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On The Waterfront: Spring Clean Challenge

On The Waterfront: Spring Clean Challenge

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About the Project

During the 2020 Spring Clean Challenge I converted and finished the Sally 4th "Tramp Steamer". In 2021 I plan to build a 3x3 Waterfront Pulp gaming board. With a 1x3 water area or dock for the Tramp Steamer and 2x3 of land for offloading cranes, sheds, trains, trams, buildings etc. I plan to use what I have, a lot of unfinished or unopened SP kits that I have collected in the past 6 years.

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Everything you see was done for this ChallengeEverything you see was done for this Challenge

Today I call this Challenge complete. I’m out of time too. I will be out of town for a week and then the SCC ends. I started this project on April 5th. I decided early on to put every other hobby to-do’s aside. This for me was a hobby emersion exercise. I loved the focus, the turnout of finished work, the speed. And I also am a bit burnt out from it. I don’t hobby at this speed and I don’t just work on one thing. I’m looking forward to slowing my pace down again.

A massive thanks to everyone who mashed a button, read my rambles and left a comment.

~Cheers

Project Complete
With highly converted Sally 4th Tramp SteamerWith highly converted Sally 4th Tramp Steamer
Project Complete
2 x 3 waterfront with 1 x 3 water2 x 3 waterfront with 1 x 3 water
Project Complete

Multi Game System Use

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02 Hundred Hours02 Hundred Hours
Pulp Alley - Lobster Johnson AdventuresPulp Alley - Lobster Johnson Adventures
What else do I need to say.What else do I need to say.

Roof and Warehouse Sides

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Roof and Warehouse Sides

For the roof I simply Mod Podged black craft paper on to it. Then cut and glued on thin strips to simulate battening.

I then rattle can sprayed on Chalkboard black paint. A dry brush and rub of dark grey. Then the same with a mix of dark grey and a bit of light grey. Without cleaning the brush, I dabbed into burnt umber and drew vertical streaks onto the roof to simulate wear and rust. With an old toothbrush into white paint and water, I slicked from above paint down onto the roofs to look like seagull poop.

For the outer sides of the buildings I mixed white gesso with tan paint and sand. I then painted that onto the surface. Some washes for grime and a little high light (not shown in photo)

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Warehouse - Paint

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Warehouse - Paint

After rattle can white primer of both warehouses, I had no idea what color to do them in. I decided to consult a Color wheel. I think there great, but not in this case. Purple is what the color wheel said. So, I went along with it. Purple base color, followed by highlight then a greenish color because…never mind.

I really didn’t like how it turned out. 3 hours lost. Lessen learned.

The next day I got out the Brown rattle can and started over.

Warehouse - Paint

I then got out the air brush and went to light brown. After that to the brush with white. I used a dry rub method to create layers until I was happy with the result. I added a Western Union sign to use as a plot point or deploy zone etc.

Warehouse - Build

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Warehouse - Build

Double Your Pleasure

I’m turning this kit into a warehouses after the train tracks.  I’m going to leave the doors open. Just open gaming space to put crates for blocking etc.

One of the cool things with MDF kits is that the pieces can be templates to. I made  a copy of this building in 2mm card. Then cut them out. I rattle can primed all the interior walls and the floors. I built the MDF version as normal. The card building was reenforced at the corners with 3/8 balsa.

 

So there you are. I now have two warehouses. There is the little problem of what to do with the outside of them?

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Warehouse - Build

Holy Shingles!

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Holy Shingles!

I’m going with wooden shingles to tie the two warehouses together.

I added plastic brick foundation to each building. I then used Plastic card to add post and lintel to each opening. I cut strips of card for shingles and one by one glued them in place.

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Holy Shingles!

Barber Shop - Nondescript Shop

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Barber Shop - Nondescript  Shop

Barber Shop 

I started by priming the frame and front door with rattle can White. I cut the frame bars from the window. I then clear plastic glazed the window. I added a blind to the door. I added boxing posters to the main window. This is going to be a hangout for organized crime. Bookie Barber.

 Nondescript Shop

Started with rattle can Green primer. Then dry brush with light green and tan. I glazed the window and painted lines into it to resemble type.

I want this to be nondescript so it can be named in game scenarios.

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Low Relief Block is Game ready. I know there is more detail I could add to the street. Low Relief Block is Game ready. I know there is more detail I could add to the street.

Harbor Crane - Fin

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Harbor Crane - Fin

Harbor Crane Base

I started by priming the base with rattle can Grey. I then dry brushed with the same light grey that I have used all over the board.

Then Washes for weathering.

Harbor Crane - Fin

Harbor Crane Cab

Started with rattle can Blue primer. Then dry brush with light blue and green-blue. Then washes for weathering.

I made a roof out of thin card board. I added a chimney just in case the crane operator wants to make a cup of tea.I made a roof out of thin card board. I added a chimney just in case the crane operator wants to make a cup of tea.
Harbor Crane - Fin

Harbor Crane Cab Glazing and Chain

I added plastic to all the windows and then black paper.

This kit comes with a real chain. I didn’t like the thickness of it. I found some grey wool that looked more like wire cable to me. After instilling it, I added watered down PVA to the vertical lines of the wool. As it drys it will harden and look “realistic”.

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A Poster and Asphalt Shingles

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A Poster and Asphalt Shingles

Low Relief City Block

The left side wall seemed a bit dull so I choose a poster to add to it. First I sponged light grey then white onto of it to create the look of worn, peeling paint. While the paint dried I sanded the back of the poster until I could see the image. I then glued it with watered down PVA.

A Poster and Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles 

For the roofs I first painted them flat black. Then using the same grey from the concrete I dry brushed them up and down and at a 45 angle to. I then dry brushed light grey over the detail shingles to pop.

Then I got out the washes and added vertical streaks randomly.

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Window Treatment

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Edward Hopper - Early Sunday MorningEdward Hopper - Early Sunday Morning

Windows: Inspired by Edward Hoppers’ Early Sunday Morning painting I added glazing to the windows and folder card for window blinds. I also added curtains on two windows. I didn’t want to go overboard with details.

Roof: I used laser cut shingles to add detail to the roof. I added rows of different shape shingles to add a bit of character to the roof. After gluing all the rows I trimmed the edges with an x-acto blade.

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Window Treatment

Finished the Trains (Block line of sight-Hard Cover)

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Finished the Trains (Block line of sight-Hard Cover)

At this point I have realized something. I have a lot of Sarissa Trains! This is just one. I have other non-started and unfinished kits. So many that I should start it’s own Project log. Hmm

Any way, each train was dry brushed with Acrylic house paint. The same group I used for the board. The same brush too.

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Rail Yard

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Rail Yard

I started collecting Sarissa rail cars and engines a few years ago with the idea of building, converting and painting them to put on a shelf and stare lovingly at. Well like many other ideas that never happened. This gaming board gave me the perfect reason to commit to finish all those rail kits.

I assembly lined the processes. First I spay painted the sprue then built the kits. After assembly I noticed a Primary color theme happening. I didn’t like it. I got out my Air brush and sprayed two Good Wagons with Duck Egg. The airbrush started to spit out paint after a few uses. I like the effect. It gives it depth and texture. I may continue to add splatter to other pieces from this line. I also darkened the red Goods Wagon.

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Rail Yard

A Bit Of Green

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A Bit Of Green

There is a small space for grass on the left side additional board. I can place a tree,bench, pillbox whatever on it.

I painted the rectangle dark brown. When the paint was dry I brushed on Mod Podge and house mix flocked the area.

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A Bit Of Green

Low Relief City Block-Modularity Part 6

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Low Relief City Block-Modularity Part 6

Mid Tone

Using the same 7 pots of paint I used for the Base coats, I picked out individual bricks and painted them in. I also painted the vertical bricks over the windows and doors.

Highlight

I then used Ochre to edge highlight each edge, doors, windows and walls. Finally a yellow edge highlight in short random spots.

Putting this aside now to work on TRAINS!!

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Low Relief City Block-Modularity Part 5

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Low Relief City Block-Modularity Part 5

Base Color(s)

To start off I primed each building with Black chalk spray paint. I then lightly sprayed a Brick Red paint on all three sides. I then found 7 pots of brick like colors in my collection. I dry brushes random light strokes of the seven colors going from dark to light.  Im only doing this to the sides of the first and last building. The rest just get attention to the front.

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Modularity Sidewalks & Stripes

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Modularity Sidewalks & Stripes

Moving on to the modular city block boards. I used the same method to paint the sidewalks as I did for the Concrete. I call it dry rub method. It’s not dry brush. I never “clean the brush at any point. I also try to keep a chisel point on the brush. I mix from dark to light colors on a piece of cardboard. As the layers dry they begin to add texture to the flat foam core. Looking a bit more like a sidewalk to me.

I then added a crosswalk by using 1/2 inch masking tape to mark out stripes and then sponging layers of grey white paint onto the surface.

I purposely made them larger then scale. I want them to stand out.

Thank you for stopping by,

Cheers

Water Board

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Water Board

Apologies for not having in progress photos.

I started by spraying thin black lines along the length of the board to represent deep water. I then squeezed dark green paint onto the board and rolled over it with a 4” roller. I then just used the roller on the backside so I would get a light green color. This representing the quay part under water.

I may gloss the water area if the finish I have hasn’t spoiled. This 3′ x 3′ MDF board IS my gaming table. The other times I roll a gaming Mat on top and add terrane. My Studio/Gaming room is only 11′ x 9′ so everything is a multiple use piece. It’s small but I love it and it keeps me sane.

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Water Board

Final Paint Job

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3'x2' of Waterfront Boards3'x2' of Waterfront Boards

For the brick/track area I added some dabs of furniture stain that I had around and GW washes to create depth and the look of years of use and abuse to the area.

Final Paint Job

To the concrete area I highlighted the edge of each piece with a white Pastel pencil.

For the Boardwalk I used the same colors and technic that I used for the concrete area. I then highlighted the edges with white pastel pencil.

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Final Paint Job
Final Paint Job

Dry Rub Concrete

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Dry Rub Concrete

All the paint I used I had in stock. Some are sample pots that I got from HomeDepot when we were trying to decide what color to paint our dining room.

To give the center bit of the board a concrete look I started by brushing the groove edges with a dark grey. Making sure to get the paint deep into the grooves.

Next without adding paint to the brush I rubbed the brush around each piece starting from the outside into the center.

I then added Tan to the palette and rubbed Tan and Dark Grey around, sideways on an angle.

I continued to add more tan to the mix each layer.

I then added Lite Grey to the Tan dry mix and did the same stroke technic.

Remember to keep the paint light on the brush. Do the mixing of paint on the board by rubbing in multiple directions.

Dry Rub Concrete

Center Bit - Finished Build

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Center Bit - Finished Build

I set out to fill the center area of the boards with “slabs” of concrete. I had some scrap rectangle bits of 3mm cardboard. I sanded a bevel to all sides of each peace and glued them on to the board in a random pattern. Then when I was out of scrap pieces, I measured and cut the remaining pieces out of more 3mm card.

2'x3' Quay board with 62'x3' Quay board with 6"x18" add on.
2'x3' Quay board with 1'x3' water front.2'x3' Quay board with 1'x3' water front.

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