Sunday, April 23, 2017

Agent Carter, The Manor - WIP

Amazing how different things are now that the wife and all the horses are back from South Carolina! Farm is on full go 24/7 now. Anyway, despite no posts through April I have gotten up to the studio to do some work.

I added two new driveways into the courtyard to begin with - the first was being weighed down by my Agent Carter season one book :)

I put down the initial undercoat of earth color around the manor.

 And here you can see both of the driveways as mentioned above.

I'm really thinking about changing up the entrance on this end of the manor - the area I didn't paint brown. I was thinking about making a stone patio/deck type of structure off those double doors. I think it needs something different, as the layout how it is now, it just seems odd to have another driveway going around to this side.

I've also began to experiment with putting magnets into the foam board to lock up the seems a bit better. Unfortunately these magnets that I had in a drawer just aren't strong enough, so I ordered some of the good neodymium 1/2 by 1/8 disc magnets from Ebay. Hopefully they'll do the trick

One thing I really wanted to do with this board was to not make it football field - meaning completely flat across. I wanted some variations in height around the manor so I added left over foam board from Jakob's last architecture project around the outside of the courtyard. In hindsight, I really should have done a better job rounding the pieces so I didn't have so many straight edges.

My thought was that when I put the plaster cloth over the "mounds" I could shape it some and it would soften those edges.

Well, it didn't quite work out like I'd hoped; it was ok, just not what I had pictured in my head. I did some re-adjusting and ultimately it did work out and once I put the flock on it looked the business - thank goodness!

I threw down some trees just for fun to get a better idea of a final product. Tufts and flowers will be added as well.

I'm going to put magnets on the trees, like I did with the Chicago Way board from last years Historicon event. This makes both travel and actual gameplay easier when the trees can be removed.

I also got the last of my Secret Weapon power generators and put an initial coat of paint on them. Still lots to do detail and weathering wise. I put a copper color on one to see if I liked that color better than the standard metal/silver, but I'm not sure which looks better honestly. I'll probably need to see it in relation to all the other bits and bobs I'll have around the facility.

I got Red Skull onto a clear base too :)

I did see verification in the Historicon PEL that Agent Carter will be running on Thursday morning at 11am and then Saturday night at 7pm. If I don't make a complete meal out of the game (high probability at the moment though LOL!) maybe I'll run it one or two more times, Thursday night or Friday sometime. But that's always the challenge of Historicon - do you want to run your game as much as you can or do you want to get out there and roll some dice yourself?! I know I want to try to get into Miles Reidy's weird war game, as I've yet to miss one of his games since I've been going to H-con, as well as David and Kalissa Skibicki's Bolt Action game. Plus you gotta get into the vendor hall as quickly as you can to snap up those bargains!

Until next time, and as always, thanks for looking!



  1. That is looking splendid already! And I love that Red Skull fig...funnily enough I picked him up myself a few weeks ago.

    1. Thanks Gordon! Agreed, I love that Red Skull figure too - Warlord has a figure that has a striking resemblance to Schmidt holding the Tesseract that I need to pick up too :)

  2. That all came together nicely Ivor, getting rid of the football pitch as you called it really was the way to go, bring on more I say more as I think what your doing for H-con is fab.

    1. Appreciate it Frank! Definitely think the variations in elevation around the manor will improve the overall look.

  3. Looking awesome brother!! Did u go crazy and paint those stones for the courtyard individually??!!

    1. Thanks Jay! Ha, no!! Must be the glare from the camera, I just did a dry brush on one of those Lemax cobblestone matts :)

    2. Ahhh, lol ... gotcha ... well it looks great ... as does everything else of course! ;-)

    3. Appreciate it! I do have some ideas for the stones on the manor, kind of like what I did with the church, but we'll see :)