Thursday, August 26, 2021

4Ground Miller's Livery Stable Re-visted



In my final addition to Dave Stone's scenery challenge did another major face-lift on an old 4Ground kit of mine, this time on Miller's Livery Stable. 



By cutting the original facade of the building I completely changed the look of the building - and now it fits more in what I always picture a traditional barn looking like, not something off main street in an old west town, but something out amongst a lot of land.


I went through and painted all the individual boards of the stable with my new favorite way to enhance old west buildings and got more great results.


Not too much grazing going on here for these poor horses - I need to break out that green fields mat, not the desert mat 😁


It's these fun little details that I love to place around the building and table to help create a scene and setting.


For the roof I added an obscene amount of shingles and I think it really enhances the look and feel of the barn.


I think my favorite part of the re-visit is the weathering that I did on the two main doors. They really look the part of an old barn now.


Finally, I just want to thank everyone for following along in these past several months. I've been less active posting and can't see that changing anytime soon, so I'm going to take a bit of a break for a while and I'm going to shut down the blog for a while. My wife and I are splitting up after almost 25 years together. People change, and I hope nothing but success and happiness (and more importantly safety, as there is always risk involved with anything involving the horses and riding) for her. My focus will be helping my son through this major life change and finding a new place to live - that has extra room for all my hobby/gaming stuff. It's mad to sit back and look at all that I've collected over the years 🤦‍♂️

Hopefully I can get everything sorted in relatively short time and fingers crossed I can get back to the hobby desk, and then... back to the tabletop 😀

*honestly, even I have to give myself a pat on the back for just how great that name is and how well it works lol*

Until next time, thanks for looking
Ivor

12 comments:

  1. Removing th facade, imho, has really enanced the look of the building, as has the shingles and all the detailing you've addde.

    I hope you're back blogging as soon as you are able to do so, considering all the real-life issues you're going through.

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    1. Thanks Joe, agree regarding the facade and the shingles, definitely a pain and took a lot of time but worth it in the end.
      Me too 🙂

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  2. The barn looks fantastic Ivor, you have really elevated this piece from the original with your changes and weathering.
    I hope you find a new place soon, and can start your new life, and help your son through the transition. I hope we see you return soon as you will be missed mate.

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    1. Much appreciated Dave 🙂
      I do as well, fingers crossed for sure.

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  3. More fantastic work on the barn....looks like I need to delve back through your posts to discover your 'secret' to the wood effects. Take care & best of luck during your hiatus. Life certainly loves throwing curve balls, which makes hobbies for a distraction all that much more important.

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    1. Thank a lot Terry, definitely a bit of a slog currently and really missing hobbying and being at the club - I think life has foregone the curve and straight up hit me with the pitch 😂 lol!

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  4. I’ve been out of the blogging loop as well. Nice job on the barn. 😀
    Sorry to hear about your split. That’s a big change and I hope that the future after all the strife will bring comfort.

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  5. Wow Ivor I don't know what to say mate, only to wish you all the best going forward.

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    1. Thanks Frank, much appreciated. Hope you're keeping well on your end, haven't seen you update the blog in some time and had meant to shoot you an email (John as well) to see how you're doing but always got sidetracked, apologies.

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