Friday, 1 July 2016

Orc conversions

This lot are made up using the tops halves from the Dark Alliance Heavy warg Orcs (set two)
and the bottom halves from The Dark Alliance Orcs set one (top pic) and the bottom halves from Caesers Orc Warriors set.
Pre-paint


Post paint
The whole mob (less the "green Orc" )

Question is...base them as individuals like the Orc Warband, or on a single base as with the Elf Archers ?.
Anyway...single or Group basing, I´ll have to pull my finger out and get those Teutonics finished for the 1329 dio.....and the two "secret sets" are still waiting thier turn as well.......

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Dark Alliance Orcs - Set two

The second mob from Dark Alliance. This lot only needed a bit of arm twisting in comparison to set one, there was a bit more Flash but easily removed.
10 bods x 5 sprues
A couple of Close ups
Set one and set two together

Next up..conversions

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dark Alliance Orcs - set one

Nine poses..times 5 sprues..45 bods in all..but what can you do with 5 Drummers?
Still, only a Little Flash to deal with and they make a nice Little Family Group.

OOB, some of the poses are a bit flat,like the one 4th from the left on this link  HERE..his sword (Axe thingy) is actually cast stuck on top of his head, but with a bit of twisting (no hot water Treatment required) they end up looking more natural (if such a Thing can be said about Orcs)
A couple of Close ups


Friday, 17 June 2016

Camping accessories

Bits and Pieces to add to the tents.  Cooking stuff, a campfire and a Cooking / Stable tent.
I´ve made it so that the bits and pieces can be removed, swopped about and the Tent can be used for different periods.


 When the cooking is done, the Tent can be used for Keeping the nags dry when it rains.
A bit of a mix of makes to create this lot.
 
The cooking pot from Strelets The French Army's Camp, the base from the Renedra Mixed tent set
Table from Linear-B Roman Tavern set, mess tins and Coffeepot, Atlantic´s US Camp set,
Pig on a spit..Imex Battlefield Accessories
 


Henry has found something interesting on the table
Dog from Valdemar Miniatures - VA186 "Drunken Knights"

Nags from the Atlantic US camp set


Sunday, 12 June 2016

A-Frame or Ridge Tents - Scratchbuilt

Bodstonia needs some tents for an upcoming adventure . There´s loads of tents  in plastic on the market but they all seem to lack something...difference. ...that and they cost Money :-D

Mass produced plastic tents, , by nature of the production,  are uniform, ie; each tent of the same style looks exactly like the next one, same folds, same creases etc.  With most everthing else, Bods, nags, tanks, carts, etc, it´s easy enough to give Variation between each individual Piece, converting, adding bits (Guyropes) or recreating damage/wear and tear..but tents?

I was going to use some Renedra tents, nice in thier own way but as I´ve mentioned, too uniform. Put in "Rows of tents" as a Picture search and you´ll see what I mean...same make and style of tents (in a lot of the pics) but they each have a character of thier own.
With this in mind I decided to make some of my own "mass produced" tents.
How it´s done I´ve already shown HERE
Close up of one of them

Now onto the "camp scenery"  and a Mess tent....then the adventure can begin.

But, before that..a 1:1 mini adventure.
After several days going out at dusk in search of a couple of Baby Tawny  owls, only getting some  dark blurred Pictures, Today, at around 14.00 hours local time, the squawking of blackbirds gave thier approximate locality away and after a painstakingly slow creep into the Woods (Lasting 1/2 an hour for a few meters there and the same back)  I finally got some half decent photos.
They´ve been named...from left to right..Pudding and Pie

A couple of blurry Close ups

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Wagons for Bodstonia

A delivery of 5 new Wagons and 6 ponies from the mainland..the two mules and the two nags were already in Bodstonia.
Two Ambulance wagons and one Munitions wagon  - Imex
one Chuck Wagon and one Prairie Schooner - Imex

People Transporters? The two mules (rear wagon) are from Strelets
Bog Standard "things" Transporter
Covered wagon. The nags are from the MiniArt Hussites set.
My favourite of the Group. This one will end up (in the Bodstonia world ) as a combined Doctors/vivandière wagon


 In Situ HERE

Monday, 30 May 2016

Totem Pole

A Nexus Apache Camp Totem pole, found in the bits box at the BB Toys
This will end up as an abandoned totem pole  in the Bodstonian landscape, where, if anyones taking note, there´s no  religious aspect to the lifes and loves of the inhabitants, Bodstonian or native and it can be used in one of the six ways they were originally intended for;
House frontal poles,
Interior house posts,
Mortuary poles,
Memorial poles,
Welcome poles,
Ridicule or shame poles.

Luckily for my Bodstonian adventures, Totem poles have no religious meaning,and where not worshipped;

Totem poles are not religious objects, but they do communicate important aspects of native culture. Carvings of animals and other characters typically represent characters or events in a story. The carvings may symbolize or commemorate cultural beliefs that recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. The poles may also serve as functional architectural features, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors, or as a means to publicly ridicule someone.

Anyway, two of Bodstonias personalities, James Forrester and Adahy come across the abandoned Totempole in THIS Episode from the Federation of Bodstonia

Saturday, 28 May 2016

What are these?

A bit of a mixed bag of bods and nags. All metal and all of them have either no markings or just numbers on thier bases.
1.
Thunderbolt Mountain

2. These are a bit bigger than 1/72nd
Nag on the left, Mirliton, nag in the middle Minifigs
3.
4. The nellie is roughly 1/72nd, the kniggits a bit bigger.
two bods, Minifigs
5.
6.
7. Gnomes ?
8.
9.
 
Tumbling Dice WOR


Any help much appreciated :-D



Saturday, 21 May 2016

Teutonic Infantry on the March

As per the titel, Teutonic Infantry on the March from Valdemar (VA 110)...another small dent made in the lead mountian for the 1329 dio

The extras (weapons /shields) differ from those shown on PSR
One set (there´s two in the above pic). 9 Walking bods and one mounted, a pack mule and bits and pieces -  weapons and shields.
One of the mounted bods I´ve painted  "Freestyle"" so it can be used elsewhere in the dio. The shields are printed onto Card. It saves time painting each individual shield and Card shields are easier to attach than the metal ones.



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Bannockburn

Nope..not a return to the Bannockburn Project from 2014, this lot are a new Valdemar set.

Set contains 10 bods, 1 mounted kniggit, 1 downed nag and some bits and pieces, like shields and swords. The only small let down,,,no pole arms. You get a roll of copper wire to create spears which meant straightening the wire and creating spear heads. Easy enough to do but a bit of a pain so I raided the bits box for Spears and halbards.

As I´d just about exhausted the Coats of arms for the Bannockburn Project and for a bit more choice, I´m adding some from the Falkirk rolls.

De Pinkney´s nag seems to be looking for sympathy from the Viewer
The infantry I painted up as generic types with no  reference to them being scottish or whatever. Valdemar has a couple more Spearmen sets so the Intention is to collect them along with a couple more mounted kniggits and make a dio.


Henry de Pinkeny 
Fought at Falkirk and although he appears to be in a bit of a sticky Situation in the pic,  he didn´t die there.
Or a fess indented gules
Piers de Chauvent
That he was at Falkirk seems pretty clear but I can´t find any other info about him.
Paly of six argent and azure a fess gules

...now back to the lead heap and the 1329 dio.