there she would be content to be there,but it is dark now as this falls upon the whiteness of the screen but sadly she my shadow is no more..... Love is such a powerful strange thing.

It is rather quiet here now in our Fiddlewood home,as Keats, had sure made barking into a very fine art at odd times of the day. She was self appointed as the welcome dog as Mrs B,returned home and it was always noisy as she declared to Bella, our other dog and me,that the hunter gatherer had returned safely home. It is a Wolf Pack thing that`s for sure.
I had included little Keats our one eyed dog in one of my story`s " THE HOUSE", a few months ago in April.

                           Being 18 inches in height she sure was beautiful in her odd ways,
                           and well worth a little mention here.                                                                       

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Here below on this topic is a lot extra I found myself hacking into.

With some good sound castings now stacked up I decided to scribe out deeper around each stone block this will increase visual effect when looking across and along my railway layout.

It is all about creating a recess for natural shadow to hide out between the stone makeup of each and every wall. I have long found the simple hand held scribe perfect for such work,and therefore no need to use my Dremel  power tool. Well the case being my Mrs B,put it somewhere and then forgot where. It will turn up later when not needed.

And so it was upon an overcast wet stormy day that I began the touch scribing out work doing so in my own slow sweet time. The contrast between the one now enhanced  and that untouched one above is clearly seen, and therefore to my eye of reason is well worth the easy effort involved in adding my own characteristic style to it.

 These will be dipped in colour-wash and then installed into place. As I am not a good painter I rely upon the quick soak  and gravity flow method to ease such a frustrating labour from me.

A converted half sized wall is next to scribe out in the same easy style of extra additional change.

So as the thunderous rainstorm washed my gutters to overflowing point outside, i made a special pointed start on the buttress underscoring the stone, and found it a most worthwhile relaxing activity to do. 

Certainly creating deep scribing out areas ,without getting hum drum board with it all,will achieve the required look,i saw in my minds eye. Which will when complete become another unconventional reality as I model stuff by my own rules of play and not those pertaining to certain patterns of scale that quite frankly no one can see across a 10 foot railway anyway.

The two sides were soon nearly finished with my table and myself being well done and dusted,but it was all part of such a hands on job that needed doing.

                             The contrast between the two is I feel self evident.

The desired result means that shadow hides out like the outlaws of old story book tales.

Here`s a something extra to give a wall another feature other than stone. I cast up a couple of small doors, so I`ll use one just for fun. Now to make the place chosen look like where a door aught to be the wall casting needed a little bit more graft applied to it. The shape being marked out, the scribing  began  to dig out the spoil. Yes dig out in order to settle the door comfy in.

Scribing tools can make your hand blister because of chaffing ,and it is because these have a file along the metal stem. It is good to have a multipurpose tool, but my tip is put the plaster upon the tool where the rubbing points are going to make your hand saw. Much better than having a plaster on  quite a sore hand. So stick the metal up not your skin.

Trying the door out for size and depth. The left  hand scribing was yet to be done and dusted.  However the facing stonework around the entrench has been an easily  thing to do.

So the little door is settled into the wall,and it looks quite snug and comfy-like. Now in days of old doorways like this raised up one,had wooden steps leading up from ground level. In times of trouble and strife the wooden structure could be removed or set ablaze after pushing it aside.

                                           THE DIPPING IN COLOUR-WASH
                                             EMULSION PAINT & WATER

All the castings are now sealed and are ready for dry brushing extra colour on,but for now this is.....
                                                                 THE END

So thanks for viewing the video guys, and looking at a little bit extra along with me. BB