Tuesday, 12 November 2019

…and so to bed.

Regular readers to this most humble of weblogs might recall mention of James’ designs for some Barrack Room furniture, first seen as part of the ‘Commandant’s Office’ instalment back in September.  
These seemed like the perfect way to fill the large space above the great hall, but when it came to painting we noticed that the locker design was a little tall when seen alongside the bunk beds.  
Apparently this wasn’t a problem and with his usual positivity James set about adjusting the scale on the drawing, this time including a couple of coat hangers to the sprue for good measure!  Once completed it was a relatively straightforward matter of applying some colour, but I did indulge with a spot of weathering and a highlight or two, just because I was enjoying the pieces so much.
We have always been keen to encourage any form of collaboration with James coining the phrase, ‘The Castle the Internet Built’, in recognition of all of you that offer your support and assistance in bringing this, absurdly large, project to fruition.  One chap in particular, Dave Stone Esq., was keen to make this contribution more tangible.  As soon as he saw the beds Dave suggested that he might be able to help with the mattresses.  As owner of the highly respected ‘Wargames Terrain Workshop’ the purveyors of imaginative resin scenery, Dave, seemingly in no time at all, had created three mattress options including one where the occupant was still fast asleep.  
A flurry of emails later and we had in front of us the requisite number of mattresses required to complete the job.  As with any of Dave’s work the casts were clean and crisp, not an air bubble in sight, although they were a startling green colour! Once primed it was, again, just a simple matter of adding some colour to sell the illusion.  
Having this collaboration arrive in the post really lifted our spirits at a point where the magnitude of what we were trying to do was starting to sink in.  The fact that Dave wouldn’t take any payment for his labours only further confirmed our belief that we are truly lucky to have the support of all of you that frequent this cosy corner of the Blogosphere.  
A huge thank you to Dave and ‘Wargames Terrain Workshop’ for your contribution to ‘The Castle the Internet Built’.

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69 comments:

  1. The new lockers look fantastic Michael, the new scale looks perfect. Sorry about the colour of the beds, it was the colour I was casting at the time on another project ! Further casts for stock will be cast in the normal grey, you've done an excellent job on the painting Michael, the whole room looks stunning

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    1. Thank you so much Dave, for everything! So pleased to have done your creations justice and have them up here to share with others.

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  2. Wow that’s looking amazing Michael! Love the collaborative effort on this project.

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    1. Thank you Peter, we have been really fortunate with everybody lending so much support.

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  3. Fantastic. It's really heartwarming to see hos hobbyists join forces.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Phil, makes you all warm inside. :)

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  4. Another excellent additions to already beautiful looking project! I really like how good these beds with mattresses turned out in the end.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Nimrod, really pleased with how well these all turned out.

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  5. That is absolutely wonderful...if looking a little sinister!

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    1. Thank you and I suppose on hind sight peering through the window was a little creepy. :)

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  6. The lockers and bunk beds (now in alingmment) plus the mattresses really sell the barrack feel, especially with your attention to detail in the painting department.
    I think a lot of your followers of this project, like me, are as excited as you and James obviously are.

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, so pleased we are keeping the enthusiasm going. We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves although sometimes it feels that the blind are leading the blind. :)

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  7. I do like this kind of unusual stuff, you make us dream...And I wish to you and to your little guys many dreams with this excellent job!

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    1. Thank you so much Phil, we love the little distractions, but need to keep focussed on the main project.

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  8. Really great. The guy in the bed..you should paint one up to look like an obvious "papier mache" head pretend guy in bed

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    1. Thank you Paul and what a great idea. Perhaps with buttons fro eyes.

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  9. Michael:

    Just catching up with your blog and am quite ravished by this post and the project. I look forward to working my way back through all the posts.
    Best

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Padre and I hope you enjoy our efforts to date.

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  10. Very cool pieces! Love the sleeping GI and the double bunks. Looks like the made bunks even have the "hospital corners" too!

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    1. Thank you Dean, I thought the same when I saw the photographs. I wouldn't put it past Dave to have done that on purpose.

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  11. Nice barracks furniture and a very generous contribution from Dave :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin and I couldn't agree more. To have bespoke ,mattresses made for us was just amazing!

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  12. Madness this project will be the end of you Michael 😀 coat hangers !!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Matt, I couldn't believe it when James showed me the hangers. Such a hoot.

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  13. Wow, that's a fab looking barracks. The lockers work far better now in that new scale and Dave's beds look even better painted up like that. Good stuff!

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    1. Thank you Dai, once we saw the scale discrepancy James just felt he had to adjust them and I was so pleased that he did.

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  14. All of those additions are certainly making this project pop! How great that the fellow created the mattresses for you!

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    1. Thank you Terry. Dave has been so supportive of my efforts in the past, but this was so kind of him.

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  15. Astonishing level of detail! It looks ready to move in. Well done to all concerned, it's what makes this hobby so much fun.

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    1. Thank you A.J. I thoroughly enjoy getting distracted with the details, which I need to be carful of. This was a wonderful team effort.

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  16. It's a phenomenal amount of detail you are putting into this, and it's paying off.

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    1. Thank you so much, slowly but surely things are coming together.

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  17. Absolutely brilliant Michael! Made even better by a bit of community help 😀

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    1. I couldn't agree more Ivor. What started as a simple distraction became one of my favourite elements to date.

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  18. Incredible work guys. The bunk beds...WOW. That is so cool, and the collaboration is really neat to see.

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  19. Lovely Barracks room, complete with paraphernalia no less! Very good of Dave to supply the mattresses gratis too!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain, Dave was an absolute star and his contribution has really lifted this area.

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  20. Amazing work - such incredible detail.

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  21. Dave Stone is one of the best dudes in this hobby, cracking fella no doubt. Good job on the beds

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  22. This really is an amazing project Micheal with such a high level to the details, the first picture shown the guy a sleep in bed through the window for me really some's it all up, great work all round :)

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    1. Thank you so much Frank. I love that first picture, which was one of James'. He has a flair for the narrative of the piece.

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  23. I've become a big fan of this project, historical wargames aren't usually my thing but the dedication you guys put into this is astonishing. Such great things you seem to be able to archieve when you work together.
    Incredible work, the details you've both put into this scenery is really something else.

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    1. Thank you so much Wouter. We have thoroughly enjoyed the process to date, but starting to realise the enormity of what has to be done.

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  24. Wargaming pulchritude, just excellent!

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    1. Thank you, although I had to look up pulchritude! :D

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  25. Simply fantastic work here Michael. Extremely well done!

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