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Holly’s Ranch Terrain Challenge “Junior Beast”

Holly’s Ranch Terrain Challenge “Junior Beast”

Project Blog by wilco92

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About the Project

Now its the Summer Holidays.. My Youngest Cousin Holly is now off school and has been watching me terrain challenge come to life and she has been loving to watch it develop. Holly is a very artistic and creative girl with lots of fantastic ideas that just bubble out and when she saw my collection of horse minis for my Old West games she asked if she could help with the colours for them, OH YEA didn't i mention she is MAD about HORSES!! As i new she had a long summer holiday ahead of her i sat down and we discussed her doing a terrain project along side painting up some horses so she can let out some of her creative ideas on to the table top. After a long ride make of ideas she decided she wanted to make a Old West style Livery/Stables that she could design the lay out and have a home for the painted horses to go along side. Also after looking at my mini collection she loved see of my cowboy undead minis and wanted to add them to so thats how this "The End is Nigh" Terrain challenge begins. Holly hopes you love the project and she will hope to keep you all updated on its progress.

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Final Layout for today.

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Holly Laying out the table to see todays progress.

Final Details.

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Horse Painting Day!

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Today its time to paint horses.

i decided what horse will be painted what colour, i used my horse collection to decided what colour i wanted them to be.

holly chose at the start of the project 6 horses from he collection. she with my help was going to paint the horses in my tombstone collection to mach her 6 horses.

she started by airbrushing the bace colour for each horse on to the pre primed and zenithed horse minis.

Horse Painting Day!

More Treats for Holly...

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Another treat for holly today as I’m letting her have a go on the airbrush. one of the main inspirations for this project was holly’s love of horses and that she wanted to help me decide what colours horse i should have from my Tombstone Kickstarter minis.

so i have let her help to pain them to.

i got to use the airbrush. it was hard to use at the start but soon got the hang of it. i did get paint on my fingers though.

Glue up the water.

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Big day i get to use a Glue gun for the first time ever..

today holly gets to use the glue gun. using the melted glue sticks from the glue gun holly filled the water trough to give the look of water in them

Holly was very excited to use the glue gun.

Building a windmill.

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My Cousin William got me another kit to build, this time was a windmill. i saw it when we were looking for the stables and i really liked it.

when i saw how much holly enjoyed building the stable/livery kit i looked up the kit she saw in her research for a old west windmill water pump for her.

she enjoyed building this to and loves that the windmill also turns.

HAY DAY...

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Using the bits that came off the mat we added it to some glue and mixed it to make hay for the horses bedding.

we mixed the door mat fibres with some PVA and made small bundles on a move surface and once dried they came off to make bedding each of the stools.

Washing and Dry Brushing

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My cousin William showed me how to do washes and how to dry brush, i love the way i painted the forge with the silver paint i got the part and dated it on some paper then brushed it all over the forge and it looks so cool

I showed holly how to apply the Army Painter soft town on to the hay bales and the wood effects and how to dry brush the forge, she really loved how the forge came out.

Spraying Time.

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I was so excited that i got to spray paint.

Next Holly Premiered the skater parts of the terrain in there base colours using some Army Painter Coloured Primer Sprays.

Stand Off!

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I wanted to see the good guys and the bad guy with the stables and see the goody on the horse and bad guy on his horse

we played out some minis to see how they look on the terrain so far.

Lay Out 2

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Once the fields were cut out holly look her time to decide how to position them on the table around the stabbles.

Nothing going to waist..

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When cutting the door mat holly noticed that a lot of the fibres were coming out along the edges.

she thought it would make goos straw to go in the stables as horse bedding.

I collected the straw in a plastic pot to use later for the horse bedding in the stables.

The First Lay Out

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We decided to lay out what we have on a table to see that the project was taking shape. the next job was to cut up a mat we got a homebase to make fields of grain around the livery (Cutting the mat was a job for me but holly was very bossy about how she wanted it cut)

I wanted the fields to be in lines like the cart had been puled down it.

 

All Built..

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Once all the walls wear assembles they all fitted in to the bace and we have a livery stable for the ranch.

in addition we added the individual stools inside and uses the horse miniature bace to get the spacing right.

when we glued in the stables we put in the horses so we knew that we had room for all of them and the ladder to the feed store.

 

Building the Roof

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The roof was more tricky and needed more glue

the erection of the roof was fun as parts of the structure needed fitting together at the same time before glueing the tiled section to the roof panels.

Out comes the PVA

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First thing is to assemble all the parts in the kit in sub assemblies.

sometimes we had to make one bit and then come back to bits once the glue had dried. 

once this was done we could assemble the frame of the building.

 

Lets Build a Stables.

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First thing to do today is build the Stables for the horses at the ranch. 

we want on to eBay and go a HDF Stable/Livery old west kit. holly liked this one as it had individual stools for the horses and a second level in the rafters for feed.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-28mm-Old-West-Livery-stable-PREPAINTED-kit/323349339821?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648

 

OUCH!!!

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Real Horses Hurt, Model Horses don’t.

Holly came over for her next part off her Old West Ranch Project and she had had a little ascendent at home the day before.

when out jumping her horse she came off and had a hoof to the mouth and side.

Holly is all ok and got back on the saddle and is now back for some 28mm horse time.

williams skeletons and horses

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Here are the miniatures that Holly wanted to paint and also some of my Tombstone minis from Black Scorpion Kickstarter as part of there undead range.

the horses we picked

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we picked 6 horses that I’m going to paint the colours like on to my cousins horse models.

we decided on the 6 colours that we are going to paint the horse minis as part of the terrain project.

My Horses

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I want to help my cousin paint his horses so i took to his house some of my horses to help give ideas of what colours of horses we can do.

things in Williams boxes of things.

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I love the horse poo, its funny. and the hay can go in the back of the cart.

The bits came from the resent Terrain Crate Kickstarter from Mantic Games in the Stables Crate, great terrain bits. the fences are from eBay by i think a company called red line but not shore had them a while collecting dust.

 

things on the computer i liked.

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Research..

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First thing i did was look up pictures on google of old west stables

after she looked up some images we looked to see what i had in my bits box and online that we could use towards making a wild west ranch table.

My Project.

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Hi Holly here.

Over my summer holidays i am going to help my cousin William with some painting of some horses.

We discussed what kind of project holly should do and it always comes back to horses and she knows i have some great cowboy minis un-painted in my collection and she wanted to help chose what colours they should be painted.

she had seen what i have been doing in my project and she wanted to do something as well. after sitting down and talking about it we decided over the next 4 weeks i would help her develop a project of a livery/stables for my cowboy horses to stay.

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