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Monday, 13 January 2020

A Tale of Two Tails (and a Box!)


OK so over the last week, once more, I haven't managed much, but I have managed to base of fifty models and undercoat them. I tend to take more time that is absolutely necessary when basing as I like to leave a lot of time between 'drying' stages.So after cleaning off what little flash there was I cut bases from plastic credit cards, store cards, phone cards etc. Next step is glueing figures to the plastic bases using either super-glue (Lok-tite gel -from Poundland). Then after a long drying period they were 'gunged up' using Poundland filler (of course) and again left to dry over night. Final stage, before spray -undercoating was to apply PVA glue (undiluted) onto the base and sprinkle them liberally with sand.. The undercoat was applied after yet another fairly lengthy drying time.
I also had a bit of repair work to do as two of my OG horses had lost their tails and being the well-organised person that I;m not I quickly lost one of the tails !
I carved a new tail from a lump of lead acting as a sprue for some Sudanese Dervish.
The result of the drilling and gluing of tails is shown on the photograph to the left, with the 'home-made' tail on the left-hand horse.

The now suitably based, gunged and undercoated now tailed horses
Home-made lances now attached with 'Perry' Mahdist Standard pole for comparison.
Half a dozen adventurers for Jimland were also prepped.
In the "Pulp Figures" 'Amazon Adventurers' pack was a figure with a pistol that I cut 2mm from the barrel of his pistol (he's the figure second from the left in the photograph above), which to scale represented anywhere between 4 and 6 inches and it's still a big pistol too as is evident in the photo !

A "Loom" box with removable and re-positional partitions.
Sometime during one of the many drying periods I decided to have a go at my 'Loom' box, which for the uninitiated is a box intended to keep elastic bands that was a children's fad and consisted a]of elastic bands,. Once used, the boxes found their way  into my hands (I now have three). This particular one I'd earmarked to keep all my "Congo" card, tokens and measuring sticks in, once the various partitions have been glued in place as the tokens tend to slip under the various partitions.
the sticker on the front was a pain in the proverbial to remove. I used  a scape, water and 'White spirit' in copious amounts over several days.
The "loom" box re-purposed with a few sample "Congo"
Even though it was a struggle getting back into the regime of at least an hour a day on productive Hobby time, I did manage it  and although it doesn't appear that I accomplished much, I was pleased with what I did achieve.

That's it then for another week, over the next week I'll hopefully  be daubing paint on a lot of the above (not the box) .

Thanks for taking the time to visit, as always I hope you've found something of interest and of course your comments are both welcomed and truly appreciated.

17 comments:

  1. Great work on all your prep work Joe, and the repair on the horse tail.
    Great use of the loom band box, with the modifications should be very useful

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    1. Thanks Dave, unfortunately prep takes time, but has to be done and the box is one of three I have and use.

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  2. The Adventurers look like a good bunch for Jimland / Congo / skirmish games etc. Those compartmented boxes are very handy; I have a few salvaged ones that others have been throwing out!

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    1. Thanks MJT, Jimland dies need a new influx of Adventurers I reckon. I knnew wouldn;t be the only one salvaging the boxes for their own purposes

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  3. Looking good Joe. I've got my hands on one of those loom boxes too, very handy things!

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    1. Thank Ray, yup I'd take another one or two of the boxes, the're very handy indeed imo.

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  4. Basing a preppy 50 miniatures would definitely be a win in my book Joe.

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    1. Thanks Michael, basing etc. is to me a thankless task, well gone are the days when basing consisted of painting squares of plastoc/card green and gluing figure son them eh ?
      But I'll take the 'win' gracefully...

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    1. Thanks Michal, now if only you'd visit England and paint them for me !

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  6. Well done Joe that's no small amount of work.

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  7. Well done on the horse tail, I assumed you had done the one on the right that sticks out straight but yours hanging down in a more natural pose and looks the better of the two.
    By the way I don't think you should beat yourself up about progress or lack of it, this is not work, it's an enjoyable hobby and you get a lot done whether you think so or not.
    Sorry that sounds a bit serious but not meant to be.
    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Vagabond, I take every comment in a friendly way, as I'm sure they;re meant.
      I do accet that these things take time, but like everyone else, I rather beplaying with the figures !

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  8. Productive week I'd say , that's a lot prepped and repaired, all looking good!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, on reflection it probably is, though I didn't think I'd achieved a lot.

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