Monday, 15 September 2014

The XIV Legion invade Droitwich Spa, Worcester

This weekend Sue and I visited the Droitwich Spa Saltfest, a living history and salt heritage display that is held every year in the town centre and Vines Park. The highlight for me was the Roman Military Research Society and their display of warmachines, which were re-built as full size and quarter scale replicas. Here are some images.

They also had a working Roman soldier camp complete with kitchen/bakery and workshop. The XIV legion, dressed in their blue uniforms with blue shield motifs were very easy to talk to and showed a real interest in question that were asked by me and other members of the public.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Todoroni On-Line Build for September - part three

The painting is moving along apace. I have finished most of the uniform, detailed the shakos and even painted the bases. I choose a Red/White feather for the plume as this works well with the Green cockade - giving the Red-White-Green of the modern Italian flag.

I have started on the metalwork, the epaulettes and sleeve buttons which were painted over a dark brown base and built up with Citadel metallics.

The Toadies are coming along.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Todoroni On-Line Build for September - part two

Progress has moved on quite quickly with this group of Toads. I choose to paint the miniatures in a dark Bottle Green tunic with Orange/Red epaulettes and uniform turnbacks similar to the 3o Bella Manicotti featured on Rob Alderman's You Tube feature, see this link for details.

These are colours I very rarely use and they should make these figures stand out. As regular readers will know, I am more of a Dwarf and Orc Redcoat man, but cannot help having a huge smile on my face when I paint these Toads, they are so full of character.

As usual, you can click on the images for a larger view. More to follow and quite soon.


BLAST - TASTIC less than a month to go

Less that a month to go before the first ever Blast - Tastic show in Bristol. Full details can be found here.

Blast - Tastic
Filton Community Centre
Elm Park
BS34 7PS

Saturday 4th October 2014
10.00 - 4.00

Admission £2.00

See you there.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Napoleon - The Campaign of Russia

Yesterday - the Freeview TV station is showing a two part documentary called Napoleon - The Campaign of Russia on Thursday 11th September at 10.00pm. For details go to this link and here.


Monday, 8 September 2014

On-Line Build for September - Todoroni from Alternative Armies

My On-Line Build for September is this group of eight Todaroni from the 3o Bella Manicotti Limited Edition box set from Alternative Armies. I have supplemented the miniatures I have with an officer Toad from the 56505 Todoroni Militia set.

The miniatures were cleaned up and mounted onto 2p coins. The bases were built up with Milliput Fine White epoxy filler.

NOTE; These LE sculpts are no longer available - being part of a 100 boxed sets limited run after which the moulds were destroyed. I was lucky enough to have been given these by Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webbe - thank you Craig.

I further textured the bases by adding some sieved sand over uPVA glue.

and undercoated the figures with spray paint Black, touching up any areas I had missed with Chaos Black from Games Workshop.

The first proper painting was all that green flesh. The colour was built up over a Forest Green and highlighted with Forest Green and Yellow. In these images I have washed the flesh areas with the green wash from GW.

In this final image, you can see how I have modified/converted one of the musket wielding Toads to be a standard bearer, adding a paperclip flag pole and some Green Stuff.

More to come.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Warhammer Online - the collector's edition

Sue saw this boxed set at a local charity shop and bought it for me as an  anniversary present. I had not been aware of this until I saw the box and was very surprised at the quality of the presentation.

The hard card box contains the video game (unlikely that I will play it, but you never know), two hard bound books, one showing the artwork of  the game and the second having a couple of graphic novels. There is also a mouse mat and a limited edition metal miniature.

At first glance I am sure there is lots to inspire me in my quest for new wargame terrain. However, I'm not sure I will paint the metal Orc, so this may go on e-bay.

Thank you Sue

Full details of the game and box set can be found here.