Castle Rm3

Castle Room 3

With Bradford Unleashed around the corner, I need to take a couple of original pieces. To start with I’m going to put together another MOTU based castle room. It will be a cross between the two I’ve made previously.



Building the scene



Marked out the brick work.


Drawing on inspiration from my last Grayskull room I did. I cut a couple of arches onto a piece of 6 mm foam board, which lay over the bricks of the back wall.


I cut a window into the smaller wall and using vintage He-Ro and Club Grayskull Tung Lashor as models (due to their different heights) to gauge how big the window should be to fit both sizes of figures.

With that done, the brick work was scored out using three different pottery tools, a single edge to make the initial score, diamond to cut the groove between the brick edges and finally a ball tip to run between the brick.


The edges where sanded along with the inside of the window and the arches before using PVA glue to to stick the arches over the back wall.

Taking inspiration again from Mattel vintage Castle Grayskull play-set, I scored out the brickwork around the window like I did with my previously. Using smaller pieces of foam to cut out decoration for both interior and exterior window wall.


I had a skull cast from my last Grayskull build, so I have placed that on the back wall in between the arches.


Painting the scene

Black under coat done, unfortunately the spray paint ate part of the foam but luckily it worked out well.


InspirED Workshop Commissions

InspirED Workshop Commissions

I am working along side InspirEd Workshops and Bradford’s National Media Museum to create eight diorama’s for InspirEd’s stop motion classes.


Building the scenes

The eight diorama’s are my standard size of 15″ x 14″ x 10″.  I have cut the boards make five dioramas.

Boards cut for 5 dioramas, ready for work to be started.

I’ve used PVA glue to glue the layers together, using heavy comic book novels to apply equal pressure to each model. Once these are dry, I can start molding them into scene’s.



Mortal Kombat – The Pitt 2

Mortal Kombat – The Pitt 2

While waiting for the clay to dry for Cobra Commander’s throne, it’s time to start building my next commission piece. I’ve been asked to build another Mortal Kombat The Pitt but unlike my previous one ( which was scaled for 3.75″ action figures, this one will be for the 6″ range.


Building the scene

To start I am making the walkway, this is made up of 3 section’s which slide together. The outer two sections are 12″ long and the center section is 9″ by 6″ wide. I have used 6 mm foam board sandwiching a piece of 10 mm board. With all pieces correctly lined up, each section is PVA glued.


Once they are dry, I can start building the towers and pillars.

I’ve built two ends to the bridge, which the bridge slots into them. The bridge sections will be held up using toilet rolls, which I’ll will coat using Modroc strips.


The basic build is done, I can start shaping this.

Cobra Commander Throne

Cobra Commander Throne

I’ve been asked to build a throne for Cobra Commander to scale 12″ Sideshow series. To get an idea of scale I have purchased a 1992 Action Man Cobra Commander which is also 12″.



Building the throne

So far for the seat I have made this out of foam board.



Using foam board to build out the throne, drawing the Cobra symbol to go behind the back of the chair. The idea I have to upon this making it 3 dimensional.

 The base I have cut two pieces of 10 mm foam board and drawn on 1″x 1″ square’s.

The throne, I have sanded and squared of the edges for now before making them serpent shaped. The back of the throne I have cut three pieces of 6 mm board to enhance the Cobra symbol and glued them to the back of the throne.



Started today by sanding down the corners of the arm rests and front of the throne. Also scoring into the back rest 3 cushions.

The base I have scored the 1″ x 1″ in squares.


To make the Cobra symbol really stand out, I have used clay around the head and the arms of the throne. The idea is for the arms to be be incorporated into the symbol.


Added a strip of foam board to complete the look of the Cobra symbol. It’s starting to come together I think.


I’ve added clay to both edges of the symbol, making the ends blend with arms of the throne.

Due to the weight of the throne, I don’t want the throne to topple over and break. Using 6 mm foam board, I have constructed a small plinth which is is embedded into the base and the throne sits over.

Extra clay was added to the throne, when it’s dry it will almost be time to paint.


A little extra decoration added to the throne today before sealing the entire throne with a watered down PVA glaze. When it’s dry I can start to paint this.




Painting the throne

A black under coat has been applied


Sprayed a layer of chrome gold and once that had dried, I’ve sprayed Gold leaf over the symbol.


I have used Games Workshop’s Reikland Fleshshade on the back and sides of throne, working the flesh shade in to the groves. I’ve used Auric Armour Gold in between the Cobras ‘ribs’. Then to see how it looked before painting all cushions, I have used Mephiston Red.


Finished painting the throne, got to start on the base now.


Haemotrope Reactor

Haemotrope Reactor

Designed and deployed to provide additional power on the battlefield, the Haemotrope Reactor is an indispensable tool for armies wishing to unleash ever-more destructive waves of plasma upon their enemies. An imposing structure, understood fully by few, it is used to bolster the defensive capabilities of the Void Shield Generator – or amplify the already intimidating destructive capacity of the Plasma Obliterator. In a pinch, the Haemotrope Reactor can be used as cover; this can be a terrible decision however, as the cowering warrior opens himself up to the potential of horrific injuries resulting from power leaks… -GW

Leadbelcher base

Thermic Plasma Conduits

Thermic Plasma Conduits

A series of interconnected pipes used to channel hot plasma from its generators to the equipment that uses it Thermic Plasma Conduits can, in a pinch, be used as cover – this brings with it a selection of dangers, as the scorching plasma can cause drastic injuries to anyone should the pipes be breached. -GW


Painting guide to follow

Plasma Thermal Regulators

Plasma Thermal Regulators

Used to control the flow of scorching plasma from generator to final destination, these Plasma Regulators can be used as cover by the brave (or foolish) – they have a tendency to leak their meltingly-hot cargo when hit by stray gunfire. -GW

Painting guide to follow

Open Grave

Open Grave

Created a Halloween based diorama

Building the scene

I’ve glued together two pieces of foam board 16″x14.5″, cut a hole in the near middle 7″x 4″. Using a couple of pieces of foam to create a headstone.


With out realising I put the name of my best friend I lost to cancer three years ago on the grave stone.


Made a two more grave stones. Cutting four pieces of foam to form the walls of the grave.


To test my idea of what I wanted to achieve submerged grave into water added a fountain haser. The grave filled up with steam, I’m thinking raising the device to enable the steam to spill out from the grave. Adding my Ghostbusters zombie for added effect.


Built a waterproof box from foam board, glued together using hot glue creating a waterproof seal.  I ran hot glue across all the corners, sealing the inside of the box.

A layer of soil mixed with PVA glue was smeared across the surface and when dry a layer of moss will be added.


Developing the scene

While waiting for the soil to dry I made a couple more gravestones.


After raiding my garden for moss, after it dried out I’ve glued it on top of the soil.


Grave stones painted. When the moss is tried these will be fixed to base



Finishing touches

Trimmed the grass to tidy it up, glued the headstones into place using hot glue. Placed the hazer unit into the grave and filled the box with water. The haze filled the grave giving me the effect I wanted.


As a finishing touch for a Halloween display piece, I have added bat LEDs to the box and then covered it with spider webs.


Added a underwater LED light


Final Pictures



Friday 13th Scene

Friday 13th Scene


I’ve been commissioned to create a scene based on Friday 13th.

Building the scene 

I’ve cut two pieces of foam board 14″ x 10″ and glued them both together. I am using bolsa wood for the floor, which I have arranged the pieces around the floor plan I drew out. The gap in the floor will be for a wall with a door.


The back wall will be double sided with a window and I might put a small garden or something out the front.

Cut tabs into the bottom of both walls and slots into the base to marry up with the tabs. Cut a doorway into the smaller wall and a window into longer wall.


I was going to use bolsa wood for the floor but replaced that idea with 6 mm foam board. This secures the walls into place and stops them from moving around.


I added soil to the front of the house as a flower bed. On both sides of the set I drew horizontal lines 1 inch thick, scored into the lines using a pottery tool to look like planks of wood. I did the same with floor. Using a wire brush against the walls which gave them a lovely wood effect.


Using bolsa wood for the door frame and skirting boards. Along the bottom of front of the outside I used a length of wood.