Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Continental Modeller - a great charity shop find

I picked up six issues of Continental Modeller - the specialist publication featuring railways from around the world for just £1.00 for all six. The magazines were in a charity shop in Pershore and although 20p each the deal was buy 6 for just £1.00.

The reason I pick up these magazines when I see them is because of the fantastic modeller Emmanuel Nouailler who writes for Continental Modeller and has written for Military Modeller (amongst others) showing how he produces super realistic shop fronts and models from scratch. For more information on Emmanuel, see this link.


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Commando Comics - Sharpshooters and Saboteurs

I have written in previous Blog posts, how I enjoy reading Commando Comics and in particular those of with a Napoleonic theme. The latest issue - issue 5579 called Sharpshooters and Saboteurs hit the newsstands earlier this week and I just couldn't help myself. I bought it.

For more details of this issue see this link and for more information about earlier Blog posts featuring Commando Comic Napoleonic War themes see this link.


Sunday, 18 September 2022

Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

Earlier today Sue and I took Charlie and Finley to the Redditch Model Railway Exhibition in Redditch. This was the first time both Charlie and Finley had attended a railway exhibition and I can confirm that they loved it, voting Bear Creek Junction as their favourite layout - I have to agree, it was very special.

There wasn't that much for me to buy, just some bits and pieces that I am sure will find their way on to The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. board.

Back home they were more interested in playing soldiers with some 40mm Lord of the Rings miniatures than playing trains.

For more information of the club and the exhibition/exhibitions, see this link.


Thursday, 15 September 2022

The Magic of Middle Earth - Worcestershire Museum

Sue and I both enjoyed The Magic of Middle Earth exhibition held at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum. The exhibition celebrates the incredible fantasy world of J R R Tolkien that has inspired so many of us. The exhibition ends this Saturday - 17th September 2022.


Monday, 12 September 2022

A Biblical Granary - Miniature Wargames issue 474

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames (issue 474 from October 2022) has another wargame terrain tutorial built and written by me - A Biblical Granary built to 28mm scale based on a number of museum pieces found on the internet.

The following images show the finished model with a 28mm scale mini alongside and shown for scale.

The model was built over a corrugated cardboard core on a hardboard base. Wall texturing was done with ready-mixed filler, DAS modelling clay and acrylic medium and painting was completed with a mix of brush painting and airbrushing.

For more information, you can pick up the magazine from W H Smiths.


Friday, 9 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II

 1926 - 2022

Rest in peace

Monday, 5 September 2022

Tradition Magazine

I picked up a number of issues of Tradition - The Journal of the International Society of Military Collectors from 1968/69 at the market place/hall in Tenbury Wells for just £1.00 each. The vendor had a number of issues, but after browsing the pages, I thought that two was more than enough.

The magazines are mainly black and white with some colour plates, but have little in the way of modelling information other than simple illustrations compered with more modern publications.


Thursday, 1 September 2022

Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - Featured in Narrow Gauge World issue 169, September 2022

The latest issue of Narrow Gauge World - issue 169, from September 2022 features the completed Yellow Pelican Mining Co. layout in a three page feature special. For more information, you can pick up the magazine from W.H.Smiths.

Here are a couple of additional images taken this Summer showing the complete layout with painted fascia and the new vinyl lettering.

I even get an appearance on the front cover.....


Monday, 29 August 2022

Official Panzerfauste Resin Building For Sale on Ebay

I was recently informed that this set of resin buildings for Panzerfauste were available for sale on Ebay. For more information, see this link.

The masters for all these and others were sculpted by me and were for some time available via Hysterical Games but are now no longer available and I'm not sure where the moulds or masters are. If you are interested, you had better act fast.


Sunday, 28 August 2022

Stalone - Samaritan

A quick review (no spoilers) of the Sylvester Stallone film Samaritan.

Sue and I watched it last night and can't say that we enjoyed it that much. The best I can say is that Stalone's acting was some of his best (not saying that much).


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Aeronef The Ottoman Fleet - part three

The latest addition to my Aeronef Ottoman Fleet is this smaller Nef.

It was built from the same child's toy as the earlier models, but this time the hull was shortened. You can see the start of the construction in this image which also shows some of the Aeronef 'blanks' that I have and should be converted in to more Nef's soon.

Image three shows the new Nef alongside one of the earlier models.

While the last image shows the Ottoman fleet in full - at least for now.....


Saturday, 20 August 2022

Aeronef - The Ottoman Fleet part two

The latest addition to my Ottoman Fleet of Nef's is this huge battleship. It was built from the same children's toy as the earlier models, but the hull is longer - I cut the two of the yellow hulls in half and re-joined them to make the hull about 10mm longer.

Image three shows the construction - bits of plastic card, plastic rod and sticky-back plastic with a plastic rim from a pair of toy binoculars.

The final image shows the new Nef alongside the earlier model both mounted on to modified hex bases ready for battle.

I'm sure there will be more as I'm enjoying the construction so much and I have two shorter yellow hull halves just calling out to be modified.


Thursday, 18 August 2022

Aeronef - The Ottoman Fleet

It has been some time since I posted images of any Aeronef models, but over the last couple of days I have been working on a pair of Ottoman Nef's to go with my Knights of St John Nef's and my Papal States Nef's. The first image shows a large Ottoman Nef, that was built some time ago, while image two shows the two latest models that have been scratch built from a child's toy

Here is the toy.....

Early stages of construction using plastic card and superglue.

The models fully constructed - plastic card, knitting needles, plastic rod and sticky-back labels, sitting on temporary clear bases.

And now partially painted. The left hand model fully repainted in the 'new' Ottoman colours and the right hand model wearing a mix of old 'battleship grey' with the previous owners marking still adorning the hull.

Here we have all three, fully painted and varnished on large converted hex bases. I still need a couple more before I have a force worthy of taking on the Knights and the Papal States, but I'm getting there.

Finally the largest Nef (in the centre) is 110mm long mounted on to a 40mm hex base. My back story for these scratch built Aeronefs is that the Third Battle of Lepanto was fought with lighter than air Nef's between the New Holy Roman Empire, led by the Knights of St John against a mixed force led by Pasha Suleiman III in an attempt to gain control of the Eastern Mediterranean. My take on The Cross and The Crescent, but with a Victorian Science Fiction twist.

More to follow.


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Auntie Liz gave me a cardboard tube - part three

This Donkey Engine was built before I was given the cardboard tube. It was me telling Auntie Liz about how I built it, that prompted her to give me the cardboard tube. The model boiler is in fact built from a HO-OO milk tanker body wrapped in plastic card and detailed with bits from my 'spares box' with the wooden frame built from some scrap wood.

The second image, shows most of the work completed ready for paint. It is based on a Dolbeer Donkey Engine drawing from Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette - Nov/Dec 2009.

Once built, it was basecoated in a dark brown/black mix ready for brush painting with acrylics.

I finished the painting with oil washes and weathering powders.


Tuesday, 16 August 2022

An interesting little tools set

I picked up this mobile phone repair kit for just £1.50 in a local charity shop. I'm sure I can find modelling applications for all of the tools.....


Monday, 15 August 2022

Auntie Liz gave me a cardboard tube - part two

Another scratch built model based on a cardboard tube that was given to me by Auntie Liz, this time a bitumen tar boiler based on a HO-OO model seen in a French modelling magazine and using some ideas found on the internet.

The cardboard tube was wrapped in plastic card and detailed with bits and pieces found in the 'spares box'. the rear wheels are from a GW frame and the smaller front wheels are from a Kinder toy motorcycle. The chimney is from a Wild, Wild West toy and the wooden barrel is one of my own resin cast bits of clutter.

The basic model was basecoated with a dark brown/black base to which I have added some modelling paste to give some rust texture.

Final painting was done with acrylic paints, oil washes and weathering powders. The usual construction worker figure gives an idea of scale. The boiler is just over 75mm tall.

I'll be adding it to the Yellow Pelican narrow gauge layout soon.

I really enjoyed this bit of novel scratch building, thank you Auntie Liz. Tony

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Auntie Liz gave me a cardboard tube.....

On a recent visit to Swansea, Auntie Liz gave me a cardboard tube - the insert from a clingfilm roll and this is what I built. A static boiler.

The tube was wrapped with thin plastic card and the main boiler built from thick card, also clad in plastic card.

The detailing came from my spares box - more plastic card, a pen barrel and wire glued together with both plastic glue and superglue.

An overall basecoat of dark brown/black was brush painted with acrylic paint to which I have added some acrylic modelling paste to replicate fine rust texture.

Detail painting was more acrylic paint and washes with a dusting of weathering powders from Humbrol and ground pastels.

At some stage it will be added to the Yellow Pelican narrow gauge railway layout as a scrap metal/mining feature.

Thank you Liz, Tony

Saturday, 13 August 2022

A Crawler for Stargave - Miniature Wargames issue 473

Another month and another tutorial featured in Miniature Wargames - this time a broken crawler for Stargrave built from a child's toy and re-modelled into a 28mm Sci-Fi objective marker.

The second image shows the model prior to adding any paint, more information can be found in the magazine.

Miniature Wargames issue 473 (September 2022).


Friday, 12 August 2022

Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - Populating the layout

With the narrow gauge layout nearing completion, I have started to think about populating the layout with miniatures that are more in keeping with the American Mining theme. To that end, I have re-sculpted some of my more 'British Outline' minis into something with an American look.

The first image, shows the first two 'Americanized' and painted figures ready to be installed on to the layout.

The second image shows some work-in-progress shots. I have used a mixture of Milliput, Green Stuff and modelling paste to re-dress the figures and get them ready for The Yellow Pelican layout.

Image, three shows the first two figures alongside my trusty painted workman, to give an idea of the scale and work involved. The figure on the right has been modified from a middle resin figure.

the fourth image, shows another 'Americanized' sculpt, this time with a slouch hat and moustache following an image I found on the internet.

The final image shows all three finished 'Americanized' miniatures alongside the painted workman. They stand between 62mm tall to 65mm tall.