Villers-Bocage Diorama Pt 11 - Detailing the buildings

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Villers-Bocage Diorama Pt 11 - Detailing the buildings

Joined: March 24th, 2011, 8:17 pm

February 16th, 2017, 5:21 pm #1

Afternoon All
A bit of a picture heavy update. I've been tinkering with the buildings around the square to raise the level of detail and my obsessive/compulsive traits are beginning to show:


The corner shop - its going to be a Cordonnier or cobbler - has got to the stage where I can add details and interior. You'll notice the addition of etched brass window rails and some dirtying-up of the walls and pavement.

To dress the windows I've made up a somewhat distressed boxed-in frame which will help to make the interior look filled.

And here it is temporarily fitted in place.


On the opposite corner the damage to the building means that I'm going to have to provide a bit more detail for the interior. This time I've decked out the window display with a broken framework and have made a cabinet for the rear wall and a counter. You'll notice some pre-attached debris. There will be more.

And again, test fitted.

Viewed from the opposite side you get an idea of how it will look completed. There is a black blanking panel which will box in the open end of the building.


The barn in the rear corner is nearly done now. I'll be adding the edge of a garden behind the railing and may have a hint of some ivy climbing the inner wall.


Across the other rear corner, the garage has received a rusty tin roof. It will need to be a little dirtier in due course but probably not until I start fitting the buildings in place.


The final building will block in the Cordonnier shop. It is about to receive its final paint coat which will be a relief as I've had about enough of painting stonework for the time being.

Thanks for taking a look through.

All the best
Dan
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Joined: December 18th, 2015, 4:44 pm

February 16th, 2017, 5:35 pm #2

looking great (as usual).
Basically, this depicts the end of the days battle, but before the brits withdrew?
Looking foreward to the next update.
jl
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Joined: March 24th, 2011, 8:17 pm

February 16th, 2017, 5:59 pm #3

Hello John
Thanks for that. Yes, It will be late afternoon after fighting had died down but before the withdrawal. There must have been a quiet period towards the end because Bill Cotton managed to take a couple of pictures of the abandoned Tigers - one presumes he wouldn't have been able to do that (or set the German tanks alight) if things had still been fractious in the high street.

All the best

Dan
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February 16th, 2017, 7:04 pm #4

Afternoon All
A bit of a picture heavy update. I've been tinkering with the buildings around the square to raise the level of detail and my obsessive/compulsive traits are beginning to show:


The corner shop - its going to be a Cordonnier or cobbler - has got to the stage where I can add details and interior. You'll notice the addition of etched brass window rails and some dirtying-up of the walls and pavement.

To dress the windows I've made up a somewhat distressed boxed-in frame which will help to make the interior look filled.

And here it is temporarily fitted in place.


On the opposite corner the damage to the building means that I'm going to have to provide a bit more detail for the interior. This time I've decked out the window display with a broken framework and have made a cabinet for the rear wall and a counter. You'll notice some pre-attached debris. There will be more.

And again, test fitted.

Viewed from the opposite side you get an idea of how it will look completed. There is a black blanking panel which will box in the open end of the building.


The barn in the rear corner is nearly done now. I'll be adding the edge of a garden behind the railing and may have a hint of some ivy climbing the inner wall.


Across the other rear corner, the garage has received a rusty tin roof. It will need to be a little dirtier in due course but probably not until I start fitting the buildings in place.


The final building will block in the Cordonnier shop. It is about to receive its final paint coat which will be a relief as I've had about enough of painting stonework for the time being.

Thanks for taking a look through.

All the best
Dan
Hi Dan,

This is a wonderful blog of how to create and detail buildings, I am taking notes and making plans - for the future. I will, at some future date, be putting all this information into action, once I have cleared all my backlog of stuff. I want to create a village square like this one for posing models for photography and I also want to create a village with the German army retreating after the Normandy campaign. All the materials you use are easily obtainable, which is the real plus with this project, no expensive items, just imagination and a lot of patience. Well done so far, it is a stunning project and I look forward to the next update with eager anticipation.

All the best,

Paul
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Joined: December 9th, 2016, 11:09 am

February 16th, 2017, 8:10 pm #5

Afternoon All
A bit of a picture heavy update. I've been tinkering with the buildings around the square to raise the level of detail and my obsessive/compulsive traits are beginning to show:


The corner shop - its going to be a Cordonnier or cobbler - has got to the stage where I can add details and interior. You'll notice the addition of etched brass window rails and some dirtying-up of the walls and pavement.

To dress the windows I've made up a somewhat distressed boxed-in frame which will help to make the interior look filled.

And here it is temporarily fitted in place.


On the opposite corner the damage to the building means that I'm going to have to provide a bit more detail for the interior. This time I've decked out the window display with a broken framework and have made a cabinet for the rear wall and a counter. You'll notice some pre-attached debris. There will be more.

And again, test fitted.

Viewed from the opposite side you get an idea of how it will look completed. There is a black blanking panel which will box in the open end of the building.


The barn in the rear corner is nearly done now. I'll be adding the edge of a garden behind the railing and may have a hint of some ivy climbing the inner wall.


Across the other rear corner, the garage has received a rusty tin roof. It will need to be a little dirtier in due course but probably not until I start fitting the buildings in place.


The final building will block in the Cordonnier shop. It is about to receive its final paint coat which will be a relief as I've had about enough of painting stonework for the time being.

Thanks for taking a look through.

All the best
Dan
These are truly impressive pieces of modelmaking , by any standards. Don't worry Dan , we're all Ob/Comp, or we wouldn't be here!
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February 16th, 2017, 10:24 pm #6

Afternoon All
A bit of a picture heavy update. I've been tinkering with the buildings around the square to raise the level of detail and my obsessive/compulsive traits are beginning to show:


The corner shop - its going to be a Cordonnier or cobbler - has got to the stage where I can add details and interior. You'll notice the addition of etched brass window rails and some dirtying-up of the walls and pavement.

To dress the windows I've made up a somewhat distressed boxed-in frame which will help to make the interior look filled.

And here it is temporarily fitted in place.


On the opposite corner the damage to the building means that I'm going to have to provide a bit more detail for the interior. This time I've decked out the window display with a broken framework and have made a cabinet for the rear wall and a counter. You'll notice some pre-attached debris. There will be more.

And again, test fitted.

Viewed from the opposite side you get an idea of how it will look completed. There is a black blanking panel which will box in the open end of the building.


The barn in the rear corner is nearly done now. I'll be adding the edge of a garden behind the railing and may have a hint of some ivy climbing the inner wall.


Across the other rear corner, the garage has received a rusty tin roof. It will need to be a little dirtier in due course but probably not until I start fitting the buildings in place.


The final building will block in the Cordonnier shop. It is about to receive its final paint coat which will be a relief as I've had about enough of painting stonework for the time being.

Thanks for taking a look through.

All the best
Dan
Beautiful work Dan, really inspirational. As Tony says, OCD seems to be the norm

I've been saving each of your "Villers Bocage Diorama Pt.." threads and have them in chronological order so that I can refer back to these threads easily for 'How to references' (and just drool of course). Hope the images don't disappear with time.

Thanks for sharing this amazing work.

All the best
Stefan
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Joined: March 24th, 2011, 8:17 pm

February 16th, 2017, 10:34 pm #7

Hi Dan,

This is a wonderful blog of how to create and detail buildings, I am taking notes and making plans - for the future. I will, at some future date, be putting all this information into action, once I have cleared all my backlog of stuff. I want to create a village square like this one for posing models for photography and I also want to create a village with the German army retreating after the Normandy campaign. All the materials you use are easily obtainable, which is the real plus with this project, no expensive items, just imagination and a lot of patience. Well done so far, it is a stunning project and I look forward to the next update with eager anticipation.

All the best,

Paul
Hello Paul
I'm really pleased to hear you are finding it useful. It looks like I'd be crazy not to produce some of the architectural fixtures and fittings - most of the brass bits are already created. Hopefully they may be of use to further your plans. I like your ideas - there are plenty of photographs on which you could base those kinds of dioramas.

All the best

Dan
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February 16th, 2017, 10:36 pm #8

These are truly impressive pieces of modelmaking , by any standards. Don't worry Dan , we're all Ob/Comp, or we wouldn't be here!
Hello Tony
Very pleased to hear you like the work so far. It's almost time to start bringing all the elements together, so an end is in sight.

All the best

Dan
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Joined: March 24th, 2011, 8:17 pm

February 16th, 2017, 10:38 pm #9

Beautiful work Dan, really inspirational. As Tony says, OCD seems to be the norm

I've been saving each of your "Villers Bocage Diorama Pt.." threads and have them in chronological order so that I can refer back to these threads easily for 'How to references' (and just drool of course). Hope the images don't disappear with time.

Thanks for sharing this amazing work.

All the best
Stefan
Hello Stefan
Thanks for your kind comments - I'm very pleased to hear that you think it so useful. I'll have to organise another museum open day so that you can come and see it in the flesh once it is done.

All the best

Dan
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Joined: April 15th, 2010, 12:16 am

February 17th, 2017, 12:09 am #10

Afternoon All
A bit of a picture heavy update. I've been tinkering with the buildings around the square to raise the level of detail and my obsessive/compulsive traits are beginning to show:


The corner shop - its going to be a Cordonnier or cobbler - has got to the stage where I can add details and interior. You'll notice the addition of etched brass window rails and some dirtying-up of the walls and pavement.

To dress the windows I've made up a somewhat distressed boxed-in frame which will help to make the interior look filled.

And here it is temporarily fitted in place.


On the opposite corner the damage to the building means that I'm going to have to provide a bit more detail for the interior. This time I've decked out the window display with a broken framework and have made a cabinet for the rear wall and a counter. You'll notice some pre-attached debris. There will be more.

And again, test fitted.

Viewed from the opposite side you get an idea of how it will look completed. There is a black blanking panel which will box in the open end of the building.


The barn in the rear corner is nearly done now. I'll be adding the edge of a garden behind the railing and may have a hint of some ivy climbing the inner wall.


Across the other rear corner, the garage has received a rusty tin roof. It will need to be a little dirtier in due course but probably not until I start fitting the buildings in place.


The final building will block in the Cordonnier shop. It is about to receive its final paint coat which will be a relief as I've had about enough of painting stonework for the time being.

Thanks for taking a look through.

All the best
Dan
Sorry, Dan....out of superlatives but this is what I want to do when I grow up!

Cheers,

Neil
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