I've caught the painting bug again and managed to finish the second of my War of the Spanish Succession (WSS) Danish regiments this week. This is the Livgarde til Fods regiment with their distinctive straw-yellow coats and carmine facings and breeches.
Regiment Prince George previously (which now has flags, incidentally).
this site which I just printed out and glued on. The Blue Moon standard bearers have cast flag poles and I did consider drilling them out and replacing with brass rod, but with the flags glued on they seem a bit more robust so we shall see how that goes. Anyway, next up is Prince Carl's regiment which is back to the basic Danish light grey coat with yellow facings, which I hope to finish in the next few weeks. We shall see...
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Thursday, 12 February 2015
One of the things I like most about this hobby is making and painting things, particularly if you use scrap to do it. To this day, when I see an empty cereal packet or some polystyrene in a skip, my first thought is always "what can I make out of that?"
So this is what I created this week: boxes (plus a few rolled up carpets). All very simple really. The wooden crates are just balsa offcuts bound with thin card, and the ones with the tarpaulins over them are the really scraggy balsa offcuts and/or bits of polystyrene, with tissue paper glued over them.
The carpets started off as some pieces of T-shirt material, rolled up and tied off with thread, with some PVA glue to hold them together. The idea was to make some more accessories for my 28mm Copplestone figures and here they are, on one of my scratch built cardboard and balsa river boats (note use of IKEA pencil for the funnel).
I've been toying with running some skirmish games so these will come in handy for that. We did play some Indian Mutiny skirmish games quite a long time ago and I still have some of the items that Geoff made at the time, including a welsh dresser and, my personal favourite, a war-weary billiard table.
I did consider making an upright piano (or a pianolla?) this time round, but thought that might be taking it a bit far. Maybe next week.
|"Digestive biscuits, Sir! Faahsands of 'em."|
|"The party of the first part..."|
|"Just keep schtumm Carruthers and the customs officers won't notice a thing."|
|This is what happens when you play billiards with a shotgun.|
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Having completed one of the Su85s, I went and finished off the other. I thought I'd go further with this one though and add a bit more clutter.
This included a barrel made from a bit cut off a pencil, with some strips of paper glued round it, and a roll of material made from a a piece of old T-shirt rolled up and tied off with thread. There is also a piece of spare track on the front. It's not quite right as T34/Su85 track section but it was the best I had to hand (made from some old Airfix Tiger tracks, cut down a bit).
|Working it out with a pencil|