Thursday, 1 December 2016

On the workbench - December 2016

A bit behind on my plans for November and the focus now is to complete as much as possible of the various odds and sods lying around my workbench. Hopefully I'll get my Plastic Soldier Company kickstarter in time for Christmas. progress against various overdue tasks is noted below

  • Medieval (mainly HYW) Commanders - progressing well, almost at the basing stage
  • Medieval English bill and bowmen - a unit of each about to be based
  • Medieval French dismounted Men at Arms - another unit also ready for basing
  • Genoese Crossbowmen - nearly finished painting
  • Norman train - just started painting as I found a significant part missing from one of the wagons.
  • Roman Transport - half way through painting
  • WW2 Romanian artillery using the Fire to Fight 75mm guns as the basis with the Hat Romanian gunners.
  • Then if the kickstarter hasn't arrived start on some of the kits in the backlog!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Return to Winter

A couple of vehicle repairs, neither of which fit in with my current US and German forces, but they could indicate a possible future project set in the Ardennes in 1944. The Panzer IV is an Italeri model, which I got assembled, but the side skirts were badly damaged, so they were replaced with a PSC version that I picked up in a bag of bits some years ago. The Chaffee is the old matchbox kit passed to me by Bob and needed a couple of new road wheels (a donation from a scrap modern Airfix Leopard) and a new gun barrel.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

French Men at Arms

I was sorting through my remaining medievals when I realised that the surplus Miniart Italian knights could simply be repainted as French. I remembered the example block of Men at Arms passed around by the Perry's during their talk on the Agincourt diorama. They had created a block of about ten figures and then cast it in resin so they could be quickly painted and used to fill out the broad mass of French Men at Arms. So I used a similar to approach to paint four units.

Here's one of my pictures of the Agincourt diorama, I can just about see the blocks, but only because I've seen one up close

Friday, 25 November 2016

A slight diversion - trees

I started these while my vision was suffering as they were a quick job, not needing too much accuracy. They are some small trees picked up from Pete D at Gauntlet, plus a few remaining Italeri telegraph poles I found.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Infamy Infamy

A quite quiet day at the Roman Senate.

Then the immortal line "Infamy, Infamy, they all got it in for me"

Figures from the Strelets Roman Senate pack. I had debated the basing but decided against a granite/marble effect and stuck to a basic warm climate basing so they could be used more flexibly.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Frontier Light Horse

Beginning to get back into painting despite my wife finding lots of odd jobs. Latest is the Hat Frontier Light Horse, I've given them all a khaki jacket to give some apperance of uniformity.

I'm rather unhappy with this set as Hat changed to mix of foot and mounted figures from their previous sets so instead of being able to represent a single unit mounted or dismounted, this now has enough figures for two mounted units and half a unit of dismounted, I'll have to add some Boers when needed.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Numidian Cavalry

A quick update with my latest painting the Zvezda Numidian cavalry based up as three small units of light cavalry and a command stand

As my eye recovers, I encountered a new problem as the hard drive on my Laptop has failed and I'm having to use a Windows 10 machine (horrible)