Sunday 29 November 2015

The Marauder - finished

The Marauder miniature for the Flintloque Yahoo Group painting contest is finished. I have varnished the figure and decorated the base with static grass tufts added over superglue.

I am well aware that the Galleria Matt Varnish has 'fogged' a little, but I am OK with this and doubt I will be re-painting or re-varnishing the figure.

For full details of the contest see my earlier posts here.

The rules and further details can be found on The Notable Yahoo Group - the Fintloque fans site. Follow this link.


Wednesday 25 November 2015

The Marauder - part six

The Flintloque themed Marauder figure is nearly finished. In this post, I will show how the final bits of detail painting are done and then how the base was painted.

In these images, I have varnished the figure and as you can see the Galleria Matt Varnish has 'fogged up' - I am hoping that this will disappear as the varnish dries but even so, I don't think I'll be re-painting the figure.

Earlier steps can be found here.

The miniature has been converted and painted to take part in a painting contest being held on The Notables Yahoo Group and the figure will need to be finished and posted by the 30th of November.


Tuesday 24 November 2015

Miniature Wargames 392

My latest published article is Making Hay - a tutorial about how to build these miniature haystacks. The full article can be found in Miniature Wargames with Battlegames issue 392 - December 2015.

The three page modelling tutorial covers inspiration, modelling and painting of these useful pieces of terrain, terrain that can be used or modified to fit a wide range of periods and genres.

The 'scratch-built' Haystacks were originally modelled for the game Pax Bochemannica but could just as easily have been made for my Flintloque/Slaughterloo collection.

Once again Henry Hyde has included loads of in-progress shots and detailed text to show just how easy these haystacks are to model.

Full details of the latest issue of MW can be found here.


Sunday 22 November 2015

The Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire

Yesterday, Sue and I visited the Jet Age Museum, Meteor Business Park, Gloucestershire and I was pleased as punch to be able to sit in the cockpit of an Avro Vulcan! The Avro Vulcan B2 XM569.

Here you see the pilots view.

and the main control consul.

The view the radar operator would have - facing backwards.

Sue in the navigators seat (also facing backwards).

and the Vulcan nose from the other side.

This is the image from the main cockpit of the Hawker Siddeley HS121 Trident 3B G-AWZU

Then me in the cockpit of a Folland Gnat. Just look at that smile, ear-to-ear.

Me again - this time a Hawker Hunter number XE664

it really is a very tight fit!

The Gloster Gamecock - this time a reproduction.

The Gloster Javelin FAW9 - XH903. A real brute.

Gloster Meteor

And then the first of the many - the Gloster E28/39

More Meteors - this time a T7 - WF784

and a F8 - WH3644

More Meteors.

And a Hawker Hurricane - V6799 SD-X

Last of the exhibits a reproduction of a Horsa Glider being constructed by the volunteers.

A great day out - I just couldn't stop smiling!

For full details of this great day out please go to this link.


Friday 20 November 2015

The Marauder - part five

The latest update shows that I have been busy painting the smaller details on this competition or contest miniature.

Obviously there is more to do, but so far I am pleased with the (slow) progress.

For details of the earlier posts please see these posts;
Part onepart twopart threepart four.


Thursday 19 November 2015

Books I have received as gifts this week.

This week Sue and I have had visitors and as they all know how much I love new books this is exactly what I was given as gifts.

The first from Dave and Fee - The Inside Story of Gerry Anderson is a selection of cross section artworks by Graham Bleathman including Fireball XL5, Stringray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. Wow - this book is full of illustrations bringing back some long forgotten memories from when I was a kid. It is surprising how well these different show have held up.

128 pages and 75 cutaways all fully illustrated and in colour.

The second is from June and Adul, How the French Won Waterloo (or think they did) by Stephen Clarke. Another book I was not aware of, but browsing the chapters and content I can see much to interest me.

287 pages - a paperback book with a new slant on history.

Thanks to all.

Inside the World of Gerry Anderson
by Graham Bleathman
Published by Classic Comics - Egmont
ISBN; 978-1-4052-7265-0
List price £17.99

How the French Won Waterloo (or think they did)
by Stephen Clarke
Published by Penguin - Random House
ISBN 978-1-78-089376-1
List price £12.99


Wednesday 18 November 2015

Scale Model World 2015 - part two

In this the second update, I have concentrated on armoured fighting vehicles. I hope you enjoy the images.