Monday, 20 October 2008

Prussian Landwehr (6)

And here they all are. Still some way to go.

Landwehr Cross

Finally started the landwehr standard bearer last weekend. Painted him with NCO collar lace. Enjoying adding the mud to these chaps, have to be careful not to go too overboard though.

Same paints i'm using for my Prussians for the uniform, Citadel Regal Blue for the litewka, adding Coat d'Arms Shadow Grey (yes Grey) to the mix to highlight. Trousers are basecoated with Foundry Charcoal Black C, then higlighed with Arctic Grey A and B. Mud is a combo wash of Foundry Granite A and Spearshaft B.

Handpainting the banner on foil from a Sainsburys moussaka tray. Still deliberating on whether to paint on (with difficulty) the inscription 'with God etc..'. It doesn't really matter anyway, as there is very little recorded evidence of what Landwehr banners looked like.

Just noticed the sculpted thumb on his clasping hand look massive - guess it needs a firm join for the banner pole - it won't matter when the pole is attached. This is the ninth figure just about completed for this battalion. Only 15 to go.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Holidays in Eden

Just got back yesterday from our little holiday on the south coast. Took in the Isle of Wight, a visit to my brother in Plymouth and a couple of days in a beautiful clifftop B&B near Dartmouth. Weather was better than Summer, glorious sunshine for most of the time.Couple of places of Military interest I visited while on the I.o.W. The Needles Old Battery and the Military History Museum. Here's a couple of sets of pics of the Old Battery. It was built in the 1860s to defend the entrance to the Solent from enemy shipping. The tunnel to the searchlight is particularly interesting, the searchlight position is cut into the cliff face. Also of note, the first Anti Aircraft gun was tested here, having a pop at a ship-towed kite target out in the Solent. Well worth a visit.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Notes from a remote place (well, Ascot)

Am away on usher duties for my friend Rich's wedding, but hey they have wifi in this hotel. Up early and waiting to go for breakfast so thought i'd do a 'remote post'. Here's a couple of pics of the painting desk(s) up in Diniums loft. The main painting desk is on the left. The other desk is the wife's, but I commandeer it sometimes to sprawl my little empire onto it (its also often beaten back). You might be able to see an Optivisor hanging off the left hand table. Bought this for when my eyes start to fail.

A bit messy, but it's a lot messier these days. Added some bookshelves on the far wall since these were taken. The Daylight Company lamp (shining bright in the top photo) is a godsend, I can't recommend them enough. But I get really good natural daylight from the Velux window in the roof, behind where I sit.