Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And The Winner IS???

David Erickson!!!  Congratulations!!!  Please send an email to with your contact information and I will mail you your new Hobby Paint Shelf!  
For everyone else, STAY TUNED!
I used a self written code to compile entrants with the user format as follows:  James Swallow (GFC) where James Swallow is the name given your google friends contact, and (GFC) is added to the end should you be inclined to check the results. 

Thanks again for your continued support of this project, and I look forward to giving away more stuff in the future!  You are all truly making this site worth updating regularly.  Your continued support is much appreciated!

Hobby Shelf GIVEAWAY!

Well, the blog is rapidly approaching 50 subscribers, and in recognition of this, I'd like to give away one of my Hobby Shelves to one lucky subscriber.
In order to win, must first reach 50 subscribers, so tell your friends.
After reaching this milestone, a drawing including the first fifty subscribers, will be conducted, and the winner will receive notice via another blog post. In order to receive the merchandise, the subscriber should provide me with a valid address, and I will take care of the rest!
This drawing is a huge THANK YOU to all of my fans and subscribers. After all, it is YOU who keep me going.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How to Make a Silicone Mold

Hey everyone, check out my latest video tutorial on silicone mold making. This is just a rundown of how I do it, should you have comments or questions, as always, post away!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Casting a stone tower.

So, here is a progress update on the terrain segment I am working on for the Big Spring Contest. I made a mold of the bottom two layers of bricks and then began mass producing them to expedite the build. After staring at the octagonal section for a while, I decided it would look cool with some iron cross gun slits and a few other detail bits, so, I got out the Dremel and went to town. I will be making the tower section a bit taller, but for now, here are some pics of the progress.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Progress for the SMA Contest entry

     So, I managed to get the patina painted and some quick resin casts banged out and all in all, I'm happy with the progress I have made thus far.  The idea is to build a Capitol Building diorama with a sort of "last stand" theme to it.
     The dome happens to be one of the hardest terrain features that I have tackled to date, just because there is no good way to add one to any of the existing structures out there.  So in a TTG Bunker fashion, I shall build the structure from a few existing casts from Hirst Arts, and some redesigning a la TTG.
     Here are a few of the pics from the work done thus far.  You may be able to gather that I will be resting the dome atop the octagonal structure.  Well, sort of.  Just check out the pics.  The last one is basically how I plan on modelling it.
     It is worth mentioning that in order to get the resin louvers to fit the dome correctly, I had to quickly de-mold them and shape them while they were still flexible.  I also did this with some of the railings which you will see later as the build progresses.