Thursday, 26 November 2015

Medieval Camp followers (pt2)

To add to the previous wagon a couple of stands of camp followers on foot are planned
The  woman and child are from the Linear-B Roman Transport set and have had cloaks added.
The  Bod in the middle from the Linear -B Roman Market set and has had a head swop
The female on the right from the Imex American Pioneers and has a cloak added

Bods from various Linear-B and strelets sets. The one hugging his pot is converted from a sitting bod from the Strelets Crusader Transport 2 set.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Second battalion of the 2nd Nassau Usingen - Grenadiers

"Old School" style.
Using bods I converted 35 plus years ago,  bodies from the Waterloo British Infantry and the heads from the Waterloo British Cavalry (Hussars) 
The officer is a combination from, legs = British inf, head = the hussars  and Body from the mounted officer in the Waterloo Highland Infantry set
The uniform accuracy won´t  please the rivet Counters, no swords etc but this is "old School" fun as it was when I first figures to cover the unit wanted so you had to make do. Also,  back then, without the luxury of the web to check up on colours, equipment etc, all one had, if you were lucky enough to have a decent library nearby, was books and they were often not that accurate either.

The uniform colours etc, I took from Alexis excellent site "Les Uniformes pendant la Campagne des Cent jours-Belgique 1815"
The Flag is from Warflag
I wasn´t too sure about a Grenadier Company having a flag but after much (and sometimes confusing) Research I gave up.  I liked   the idea of using a flag and  it is "old School", the  Grenadiers got one.
The whole allied army so far

Note; I still haven´t got around to sorting the flags out...they are still the wrong way around!!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Goblin Hood

The leader of the Grimm Brothers, Goblin Hood.
Body from the Airfix Robin Hood set, the head from Caeser´s Goblins and the hat from Red Box´s Hussite Artillery

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Baggage Control (medieval style)

They didn´t have Scanners etc in those days so they relied on physical methods, like in this case poking about with the tip of a halbard.

The set (15 pieces in metal) is called "Vor dem Stadttor" (In front of the town gate) and is available from Fredericus Rex

Close ups
Mr Woodcutter, Wife and son

Dobin and cart
Cart 2 without load.

The axle Pins  are bit thin, the hole in the wheels an bit large. I´m no fan of glueing unless there´s no other solution so I came up with this.
Short bit of wire insulation on the axle, the holes in the wheels filed a tiny bit larger and Bingo.
Plastic Soldier Review are Holding a Survey to ask wether the site should/could be improved etc. It only takes a Minute or so to fill out so spare a bit of time and have your say

Don´t click the pic below..use the direct Picture link to the right.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Medieval bedtime/Sleeping Knights

These (the first Batch)  will end up as part of the  Teutonic order 1329 dio
After a bit of research on the sort of Sheets, blankets etc that would be on medieval beds I found contemporay pics showing beds with either very expensive richly coloured or cheap plain bedcovering. but  a lot, rich or poor had either off White or pure white Sheets and pillows.
Seeing as These are "middle class beds, I went for the off White Sheets and pillows and to add a bit of colour variety made the covers (or Cloaks ) a different colour.

There´s also some empty beds...
and together as a dormitory

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Gaol and another Farmhouse

The Gaol will be part of the main town, the Farmhouse part of the (nearly completed) Village.

I decided to have to ground floor where the prisoners are held as a stonework construction , the cells being accessed  from the upper floor.
The final Building for the Village is being constructed and then  the basing can commence

A Sad note.
In August this year,  Hobby Enthusiast and, I must say, A really nice Guy, Sven Schmelzer died leaving behind a wife and daughter.
To help Support His family, his Collection of dioramas and Models are being sold and can be seen on the following links;

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Bull - Ambridge doesn´t exist....Not the one run by Kenton and Jolene Archer*  but The Old Bull, in Inkberrow,  Worcestershire,  (on which the fictional Bull is based ) does.


The angle at which the Old bull is usually photograped /sketched / painted

No White framed Windows,  the rear and right Hand side walls are made up ( you´d think there would be some side and rear view pictures but I couldn´t find any) and removed the hatch to the beer cellar (in some pics it´s there..others it´s not. )

The rear is a bit boring and I might add a Yard with stables

So..strap some bells around your ankles,  gather around the maypole, hankies Held in the air... ---2..3..4...
"Dumm - de -dumm-de dumm de dumm, dumm -de dum, de da da"

* For those who don´t know, Kenton and Jolene Archer, are characters in a Radio series called the Archers which  is set in the fictional village of Ambridge in the fictional county of Borsetshire (the Dumm - de -dumm...etc) 
There´s detailed maps etc of  how the fictional world of the Archers is laid out, biographies, Family historys, the whole lot..even down to including a fictional ECW Battle, the Skirmish at Ambridge September 1642

Friday, 23 October 2015

Scratchbuilt Windmill

After seeing Tony´s excellent scratchbuilt Windmill (HERE) I realised that "Card town" is  missing
I haven´t added any sheeting to the sails yet, I might just leave them as they are.

"In Progress" pics.

Cardboard, toothpicks and a stick from  firework rockets for the base construction.(The Trestle)
The sails had always put me off making a windmill, getting them all the same size being the main concern, but after  a bit of thought a solution is found.
After measuring the length of each sail  the Position of the Stock (middle part of the sail),the two Hemlaths (left and right of the Stock ) it made it easy to cut the bars the right size. 
The small block will be the "poll end" (the hub holding the sail armsWhy are they slightly traingular when virtually all windmill sails are rectangular? I simply liked the look. The Piece at the top is the "Tailpole" used for moving the the mill  to face into the wind ( called winding or luffing )

The Windmill in Situ in Bodstonia HERE

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Take Five

First post was on the 17.10.2010...Medieval Highwayman whispering sweet nothings

"pssst, he´s still at it"

"if I had a dollar for every......"

Hits/visits/ Page reviews on the blog? As of time of posting, 1,010, 000 +
Sounds a lot but where are they all from? Modellers, wargamers and or bots, Spammers and the rest? Unfortunately the Dashboard cannot tell where all the hits come from.
Is so many hits a sign of success, or that the Google bots function properly and the %!°?/!!*+ Spammers are very active. ?
Shaun  over at his blog Shaun's Wargaming with Miniatures had his 5 year Blog anniversary a couple of days ago and he explains how the stat thing works way better than I can...HERE

Did I expect the blog to "do so well" ? TBH, I didn´t expect a Thing from it. For one, I never expected any followers, so I´ll take the opportunity to thank all those who have added themselves to the followers Gadget thingy.

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about"

I never expected any comments, so again, thanks to all those who have put finger(s) to Keyboard  and written....:-D
No thanks  the Spammers though. They are the reason I switched to Moderating the comments, I was finding they had posted thier cr*ppy ads  or in some cases racist/Sexist muck on older Posts thinking no-one would find took me 3 hours to find them all and delete them.

I also didn´t expect to make good contacts and online relationships (oooer missus) with other Bloggers. In particular, One or two of you have convinced me not only to stick with Blogging but more importantly, to Keep up my experimentations with the world of modelling... and experimentations is only what I can describe them Projects ever seem come to full day though..

It´s been fun and informative, the stuff I´ve learned, not only about modelling but history seems the majority of us modelling Bloggers are as much history buffs as painters.
Congratulations to all of you´s who have joined the Blogging world and stuck with it..

Another five years? Who knows? One thing´s for sure..this Blog is here to stay (as Long as the web allows it)

And the title Take Five?...Dave Brubeck ...who else ? :-D
With a sublimely brilliant drum solo by Joe Morello
Paul Desmond - Alto sax
Eugene Wright - Bass

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Ancient Roman Harvester (Vallus)

In Roman times a harvester, called the Gallic Vallus,  was developed
Described by the historian Pliny the Elder in 77 AD.   According to Pliny,
"on the vast estates in the provinces of Gaul very large frames fitted with teeth at the edge and carried on two wheels are driven through the corn by a donkey pushing from behind; the ears torn off fall into the frame."
There is another Version with an Ox pushing a similar looking device, and both types appear to have had either teeth or long prongs at the front to rip the corn heads off.

The conductor should be at the back of the frame and acts as a  counterweight and to guide the harvester to the right, to the left, up, down. A conpulsor works at the front,  pressing the ears of corn forward until they get stuck and ripped off  in the teeth of the  "comb".  

The Vallus is built from CD casing, the wheels are from the Airfix Waterloo French Artillery set.

The rake is scratchbuilt and the bod is from Linear-b´s Spartacus Uprising Defeat set.

A relief from Trier showing a gallic harvester. . How effective was it compared to a scythe? Tests with reconstructions Show that they do actually work and can clear a field faster than with  scythes with as much or as little wastage.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Ancient Roman Town

I´ve never put up any pics of the buildings as one town, and seeing as the Project won´t be going any´s are all the buildings grouped together.
A couple of "over the Roof tops" pics
Links to previous Posts containing most  of the buildings shown in the top Picture
Forum Romanum
Houses  for "plebeians"
Forum Romanum Mk II
Roman Baths /Thermae
Upper class roman house
Roman Taverna - MKII
Admin building and row of Shops
Slave market and temple
Merchants house the Project is closed and it seems a shame to just store it in the cellar, the whole lot is up for sale. Price? I´ve got something in mind*  but I prefer to be open to "suggestions" so if your interested, tell me what you think it´s worth.

*For the whole town, I could re-make individual buildings if anyone´s interested but I would like this lot to stay together.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Medieval marching monks

With accompanying kniggits.
The overfed Monk on the mule is from Strelets, Crusader Transport 1 set. The Monk with the staff is a conversion from the same set and Adolphus, (reading ) a conversion from the Strelets Norman Train set.