Apr 21, 2017

Log Cabin


I've completed this rather large building. It's entirely scratch built from various pieces of wood.
You can also see a couple of railroad modeling trees I've bought.


The building is not entirely useless, figures can be placed on the top floor, and there are slits in the floor to shoot downward.

Apr 18, 2017

Dragoons


These are the Italeri British light dragoons. Nice and slim figures and a joy to paint after all the ugly Strelets ones. They have received hat conversions so they can be part of any European army.

Apr 15, 2017

More buildings


The 1/72 terrain expansion continues with these three scratchbuilt objects: a pigsty, a smithy and a chapel. I have a side-project in mind about an imaginary New World colony of Schultze-Böhnstadt.

The buildings are made from various materials, including bamboo sticks and 3mm pine, cardstock, balsa etc. And this one comes with green stuff pigs.

Apr 12, 2017

Woodland Indians


Another distraction, this group of Italeri natives was painted & based in a day's work. They took the primer badly, so I wiped them over with some wood glue to have everything stay in place.

Apr 9, 2017

White Russian Squad


I had to take a little break from funny hats, so I've completed another batch of ten from the Zvezda WW1 Russian infantry box. These wear uniforms of a more brown/khaki shade than the bright green of the previous batch, so they could end up on opposing sides of a conflict.

I've also noticed that nobody makes a ZIS truck in 1/72, if you know of suitable replacements, pray tell me.

Apr 7, 2017

Purchase history, March & April

Until the next post with shiny toys is due, here's a short list of my purchases:

  • Restocking a few pots of paint
  • Glues (gel superglue, woodglue, PVA)
  • A box of Italeri Biriths Light Dragoons (to be given tricorne hats)
  • Lots of dice for disruption/casualty markers
  • Miscellaneous terrain (plasticine, plasticard, static grass, pine wood sticks)


As you can see, it's quite a short list, but a) I've bough an e-book reader which was sort of pricey, and b) I've got lots of stuff to repaint.

Apr 3, 2017

Kliszów 1702 - Terrain building


Filling a 200x150cm (8 by 6ft) table with enough terrain is kind of a difficulty. Procejts like these always make me realize just how little terrain I've got.
So, in order of completion (more or less), I have built the following items:
  • about 250cm of streams
  • two redoubts
  • half a dozen bogs and marshes
  • four bridges
  • two wooden huts
  • an Objective marker (not pictured)

Apr 1, 2017

Kliszów 1702 - Bringing the Poles up to date


The Polish cavalry force for the battle is complete. They might look a bit archaic, but I found no other suitable figures. 
Four groups had to be repaired/highlighted, and the blue husaria unit had to be painted from the start as they were stripped some time ago.

Mar 29, 2017

Kliszów 1702 - Terrain layout


I'm attempting to keep a track of what I need for the table - streams are going to be a problem. 
Fortunately, I can make lots of swamps from used CDs and DVDs.
As the height is not a very pronounced one (see the previous post), I'm planning to build it out of  a 6mm or 10mm styrene sheet.


I've used the above image from Wikipedia to kind of get the measures right. Of course the villages will differ in size, and as the units themselves are a bit compressed, all other terrain pieces will probably need some resizing.