Monday, 29 November 2021

Tower building

and multi-tasking…

Hey, I like watching American football like the next guy, but as someone with a stopwatch has suggested, there is only some 9 minutes of actual playing in the average American Football game.  The rest is the huddle, timeouts, or the color guy relaying statistics or making insightful observations like "You have to run the ball up the field to make the yards" . There are always the replays to cover the intervening time.   It is therefore easy to accomplish other tasks while “watching the game”.   Gluing hundreds of individual card tiles on a model’s roof is a useful way to spend that quality time.  

I just noticed the different colour of card in the roof tiles so a tracking of my progress can be seen.
 

The tower’s column core is a very thick card roll (ex-plastic wrap holder) on which pieces of cereal box card is glued.  The wood upper deck is a packing tape roll covered in wooden coffee stir sticks. The roof is removable with flooring to place figures if necessary. The lower windows are metal versions stuck on and yes, the main door is well high up the tower but I have constructed removable stairs so the inhabitants can make it a bit more defensible.    Now to paint the thing!



14 comments:

  1. Very nice! I found I can do similar while watching baseball. You just want something in the background and when the announcers get excited, you can look up and see what happened. Meanwhile, creating terrain or painting miniatures can happen.

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    1. Well, baseball is the best sport for this reason. Perhaps soccer (football for those outside US and Canada) is even better as rarely no reason to look up from your wargame activity at all as absolutely nothing worth viewing. It was "a sublime game with a mesmirizing nil - nil result" states the announcer....

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    2. Well, baseball is the best sport for this reason. Perhaps soccer (football for those outside US and Canada) is even better as rarely no reason to look up from your wargame activity at all as absolutely nothing worth viewing. It was "a sublime game with a mesmirizing nil - nil result" states the announcer....

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  2. Impressive scratch-building, Doug!

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  3. Great build- I look forward to seeing it painted. Will it be a grey slate or red tile roof?

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    1. I was simply thinking that it was wood shingles, but your grey slate idea would have it less flammable and thus more defensible. Good idea that. Thanks.

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    1. Now to paint it so to keep the 'brilliant' aspect going. You put the pressure on me, Ray!

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  5. Looks like you need a figure of Rapunzel for the top floor of the tower! Sorry I cant agree with you, football (the real version) is the best spectator sport in the world, bar none - the problem is, you actually have to watch it the whole time, so it is not much use for your purposes!

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    1. Fair enough.
      and should I have a long string of hair hanging from the top? Braided wire is probably the best means... grin.

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  6. Great use of otherwise 'downtime' watching sport on TV (or was it streamed?). I 'watch' loads of stuff while painting, basing or other tasks.
    Regards, James

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    1. Twenty years ago, the word "multi-tasking" was not in even in the vocabulary, now it is what we live by....
      take care,
      ...DougH

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  7. I missed this post I think. Great looking tower. I was sure it was going to be a pringles tube to start, but I suppose it's not as thin as that.

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