Thursday, 21 May 2015

Pax Bochemannica Re-Launch!

Image taken from the Maveryc Facebook page to illustrate this post

I am greatly looking forward to the planned re-launch of S.P.Q.Orc - Pax Bochemannica, a game that sees huge Orc Nomans pitting their superior strength and equipment against tribes of under equipped and height disadvantaged Boche Halflings. For full details go to this Facebook page (and - yes you can access it even if you are not one of the many millions of facebook-ers, like wot I am).

I have already committed to a Pax Bochemannica themed Blogging month starting on the 1st of June and hopefully running throughout the whole month. Stay tuned for some much anticipated goodies.

For those new to this pseudo Fantasy-Historical game details can be found here. More details can be found on this Blog by 'clicking' on the Pax Bochemannica label on the right or here.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Joseph Lock

Yesterday Sue and I had to clear out the attic as we were experiencing an overflow issue from the main cold water tank. While moving boxes from one side of the loft to the other I came across this 'scratch-built' model of a narrow gauge locomotive.

Joseph Lock is built to the scale of 7mm to the foot (O Gauge) and runs on PECO 16.5mm (HO/OO) 'Crazy Track', The engine is based on the Festiniog engine - Prince and uses a Hornby Smokey Joe 0-4-0 mechanism.

The model was built over fifteen years ago and has featured in Narrow Lines, the newsletter of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.

Construction is plastic card and plastic rod with most items being scratch-built, for example the smokebox is a series of metal washed wrapped in plastic card, the chimney is a rawplug and the sandboxes are sections of propelling pencil barrels.

Painting was built up over a 'rattle can' satin Black with the Dark Green from Tamiya and the lining from a standard gauge railway set.

The nameplate is constructed from Letraset rub-down black lettering over white plastic card to replicate the enamel nameplates that were used on these engines in the early days of the Festiniog Railway.

The little engine is named after my late Father-in-Law Joseph Lock.

Now I just need to securely pack it in a new cardboard box and place it back in the attic.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Gnome Bakery for Panzerfauste

Earlier this year I was commissioned to sculpt a couple of themed buildings/terrain pieces for a game called Panzerfause, Actually Panzerfauste Reborn a project which is being led by Steve Blease (the original writer) and Rob Alderman (A close friend and key personality in the world of Alternative Fantasy). I immediately agreed and sculpted a Gnome House and this Gnome Bakery. What you see here is one of the very first test castings painted by Steve Blease.

I am very envious as I am also looking forward to painting up one of these resin models and the earlier Gnome House. Maybe I'll get a casting the next time I meet up with Rob?

Steve sent me these images earlier this week and after getting permission from Steve and Rob, I have uploaded the images to my Blog.

The Gnome Bakery is Building 2 of an initial range of just two models, but after Rob and Steve saw the masters, I was quickly commissioned to build another and then another. Details of which will have to wait for now.

I promise that I will post details once I have the all clear.

Steve has done a great job of painting this little model and I once again thank him (and Rob) for allowing me to post these images.

Full details of Panzerfauste Reborn can be found here. There is even a Facebook Page!

The next image shows the model during construction - the Bakery is still awaiting the tiled roof and groundwork to be completed, but the Flintloque Orc gives some idea of the size of this model.

Finally, the nearly finished master, just before I delivered it to Rob Alderman.

This model and the earlier Gnome House was sculpted following discussions with Rob about how he saw the game developing. It is fair to say that I have had a great deal of autonomy in the style and 'feel' of these pieces. Looking back, I think they are very much inspired by the SnapDragon range of resin buildings.

I hope that you like them.

Although designed and sculpted to accompany the New Panzerfauste game, I am confident that this and the others in the range will be of use to many gamers.

Thank you Rob. I have greatly enjoyed this project and look forward to more.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Building Number Three - part three

I present to you the finished Building.....

Del Boy Trotter's Hovel.

For more details of the build, please go to this link and this link.

The model is intended to go with my Pax Bochemannica collection and you can see three of the Boche Halflings in these images. I have my own back-story to my particular group of Halflings, which relate to a group of 'down-at-heel' Boche lead by one Del Boy Trotter. Del Boy's Hovel is festooned with 'knocked-off Gear' and various 'items for sale'.

I couldn't resist the SALE sign.

You can also see the Trotter's totem stuck into the thatch; a Bronze Boar, which makes it clear that Trotter's is open for business.


I hope that you enjoy this bit of fun.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Latest Toy!

For the last couple of years I have been talking about buying a bike to ride back and forth to work and at long last I have finally gotten around to it.....

I don't need a racer or a mountain bike as I can take a scenic route to work that is mainly cycle paths and through the main park, there is even a short stint alongside Droitwich Canal.

I chose a folding bicycle with gears very similar to a bike that I had as a young boy as this means that I can, if I need to, have Sue pick me up in the car.

This is the first brand new bike I have owned since I was a teenager (as I have tended to make-do with secondhand or hand-me-downs) and I have very much enjoyed 'getting back into the saddle'.

It has the added benefit of helping to keep me fit!


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Building a Galleon

Sue and I visited the VE Celebrations in Evesham on Bank Holiday Monday, a celebration and Vintage Fayre which had out-door entertainers and street activities based around the old Black and White Bank at the top of the main street. We had a great day out listening to the music, browsing Vintage and Antique stalls and seeing a whole host of vintage vehicles.

My only purchase on the day was this book- Building  a Galleon - A Modelcraft "Planbook" written by H. S. Coleman and illustrated by L. V. Price. The cost - just £3.00.

The card-back book contains both black and white drawings and photographs of completed models plus four 20" x 30" double-sided paper sheets of plans and instructions to build a model of The Golden Hind.

Here is a taster of the contents and plans.

I couldn't find a published date, but I do know that the book was published by; Modelcraft Ltd, 77 Grosvenor Road London SW3 Price; Twelve Shillings and Sixpence (Seventy-Two and a half pence.)

The images below show some detail off the main plans, which are in a very fragile state.

There were even card profiles for the sails.

I have already built a water-line model of The Golden Hind. For details go to this link. But this has prompted me to at least think about a second model!

The real highlight for me was the instructions, as they hark back to a day before Superglue and plastic card. All of the model was to be built from scrap wood, cardboard and inventive scratch-building. For example building the anchor from a split-pin or the railings from various beads.

A great find and one that I know my Father would have enjoyed reading and possibly building.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Narrow Gauge Railways by David Cox

It was Friday 1st May and we had decided to have a tourist-y day in Stratford upon Avon. We had planned on a meal in the local Thai Restaurant, but at the moment were just promenading around the streets. I walked in to the Oxfam Book Shop and the very first book I saw (the very first one) was this one; Modelling Railways Illustrated Handbook No. 5 - An Introduction to Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways by David Cox.

I had first become aware of this book back when I was building Narrow Gauge Railway layouts. It was on sale in The Severn Valley Railway Station in Kidderminster. At the time I had thought that it included much that I had already seen. Fast forward 10 (maybe 15) years and I began to realise just how rare this book is.

I had even started searching for it on ebay, but the values it was going for meant that I was loathed to pick up a copy. In fact there are American Book Sellers who are offering the book for well over $100.00.

The near perfect copy cost me just £14.99, which is still above the original cover price of £9.95! I can tell you that I left the shop with a very good impersonation of a Cheshire Cat.

Needles to say, I've not put it down since purchasing it.

The book covers much of the subject matter needed to build a Narrow Gauge Model Railway and is very well illustrated with both Colour and B&W images.

A Great Find, and a Great Read.

Modelling Railways Illustrated Handbook No. 5 - An Introduction to Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways by David Cox
Published by Irwell Press in 1995
Cover price £9.95
ISBN 1-871608-45-7