Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Heldenhammer 2


Well, it's taken long enough!

What with Christmas, New Year, invasions from relations, Test Matches and the lure of War in Middle Earth on the computer, I've hardly been able to pick up a Penguin, never mind a paintbrush.

Even now, the gold needs added glitter and the 'Cathedral' some highlighting.

However, I'm now onto the little cogs and, once they are done, a welcome return to Middle Earth.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Dreadfleet Heldenhammer

Just to show that I've not stopped completely, here are a couple of poor shots of the Heldenhammer, approaching completion.

The sails are really tough - beyond my skill

Perhaps I need a bigger magnifier?

However, I have made one discovery which I should have made, years ago.

I now use two pots of water while I'm painting and wash my brushes in the first, wipe off the surplus water, then rinse again to rid the brush of any remaining paint.

It seems to be effective in preventing my brushes from speedily loosing their point and spreading out.

I can see a big advantage in working alongside others as they might have suggested it years ago!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Here's John's mini cliff complete with moss and a little grass.

John tells me that it's an exact copy of Ayer's Rock apart from the height, width, depth, shape, colour and composition though, on this latter point, he cannot be certain without checking that Ayer's Rock isn't entirely made of polystyrene.


Well done John.

I particularly like the cave and wonder who or what dwells there.

I look forward to eventually seeing the full size piece.




Another view with models to provide a hint of the scale.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Dreadfleet - Bloody Reaver



At last I'm done with the bloody Bloody Reaver which has been quite a headache.

It was tricky to paint and to put together and then, when I thought I was nearly home and dry, the damn thing wouldn't fit in the base correctly.

I scraped and filed at all the places where I thought the problem was and it still wouldn't seat down.

All the time I was doing this I was afraid of breaking a mast or something and I was covering the thing with plastic filings. 

Not ideal.

Finally, I glued it in, as best I could, with a slight list to port.

The cause of the problem may be the fact that there are three joins in the hull not just the one.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Cliff 1

That excellent brewer of tea, bearer of tea cosies, and teller of tall tales (and occasionally long, thin ones), John Curtis, has kindly volunteered to tackle one of my more recent cunning plans.

I'm thinning out some books which will leave at least one shelf bare.

An ideal spot to display troops.

However, they do tend to get in each others way so that the spotty ones in the back row cannot be seen.

So I thought of a cliff face with troops in front of it, others high on a plateau and a further rank higher still, on the top of the cliff.

John has constructed and painted an excellent initial mock up, as shown here, measuring about 8 inches square.

The eventual cliff will be about 1 foot 9 inches, in old money, and about 5 or six inches high.

But isn't it good!

(What have you written on the back John?)


Swordfish 4

 At last I've located the three remaining bases giving me an excuse to put something on the blog despite so little progress being made.



The allotment and The Ashes are my excuse now but I think I'm close to completing The Bloody Reaver.




Then just one more to go and I can look at playing the game.



Where are you Lewis?

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Bloody Reaver

To show progress is being made on The Bloody Reaver.

This is the most complex of all the ships with an inner and outer hull.

It also has these odd 'locking' ends to the masts.

I can see no need for them, in fact they make life difficult as you have to put sails and masts in place before fixing the inner hull together and encasing it in the outer hull.

I intend cutting them away so that the masts can go in last, as in all the other ships.