Games and good luck

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Matthew Long

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Had another great day in the workshop with our Anthony today. I"ve been busy making up a bar skittles set for issue 34, which is on sale on October 8. The skittles set was made up off lots of off-cuts and the like which I find around the workshop and as such had a few different kinds of timber... elm, maple, pine, and a piece of dowel I had lying around. This left me with a bit of a problem: if I just used oil to finish the timber then it would look a little odd. So, thinks me, I"ll stain the thing. Well, one coat didn"t make much difference, two coats was patchy, and three coats, well it practically turned black... I"ve a lot to learn about staining. Luckily I had a bit of a brainwave, and painted the thing with a white undercoat, and then scrubbed it all back with wire wool. And you know what, it does look quite like an authentic, well used pub game now. Considering I thought I would have to scrap the whole thing, this was a very good, and quite lucky result! You need a bit of good fortune playing games... I never thought you"d need it when making them!

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