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Monday, 6 July 2020

Giant Rat thing

The "Giant Rat thing" in the subject matter is my take on the 'Diprotodon' from "Steve Barber's" 28mm prehistoric range of figures, bought for use with the rules "Paleo Diet". The photograph on th right is shown alongside one of the 'Hollywood' cavemen figures from "Copplestone".
The model s a solid chunk of resin with good detailing, but is contiguous with the base (no gap under its tummy!"
Here's the rest of the photographs:
Other side view
Strange front view
Rear view (for those that lie this sort of thing)
Like all my prehistoric models it still requires a matt varnish spray, but is otherwise good enough for me to say it's finished and to add to the collection.

The reason for posting this is that my current Sudan Zouaves project is still in progress (and well underway), but is hitting a hurdle trying to get a decent yellow coverage, for trims, over a light blue jacket. The trim isn't  turning out a solid yellow, more a yellowy-green snot colour, despite using three different manufacturers yellow. I intend to paint the trim white initially then re-paint with yellow (Sunburst yellow from WF) but tis will probably take quite a few sessions - probably all this week, which means I'll be hard pressed to finish the froty or so Zouaves over the next week. I haven't been slacking over this last week either, managing six sessions of painting varying in length between two and four hours !

That's it then for this week , thanks for taking the time to visit an I'll be getting around to all the other blogs I visit and comment on as soon as possible.

And, as always, your comments are always welcomed and truly appreciated.  

(I note there's still no sign of the impending change to Blogger yet - now changed to "sometime in July")
  

Monday, 29 June 2020

Wot I done this week

I'm posting about my relatively slow progress on my next box of plastics. It's been very difficult to
find any motivation to do anything hobby-wise, but nevertheless I set myself a target to cut, file, assemble and base my Perry Zouaves (plus additional command sprue). I was ably assited by having some documentaries on the TV as background noise.
Here's my 'diary' for the week:

Monday:
In addition to writing Monday's blog post, editing pictures etc. I cut out more bases, 20mm square on thin cardboard, as my supply was minimal.
I manged to bring my stock up to a reasonable amount (about 100) knowing I had the Tribal plastics still to go.

Time spent: Just over an hour.

Tuesday:
Acorns, oak trees etc.
Cutting figures' bodies from sprues and filing flash, attachment points etc. before gluing to aforesaid bases.

Time spent: Two hours.




Wednesday:
Completely 'harmless'
 Covering the bases with cheap 'Poundland ' filler I always allow an overnight drying period to allow the filler to dry out thoroughly Time Spent: Two hours  Thursday:
The results of sandy-glued fingers
Pva glue sped over the bases before sprinkling fine sand sparingly over the bases. Time spent: Two hours   
Attack of the headless
Friday:
Cutting right and left hand arms from the sprues; all the matching 'A's were cut first and attached, then all the "B's. Officers, flag wavers . sergeants and a drummer all had their various accoutrements added.
Of course all the usual filing of the bits was necessary and I did lose two musket arms in the process!

Time spent : Three hours plus (!)

Looking almost ready for ainting (aaarrggghhh)
Saturday:
Heads, had to be cut from the sprues with all the usual filing etc.
This was really a nerve wracking process as there was only the exact amount of headdress models for the figures I had. The turban- wrapped fez also had the flapping 'end' cut flush whilst the two fezzes needed had their exceedingly large tassels trimmed to a more reasonable (imo) size.  

Time spent : 2 Hours plus

Sunday:
Half-way through undercoating
Normally I do nothing hobby-wise on a Sunday, nevertheless I attempted to spray undercoat in almost gale force winds with a little success during a lull in the gusting winds.
Repeating the process sometime later I was much happier with the results.
Luckily SWIMBO was on a bubbling jaunt, so the figures could dry inside (plastics eh?).  

Despite various 'intrusions' during the week, by relatives and feeling generlly 'down' about blogging, gaming and everything else that goes wrong in real-life I managed  twelve hours of hobby 'stuff' - three times more than my usual minimal output.
Overall then a very successful week from my pov but I do have several blogs to catch up on despite efforts to keep up to date.

That's it then for this week, where nothing interesting happened, not much to post and little interest shown in what I'm doing. - makes me wish I was into fantasy ! (NOT)

As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated and apolgies for the lack of completely or even slightly blurry pictures.

Monday, 22 June 2020

More Afghans

Four leisurely sessions of an hour each, saw me finishing the fifteen remaining Atlantic Afghan  figures destined for service as Slavers in "Jimland".Normally I don't paint on a weekend, but wishing to finish the figures I left the last one hour session to Sunday, taking a mere four hours to finish due to family interruptions for Father 's Day  "Celebrations" (cups f tea accompanied by cake and the opening of cards).
Obligaroty blurry (slightly) photo
The photograph above shows the fifteen completed figures and the one to the left shows their rear view.










Closer view of the second rank
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All twenty plus an "Irregular" woman for scale
 I'm sure I've missed painting bits on them - failing eyesight, old age etc. (Usual excuses - Ed.)

And that's it for another week and for all that I've finished these figures I do feel that I haven't done that much, considering they were very close to being finished at the start of the week.
The next week will see me cutting bases for the "Perry" ACW Zouaves, gluing the figures  together (ugh)  and mounting on bases. Additionally I received an extra command sprue from a chance visit to  Ebay , maling me a very happy bunny!
To me, these plastic figures feel very flimsy, unlike solid metals that only lose their bayonets and swords ! Time however will be the test as whether they are fit for purpose or not.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was to tweak your interest and of course your comments, witticisms, critiques, bouquets and brickbats are always welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 15 June 2020

First Filthy Five (Afghans)

I did my usual hour or so day's painting n the first twenty "Atlantic" Afghans, but by Saturday (and after three one-hour sessions I came to the realisation that I was never going to get all twenty finished in time for today's post.  determined to finish something, I concentrated on five figures and after another three sessions on Sunday, here's the results.
As an added bonus, there's an unusual amount of slightly blurry photographs and a lot of padding (mostly rear shots, save for the chap on the right!)
The chap on the right was the first that had been glued together and whilst al of these five were all a bit rushed, they're good enough for my purposes.
Even with my new brushes, I have to admit I'm not good at painting figures (or painting most anything else for that matter).
On to the pics ! :


Kneeling figure (obviously)
Kneeling figure rear view (again, a bit obvious)
Slightly blurry man
Rear view

 
No rear-view man


Last man (standing)

Rear view (still standing)
Comparison - Redoubt (left) and swarthy Afghan (right)

Group Shot (padding)

Rear Group Shot (more padding)
So five figures in a week at this rate I can have a unit in a month !
Whilst I hate painting figures, painting non-uniformed ones is an added pain, give me a couple of hundred regulars every time. I could have gone with a basic white, as per the box illustrations, but I wanted a little more colour though I have tried to use earth, subdued colours.

Current state of one of my paint trays (wish my painting wasn't blurry)
Over the next week I will continue on with the remaining fifteen that will be sufficient for my "Jimland" needs, the rather blurry photograph on the right shows their current state.





That's it then for another week, hopefully there was something of interest and f course, as always, your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.



Monday, 8 June 2020

Afghans

As a change from the monotomy of completing my remaining market stalls I decided to tackle the newly arrived "Atlantic" plastic  Afghans. After much cursing a little frustration I managed to cut. file  and base up twenty figures, initially for deployment to 'Jimland' for use as Slavers, for whichI will only ever need 10 rifle armed and 10 melee armed figures .
The next five 'rifles'
The centre figure in the photograph above was the first figure to be assembled and took about an hour ! The next nine took another hour and the final ten about the same. Some poses do look a bit awkward, but I'm OK with that.

'Reverse view of all the rifles'
Five of the 'swords' (and yes I know one has a musket)

For some reason I failed to photograph the other five swordsmen, but here's a rear view pf the 'second ten'
The 'swordsmen' from the rear
Overall I was happy enough with the figures, but can't help thinking they'll need an input of metal figures to round the force of (probably from "Artizan", "Old Glory" and "Perry". A mountain gun and some a few obvious leader types are high up on the list should I make an Afghan force. I have half of the first box and another complete box of these figures, so can make up another 60 figures, but will aim at getting these twenty painted up first.

Finally here's a photograph comparing one of the 'tallest',  'Atlantic' Afghans to and one of the tallest 'Old Glory' Brit. (unfinished)
Figure compare to Old Glory Brit.
I'm much happier now to tackle the other plastic box sets I recently purposed, though I did have a couple of broken swords, a lost arm and very sticky fingers after assembling this lot, it was a lot easier than the basing and inevitable painting that will follow!

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I know it's not a lot to see  but it's  all I got this week!

That's it then for another week  and as usual I'll get around to catching up on blogs I normally comment on, and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.


Postscript: Is anyone else NOT looking forward to any changes Blogger may make this month. ?

Monday, 1 June 2020

Still Stalling


Yes, I am presenting another couple of stalls and yes it is a poor pun.
To be fair, the second one isn't completely finished and still needs a canopy (awning ? cover ?), but it does fill this post out and allows me to show it again in another post with awning !
Other than the "Eureka" 28mm figures both the models and their contents were scratch-built from the inevitable bits and pieces I have available and hoarded over the years.
I think it's pretty obvious what both stalls are selling and I've included pics of both before and after canopying  (that's a word  right ?) to enable viewing of their contents.
First up the pottery stall before having its canopy  fitted :

Front view
Side view
Rear view
Other side view
Side view with canopy
Three-quarter view with canopy
Side view (Bored yet ? - Ed.)
Other side view (How about now ? - Ed,)
  The other completely scratch-built (sans canopy):
 The stall is for cloth, sadly I haven't thought out how to get a figure behind the counter before I add the canopy !
Front view (bit obvious)
Thee-quarter view
Side view - obligatory blurry pic. (Only slightly blurry - Ed.)
Obvious rear view
Rear three-quarter view (Padding - Ed.)

Another three-quarter view (Blatant padding - Ed,)
Aerial view showing the mess it really is and the need  for a canopy 

 I did manage an hour a day (at least) to finish these and TBH I'm really sick of these and will be pleased when I've finished these.

In good news my Afghans arrived this week and they do look good but I can't say I'm looking forward to the hell that will be assembling them, let alone having to paint the damn things - but needs must I guess.

 So that's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there is something here of interest and as always your comments, criticisms, bouquets and brickbats are always welcomed and appreciated.

Stay safe everyone.