Tuesday 26 January 2016

Tecumseh - Strelets

Not a bad set,  12 bods with some interesting poses
As  noted on the PSR write up, no bare chested warriors (apparently they liked to fight bare chested)  and the bod who is meant to represent Tecumseh is repeated 4 times so, along with the crawling bod,  a bit of a waste.
At the Moment I can´t see any decent conversion possibilities but maybe at some Point I will so one sprue is Held in reserve, the  Two  extra sprues have been put on the "Bods - Sale/swop" page.
 The strelets bods are 22.5mm, the Italeri ones 25mm, the 1.5mm height difference seems a lot when each make is compared alongside each other...…
....but mixed together, the height difference becomes less apparent and  they make a decent looking warband. 
…. The man himself, Tecumseh (middle)
The man himself, Tecumseh (middle)

Would be nice if Strelets made a Woodland civilian set or two. The Imex Eastern Friendly Indians set is very nice, but at 26mm tall,  they are giants, especially in comparison with the Strelets bods,   ...and the set is hard to find.

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Airfix Fort Sahara - Monastery

Finally my head is getting clear and it´s back to painting etc.
First up this year, (apart from a Roman Villa and a couple of other bits) Something not on the "things planned for 2016" a Reconstruction of the Airfix Fort Sahara into a Monastery..usefull for a wide (or wider range) of periods, from early medieval to modern.

Basically, the idea Comes from Robert and his excellent Remodelling of the Airfix Fort Sahara into Le Monastère de Zinderneuf .

Some pilgrims are coming to visit…

...whilst inside, the Monks are either discussing what´s on the menu...…
..or maybe wether Brother Cedric´s Attire is quite appropiate

The re-build.
The original box with Contents.

Sanded down, the Little stubs of beam Ends and the door hinges removed.

The stairway is in a bit of an odd Position, anyone running down would stand a Chance of crashing into anyone coming out of the bottom door,  so it has been re-positioned
Addition of Quoins and brickwork around the doors and Windows

Stairway fixed in it´s new Position...more brickwork added, a start to adding stonework to the walkways.
The internal walls added. The bottom doorway gets covered over but it´s not much of a loss and was part of the plan anyway...and the main reason for altering the Position of the stairs.

Finally all the stonework/paving is finished

Walls smeared with a thin layer of PVA and sprinkled with fine sand, basing added. The Paving outside of the doorway had to go.

Paint it Black
Base coats and some weathering
Roof for the Tower, which will be removable. Scratchbuilt from card with a bead and a toothpick

Doors re-sized. I´ve scratched them up to add a Basic grain effect and cut bits off to create a "used" look.
Road and steps up to the Castle/Monastery
Little tufts added to the paving

I might add some other bits like a well, small storage hut, Garderobe but when there´s time

Friday 1 January 2016

Happy New year

Just about recovered from last years Flu and the effects of sinusitus..so not really capable of creating something new, I´ll  recycle a pic from a couple of years back
A Quick Review;
Apart from the Blog reaching a Million Hits and me getting the (happily) boot from facef*ck,

Around about 280 Bods (some with nags) painted, among them;
17 Half Orcs (Dark Alliance Set 2)
13 Half orcs (Dark Alliance set 3)
10 Heavy Warriors of the Dead Cavalry (Dark Alliance)
Medieval Salt Transport
10 Light Warriors of the Dead Cavalry (Dark Alliance)
4 Warriors of the Dead - Command
8 War of the Roses - Mounted Men - at - Arms (Redbox)
8 WotR´s Scurrers (Redbox)
13 Roman Transport 3 - Strelets
13 Roman Transport - 4 (Strelets)
7 Goblin slavers
25 Airfix Waterloo British Infantry
23 Airfix Waterloo Highland Infantry
20 Second battalion of the 2nd Nassau Usingen - Grenadiers
10 Sleeping Knights
21 Pilgrims
16 Medieval Camp followers
5 Baggage Control (medieval style)
30 Sitting Knights
6 marching Monks
along with 11 tables, 10 benches, 3 wagons, A windmill, 5 17th Cent Farm Buildings, 40 Medieval/Bodstonian Buildings, The Parthenon, Battle of Stamford Bridge dio, A Fishing boat, a Ship mill Horse-Powered Ferryboat, an 18th Cent fire engine,  4 18th century carriages and a couple of other bits and Bobs.

Plans so far for this year;
A Roman Villa
Finish the last 6 Seated Knights
Paint up a Hussite camp
Finish the Medieval / Bodstonian town (another 10 or so buildings)
Base the Medieval / BodstonianVillage
Build a 17th Cent Meeting house /Fort
Paint every pose of the Airfix Afrika Korps set
Paint the Strelets Tecumseh set
Scratchbuild a "Medicus" wagon
and a couple of Weird and wonderfull scratchbuilds, but they are Secret at the Moment