20 January 2019


Activities are at a stand-still here at my hobby table as of late, due to 'Real Life' getting in the way, but it is for the good of all involved.  Way back last April, my oldest grandson moved in with me as he prepared to take college classes.  To make a long story short, he is heading back to live with his parents in Montana.  Although he will be missed, this is the best solution for everybody, as he will be much happier back with family (even his sisters) and I will have the other half of my small apartment back.

This sudden and not quite expected change in my household has brought painting to a full stop, but is also fueling my ideas for re-arranging my hobby space.  One issue that I have been facing of late has been my approach to plastic figures and models.  I have yet to find a brush-on primer that works well for them, and I have many boxes of plastic figures waiting for assembly and painting because of this.  So, as my budget allows, I intend to purchase an airbrush and all of the accoutrements to get these figures out.  This will also help speed up priming and overcoating all figures.

The next issue that needs to be addressed is a gaming table.  With the front room becoming available once again, I think that I will be able to fit a table in there that will be much larger than my current space - a dining table that is not quite a square meter (34" square).  This alone might inspire me more to get figures painted than anything else.

And I have not forgotten my recent Trojan War purchases - pics will be taken once the next batch - a holiday deal order from Foundry - arrives, hopefully soon!


06 January 2019

Painting table, January 2019

Well, back at it.  'Real Life' has conspired against me recently, but I believe that things are looking up now...

Here's a pic of the table as it stands currently:

Hmmm.  Lots of the same ol' stuff, but some new items are present as well.  First, the whole arrangement is different.  The table is bigger now, with shelving behind for a bit more storage, and I have brought out my old tablet (upper left corner) for the hobby area.

Project-wise, there is a lot going on as usual (I am going to continue the 'broad-front' advance with regards to project progress 😀 ).  

From the left: 
     The next unit of Scots is almost ready for basing; 

     The Vikings are not done and probably will be set aside as I am not quite so enthused for them at the moment; 

     The next Huaxtec unit is getting close to basing as well; 

     The first few Trojan War figures are about half-way there, with two major new arrivals for the Trojan War effort on the right - an order from Newline and, finally after 12 weeks, my order from Redoubt arrived yesterday!  More on these with the next post;

     In the center is an old project that I am going to work on this year - Horse & Musket.  The cannon are from Fife & Drum, and the musketeers are Savoia from Crann Tara's War of Austrian Succession line.  I am still sorting the details - like basing, hence the notebook with figures and scribblings on it - and whether or not to go for the WAS or just use the Savoia as SYW Russians.  The only stumbling block for WAS at the moment, and I do mean the Southern theatre, is the availability of flags.  French, Spanish, and Austrian flags should not be a problem, but Savoia and Modena could be an issue.  


24 November 2018

Trojan War, part 3

Minor progress to be certain, but the wheels are still turning for this project on my hobby table...

Here is my brilliant (?) idea - pictured above is a Redoubt spearman with his weapon.  Lead/pewter spears can be a pain to straighten (and keep straight), so I thought that it might be nice to replace the shaft with brass tube.  The tube is nearly the same diameter as the spear, and would stay straight, while the interesting spear tip and butt would be added to the tube.  This would require a hole to be drilled into the spear tip so a length of brass rod could be glued in, and the assembly could then be glued into the tube:

Here is the procedure party of the way through.  This is the easy part.

The result!  The first two spears were made without a problem, but on the third I encountered the defining issue - the spear tip is not much bigger than the drill bit used to bore it out, and with one slip I put the drill bit into my finger.  So, further thought is required.

Also shown above is the inside of the huge Redoubt Figure-8 shields; lovely.  The Eureka shields have no detail on the inside.

The pic above shows the options I have come up with so far - my brass composite; a spear purchased from Footsore; a piece of plastic rod that I shaped into a crude likeness of the original Redoubt spear; and a piece of steel rod that could have a spear tip added.

The thickness of the original spear, brass tube, and plastic rod seem to be a bit thick for my tastes.  However, the Footsore spear is too plain in my eyes.  Decisions, decisions.

One last pic:


18 November 2018

SCW Republicans, part 7

It has been a long time - over two years - since infantry from my Spanish Civil War project graced the pages of this blog:

This is an infantry section for the Republican army, circa 1937, as outlined in the marvelous España supplement for Chain of Command, along with a figure that will be used to represent a Medical Orderly (above and right of the center of the pic).  15 soldiers - 3 squads of 5 - and a sargento (a junior leader for CoC) make up the section.  The sargento is the fellow on the rightmost of the above pic, and he is being assembled from pieces from a Zvezda WW2 Soviet gunner sprue with a Minairons head in Adrian helmet.

Another pic of the troops:

None of the figures are complete, although some just need some detailing and matte overcoat.

A better pic of the two special figures:

The Medical Orderly is a Minairons infantryman that will be modified with a new right hand, courtesy of the Zvezda sprue, and a satchel.  The sargento has already been glued down to the base, and a hole has been drilled for the new head.  A little more glue and he will be assembled...

A really simple conversion made easy by the nice individual parts of the Zvezda sprue, and the Minairons head selection that is available separately.  The figure is a bit different than the standard infantry from Minairons - a bit more stocky, different boots, a more delicate rifle, etc.  The kneeling position, however, hides the extra 'pounds' on the figure and if anything will make it stand out a bit more than his troops.

There are a total of three sections in a Republican platoon for CoC, so 2 more will need to be made!


29 October 2018

Trojan War, part 2

I ordered a few more of the new Eureka Bronze Age Greeks.  As always, terrific service from Rob at Eureka USA.

This pack is Greek Armoured Infantry.  Four poses, all different, armed with axes.  One shield is included.  I do like these figures!

This set is Greek Infantry at Rest.  10 figures, all different, with an assortment of shields and spears.  It should be noted that Eureka is selling these as sets, not singles.

Greek Infantry in Action.  Eight figures, assorted shields and spears.  I am not certain if the shield variety changes with each individual pack, but there is a difference between the two infantry sets.

Rail Chariot with 2 crew.  The rail for this set is shipped flat - one will need to carefully bend the rail to fit the floor of the chariot during assembly, and in the pic above I have already started to work with the rail.

I have placed another order with Redoubt, and hopefully it will arrive soon.