Wednesday, 21 April 2021

What next for my magazine articles/tutorials?

Earlier this month I posted details of part one of my Windmill build featured in Miniature Wargames issue 457. Next month the second part will show how the model was painted and finished. See this post for more information.

I'm now looking around for some inspiration - maybe even suggestions as to what next!

Do you have any suggestions - remember, the more unusual the better. I want to be 'pushed' and not just produce variations on a theme.


Sunday, 18 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwher - the skirmish

From the start of this project it has always been my aim to have the Dwarf Landwehr assaulting a lone werewolf in a skirmish game setting. I'm still working on the details and have yet to start the gaming board, but I think this image shows what I'm attempting.

For details of the type of encounter I'm trying for, see this illustration.

Further details should follow but don't expect anything too soon.


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - the werewolf is finished

The painted and varnished miniature has now had some static grass and tufts glued to the base.

and another image, this time taken from the rear to show the highlighted fur colour.

The final images shows the finished werewolf alongside a hapless Dwarf Landwehr. I don't think much of his chances.....

The werewolf and Dwarves were inspired by this illustration.


Monday, 12 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - painting the werewolf fur

The fur was built up over the black/dark brown basecoat and drybrushed with both grey and brown to give a more natural coloured fur. Detail painting was restricted to red eyes, mouth and claws while the base was painted in my usual Snakebite Leather colour (mixed from various leather or brown acrylic paints).

Further drybrushing and washes helped to both define the sculpting and make the fur colour less stark.

The werewolf model was then varnished with a gloss varnish (for strength).....

and then matt varnished.

The next step will be adding some decoration to the base.


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Practical and Simple Wargame Terrain - part ten

This is part one of the tenth 'how-to' magazine article showing how I build simple and practical wargame buildings from everyday and easily sourced materials. Miniature Wargames issue 457 (May 2021) has full details of how this 1/56th scale Easter European Windmill was built (there will be a separate article on how it was painted and finished in next months issue).

For more information on the magazine contents - see this link.

Previous tutorials include; A Theme Park Cottage

A Prussian Barn

A Stone Cottage

A Timber Framed House

A Round Dovecot

A Thatched Cottage

European Barn

Wooden Shack

And Thatched Hovel

Next month will see the culmination of a year-long project which was originally written as a test to see if I could build simple wargame models from simple materials - the sort that you could easily find around the house like cardboard, egg box card, lollipop sticks and kitchen scourers. It is my intention to expand both the text and the number of images and produce a self-published Dampfanzerwagon Guide No. 4 Simple and Practical Wargame Buildings For Wargamers sometime in the next couple of months. The book/guide will be a full colour, A4 sized and limited edition book. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please check back in a couple of months when I should have more details.


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - the werewolf first paint

Not much of an update but I have now basecoated the werewolf with a dark brown/black base. This basecoat was painted by brush over a Tamiya spray can primer.

I will try to get some 'real' colour on the mini soon.


Monday, 5 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - sculpting fur on the werewolf

The Reaper Miniatures Werewolf was mounted on to a pre-decimalisation Penny. I modified the metal base by cutting out a segment and closing the gap between the legs in order to get it to fit on the Penny. this gave the werewolf a more upright and taller stance.

I used a mixture of both Milliput and Green Stuff to add some musculature and 'body' to the upper shoulders and head then built up the base with more of the same mix.

The base was further textured with some sieved stones and fine sand which was glued in place with PVA glue.

The final image shows the sculpting work to the rear of the model. I used a scalpel blade dipped in water to add fur texture to the miniature.


Saturday, 3 April 2021

Scratch Built Narrow Gauge Ore Wagons - more additional content

This post shows some of the scratch built wagon loads I have built which allow me to show some variety on my 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot narrow gauge railway train/layout. For more information on these wagons, see this earlier post or here which details a magazine article published in Narrow Gauge World (issue 154).

Each of the wagon loads are stand alone pieces and can if I wish, be displayed on the loading dock if needed. In this image you can see one of my highly modified and resin castings of an engine driver.

The cable drum.

A scratch built cable drum built from plastic card and some jewellery making wire, it was painted in a well-worn, untreated wood colour with rusted bolts and streaking.

The hoist wheel.

The wheel is a plastic Meccano type wheel that I found in my spares box. The wooden support was built from more plastic card. I painted it in a very rusty and worn patina with paints mixed from Chocolate Brown and Hot Orange (Vallejo).

Packing Cases.

The larger wooden packing case was built from plastic card strips over a wooden former while the wicker basket is a 1:43.5 or O gauge casting. Both have been painted with various acrylic paints and weathered with weathering powders.

I have a couple more items of clutter that I can use as wagon loads and I may post images at a later date.


Thursday, 1 April 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - the werewolf

With the eight Flintloque Landwehr completed I now started looking around for a suitable werewolf miniature, one that was rearing up and large enough to match the original illustration by Jakob Rozalski. You can find more illustrations here. In addition I wanted the miniature to 'tower' over the standard Flintloque Dwarf.

After a couple of false starts, I choose this Werewolf Alpha from Reaper Miniatures.

The werewolf is from the Dark Heaven Legends range - 03946 sculpted by T. Manor. It is a two-part metal model and will require some modification to match the Rozalski artwork. The werewolf stands just over 55mm tall to top of claw.

Expect more updates soon.


Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Scratch Built Narrow Gauge Ore Wagons - additional content

Following on from this earlier post I have included additional images to show how I built the removable loads for the three scratch built narrow gauge ore wagons featured in Narrow Gauge World - issue 154.

The three ore loads have been constructed from 3mm thick plastic card with real crushed rock loads glued over some blue foam formers.

The spacers were built from the same 3mm thick plastic card. At some stage it is my intention to add some magnets so removal will be easier.

Here you can see the three stages of loading/unloading. From left to right they are; fully loaded, partially removed (by tipping the load) and fully removed.

This final image shows the three fully loaded wagons on a stretch of 18inch gauge narrow gauge track. I will post more images soon showing some of the 'other' wagon loads that I have built for the layout.


Sunday, 28 March 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - decorating the bases

At long last the varnishing is done and I have decorated the bases with static grass and static grass tufts.

Here is an image of the eight completed Dwarves all ready to take on that rampaging Werewolf.

The minis have taken a little longer than expected, but have been great fun to modify and paint following this inspirational image by Jakub Rozalski.

The Blog theme hasn't finished yet - I now have to paint the Werewolf.


I'm also looking forward to seeing if the new Osprey Book The Silver Bayonet has any scenarios with stout Landwehr confronting vicious Werewolves

Friday, 26 March 2021

The Silver Bayonet from Osprey Games - Napoleonic Gothic Horror

I recently saw this and thought it was worth while re-posting details.

A Napoleonic Gothic Horror game from Osprey - The Silver Bayonet is due out this October/November. Regular readers will no doubt be aware of my love of Flintloque which covers the same style or genre and background - Orc Redcoats against Ferach Elves with Undead Russians thrown in for effect.

For more information, see this link.

I look forward to reading more.....


Thursday, 25 March 2021

Scratch Built Narrow Gauge Ore Wagons - in Narrow Gauge World Magazine issue 154

I have recently received a copy of Narrow Gauge World - the January/February 2021 issue which included an article written by me showing how I scratch built a rake of three narrow gauge wagons for use on the Yellow Pelican narrow gauge railway layout which I have been building for my Grandsons Finley and Charlie.

The wagons are built to the scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot and run on 16.5mm Peco Crazy Track which equates to a narrow gauge railway of 18 inch gauge.

I used some second-hand HO-OO wagons for the base and built the bodies from plastic card and wire. The full article gives details of the materials used and the process of painting and weathering them. For full details search out a copy of the Jan/Feb Narrow Gauge World - issue 154.

The final image shows the three ore wagons and my latest scratch built narrow gauge Shay on a display plinth with one of my modified 1:27.7 scale resin crew shown for scale.

I would expect more articles chronicling this narrow gauge layout soon.


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Flintloque Dwarf Landwehr - painting the details

Firstly; I'm sorry for the delay in posting updates but I have been busy with 'other' projects.

The beard have been painted in a variety of different colours and effects as I wanted to add some character to the otherwise drab grey figures. In addition the weapons have been painted and finished with metallic effects.

My plan in to both Gloss varnish and then Matt varnish this week, so expect updates soon.