The shipping container looks even better close up. It’s obvious that you put a lot of love into it.
I thought that might have been how you did the barrels. When I’ve seen that done in the past it was with flat rubber bands. They turned out nice.
I like the billboard. I was actually thinking of doing something like that myself. There are plenty of billboard models out there and I was thinking about picking up a couple, printing out a couple of frames like you did here, and attaching them to the billboard. I’m just not sure if I want to print on regular paper after fading the colors, or if I want to print it on some gloss paper so it’s easier to smear it (I’m thinking about taking a bleach wet wipe and wiping it lightly across the printout. Not positive, but I suspect that will fade the colors in places just a little bit, and will smear them some, possibly giving it a nice weathered look.)
The garden gnome is kind of awesome. Seeing it actually inspired me to go poking around ebay. I can’t afford to pick any up right this moment, but I WAS able to find quite a few gnomes at about the right size that I may be adding to my own table.
Glad you have at least some basic options for cheap paints. Black, Brown, and Red would all be good for making your own washes too (Roughly 50/50 white/red might make a decent wash for skin tones as well.)
There’s no doubt that GW makes some really great supplies for modeling. They have a great range of paints, their quality is very high, and I even like how their bottles are set up.
Yeah, I’ve used a little Green Stuff (The off brand, so it wasn’t quite as expensive, but you get the picture.) I’ve found that for filler, the gel style super glue I use will often fill gaps surprisingly well. Or alternately I have a calking gun in the garage that I’ve used for minor repairs around the house, and I learned that just the really cheap calk will will larger gaps pretty well. (Depending on the type of calk, you can sometimes get a tube as cheap as a dollar or two a tube. And most types will shrink just a little bit when it dries. Through trial and error, I found a cheap version that doesn’t seem to shrink.)
You’re making some really nice stuff. I used to do a little modeling of my own, but anymore I tend to be a bit more lazy and order pieces when I am able to in my price range.
Thank you for sharing better pictures of your stuff, I enjoyed seeing them.