Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blending Terrain

Beginning to take shape now and can imagine what it will look like with dry field grasses, shrubbery and rock and soil from Eastern Washington are added. Another Artist is scheduled to paint a rendition of Mount Baker on the backdrop to the left of the photos shown. I look forward to that. After the painting is complete, Dave Hikel will build two wooden trestles to span the gap between two geological regions.

Painting and Washes and try not to spill

The first base color is red oxide and raw sienna, thick enough to get good coverage on dry plaster cloth. Next was an off white wash of acrylics. Then spots of various other mineral colors saturating the rock walls. Allowing each application to dry before another wash is applied.

Access Hatch Afterthought

We decided to add an access hatch to reach inside the mountain in the case of a derailment. It came as an afterthought upon finishing the task of repairing a broken solder joint on the center rail "inside" the mountain. I simply chose the center for the location. The photos show plugged and unplugged access. The piece is designed so that gravity holds it plugged into place with out the need for hinges. I will add more rock details to hide the visibility of the hatch.

Adding Slope to a vertical space

Here I am adding slope with vertical plaster castings hot glued into place with plaster backfill. Then I trowel in Sculptamold modeling compound, let set for a few minutes then come back with a wet paint brush and water to smoothen out the material. I realize I have to add quite a bit more Sculptamold to get much taller and full alluvials. You can see where I am talking about, the horizontal areas that look like swooping roads, I will build these areas up to create more slope. I went ahead and painted, aware that I will need to come back and finish the alluvials at a later time. I plan to add loose soil and rock to the slope and add dried field grasses to complete the scenery here,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Eastern Washington Columnar Basalt ( 1 / 48" scale)

Building a road for vehicles into town

I am almost done with the dirt road that was added for vehicles to come into town from the upper level. The next stage will be to put the tire ruts and erosion to the road surface.

New Road to Town!

A new road for vehicles was added today. Soon the erosion and ruts will be added to the road top.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Colorization comes to Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge Model Railroad_4

Hopefully everything will be dry tomorrow (paint) so I can continue on the upper level some more. I'm not sure when we will be able to collect some actual dirt from the location we are modeling in Eastern Washington but I look forward to having the dirt on the layout. The dirt really makes it look real. Most of the color of the paint will be under the dirt.

Colorization comes to Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge Model Railroad_3

Colorization comes to Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge Model Railroad_2

I spent some time working on a formula that will work for this desert scene depicting a locale in Eastern Washington. Its good to have a formula written down so another person can create the same colors (perhaps for scenery damage repairs).

Colorization comes to Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge Model Railroad-1

Today I began painting colors for Jerry Franklin's Model Railroad. The process takes four layers of paint and washes to achieve the look we wanted.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Update on the O-Scale Train Layout / Columnar Basalt rock work

Here are more images of the construction of the columnar basalt portion of the model railroad. The foam columns carved from foam are coated with diluted spackling and a light texture by stippling the spackling with a sponge. I wanted to add the fine texture detail because I felt the surfaces of the foam were still too smooth and uniform. This texture will really add realism when it comes to painting time.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Background Painting for O-Scale Model Railroad

Here are more images of the background painting from the previous post. The backdrop blends well with the foreground scenery which makes for good photographs of the layout.

Background Painting for O-Scale Model Railroad

Here are some images of a backdrop painting I am creating for a client of an O-Scale model railroad. The backdrop runs around the layout on the walls with walking space between the train layout and walls. They are painted a lighter value to help seem like they are further in the distance. I used acrylic latex interior house paints and artist paints.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Importance of Model Building

I find these photos very interesting and thought about how important model building was and is for the fruition of the imagination to come about. From ancient China and Egypt to contemporary times using CAD, model building was and still is necessary for so many monumental projects. Here are photos showing the design of Mt. Rushmore and the actual construction. Amazing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Eastern Washington Columnar Basalt 1/48th scale

This is a rendition of rock outcroppings found in Eastern Washington that I am creating for a client in Issaquah, Washington, under contract for Hikel Trains and Layouts of Lynnwood, Washington. The client is a professor of forestry for the University of Washington and is well versed in geology as well. His three rail O-gauge model railroad is a hybrid of fiction and fact, modeling routes of the Spokane Portland and Seattle railroad and BNSF lines. A portion of the layout will have these columnar basalt pillars that quite amazing. This natural phenomenon are seen in many parts of the world and are quite amazing to see in person. I am using foam board, plaster cloth and plaster castings to create the columns,entablature and pillow basalt. I believe we will take a field trip to see in person the color variations of the rock and gather dirt samples and take photos. Finally, I plan to apply yellow static grasses to make it just right.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Map section for Rise of the Drow Adventure!

Here is a section of a large map that I am working on for our product for "Rise of the Drow" adventure. There are at least 40 pieces to the map and it is huge! Large enough for a one inch grid so gamers can play with these maps and use their miniatures creatures.

Friday, June 28, 2013

working with Fine Artist, Mildee Vetter on Jerry Franklin's O-gauge/HO-scale model railroad

Thanks to Mildee Vetter, most of the plastering of the base scenery is complete. Once it is bone dry, we will apply plaster rock castings to the surface and blend them seamlessly into the existing landscape. Mildee attended a course with Jackson Pollock in one of her art schools she attended. She also studied fine art in Sweden and is one of the more creative artist's I know. Thanks Mildee!

progress on Jerry Franklin's O-gauge and HO-scale model railroad layout June 28, 2013

Here are some progressive shots of the project so far. I love shots like these because they remind me of the work I put into it already. The next stage now is to match the rock patterns that the client wants. He has reference he will share with me on rock that is in Eastern Washington. Columnar basalt rock I believe, where the basalt crystalizes under extreme pressure and cooling and forms five sided columns that grow vertical side by side. They actually look like human made columns. You might want to look that up online to verify but I believe thats a good explanation.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

UPDATE: Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge / HO-Gauge Model Railroad

Today I finished a few more areas of the layout with the plaster cloth application, tomorrow, I get the honor of working with Mildee Vetter on the scenery. She is a European trained Fine Artist and very creative much like her husband Chris Vetter.

Monday, June 17, 2013

UPDATE O-Gauge Scenery on the Franklin's Model Railroad Project

I still have some more weaving to do with the cardboard strips but I wanted to start some plastering the armature today. I think its going to look really nice when its all covered in plaster and ready for plaster rock castings. Man, plaster is messy no matter how clean I try to be, the dust wants to linger.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

O-Gauge Scenery Base on the Franklin's Model Railroad Project

The mountains on this model railroad will be constructed pretty much the same way they did it in the 40's. I am weaving strips of cardboard "strips" to create the armature system that will support two or three layers of plaster cloth (plaster fused with gauze) when all the plaster cloth is dry and complete the result will be a thin and hollow yet very strong shell of a mountain. This allows us access inside the mountains for any derailments. I then willincorporate plaster rock castings into the hills to look just like rock outcroppings that one may see in Eastern Washington.

Thomas the Tank Engine site map 2013

I am updating the Thomas the Tank Engine site map for the Northwest Railway Museum. Each year they host a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine. Its always a sell out and the little town of Snoqualmie is packed for two weekends. Each year I update the site map for them.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Advertisement for / RPG Fantasy Gaming Adventures

This is an ad I created for our website This will be in a webzine for Rite Publishing. The continent in the background is a portion of our newly developed world map which will be revealed soon!

Our version of Snow White coming soon!

This is an ad I created for our new adventure "Snow White" for Written by Stephen Yeardley and Jonathan Nelson.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Next Draft / First Generation F-Unit Diesel Locomotive Era (Poster in progress)

This is a poster I am working on which represents the completion of the next phase on the Northwest Trunk Lines Model Railroad. Each Poster in a progressive series is themed to be more contemporary than the previous.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Atomic Age / First Generation F-Unit Diesel Locomotive Era (Poster in progress)

This is a poster I am working on which represents the completion of the next phase on the Northwest Trunk Lines Model Railroad. Each Poster in a progressive series is themed to be more contemporary than the previous. This poster is the dawning of an atomic age for American and the introduction of the diesel locomotive, replacing the steam engines. This is only a second draft and I think the text is a bit too tattered to read. I am working on the railroads logo so that it fits the early 1960's design.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I am developing the aesthetics and functionality of the un-named continent in the world of Most of our adventures have taken place in the Northeastern territories. Next to add are rivers, lakes, and border lines for the known countries or kingdoms.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mt.Si Homebrew Supply, Snoqualmie, WA. logo in progress

Here is another version of the logo I am working on for my friends at Mt.Si Homebrew Supply in my hometown of Snoqualmie, Washington. I'm liking the crispyness of this one, he hee.

Logo concept for The Bindlestick Beer & Coffeehouse

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Homebrewing Logo Design for a local business

A logo concept I am working on for an awesome beer brewing supply shop in my home town of Snoqualmie!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Eagle's Nest, Montana Bridge Complete

This little scene is finally finished. Its a replica of the prototype bridge in Eagle's Nest, Montana for the Milwaukee Railroad Line. I made the mountain from many individual hydrocal rock castings, cut to fit. The peak lifts off in case access to the interior of the tunnel is needed (derailment of track cleaning). The mountain stands well over my head in height. This is O-gauge.

Friday, February 22, 2013

FINISHED! LIonel's D-27 track plan / O-gauge

Finally, it is finished! This is a Toy Train theme layout and is supposed to be very clean and simple. It has a button installed on the front panel for kids to push and make the train automatically operate, some roads for kids to drive cars on and a fun disappearing tunnel. The train enters the tunnel and then the entire train disappears (theres a loop of track under the table) its a fun illusion for the kids and grown ups. There are lights and operating railroad crossings and an automatic railroad attendant comes out of his shanty to warn vehicles of an approaching train. Now we just have to deliver it to the customer. The next layout that Dave Hikel of Hikel O-gauge trains is delivering to me to work on is a CIRCUS THEME! This should be fun! I imagine lots of circus animals and people!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The grass is greener....D27 Project getting static grass!

Wow, the static grass has made a world of difference in the look of this O-gauge model railroad. I've also added cracks in the asphalt with a fine Sharpie pen. I am also adding a dirt road at the end of the asphalt road and adding lots of trees. I also made a nice little area for the deer on the mountain side. Let me know what you think?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

D27 Lionel Train Layout Update

Here are some photos of the D27 Lionel Train Layout we are currently working on. I am doing the scenery on this 4 x 8 O-Gauge layout. The layout is starting to get some color. I added a coat of tan paint and when it was dry, I sprayed a thin wash of black india ink and water over it to bring out the rock details. While the paint was wet, I sifted some green foam turf to simulate low grass. We plan to add static grass later.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

more progress on the D27 Project

Here we have the small mountain range coming along quite nicely. I created a forced perspective on the mountain with
finer details showing up in the foreground, such as rock textures, further up the slope would be columns of granite and the slopes will be covered in nice static grass.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Downtown Snoqualmie Valentines Event Poster 2013

These are the finals that the client will need to choose from. I like them all, I have my favorite color choice but I will wait to hear from the client before I state that. I'll keep you posted! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lionel's D27 Disappearing Train Layout Revisited

This is a recreation of a well known vintage track design. We are recreating this design for a customer. This is a 4 x 8 foot layout for an O-Gauge train. As a long train disappears into the tunnel it secretly descends down under the table and makes a complete loop and comes back up and out the other end of the tunnel just as if it were going straight through. At one point, only the front of the engine at one tunnel and the caboose at the other tunnel will show and the entire train will be under the layout. Its supposed to be a great illusion. I have not seen it happen in person yet but we will soon as all the track will be laid soon. I am carving up a stack of foam to create a mountain out of it. I will keep you posted on more of the progress! Cheers!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I taught a Terrain / Scenery Lesson (snow and raging river)

These are photos of a model created by me and a 14 year old student. He wanted to learn how to build a scene in the mountain peaks with snow and a raging river to cross for his miniatures war gaming group. Its made mostly from foam and some plaster castings and is very light and portable. When the snow gets dusty over time, all you have to do is vacuum it clean. Liam did a great job for his first lesson and received an award of completion signed by me when the project was wrapped up. Great job Liam!

Gaming Terrain / Rise of the Drow Kickstarter Campaign

These shots were taken of the terrain I created for war gaming miniatures. Similar terrain will be offered as a premium pledge level for our new campaign for our Rise of Drow trilogy offered in high quality hardbound cover and new art and maps as well as new guest authors contributing to this expanded edition. Our campaign launches in February! I will keep you posted.