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Printing the nobori flags

2020-05-05 by David

Following on from this week's sashimono flag release, here's a matching set of nobori flags for you!

These are tall banners for groups or armies of samurai and ashigaru warriors, called nobori. They are 70mm tall including the pole, and can be inserted into the fists of warrior models with a 2mm pin drill, or inserted into the wood and bamboo stand included in the set.

£ They are designed to be printed without supports, as the spine of the banner pole is flat. This means they will print well on their backs, as shown in the picture above, and have adequate strength.



£These flags were all printed at 0.1mm layers, but they print quite quickly even at a slow 20mm/s print speed.


The picture above shows the flags after a quick white spray undercoat and then a (messy) dark wash, to show the details. The wooden stand is just a simple piece of bamboo with four wooden struts to keep it upright.


Hopefully everything should look a lot better with proper paint, in a couple of days!!


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Samurai Sashimono Flags available NOW!

2020-05-03 by David

Look at that - only a few days after the release of the teahouse set (and what a fantastic response by you all - thanks!), we now have another little set of model accessories ready for release. The Samurai Sashimono Flags are available for download from today!!


  Samurai Sashimono Flags  

£ I had to get a bit creative with the colours for one or two of these, as I couldn't find 'proper' colour guides for them - so please excuse any mistakes!


To show off the gentle curves of the flags, I used colour washes on top of the basecoat colours, but I've now realised that I shouldn't have left any washes around the symbols themselves! I'm so used to adding washes to crevices to create extra shadow and depth, that I forgot these flags don't actually need them (because the symbols would be flat with the flags themselves)!



The Samurai Sashimono Flags are available for download now:


  Samurai Sashimono Flags  


Bigger nobori flags are following close behind, I promise......



Tags: samurai  painting  release 

Printing the sashimono flags

2020-05-02 by David

You can all thank Wade Lockhart for this customer suggestion - sashimono back banner flags for your samurai warriors! He suggested making some flags with clan crests on them, and that sounded like a great challenge to me!



£ To fit 28mm scale models, these back banners are only 20mm long, and the flag part is even smaller!


It was quite a challenge to simplify some of the clan symbols so that a regular FDM printer can print enough detail at that size, but the following banners were all printed at 0.1mm layers. I recommend aligning them as shown in the photo above, with the spine of the banner flat to the print bed and a brim for extra balance, and reducing your print speed. You don't need print supports.

£ The 12 clans from the Clan Symbol set are included here, along with a blank version. The banners have a small horizontal crossbar which helps to attach the flags to the shoulders of a model (and it's even an authentic detail!).

The prints above were simply undercoated in white, and given a quick colour wash to show the symbol details in this photo. As you can see, the simpler designs all print perfectly, although a couple of the more complicated designs (Honda, middle row on the left, and Tokugawa, back row second from left) were perhaps beyond the capabilities of my shaking Tevo Tornado to get a perfect print! Resin printers would of course manage both of those without problem, I think?


These sashimono flags will be hitting the paint desk this weekend, and a second set of larger nobori flags (unit and army flags) will follow shortly.


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Samurai Teahouse available NOW!

2020-04-30 by David

I know many of you have been eagerly looking forward to this set, and I'm excited to announce that the Samurai Teahouse Set is available for download from today!!!!


  Samurai Teahouse Set  

£ Every good pic should tell a story, and this one is a blood feud between these two half-brothers.



The Imperial Envoy enjoyed the art and grace of Tomoko at her beautiful teahouse, and always took the time to stop on his travels. As he watched her hands carefully mix the ingredients, he felt himself relax and sink into a deep feeling of contentment. Life at these times was close to perfect.


A harsh cry from outside the teahouse snapped him out of his contemplation all too abruptly. As Tomoko and the Envoy stepped outside on to the pebbled path, he could see a figure in the shadows of the gate, beyond the warmth of the garden's lights.


His eyes widened as the figure stepped forward and drew twin swords. His half-brother, cast out and long thought dead, had returned to throw all their fates to the wind!


"You cheated me, brother! ..... I come for what is rightfully mine!"


£ The teahouse set includes the detailed teahouse building, and a small fenced rock garden with plenty of accessories. I couldn't help adding in my new cherry blossom trees to the photos, and even gave the priest something to reflect upon in the pond!

£ Tomoko was painted up specially for this photoshoot, to guide you to her teahouse. As you step through the gateway into the garden, every view is designed to frame itself like a painting.

£ As Tomoko guides you along the stone path, you can admire the fragile beauty of the ornamental moss in the rock garden, before washing your hands and entering the teahouse proper.

£ The entrance to the teahouse is very low, and designed to bring every participant in the tea ceremony down to the same humble level, with status left outside.

£ The small bamboo deer-scarer and stone water bowl (centre of the pic) is something I'm particularly proud of, as it's a cute little one-piece print. It adds a great little bit of atmosphere to the garden!

£ The roof is of course removable (and fully textured underneath!), so you can even play your wargames inside. By adding thin baking sheet paper to the circular window at the front, and the screen doors at the back, you can get some very picturesque views....


Here, you can see Tomoko enjoying the view of the pond from the small balcony at the rear, while the priest waits kneeling inside. He's probably wondering where to put his naginata spear!

£ As her customer leaves through the low door, Tomoko stands by the wall scroll. The text on that scroll is sculpted into the model, and you can easily use a black wash to follow the shape of the kanji characters.

£ The two half-brothers face off across the teahouse garden.


Blood WILL be spilled this day!!!

The Samurai Teahouse Set is available for download now:


  Samurai Teahouse Set  


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Painting the samurai teahouse set

2020-04-29 by David

Well, the new samurai Teahouse Set is now fully painted, and ready for release tomorrow!! Oh, and what gorgeous photos I managed to pose for you! hehehe


But today we take a look at how you can quickly and easily paint up your teahouse and accessories....

£ To start with, all the parts were spray undercoated with cheap matt paint, which left them looking rather like kids' toys!




£ After a black spray undercoat, these were drybrushed with medium grey, then patches of flesh tone, then light grey.


The trick to painting rocks is to introduce patches of colour variation. After the greys were done, I lightly stippled on some khaki green in places, to show old mould. You can see the difference in the two rocks above.

£ I then turned to my washes, with brown washes carefully smudged into crevices and then green wash added towards the bottom of rocks (where they meet the ground) and to strengthen the green of the mould patches.

£ Finally, after a quick survey on the Facebook page (thanks, everybody!), I decided to add some moss too. Some could be natural, but it's also a traditional Japanese style of gardening, to carefully cultivate moss growth on rocks.


This was, quite frankly, a pain to attach! I finally found it worked by adding a dab of white wood glue to the rock and jamming moss into the crevice. After the white glue had started to dry, I dripped some liquid glue (plastic cement) onto the moss and squeezed it down.


This is a messy job, and you have to be careful not to peel off the paint too!

£ For the rock lantern, I added in the LED bulb and a small ring of baking sheet paper to surround it, then glued on the top and some moss.




£ A light brown spray undercoat was followed by a heavy brown wash, and then a drybrush with some lighter browns and flesh tones. To differentiate the upright sticks from the long bamboo pieces, I tried a sepia wash, but as you can see from the pic above (compare left to right) ..... the difference wasn't very much.


So I tried a yellow glaze instead, and this gave it a very rich yellow finish. A little bit too bright....

£ ... so I highlighted the top of each bamboo with some yellow brown paint. Much better!


The last job was to paint the wooden posts in a red-brown, and then the rough twine in black.

£ The gate had a few stones underneath (don't forget to add green wash for mould!), and this great thatched roof. I'll deal with how the thatch was painted in a few moments.




£ The whole pathway was sprayed in light grey, and the gravel was basecoated in a medium grey. You could also paint the path as a mossy green surface or just plain brown dirt, if you want.


After a heavy black wash, the whole piece was drybrushed with light grey, and then patches of brown and green wash around some of the stones and edging.




£ A cream spray undercoat is the perfect base colour to cover with a heavy sepia wash, and then a brown wash. Then it's a simple matter of drybrushing with a flesh tone, and adding in some streaks of brown wash and green wash to show weathering and mould.


The bamboo at the top I left in fairly faded colours, rather than the brighter yellows used for the fencing, so it wouldn't draw the eye too much. It's open to the sun and rain, after all!




£ The teahouse has great textures already sculpted on to all of the surfaces, so I dealt with the wood first ..... a brown wash was followed by a light brown drybrush and then a flesh tone drybrush. The interior walls were a very muted light brown (so as not to distract from the tea ceremony), but I used a brighter yellow brown for the exterior walls.


The circular window is actually bamboo tied together with black twine, and the wall has a thin slot into which I inserted a folded-over (i.e. "two-ply") piece of baking sheet paper. At 28mm scale, this is a pretty good match for handmade Japanese paper, and lets light through.


TOP TIP: For the text on the scroll, try a black wash instead of black paint. It will naturally flow into the shapes of the kanji characters, and can then be neatened up easily with white at the edges.


To age the walls, I used streaks of brown wash, smudged off with my finger. This may sound a little haphazard, but it actually matches real stains quite well. Finally, I tickled green wash into the corners for mould.




£ The rock and bamboo were painted in the same manner as described above, but a little more carefully. There's a small trickle of water connecting the two big bamboo sections, which I painted in greys and covered in gloss varnish.


The last job was to carefully add a few drips of "realistic water effect" into the bowl. I recommend doing this with a thin straw. By putting your finger over the end, you can transfer a few drops of liquid exactly where you need it.


And DONE!!!!


The teahouse set will be released tomorrow.....


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