Friday, 29 May 2009
Allegiance - Krautian
One of the most characterful group of figures ever to come from Alternative Armies. A review in Orcs in the Hills, issue 9, page 55 - Krautian Guard (52502) 'Ten short and hairy weapon-wielding guys. As soon as you take a look at each dwarf you can see that every individual has his own personality, all sporting pickelhaubs and the greatest collection of mutton chop whiskers ever assembled, aiming their blunderbusses menacingly and fairly bristling with aggression. Under no circumstances would you want to mess with these guys! The standard bearer is hoisting a flag that is topped with a lovely detail - a foaming beer tankard, obviously a potent symbol in dwarf culture.'
This group of eight miniatures has a commanding officer from the Dwarf Landwehr set (52504), which I have always felt works better with this group than the capped officer with the eye patch.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Photo One - The finished Warehouse, based, varnished and with ground-cover added.
Photo Two - As above, the green foliage is ground-up foam, mixed with PVA glue and spread-on with a piece of scrap wood. Once dry the heaped foam is very strong.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Photo One - the groundwork painted GW Spearshaft Brown and some dirty Black/Brown washes over the stonework.
Photo Two - A couple more washes, to add colour to the bland grey walls and roof as well as the groundwork, drybrushed and washed. The door and window shutter was first painted Cream, washed with Black and later drybrushed Grey. The rust coloured studs, are Red/Orange over Black.
Friday, 22 May 2009
I can see these being used in my 40mm Flash Gordon collection!
Photo Two - This evening, I painted the whole model Pale Grey - a cheap 99p bottle, acrylic paint, bought from an arts and craft shop.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
My first impression is that the standard of production and presentation is so much better, now looking and feeling like a prestige and very up-market publication - well done.
I am yet to fully read all of the articles, but delving in to just a few is enough to wet my appetite. The Sturmtiger Diorama by Matt Parkes had me questioning the authenticity of the comments, the detail is so good, that I just couldn't believe it was 15mm scale! I would have thought at least 28mm and maybe larger. Again - well done.
I have NOT found a huge number of FOW adverts, quite the contrary, with a very wide selection of different manufacturers and beautifully painted miniatures to tempt me (and I believe others) to buy.
In summary, there is very little to criticise, I would suggest that it is going to be very hard to maintain this standard but I also look forward to reading more issues.
Do I think I will buy more editions? - YES.
Every one? - NO, I do not think so, but the last WI magazine I purchased was well over a year ago, this new look has tempted me to buy again.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Photo One - As last nights posts, but with some of the individual stones pressed in with a small section of Balsawood and the window and door areas filled with DAS.
Photo Two - Following the Baueda prototype (see earlier post), the roof is made up from slabs of stones. I had planned on modelling the stones from DAS, but in the end, I sliced some dried bark in to small slabs and added them to the roof with PVA/white glue, pinning each piece with a dressmakers pin.
Once modelled, I used DAS to fill the major holes and coated the whole roof with diluted PVA glue. I think the success (or failure) of this technique will be seen when the model is painted.
Photo Three - Mounting the warehouse model on to a kidney-shaped base and building the ground-work up with even more DAS. The three paving slabs are thin sections of Blue Foam and the barrels are resin castings (manufacturer unknown).
You can also see that the door and window have been filled in with strips of roughly cut Balsawood, detailed with some sliced plastic rod.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
This evening, I was at a loss as to what to model or paint and while the idea was fresh in my head, I sketched some simple dimensions on to a scrap piece of Blue Foam.
Photo One - The building marked out with black felt-tip pen.
Photo Two - Once the pieces were cut out, I glued them together with PVA/white glue and strengthened the joins with steel dressmakers pins. I then smoothed the joints with a quick rub-over of coarse sandpaper. The door and (one) window are just 'hacked-out' with a 'snap-off' bladed knife.
Photo Three - Using a new blade in my Swan Morton scalpel, I started to carve the stone courses, cutting small 'V' shape groves in to the foam and later deepening them with a sharp pencil. The stonework is all carved by eye, no straight edges or pencil marks.
When I was happy with the stone courses, I pressed the jagged edges of a broken roof tile in to the Blue Foam to enhance the natural stone texture I was after
Monday, 18 May 2009
The card-backed book does exactly what the book cover says - it guides you through the construction and painting of some of the iconic space-craft, vessels and characters of the classic Sci-Fi film generation.
To give an idea of what to expect, the first article in this 152 page book details the construction, modification and painting of the 'Bullet' space rocket from the 1902 film by George Melies called Le Voyage dans la Lune (A trip to the moon). This is based on the resin model by Herb Deek's, (check out the Flash Gordon space-rockets from the same manufacturer) but with a modified hull and a scenic base - reminiscent of the original black and white film.
Other articles (there 18 separate articles), including; Flash Gordon, Planet of the Apes, 2001 - A Space Odyssey, War of the Worlds, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea etc. Check out the cover photo below.
When I saw the cost, my first thought was that this was an expensive package, however the book was on sale and with P&P to the UK cost me $24.00. Upon delivery, my first impression was not good, a quick flick through and I was wondering if the sale price and OK shipping charges were still too high. However, once I started reading the very detailed construction notes I was smitten. This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in Sci-Fi modelling (or Sci-Fi model history) and now, as I near the end of the book, some article have already been re-read and re-read again, I feel this is a book that I can fully recommend.
The full details are;
CultTVman's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Sci-Fi Movies by Steve Iverson and Anthony Taylor, published by CultTVman Media and first published in June, 2002. The ISBN No. is ISBN 0-9701455-1-9
For more details check out; http://www.culttvmanshop.com/shop/
Taken from the book cover; For model builders with imagination! CultTVman presents Rockships and Robots, Spaceships and Submarines from the furthest reaches of space, the depth of the ocean, the inside of the human body, and even the distant future. This book will show you how to build, paint and detail those fantastic models from 100 years of classic science fiction movies like Flash Gordon, War of the Worlds, Forbidden Planet and 2001: A space Odyssey. But that is not all! This book has something for everyone. There are models from The Time Machine, Fantastic Voyage, Planet of the Apes and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Putting all that aside, here are a couple of 'work-in-progress' shots of some Flash Gordon miniatures I am currently working on.
Photos One, Two and Three
Dracci miniatures from Alternative Armies, code RM 095, 096, 097. I intend painting them up as Dractyls for Flash to battle. The Dractyls of the Flash Gordon/Fantasy Channel TV serial, were a bit of a loss, these winged Lizardmen, standing over 45mm tall tend to suit the name better! The miniatures are based on 40mm round bases.
Friday, 15 May 2009
The first photo shows some of my well-worn Sanding Sticks, pieces of scrap wood with Aluminium Oxide sandpaper stuck to one (or both) sides to produce 'sandpaper files'. I first become aware of these when I was at school - my Technical Drawing teacher used to use simple versions to keep sharp points on the pencils. Later I was reading and article in Finescale Modeller about a modeller who carved airplanes from wood and used sanding sticks that were in fact old wooden rulers with different grades of sandpaper attached with double sided sellotape!
The Aluminium Oxide paper is from Wilko's, and sold in packs of different grades for a couple of pounds. One pack should last years. The smallest one is not wood but sandpaper stuck to an eraser, perfect for small and curved parts, that's the great thing about these tools, if you have a specific modelling problem, you can custom build a sanding stick to match!
One other option is to use a layering construction technique; Wood - Double-Sided Sellotape - Polystyrene (from frozen Pizza packaging) - Double-Sided Sellotape - Sandpaper, this gives a sanding stick that has the slight 'give' of the manicuring boards.
I would recommend these simple and inexpensive tools to all modellers. The largest is 200mm long, 40mm wide and 15mm thick. The one at the bottom of the picture has a very rough grade.
Photo two, shows some of the very wide selection of Nail Files or Emery Boards I use, which you can buy from chemists, take a whole variety and see which best suits you. My favourite are from Poundland, three for one pound and on the back they have small plastic, half beads, which can be used for making turrets or look-out domes.
The bright pink one is a standard no-nonsense plain emery board, while the Flexifile (still in its packaging) is purposely designed for plastic modellers.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I've started with the cutting tools. Like most modellers I have a wide range of knives, but these three would cover 99% of all of my needs, with some more specialised items being kept in the toolchest for odd jobs. They are; An OLFA 9mm snap-off blade knife, an OLFA 18mm snap-off blade knife and a Swan-Morton scalpel with a N0.11 blade.
My favorite knife is the OLFA 18mm version, however if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be the Swan Morton Scalpel.
The next photo shows my main modelling saw. I think it is called a Jewellers Saw, but I have had it so long, that I am now not sure. I regularly swap blades, the one fitted in this photo is a tile-cutting blade, which has an all-round cutting edge, great for taking the heads of metal wargaming figures. Other blades have a variety of teeth per inch, depending on the cut needed.
One point about how I use this saw; the screws for holding the saw blade were on the other side of the blade when it was new, I reversed the screw and the plate to make sawing right-handed easier.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Allegiance - Finklestein
Many of the smaller states of the Confederation of Finklestein had considerable difficulty in raising standing armies, equipping them and arming them. One answer was to forge close links with allied States or Duchies and even raise combined regiments of Dwarves and Ogres, or Dwarves and Dog Soldiers. One such regiment was the 3rd Nassla - Houndsormstadt Line which combined a roughly equal mix of regular Dog Soldiers and Dwarves.
The unit fought with some success on both the Witchlands campaign and the Sauerkraut Civil War, however doubts were continually raised as to the loyalty of this particular regiment and the Ferach hierarchy were always finding reasons why this company should be found picket duty or based behind the mainlines guarding the supply wagons!
The miniatures are a group of converted Dwarves and Dog Soldiers from various blister and box sets, with helmets taken from Ferach Grenadiers of the Gardes (51016). The uniforms were painted green with yellow facings.
The Windmill model in the background is a scratch-built model which should appear as a construction/terrain tutorial in the next Flintloque Compendium/60 Bloody Rounds.
(More details can be found in the article; Ich Hatt'einen Kamaraden, Flintloque Miniature Catalogue.)
Monday, 4 May 2009
Allegiance - Krautian
With their love of fine living and particularly cake, the royal house of Battenburg had many enemies amongst the common Dwarves, after one rather unsavory incident when sour dough was thrown at the state coach, a guard regiment of loyal (and very well paid) Dwarves was raised. Later this regiment was renamed the Battenburg Palace Guard, and although the ceremonial duties, what few remain are now carried out by the junior member or support troops. The regiment, its fine history and background live on.
Amongst Dwarven Regiments, The 'Sponge-cake Guard' have indeed been the butt of many jokes, however their performance in the border wars and in particular their stalwart actions against the Ferach has won them great admiration and respect.
This group of ten Guards is made up of a mixture of dwarf miniatures from a number of different Flintloque blister packs with small conversions and detail added from 'green stuff'. The uniform colours of bottle green jackets, red facings and grey trousers is similar to Jager or Elite uniforms of the Confederation Army, however this regiment, in the main is armed with the standard mkII Dwarf musket and is classed as Average.
The battle cry is; Have a piece of (cake) this!
Sunday, 3 May 2009
First we have the two new bases, which are 40mm across the flat sides.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
I wanted the Ottoman Nefs to appear completely different in style to the Knights of St John, more 'Dig like', more 'old fashioned' and with modelled features that would make them instantly recognisable. The answer was bullet-like bodies, big tails and large, flat turrets.
These three photos give an idea of what I was looking for. The style and colour scheme is very different from the Holy League ships - plainer, with less gun turrets and a simpler structure.
The colour scheme is much less bright, but the dark grey 'Mickey Mouse' camouflage around the superstructure adds some variety (I may keep this idea for future Nefs) while the Green Ottoman Naval Ensign was culled from the Internet and hand painted.