Having seen A Study in Grey posted earlier today, you could be forgiven for thinking that was this week’s post.
That was, in DVD terms, ‘bonus content’. This is the actual post for this week.
Now, in The Blue Lamp, I introduced a particularly important location in the fictional London borough of Blackwell, namely The Red Lion public house, chosen watering hole of the estimable Sergeant Webb and renowned for its delicious home-made meat pies, guaranteed to not contain anyone you know.
It was always my intention to build this structure for my boards, and to base it on the actual Red Lion pub here in Reading, which looks like this:
At least, this is what it looked like before it closed down. I felt that it looked suitably Victorian in style and would make a good model on which to base my fictional pub.
So, having examined the pub quite closely, I used an empty cereal box to construct the basic structure, making sure to copy the specific profile, which has a flat lip at both the front and back, from which the roof rises from, like so;
Now, as I was concentrating on building the detail up on my blank building structure, I didn’t actually take many Work in Progress pictures, so what I intend on doing is showing you the front and rear of the building, prior to painting, and explain what I used to make it.
So, here’s the front;
So, the front of the pub was coated with textured wallpaper, the same stuff I used as my ‘grass’ for the Chapel of St. Gilbert (see For Whom the Bell Tolls). The idea behind this was this will represent the plastered front wall. Prior to gluing this to the front of the pub, I cut out rectangles where I intended to have the door and windows.
Matchsticks of various sizes were then cut and glued into place as window sills and the front step. 2mm brown card, similar to Greyboard, was used to create the sign and the first layer of front wall’s base, which then had another layer of cereal packet card glued on top, to create the ‘lip’ you see on these kind of buildings.
A cut down bamboo skewer was glued midway down the front to represent decorative moulding and cut down coffee stirrers were glued at the top of the wall to represent the soffit.
Both the front and rear roof ledges were covered with strips of sandpaper, as flat roof ledges on these sort of buildings do tend to be filled with gravel ( for drainage, I’d guess). The roof tiles themselves were made from an old greetings card, suitable scored, then cut into strips and glued in place, saving the crease of the card for the roof ridge.
The chimney was a carefully measured box made from cereal packet card, with three push pins…um…pushed in and glued into place.
The front door was a suitably sized and score piece of ‘Brownboard’, with a panel cut out for the window, and a picture pin with a rather nice swirly head used as a doorknob.
And round the back;
Not a great deal of variation here – the textured wallpaper used on the sides and rear wall is one continuous piece, as the pattern looks remarkably like brickwork and I wanted to have the building look like it was built, rather than made from individual panels.
The rear door has no window, but does have a lintel, created using a small strip of card. The rear wall to the left of the back door was left intentionally blank, as I may build a wooden cellar hatch to place up against this wall.
So, once it’s been given an undercoat of grey primer, I can paint it up in the appropriate colours, adding the window details and signage as I go. I am considering whether I should try and construct some gas lamps to attach to either end of the sign, but will definitely be printing out, resizing and pasting some suitable Victorian handbills and music hall posters to the blank side wall…maybe for Li H’sen Chang – Master of Magic and Mesmerism or Colonel Brewster’s Wild West Show?
16 thoughts on “The Heart of Blackwell”
Great start Jez, you really are putting together some great little articles on your gaslight world currently, and this one looks like another good ‘un 🙂
Thanks Simon. Once I’d mentioned the Red Lion in a previous post, I just knew it had to be built. It was quite labour intensive and currently does look ‘made’, but I’m hoping once the initial undercoat goes on, all the elements will blend into a chesive whole.
Wow bonus indeed, as we all know I love scenery and this is some great scenery , full of atmosphere and adding to the narrative rather than detracting. Keep up the great work Jez
Thanks you. It did come out pretty much the way I expected, although the chimney stack is a little wonky.
For some reason when posting from my phone it signed me out ! The chimney being wonky gives the idea of authenticity or wear on the building
Ah, I was wondering who the “Someone” was. I’d narrowed it down to two possibilities and you were one of them, so I’m pleased that I was nearly right.
You skill at narration is only matched by your skill at terrain scratch build modelling.
Thanks Dave, that’s very kind of you to say so. I’m glad my efforts meet your approval.
extraordinarily good work here Jez. I do think you are a bit of dab hand at this terrain making lark. The post fits perfectly as a main feature to the accompanying Study in Grey (and the plot thickens a little at the same time).
Thanks Steve. This project has got my creative juices flowing, so expect lots more of the same.
Cracking good build. Going to try my hand at making my own buildings shortly, so seeing your’s, here, and Gobbo’s the other day is great.
Cheers Roy. I do try and show that you can get pretty good results using inexpensive materials – all it takes is a good idea of what you want to achieve and the right sort of glue. Always best to have a good selection, as not every component Reacts the same way.
an excellent accompaniment to the the first part.
Thanks Hils. I’m slowly building both the background and the environment, so hopefully everything will tie together almost seamlessly.
Your model making is second to none my friend. If I`d made these, I would be very proud xx
Thank you. Quite labour intensive, but the effort was worth it and it looks even better painted.