Monday, 31 January 2011

Scratch built A . P. U

Using bits and bobs toys, A vierling from an unknown anti aircraft set, bits of old tank track and a cassette box.
The arms move as well! :-D
Hello Marc. To see some pretty spectacular AFV builds look at his blog Dr. Matchboxes workbench

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Basing Bods

This is how I base my bods and nags.
Tools needed, Scissors,Tinlid, an old CD, woodglue, sharp sand, bottles tops with a bit of Babybell wax and bases I make like this.

A nag or a bod gets glued (woodglue is fine) to one of the bases and it´s left to dry. Mostly I do this when they have been painted.

I put a bit of woodglue onto the tinlid and add sand, mixing until it becomes a paste.
The paste is then added around the base of the Bod/nag trying to cover as much of the original base as possible. This is where the old CD comes in use. I cut spatulas out of them...making the tips as wide or thin as I want. They also eventually become clogged with mixture after a few uses.This doesn´t matter though, as they can go in the bin where the CD would have gone anyway.

In this picture the mixture was a bit too thin. No problem..I just scatter some dry sand over the top and it makes a rough surface, good for drybrushing.

Hello to Michael Fisser whose latest work can be seen at his Blog Ministories His WWII desert scene is worth a look as is all the things he´s done there.
Hello to Mark Haughey. Nice Avatar Mark...I´ve looked but it doesn´t seem you have a Blog...or?
And hello to Andy Mcmaster, the proud owner of no less than 4 Blogs...two of which are still there to look at, but inactive, the other two, Another slight diversion and the Tyneside wargames club are very active with loads of great things to look at and follow.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Airfix Waterloo French Artillery

Another set of Airfix bods and the last artillery set  (from purely figures sets that is)The uniform blue looks a bit bright and I´ve been informed that grey horses wouldn´t have been used to pull gun carriages. What really worries me though is how do those nags survive with big wooden stakes stuck in one side of them!!? ;-D

Friday, 28 January 2011

Airfix Astronauts

I don´t know about you but having all those visors looking at me gives me the creeps :-D

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Medieval Wine Merchants

Again with kind permission from Alex a set of Wine merchants. These will first come out in Resin, later in metal and will be available from Valdemarminiatures.
Just look at the face on that guy...brilliant!!
Someone looks happy with his job  :-D

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Curved Air (Stampe SV4C from heller)

I got it into my head to make the plane on this this album  At first I thought it was a Gypsy Moth on the cover,  but after asking about on a couple of forums,  I was told it was a Stampe SV4C. Then I asked where I could get one and one really nice guy said he had one but it was a bit broken and I could have it for free if I wanted. I would like to say yet again what a generous act that was and I am endebted to him for helping me to realise my project.
 And this is what she looked like when I received her :-D Fuselage snapped, both wings broken in two, a lovely restoration!!!
Welcome Steve from  Paintsplats. A great painter and sculptor of some very original subjects

Monday, 24 January 2011

Caeser Mitannian Mariyannu Chariot

Great name eh? Try saying that when you´ve had a few :-D ( looks like it´s chariot week here )

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Scratch built Celtic Chariot

Tried to make a copy of the model of a celtic chariot in the celtic museum in Hallein, Austria.  It isn´t a 100% sucess but near enough.
The horses are from airfix as is the driver. the "beserker" is from the Italeri Celtic cavalry.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Celtic Chariots (Hät)

I got these when they came out little knowing that Hät had changed to the new soft plastic. This meant that every part of each chariot was bent to some degree and it took a bit of work to get everthing looking correct. I added reins and rein guides to the yolks.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Airfix US Paras

A great little set. A good range of poses and virtually no flash to speak of. Fun to paint and they have hardly dated at all :-D

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Livonian Knights (Zvezda)

A nice set that has a lot of scope for conversions, especially amongst the infantry.

At the front is one of the crossbowmen from the set converted to a "turcopole"
Hello Oswulf and Jim :-D
Look at some wonderfully painted Crusaders at Yariks Blog Here

Monday, 17 January 2011

Port life

The "hidden" bods from the Linear-b Roman port set.

FIGZ Meeting (Holland)

This one is in Holland and is called FIGZ, a new event which has grown out of the Bennos forum meetings in Kampen. The link is available in English, German or Dutch. Come along, meet, chat, Play wargames.
Look Here.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Future Shock

Again from the talented fingers of Alex...this time a completely different period than his usual Medieval theme.
Originally he did these just for himself but it looks as though they will come out for us mortals to have :-D
Scale ? 1/72nd 

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Zvezda Triarii

The paint on the shields got a as I was painting them and ended up a bit rough looking. My excuse is that  they have been using them for dry hill Punic Tobbogan Racing :-)
Here´s a great little blog... Allen, Builds and paints  some Excellent Futuristic Models and his wife, Carmen, has her own Blog. which is well worth a read.  Allens Blog  One painters Crusade
and from Carmen   Mummy´s Moments