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  • #194930
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
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    Mind going all over the place tonight with odd ideas 🙂

    Anyone any ideas how to make the walls of a bamboo hut in 15mm?

    By this I mean the classic Asian style hut similar to the one shown here on Alamy – no brick / planks – just wattle style walls:

    The only things I can come up with are to weave wire or find some wattle fencing and cut that apart (sure I’ve seen some in plastic though that may have been 28mm)…

     

    #194931

    sushi rolling mats.

    Mick Hayman
    Margate and New Orleans

    #194936
    Avatar photoAmpersand Andy
    Participant

    Not representing the same construction but on the Flickr Account ampersandandy (one word all lower case) the first 4 pictures in the photostream are of 28mm generic jungle huts. The walls were made by sculpting a semi regular herringbone pattern on a square of miliput to represent a single wall panel and then casting it. I used the castings to make multiple variant walls.

    That is how I would make the walls of a bamboo hut. Not sure how helpful that is but let me know if I can be.

    Andy

     

    #194940
    Avatar photoStriker
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    For the bamboo I would use an old curtain I have from the 80’s, it’s basically long cocktail straws with a thread around it (pull the string and it “rolls” up).  Cut pieces to length.  For the woven pattern I’ve used this burlap edging stuff from a craft store.

    #194941
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    @ Aethelflaeda – interesting idea but I’m concerned they are regular not ‘rag tag’ and may be a little large for 15s/ Could be worth trying though to create newer areas that are not worn.

    I’m in the local town on Tuesday and there are a couple of shops that may stock something like them (or even bamboo style place mats).


    @AmpersandAndy
    – Beautiful work (sample pic here folks) could be very fiddly at 15mm though 🙂 It may be worth me trying my wire idea and then casting them…

     

    #194950
    Avatar photoSane Max
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    Sushi Mats were my first thought as well. ,ake them nice and then distress them to taste

    #194985
    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games
    Participant

    At 15mm I’m not sure you’d actually see the string, more like paint it on.  I’ve used jute and toothpicks to make hooches for ‘Nam.  I’ve seen both resin and metal wattle fencing panels out there, seems that’d get expensive quickly.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #195023

    For the bamboo I would use an old curtain I have from the 80’s, it’s basically long cocktail straws with a thread around it (pull the string and it “rolls” up). Cut pieces to length. For the woven pattern I’ve used this burlap edging stuff from a craft store.

    I had an old one of those and used it for stockades and fencing.  Wife tossed the rest…

    Sushi mats are the closest I have seen and the one I have is pretty irregular in texture.  Not had a need to cut it up as i still need it for makazushi…

     

    Mick Hayman
    Margate and New Orleans

    #195024
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    Well no Sushi mats to be found locally (North Lincs is a little ‘conservative’ in some things) but I’m in a larger town on Friday so I’ll check there and in a city at the end of the month. Alice has access to an Asian supermarket so may ask her if I strike out.

    The ones on Amazon look really thick – about the size of a 15mm arm going by the pics – hence the personal hunt…

    Tempted to try the wire / casting as I’ve not done anything like it before and the commercial mdf ones I’ve found are brick like almost with a tile roof (Arcane or Sarrisa)

    I did find a white metal one that’s nice at Skytex but way over the cost of MDF (cheaper than the casting material though).

    The other option is that given this is fantasy I may rule the area has mud walls and chicken out. It started as an idea, but it seems to be more of a challenge than I thought 🙂 🙂 🙂

    #195025
    Avatar photoGeof Downton
    Participant

    You may find mats intended for rolling …er… Herbal Cigarettes…

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #195030
    Avatar photoOotKust
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    Andrew,

    not exactly to order but here’s what i did to mock up an 18th C. ‘native’ village on the Florida/Georgia coast for a mixed AWI/ Pirates (actually British landing party) game back in ’19.

    Toilet roll inners; covered with imprecisely cut ‘incense’ sticks  (ie the left of part once used) glued on, with a rounded roof then covered with sisal and lightly coloured w paint to even out the imperfect construction.
    You can see an unfinished ‘doorway’ with coloured edges- I must have forgotten to paint the ‘opening’ black!


    For scale, the man who took it…

    And another shot angle… the landing party sailors complete with 36pdr or whatever they had !

    Not pretty but effective enough on a very large 4m x 1.75m table.
    Hope it gives some inspiration, you were getting there with sushi sticks but I feel they may be a bit large!

    And yes, fiddly- that was a lot of individual sticks to apply, so a couple of weeks work waiting for PVA to dry, creating and texturing a village ‘base’ (I used some precut aluminium sheet I had made), then the plastic roofs with sisal, more glueing tho I recall using the hot-melt gun in later stages just to get quit of the project as time evapourated before use!

    regards davew

    #195086
    Avatar photoMartinR
    Participant

    You could always buy the Airfix bamboo hut and cut it down a bit?

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #195100

    Incense sticks sans incense, you can buy them bulk from essential oil suppliers for the DIY craft incense makers.  In the old days i would say old broom straws would work but brooms are all plastic nowadays and might not work so well.

    Mick Hayman
    Margate and New Orleans

    #195115
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    @OotKurst

    …Not pretty but effective enough on a very large 4m x 1.75m table…

    I think the work quite well – love the rough look roof 🙂

    The incense my yoga teacher uses burns down to nothing…

    You could always buy the Airfix bamboo hut..

    This is a problem living in the wilds – I did not know they still made it! A quick check shows it’s £16 inc delivery from Amazon but 1:32 so size comes into play again!

    Incense sticks sans incense, you can buy …

    or scrounge from my yoga teacher when I go back as I’m sure she makes her own (or knows someone who does)!!!

    #195122
    Avatar photoOotKust
    Participant

    @OotKurst

    …Not pretty but effective enough on a very large 4m x 1.75m table…I think the work quite well – love the rough look roof 🙂 The incense my yoga teacher uses burns down to nothing…

    or scrounge from my yoga teacher when I go back as I’m sure she makes her own (or knows someone who does)!!!

    Hmm, find an ethnic Indian store… I’m sure they will have the variety with fine sticks- that are AFAIK fine bamboo ! Ours import from India, cant see why yours wouldnt be as parochial about them. [Local Hindus  sticks ‘religiously’ to known karma, and products… 😉 ]

    >>yoga teacher … I’m too old and decrepit with bone and tendon injuries from 15 years on the ‘working’ side of the civil service… so cant bendit_like_youknowwho_ and not as limber as a lifetime practioner either!

    I also recycle the ash thats left- colours my base putty/filler, scenic addition for dirt and is so fine it look realistic. A couple of gentle layers and a spot of colour if you want a different earth shade, no problems!

    Of course you dont have to use them, but why not add to the atmosphere of peace and serenity…. yeah right!
    -d

    #195129
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    >>yoga teacher … I’m too old and decrepit with bone and tendon injuries from 15 years on the ‘working’ side of the civil service… so cant bendit_like_youknowwho_ and not as limber as a lifetime practioner either!

    That’s what I thought – I’ve found everything from balance (recent fall on stairs excepted) to flexibility improved despite my age, lack of exercise and size. I will say I’m paying for private lessons (an hour a week) and have a teacher that pushes me (no not that way – with challenges) and works around my limitations but wish I did this years ago! Cannot wait to get back to it in a couple of weeks…

    #195132
    Avatar photoOotKust
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    #195134
    Avatar photoMartinR
    Participant

    I was thinking of the 1:76 scale one, but presumably you could just chop up the 1:32 for parts as well.

     

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #195140
    Avatar photowillz
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    Buy a stiff yard brush head apx £5 – £8 from the hardware shop.  Cut off the bristles, glue onto paper or thin card to make sheets and construct hut with the thin card on the inside.

    #195141
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    I think it’s down to the brush or wire – checked three places in Grimsby today and no mats at all.

    The brushes I looked at today where plastic 🙁 but we have a local traditional hardware shop that may have a ‘real’ one.

    This mad idea is way more trouble than expected and I’m kn*ckered out from today (not as well as I pretended to myself).

    Thanks for all the ideas folk.

    #195142

    A quick google search for “bamboo blanks for incense making” found lots of inexpensive bundles ( 500 sticks 8” long per bundle for $10 mailed to your door) which I am sure would be easier to find and manage than trying to cut them off a new brush.

    Mick Hayman
    Margate and New Orleans

    #195274
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    Just come across these by Timecast:


    They are not on the posts as the original picture but may do the job…

    Not sure on the size – IIRC Timecast where on the small size many years ago and they do not seem to be at Hammerhead (or last years Partizan) so it may be an email unless you know different?

    #195279
    Avatar photoMartinR
    Participant

    I haven’t seen Timecast at a show up north since Triples moved to the EIS.

    I always thought their stuff was pretty big, I use their 6mm buildings with my 15mm stuff!

     

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #195282
    Avatar photoMike
    Keymaster

    Image of the Timecast stuff.

    (TWW does not like links to non https sites, Timecast is just http, so the link does not work)

    #195289
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
    Participant

    …TWW does not like links to non https sites, Timecast is just http, so the link does not work…

    Very odd – renders fine on Safari but not in Edge (and code looks the same so it’s not a browser based ‘tweak’ as far as I can tell) !?!?

    Cannot dig up enough html / https rules from my memory to work out why – so I’ll just try to remember (surprised their site is not http TBH) in future – thanks for the heads up.

     

    #195291
    Avatar photoMike
    Keymaster

    It is my SSL plug-in..

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