Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Croebern - Möckern

On Saturday the 12th there was a preview of the Exhibition of the Croebern and Möckern dios at the Schmucker Jäger Hotel in Hann-Munden but due to work, I´ve only just got around to  setting up this post.

The Pictures really don´t do the dios justice, they cover a massive area and are impressive not only due to the size but the Detail. Truly awe inspiring!!! I took quite a lot of pics, too many to put up here, so here´s a selection.

This pic, compared to the above photo, (bottom right Hand Corner) gives some idea of how big the dios are.
A couple of Detail pics. 

 
What´s this...??? Another dio!!? :-D The pic in the Background is a clue ;-D 
The town is pretty amazing as well. Parts of the town walls are still Standing and virtually all of it is old timber framed houses, dating back to the 15th Cent. Unfortunately we didn´t have enough time to properly  look around  (didn´t get any pics of the  town hall) but here´s a couple of pics anyway.

Up on the hill, overlooking Munden is the Tillyschanze, an observation tower built from 1881 to 1885 by citizens of the town to remember the siege of the town by Count Tilly in 1626.
 
The timber framing !!!! Sagged a bit eh?
A lot of the buildings are over 600 years old!!! (this sign says the building was built around 1400 and renovated in 1590)
 The Rathaus (Town hall) Pic from Wikipedia.
Worth another visit I think :-D
For anyone interested in seeing the dio and town, here´s a link to the Hotel where the  dio will be exhibited. Schmucker Jäger Hotel. Info for the date of the official opening of the dio can be found HERE


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Wargs (Light) Dark Alliance

The light wargs set from Dark Alliance.
The wargs are the same size and poses as the heavy wargs set, but the riders are less well armoured.
 
Here Kitty kitty!!!

All 12 poses. Again, as with the heavy wargs, I´ve used the "hot water" method and altered some of the wargs poses.
Commander and Standard bearer
Musicians
The "artillery" section
The rest of the dudes
The "swarm" all together.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Wargs (Heavy) Dark Alliance

 
"Send out your Warg Riders!!"
 
Finally the Army of the Underworld gets some "cavalry"
12  Orc poses and 12 wargs in 6 different poses and virtually no flash or mold lines.
Comander and Standard bearer
Musicians
The poses are really active, especially the Wargs.
The wargs are my favourite part of the set...the faces are great.
One way of getting slightly different look to the wargs, put them in boiling water for a minute or two then gently bend thier necks (use tweezers to get them out of the hot water and put them in a cloth when bending..we don´t want any scolded fingers!)
For those who collect / wargame with 1/72nd this site:

And Much More
 
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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Bannockburn Schiltrons - Finished!!!

Finally the last two are finished !! 80 bods in total to cover the ca. 4000 at a ratio of 1;50
Bods used from the following sets (with a lot of conversions)
Military Order Warriors
Foot Military Order Knights
Army of Joan d'Arc
Medieval Britain
Army of Henry V
Scottish Army of Robert Bruce
The Scottish Army of Wallace
Scottish Schiltron
Medieval Crossbowmen
Medieval Levy (1)
Medieval Levy (2)
Shaab with Crusader Crew
Thomas Randolph´s Shiltron
Robert the Bruce´s Shiltron.
A couple more "group shots"

Only a few more "wee folk" , some more English archers and welsh spearmen and then a bit of scenery to do!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

18th Century Sailors/Pirates

The HaT British Marines and Sailors drafted in as either Bodstonian Naval Crew or members of Capn Jack Dore´s band of Pirates. Thanks to Peter (Peter´s Cave) for kindly sending me these. :-D
The marines I´ll get finished later, I have to invent a colour scheme for thier uniforms first.
The set suffers a bit from excess flash but being made from the harder type of plastic it´s not too difficult to remove.
Guncrew poses. The bod on the far left is (I suppose) pulling a lanyard
Fighting poses
A 24 and a 32pdr
 
Here they are on the cutter Daniels Pride, stolen from the Bodston Harbour in the spring of 1728.
 
 
 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spartacus Uprising - Linear-B

The one complaint about this set...only one female. Hopefully there will be a couple more in the next set. There´s a bit of Flash and a couple of the bods have some mold lines which need removing but it´s not a lot and easily dealt with.
All 13 poses together..14 bods in total with the double pose.
The pair in the middle is very reminiscent of the pose in the Scottish Army of Wallace set.
The bod on the left is collecting stones for ammo but the bod on the right has done the sensible thing. Why get arm ache throwing hand sized Stones when a pebble will do?
There´s a lot of bods with Gladiator style equipment, just under a third of them have some sort of Gladiator kit. As a rag-tag army,  a lot of them would have whatever weaponary and armour they could lay thier Hands on and Gladiator Equipment would have been pretty uncommon. Still, as far as I´m concerned it´s fine. The shields are a bit "odd" Why the square one? Did Gladiators at the time have square ones (73 B.C) or did they have them later on to reflect the roman Equipment of the time?
One thing not Mentioned on PSR, the bod in the middle, Spartacus himself ? As far as the pose and clobber goes,  he looks very similar to the Kirk Douglas Version.
 
And of course, the inevitable end of the Spartacus revolt.
There´s a couple of small Problems with the crucified bod.

1. The pegs to hold him on are way to big for the holes so it´s best to cut them off and glue him.

2. The ropes which would have been used to  hold him up are missing. Imagine what would happen if a Person was nailed up like that. The weight of his unsupported body  would simply rip the nails out of his Hands. Also..did they actually put the nails through the Hands? Apparently not, it was through the wrists. The nails were inserted just above the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm or driven through the wrist, in a space between four carpal bones. Apparently there have been experiments done (who did this or took part I can´t imagine) to prove that nailing through the Palms was possible but they were supported by ropes as well.

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 I don't visit or comment on your blogs half as much as I should like; and I visit less than half of  your blogs half as much as you deserve.
The reason..that 4 letter word, WORK. At the moment a lot of hours (averaging 60 a week) and a lot of travel to and from work (400 miles plus a week) Better than no work..the real world needs paying for and something has to give..and at the moment it´s the Hobby. Hopefully I´ll get a Routine set up and keep going but at the present time, and the work load looks to increase drastically, my productivity in the Hobby world is reduced to a slow burn :-(
Why don´t the maths ever add up?
No work..loads of time for painting..no Money to buy bods etc
Work...no time for Painting but money to buy bods!