Saturday, 19 October 2019

Knights of the Round Table (Pt3)

Two more, which makes half of the main characters.
Tristram de Lyones, Vert, a Lion rampant Or 
Kay de Seneschal*. Azure, two keys erect  upwards  and outwards argent


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Orctoberfest (Pt2)

More Missile troops for the Orc army using the archers and crossbows from the  RedBox Dark Alliance goblins set 1 and a couple of new Green Skin archers, two converted from the Caeser Ratmen set and one from the Caeser Orcs with a head swop from one of the Dark alliance orc sets.
The entire Orc army with associated Goblins, Hobgoblin, Wargs and Trolls.
Total 222 individuals.  57 Goblins, 30 Uruks, 24 Warg riders and 5 single Wargs, 90 Orcs, 5 Hobgoblins and 11 Trolls. 

Right wing. Green Skins and Warg riders. The Green Skins are driving captives before them as a Human Shield.
Centre. Orcs, Goblins
Left wing. Uruk Hai and Warg Riders
That´s about half the Dark Alliance Army..Lizardmen, Ratmen, Skellies, Undead and Balrogs not included.

Edit; According to the post counter this is Post number 1000 which, after 9 years,  makes an average of 111 Posts a year and that means..I´m well below average n numbers of Posts for this year. 

Saturday, 12 October 2019


Part of my Addition to the Orctoberfest. 
4 converted Orcs..3 "Greenskins" using heads from the Caeser Orcs set 2 and the Bodies of Caeser´s Ratmen..tails removed.
The other conversion is from the Dark Alliance heavy warg riders set. Legs bent a bit to make a Standing pose.
The Hobgoblin is a 2003 Tom Meier Orc with added mace.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Knights of the Round Table (Pt2)

Another pair of round table kniggits. 

Percival de Galis  Azure*, semy of plain crosslets or.
Sir Bedivere  Or, a gonfanon of three  points gules.
Percival on the left, Bedivere on the Right.

Ok..shiny kniggits in full plate armour to represent the characters from the Arthurian legend? 
I know, I know, the Story is supposed to be set in  post Roman Britian but TBH, I don´t like  the   "we missed the last Galley" Version. It may be historically accurate for a handfull of   them (the lesser known ones that is) to go running about defending wall forts alongside Kiera Knightley covered in blue marker pen but the round table would have  been very small, more an occasional table than much else.   

Most of the main characters appear from the 10th Cent onwards, Gawain, Percival, Tristan, Galahad, Bedivere, Bors, Percival etc and I doubt they would have been sporting Toys R us style Roman kit as  worn by Clive Owen in the 2004 film King Arthur. 

Even his arch enemy Mordred didn´t appear until some 200 years after Arthur was supposed to have been waving his Scimitar About. .  He would have been Pretty short staffed, most importantly missing his main knight, Lancelot,  who didn´t appear until 1170..
Arthurian = Knights in Shining armour!!

*The original says Purpur rather than Azure but the it looked a bit odd so I went with blue with a dab of red rather than full Purple. 

Why the heck most of the text has a White Background I don´t know. I´ve tried removing it but it just won´t "untick"

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Knights of the Round Table

Another Project, along the lines of Painting the Coats-of-Arms of the Magna Carter Knights.
This time only 12 in total..the ones that sat at the table but there´s quite a few others so I might just add one or two others along the way.

Knights of the Round Table

I´m taking the C-o-A Patterns from the Heraldic society´s page as there are other versions for one or two of the characters, Bors being a good example. He is shown (as in the link on his name) as having dárgent and two bendlets Azure but in sinister on a window at St Cuthbert´s Church, Holme Lacy (Here)
The Bendlets being sinister and therefore not common could either be a mistake on behalf of the window maker* or deliberate as to distinguish Bors from the normal way of Things.  Anyway, it ain´t on the Heraldic Society site so of no interest.
Well, it was a wee bit interesting but not relevant seeing as I´m sticking to one source for sanity´s sake.

First up, Bors de Ganis. (Right)Son of King Bors, so Bors the younger but commonly referred to in the legend as King Bors. Ermine, three Bendlets gules
Lancelot du Lac. (Left) Argent, three Bendlets gules. His C-o-A is also shown as having one or two red Stripes on White.
The kniggits and thier Nags are from the Revell/Accurate French Knights set, the riders are converted. Obviously thier armour is a wee bit "modern" for the modernist supposed time of the Arthurian legend but I don´t really  like  the post Romano depiction. IMHO, they were Knights in Shining armour not a bunch of "we missed the last Galley out"  Legionaries so I´ll be using bods from across the Medieval  time period shown at PSR:

They will be added to the list on the Medieval Lords and Ladies Post as even though they are the stuff of Legend, Robin Hood is already there so why not?

*Sorry, Glasier

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Riders of Rohan

Nope, not that lot..the below were a real bunch of rohirrim, the influencial and powerfull French Family of Rohan.
I wasn´t Hunting for anything to do with LotR when I came across them. TBH, I can´t remember what I was researching..something medieval for sure  but what exactly.. no idea.

The named bods are from the 12th -14th centuries and would not have met or even lived at the same time as each other but having them as a Group makes for a good titel.
The Standard bearer carries the Main C-o-A of the house of Rohan. Shields and flag are printed.
Alan III of Rohan, Viscount of Rohan (1135-1195) Gules, seven Mascles or 

Josselin of Rohan of the Rohan-Montaubans. (??)Gules, nine Mascles or and a cadency mark Argent

Alan VI. (1232-1304). Rohan-Gue-de-I´lsle. Gules, nine mascles with Bend Argent

As usual, they´ve been added to the Medieval Lords and Ladies list

The make of the bods and most of the nags? The nag* riden by Josselin of Rohan has Ralpartha on it´s base but the rest are unknown makes.
*I added I tail.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Geoffrey Fitzgeoffrey de Mandeville and Geoffrey de Saye

Another two Magna Carta suretie Knights and their nags..easy enough paintjob.
De Saye, Quarterly, or and gules..yellow top left, red top Right
De Mandeville, the oppposite, red top left, yellow top Right.
Added to the Medieval Lords and Ladies list bringing the total up to 113. Another 12 are yet to appear but no longer will they be restricted to the 12th-13th centurys.
This new lot will go into another direction entirely..still showing the Coats-of-Arms of some famous Knights, some of which everyone has heard of and some that hardly anyone has heard of..or forgotton.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Gilbert de Gant and friend

Another two dismounted kniggits and thier nags , this time a  Fantasy Coat -of- arms on the right  and Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln, on the left.
Gilberts´been added to the Medieval Lords and Ladies list

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Mixed Kniggits

No particular Coats-of-Arms, more or less "just for fun"
Valdemar bods and one of the nags is from Italeri

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Artillery of Charles XII

What can you paint with a broken middle finger Right Hand?
This lot :-)
24 poses in the set, one of which is a Streltsi so there´s actually 23 gunners. The set includes Two Cannons which are..well, not bad but not up to the Standard of ones from the likes of Zvezda,  a brazier, a big Barrel and two handspikes.
The ones without any Cannon related equipment can be used for camp Scenes / generic Bodstonian  types.
One has had his lintstock replaced with a scythe..maybe he´s been out cutting hay for the horses. Another has had his ramrod replaced with a hayfork...maybe he´s about to go a collect the hay.
I suppose this lot are supposed to be handling the guns. The set comes with Handspikes but they aren´t that good so got binned.
Officers. The bod in the middle ...a giant? 
All in all,  a nice Little set and considering it´s a second run, minimal Flash and very few mold lines to deal with. 

Not 1/72nd scale but THIS guy creates some really excellent stuff in 1/32nd scale

and, coincidentally Another Italian Hobby guy,  this time in  1/72nd. Why I haven´t caught Guiseppe´s Blog before I don´t know. He´s Building a whole roman town and then some. Amazing. Makes my Roman town (as it was) look amaturish.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Farewell Old Girl :-(

R.I.P Ghost. 

After hiding in the Woods near our house for two weeks, She finally came inside our home on the   22.10.16 and it became her home as well. 
Originally we  named her Smokey but she had a way of dissappearing from one place to another, almost as if she could go through walls and she was sooooo quiet.. she was quickly renamed.

The vets reckoned she was already about 15 back in 2016 so she had a good Innings. 
We are glad we took her in and sad to see her go.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Airfix - Golden Hind

The reason I haven´t posted in the last couple of weeks. I read somewhere that  this kit requires 70 plus hours to complete….I reckon that´s About right.
Ok, it´s not medieval but why not ? *

The kit Comes with "pre-waved" stickyback Flags which are slightly shiny so I created my own printed versions and replaced one ( Christopher Hatton´s Coat-of-Arms)  with the Tudor Rose.

The kit doesn´t give the choice of a full hull or waterline version, just full hull so some surgeory was needed to create a waterline one.
Also...I went for a "we´re just larking about on the water" look with  the lower gun ports closed...apart from one slightly open but without the gun Barrel protruding.
The decking. Badly warped I think. Hot water Treatment solved this Little problem.
The rigging. No blocks are supplied with the kit. It comes with a "rigging Frame" for creating the Shrouds and ratlines and two lots of white thread. White? Well that had to be sorted and blocks aquired. Luckily I have a lot of blocks etc from various "wrecks" that, due to missing a load of thier bits, will never be completed.
The Colour of the rigging? Black?  Brown? HERE is  an interesting discussion concerning tarred, therefore darker coloured,  or not tarred ratlines.  I re-wrapped the threads onto short sticks and  dumped them in a bowl of warm water with a teabag and a spoon of coffee powder.  The black rigging was made with bought thread.

The Crew.
From RedBox 16th-17th Cent Spanish and English sailors.
...and Airfix

The Guns.
Generic red coloured carriages, black iron barrels and Fittings (they look shinier in the pic than in real life)
They got a wee bit of an upgrade. Barrels bored out, Scratchmade Breeching ringbolts added and handles added to the quoins.
I could have gone well over the top with them by adding  Train tackle and gun tackle loops  but that meant adding 5 more smaller rings to each gun so I  went for the Basics and did 16th-17th Cent guns have all the bells and whistles anyway?
The hot water Treatment more or less worked on the deck  but s the hull and deck still needed holding together with rubberbands, hairbands and masking tape. Some joins needed extra glueing with second glue.
Waterline Version. How to cut the hull so it sits more or less flat?
Drawing a line? Tape? Guessing?
After a bit of thought...get a bucket of paint and literally float the hull in it.
I attached wires to the fore and aft railings, pushed the hull into some White wall paint, lifted it out and using the wire,  hung it out to dry before cutting of the hull below the "waterline"
Holes drilled for attaching thread for  opening of the gun ports and work started on adding some detail to the railings.
The deck on the prow. I removed the excess plastic and the hinges got replaced on the rudder as they looked too thin and weren´t offset enough as a pintle type hinge would look.
Woody bits painting  pre Details
Stern and bulkheads paintjob
Extra Detail being added to bulk out the railings etc. They were made using an old plastic Advertising placard and each piece had to be cut to length and width before glueing in place.
I swore at myself for even thinking of doing this as it was extremely fiddly and took ages.
Hull painted. I didn´t  go for a full Colour scheme. Any more than what I´ve done would take too long and, IMHO, any more would look gaudy. Less is sometimes more ?
Big fancy Stern lantern made from bits of sprue, pin rails for belaying Pins, and cleats (left over from one of the Cogs) added to the Bow Sprit
Mast painting finished, pulleys for the shrouds, pin rails and lantern added.
The kit comes with a rigging frame for creating the shrouds/ratlines but I decided to go for adding them "in situ" so tiny holes had to be drilled in all the dead eyes, even the tinsy winsy ones. 
Guns roped and stowed. Ropes added to the  gun hatches
The kit Comes with 4 anchors but one of them was so badly broken it was irrepairable so, seeing as some examples online show only two anchors, two it is. Thread was also added to the Anchor stocks (wooden crossbar bit)
As to wether the anchor is positioned exactly as it would have been.  Having the flukes (metal hook bit) any further back or forward on the shrouds would have meant the pulley wouldn´t have hung freely so it is were it is.
Masts added, work on the Shrouds/ratlines started, some rigging added.

Scratch made swivel guns. The one on the right was made using the Barrel of a gun from the Risk Game, the one on the left from a toothpick, strips of paper and the handle for the chamber a bit of    copperwire.

Sails painted and roped up. Blocks etc added  as far as I could determine where they would be needed. It took 6 Hours of work to get that lot done and a further 6 to add them and the rest of the rigging, which was a combination of   various examples so in reality probably wouldn´t work at all.
Tip. As the sails are thin vac-formed it´s wise to add a thread around the edges of them. This prevents any tearing when drilling holes and when adding thread to hold them to the spars etc. Use second glue to do this as due to them being thin, using plastic cement could dissolve them.
Final rigging of the shrouds..adding the ratlines. Drop of second glue on the left shroud, drop on the Right and add a length of thin thread, hold tight for a second or two. When all ratlines have been added, the bits inbetween get a dab of PVA to secure the ratline to the shroud and a bit dabbed on top of the second glue to ensure a secure attachment.
 When all dry, cut to length and paint over where the ratline crosses the shroud.
The piece of paper made it easier to see the shrouds.
I cut groove in the sides of the boxlid as a rest so the ship could sit at an angle making work easier.
Was it fun to make?
TBH, it was more a challenge to complete than  fun.
The fit of the hull and the deck was difficult, the bulkheads and the walkway on the Stern don´t fit 100% flush but that´s probably down to my ignoring the sequence suggested in the instructions but, if I had followed them, it would have been more difficult to paint the various parts.
There´s no proper rigging plan or blocks etc and rigging it was a test of Patience.
No choice of a full or a waterline Version.
My additional "up-grades" didn´t help with making the build any easier but I don´t think I could just have gone ahead and not added them.

*I refer any historical innacuracies to the Management.