Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Writing is on the Wall

Of all the bonus rounds, ‘Home’ seems to have really fired my imagination. This was to be a terrain build and from the outset I was keen to construct something more tangible than my usual vignettes – something that could be picked up and placed on the table, something with purpose.
All very noble sentiments, but what to build? What was home? All manner of starting points sprang to mind from a colonial farmstead to a hunting lodge, a Māori Pā to a Zulu Kraal, but in the end I decided that I would go for man’s first home – the cave! Now it won’t have escaped the sharp eyed visitor to ‘28mm Victorian Warfare’ that I have a love of all things prehistoric and a hankering from some Pulp/Lost World gaming and so this became my focus. After some initial ideas and sketches the build started to take shape, further enhanced by a chance find of Patchy the Pirate’s prehistoric home on the infoweb; thank you Spongebob Squarepants!
The base is a ‘Warbases’ terrain base to which I started to add chunks of blue Styrofoam to build up the sides.    ‘Windows’ and a ‘door’ were carved using a hot iron and before long the dwelling was stating to take shape.  I had an inkling that I wanted to have a roaring fire in situ and used a 'Ristul's Extraordinary Market'*
  *imported to the United Kingdom by 'Bad Squiddo Games'
camp fire as a starting point.  This was fixed to another Styrofoam off cut that I had hollowed out in order to site a flashing red and orange Blinky LED; for this to make any impact though I needed to drill some holes in the resin campfire and fill them with clear resin flames from ‘Zinge Industries’.
The interior just required the addition of some cave paintings and then my attention turned to completing the outside.  A ramshackle door made from coffee stirrers has been included along with some ‘Steve Barber’ prehistoric trees and plants, before the final adornment of two Mammoth Tusks framing the entry point.  
All the time that I was slicing, hacking and painting, I kept wondering who would live in a place like this and decided that what it really needed was some inhabitants.  Some ‘Copplestone Castings’ Cavemen Elders and a ‘Lucid Eye’ Neanderthal was duly primed and painted along with a Sabre Tooth Tiger from DeeZee Miniatures, available through Arcane Scenery and Models.  The final addition came in the rather voluptuous shape of a ‘Bombshell Babe’ Cave Girl complete with  a couple of little companions.
I imagine the three chaps all sitting around the fire telling tall tales of great hunting exploits and daubing them on the wall, much to the annoyance of the lady of the house who has clearly had enough and finally sends them on their way with a strong word and a wield of her club.  Silly, impractical and historically inaccurate it might be, but hugely entertaining to build nonetheless, now to find some Fred Flintstone miniatures to use it as a holiday home!
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75 comments:

  1. What great imagination you have and superb workmanship. Top drawer Sir.

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    1. Thank you Dan, this was another one of those projects that grew and grew.

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  2. Delightful, excellent work as always

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  3. All very Flintstones! Good to see some useable terrain.

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    1. Thank you Clint, I actually considered making Fred's car at one point!

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  4. Hah, I love it! The cave paintings on the wall are an especially nice touch.

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    1. Thank you, I had a lot of fun with those. I was thinking about making it a 'Facebook' wall, but bottled it slightly.

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    1. Thank you Michał, hopefully it will give some focus to my Lost World project.

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  6. Whilst i've been a little remiss in commenting on your recent posts, this certainly deserves recognition. A lovely piece of work, Michael, showing your creativity and attention to detail in full, not mention your superb painting. Well done, that man!

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    1. Thank you Jez and cheap to build! With the exception of the Steve Barber tree and plant everything else was already lying around.

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  7. marvellous creativity once more Michael!

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  8. Really fine work Micheal and a double plus on the bombshell Babe!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, she certainly helps to sell the piece and great fun to work on too.

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  9. Excellent work and very fun. I got a kick out of the wall paintings.

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    1. Thank you so much Rod, I just had to put something on the walls.

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  10. That is amazing. This might be one of your best posts yet . . .

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    1. Well thank you Mike, that is really kind of you.

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  11. Very nice scratch work, sir. The modeling fun you are obviously enjoying makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.

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    1. For that alone is was worth putting together. :)

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  12. They only painted on the walls cos they couldn´t spell "tirdondra!!, tirdondra!!"*
    Great scratchbuilding!!
    *10 Points for spotting the film quote

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    1. Thank you Paul, but you have got me on the quote.

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    2. Hellboy was in the film..well, the actor Ron Perlman, but he didn´t say the words..in fact he was quiet all the way through..apart from a laugh and a couple of grunts

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    3. Quest for Fire was... interesting. :)

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    4. I'm not sure I've ever see that, now on my Amazon wish list. :)

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    5. Dai wins 10 Points :-)
      You definately have to watch it Michael..if you had of seen it there´s some unforgetable bits, the cannibals, grizzly bear attack, the "oddish" sex Scenes, rocks dropped on heads for fun. The film was made with assistance from archeologists and anthropologists who created words, Actions etc. Example..when they are saying Tirdondra, they are looking at a herd of deer, they salavate in anticipation, stabbing the air with thier spears. The word Tirdondra is a combo of Tir (Phonetic pronunciation of the German for animal = Tier) and dondra (greek for tree)..deer have tree like horns, so Tirdondra. There´s some funny bits as well..the sabre tooth tigers and the tree for example. One of my all time favourite films...oh and big Daddy the wrestler is in it as well.

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    6. I'm definitely going to have to pick it up now sounds like a blast.

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    7. Basically, it´s like a wildlife docu, the only Thing missing is David Attenborough doing some naration ..and, if you´re into prehistoric stuff, The Inheritors by W.Golding (yep, Lord of the flies)is a cracking read.

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    8. Right, that's another item on the wish list, thank you Paul.

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  13. Another wonderful and creative job, talented man!

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.

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  14. A nice little build, although I now have The Flintstones theme running through my head...

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    1. Now sorry boy that A.J. but thank you all the same.

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  15. Truly inspiring Michael! That will go well with your Dinovember offerings. Or perhaps the purchase of Flintstone figures if such exist? Always great seeing good uses of Styrofoam, rather than see it head into the garbage

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    1. Thank you so much Terry, still a fair bit of Styrofoam left over for more projects in the future too.

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  16. This is some impressive and inspiring work Michael!

    I always find it hard to get the energy to work on terrain over miniatures themselves, but you did both!

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    1. Thank you so much Dai, this has taken a fair bit of time to get together, but pleased with the results.

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  17. Fabulous work, sir. One almost expects to see Doug McClure stride manfully over the horizon.

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    1. Thank you and I'm sure I can persuade Doug to come and visit in due course.

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  18. Superb setup Michael well done! Love the cave art very nicely done. I can't decide between Igam Ogam or the Kroods :D

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    1. Thank you Simon, I had to look up Igam Ogam, looks great!

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  19. Fantastic modelling Michael! The bombshell Babe is winner too!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, she was certainly great fun to work on.

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  20. Vote cast Michael, great stuff!

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    1. You're a good man Sander, thank you.

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  21. A nice piece! It really looks like something out of the Flintstones cartoon with the door and such. Well done!

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    1. Tank you so much, it was great fun to put together and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

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  22. Brilliant work! When I first saw it I thought of the Britons' houses in Carry On Cleo :) very impressive!

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    1. Thank you Monty, I now need to watch 'Carry on Cleo'.

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  23. Wow! Very, very cool, Michael! It has a marvelous, pulpy look. I think the wall paintings are a great touch, and the residents are beautifully done! Great work!

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  24. Cracking work Michael! A nice different take on the theme :)

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  25. Yabba Dabba Fantastic! Another winner, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, I do hope so. ;)

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  26. Great post, very inspirational!!!
    Really fantastic Michael :)

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  27. Another great post Michael, that building looks great and the addition of the cave paintings is inspired!

    The cave babe is a bit of a looker as well, all round top notch work sir!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you so much Roger, this was such a fun project to work on.

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  28. What a wonderfully exceptional submission!

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  29. seeing this does make me wonder just how your mind works, but it's a really fun piece; love "cave girl"

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  30. I'm definitely getting a Flintstones vibe from the building/terrain. But of course Betty never looked that good. :)

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