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Monday, 21 August 2017

More Villagers

The complete group
I managed to finish the Villagers pack from Col. Bill's this last week  and whilst mine  are not as display-case worthy as those in the shop , they're food enough for my own purposes.
They were bought to pad out any village scenario in my pirate project, and although they are far more suited to the supposed beginning of the "pirate era", they'll serve well enough for the entire period imo.
The women
 The three women in the pack are a bit of a mixed bunch, when it comes to purpose.
The two women peddling their wares (ooh err missus) are great additions and wouldn't look amiss in many different eras, though I didn't like that I had to glue one of their platters to them, (no-one told me that modelling/assembly  skills were required) though it was not mandatory to have it  so.).
The centre figure in the photograph to the left is wearing a "Scold's Bridle" (look it up), which even if vaguely amusing, is a waste as I'd much rather have had a plain figure, but that's just personal taste.

The women's rear view
The two "gentlemen" (not from Verona necessarily)
Next up are two of the men whom I believe to be well suited as civilians of the period. (the flash on the camera seems to have made the chap on the left rather bleary-eyed though!)
The chap on the right looks nothing like the chap on the web site, as their one has both his hands clasped on his cane.
My version's left arm (a detached piece) wouldn't fit in that position easily and if it was just left hanging down his side it would have reached below his knee! (a scale four foot long arm).
I chopped the hand off the arm, re-modelled another  from the stump, crooked his arm slightly using pliers and glued the new length arm on the figure,
Their rear views (for those that like that sort of thing)
"A yokel, a Priest and a beggar walk into a bar..."
The the final three are a stereotypical country bumpkin, complete with smock and pitchfork. Whilst the pitchfork is great the smock I'm fairly sure is more late 18th century than the 17th/ or early18th century, but it doesn't matter to me as he's a cracking figure.
 The chap in the middle  looks very church-like but is dressed as a fairly typical 17th villager.

When painting him I though he had a flagon in his right hand, but it turns out on close inspection of the photograph that it is in fact a book! (making him even more likely to be destined for the clergy).
The third chap looks shabby (not difficult with my painting skills) and I think is meant to be a beggar, I like this figure a lot too.
Overall they're great pack of figures for the price (£1.25/figure), though they should come with a warning that some assembly is required!
The whole ensemble in the back yard of the church
In other news, I now have three of my four new terrain boards finished to my satisfaction (the harbour one needs  more work doing to it); I've been preparing my next three posts (I've never had so much material to work with) and I'm working on some new rough terrain pieces ready for my first solo foray into "Jimland".

So that's it then for another week, thanks as always for taking the time to visit, whether accidentally, to just look at what passes for eye candy and of course you comments are welcomed and appreciated.  

Monday, 14 August 2017

Village Mob (2)

Butcher, Baker and Candlestick maker?
The remaining seven figures took only a couple of hours to finish and varnish (which left me with time to to spare, to spend working on four of  my terrain boards).
First up are the three figures in the photograph on the right, each having only a minimal amount of conversion.
The leftmost chap is more or less the "standard" figure (I think he's had his head altered slightly) -
Rear(ish) view
Notice the puny dagger in this right hand, whilst the chap on the right has had it made a little more  substantial, (as has the chap in the photograph below). A slight bending of their arms produced a little variation. I was initially a little perplex as to their clothing until I realised that they were all sporting aprons!




 Next up are two who have had little conversion work, just their daggers.
One has been 'improved' from the six-inch nail that it appeared to be, whilst the other has had it removed completely (he's obviously a fisticuffs type of guy).
Rear view (almost becoming obligatory)
Wood-Choppers in their spare time ?
The third set of figures have had nothing done to them conversion-wise.  I couldn't think of a way of making them even slightly different from the original sculpts.
Even filing on of their hats down to make a bare-headed figure was out of the question as their facial details are almost none-existent (at least to my failing eyesight). Nevertheless, I do think that the pair are good additions to the group, they're in a quite dynamic pose.






Also useful as part-time locksmiths
  To finish off, here's the whole group:
Rushing out the church to riot...
...and rushing back in to hide.
That's nearly all of my purchase from June, painted up now, just the pack of the eight villager figures from Colonel Bill's to finish off, hopefully by next week, but I'll also be continuing to work on my terrain boards for both my Pirate and Jimland projects (though using them in a zombie setting too isn't entirely off the cards).

 That's it then for yet another week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated, whether good bad or indifferent.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Village Mob (1)

Eight of the villagers' pack.
Putting aside the "Jimland" project for the moment I've been busily trying to finish off painting one of my recent purchases - the pack of Old Glory Villagers .
The pack contains 15 figures. in the usual OG style, (save that their heads are not twisted in various ways) with six poses.
I've finished (as far as I'm concerned) eight figures from the pack whilst the remaining seven are in the 95% finished category.
All would have been finished off, but as always real-life intervenes - hospital visits family etc.
The three club-men going to the riot
  Whilst the poses don't lend easily to conversion some small variety can be achieved as shown with the figures in the photograph on the left.
The original figure armed with a club is on the left and has had his beret removed.
The other two figures have had the club 'converted' into a make-shift sword and a cleaver.



Marching away from the riot 
Rear view for those that like that sort of thing
Extra photo to pad out the post.
Three forking mobsters

The three chaps with pitchforks in the photograph on the left have had no 'conversion' except for the chap in the centre that has had his cap removed to add a little variety.







The three forkers again (*yawn)

And their rear view (By popular (?) request)
Finally for this week's post here is the only female sculpt in the pack I bought.
They're armed with what is either a hoe or an adze, though I'm open to other suggestions.
Had there been a third figure I'd have probably filed off the mop-cap to make have one with flowing hair (the hussy!).
The figures are very much early to late 18th century figures  and would easily fit in a lot of periods and genres, from London riots to the French Indian wars (as settlers) as well as the use I'll put them to in my Caribbean Pirate setting.
At £1.20 a figure they're great value for money too!



The females' rear view (ooh err missus)
In other news, I have been making a little progress on the star fort base, but polystyrene take forever to glue!

That's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to look and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Explorers

John, Paul, George and Ringo (though not necessarily in that order)
as can be seen in the photograph on the right I managed to finish off the three explorers to complete the four-some pack, destined for "Adventures in Jimland"
They'll obviously not win any painting conditions, but they're as table ready as they'll ever be. From my school of miniature painting (the "Slap-dash that'll do school") they're good enough for me at least!
I reckon considering my ever-failing eyesight and degenerating colour vision I've done good. *as they say in the vernacular).
So here's the new individuals, front and back views (as requested by someone)
The guy who knows what he's doing type
Rear view
Guy with mysterious object (in right hand)
(He'll be glad he wore his brown pants)

Guy with all the gear but completely clueless
View the natives will probably see of him
So that's it for this week's show and tell, not much but it does prevent boredom setting in (yours and mine).
It's not all I've been working on though, in the intermittent periods of doom and despondency that filter through my anxiety and depression I've made progress on my four terrain boards (the harbour and three other plain ones), which mostly consisted of completely starting the plain boards from scratch for the third time! the harbour board has had a slight overhaul too, but nothing drastic.
In addition to finishing off the explorers I've also been making great inroads into finishing off the two dozen villagers for my pirate project. I reckon at least half of these should be table ready in a week, so prepared to be bored soon!
Speaking of which:
New board (obligatory boring photograph)
 Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope your journey here wasn't too boring and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated, as well as motivating, encouraging, occasionally amusing and definitely I'm sure one of the reasons why we all keep blogging!

Monday, 24 July 2017

George (of the jungle?)

"George "
OK, it may not seem as if the last week has been that productive and I suppose it really hasn't as I've only managed to get a single figure finished sufficiently enough to bring to the table (so to speak).
The figure is one of the pack of four explorers I bought recently from Col. Bill's (LINK) and very nice they are too. I'll be using George (pictured) as a make-shift Askari until I can get my act together and  buy some more Askari to fill their depleted ranks. (I'd have bought a pack of the Foundry ones, but I'm too mean to pay the £4 postage!)
In addition to George the other three in the pack whilst not very dynamic are very good sculpts and gives me a little more explorer figure choice, but I can see that I'll probably get sick of the limited few I have very quickly and may have to invest in some others.
All of the above of course depends heavily on whether or not I can find any enthusiasm for this project (and the hobby in general).
 In any event here's the rear view of George (I'm guessing you really couldn't be bothered whether or not you see it, but it gives a little more content to a rather sparse post!)
George (boring rear view)
He's both gloss and matt varnished in the areas that should be shiny or matt, but I did gloss-varnish his skin !


That's it for this week, fairly dismal post I know but it's still a post even though I'm disillusioned with the whole thing.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Jungle

Jungle with masked warriors  for scale
I have manged very little this week, mostly due to lack of enthusiasm but as always coupled to real-life issues. I've been experimenting with my jungle basing, and managing not to match the current batch up with the previous one. In addition I've been painting (and repainting some of the terrain boards and once more nothing I've done I'm happy with - such is life.
In any event her are the feeble results of my last week's endeavours:



Same stuff, different angle (obviously)
The unpainted fronds stand out dramatically imo.- that will be fixed
New stuff to the left, old to the right
So adding the new lot to the old lot I can now cover approximately four foot by two foot with jungle bases, though there are still several palms that have to have their fronds painted  and I've got at least another ten or so bases, untouched, still to do.

As mentioned I've been painting my boards with little success and may well have to start from scratch again ! A few photographs of the 'story' so far:
One end of the harbour board
Close up of the rocks
Other end of the harbour board
Experimenting with various painting techniques
In other news, I've been trying to fix a recently bought figure who has one of the longest arms I've seen and I've also seem to have contracted some sort of techy disease. (no, not a virus). I lost the interweb for several days, (which was no great loss tbh) and the card reader in my desk-top compy failed. This latter failure meant I had to read the card through my laptop, email the photographs to myself so that they could be read on the desktop and then cropped etc. before being posted!
At times I wonder whether it's worth all the effort.

So that's it then for yet another week, as always your comments are both welcomed and truly appreciated.



Monday, 10 July 2017

Masked Warriors

One of sculpts I have a single figure of.
My "Jimland" project is now that little bit nearer to finishing with my completion of the two packs of Old Glory masked natives that I'd bought recently. They are as complete as they're ever going to be, following my principle of "that'll do", save for varnishing as I still haven't decided whether to varnish them in gloss, matt or a combination of the two.
At ten figures to a pack for £13 they're very good value for money,; I bought two packs (Nos. 1 and 3 iirc).The packs contain a random assortment of figures and each pack had different styles of shield too, which makes for a bit more versatility when putting them together as the shield come separately.
As an added bonus, there was little to no flash on the figures which made the cleaning up process a lot easier.
To give even more variation I did  manage to bend a few limbs around and  the front-heavy running types had their pose curtailed  too.
Here's the results:

Another 'single'
Identical sculpts, different shields.
Running guys, apt to fall forwards
Not sure if these two are identical, .but nice dynamic poses imo
Yet another two runners (Bored yet ?)
"Why the long face ?"
Nearly finished
"I said blow the bloody doors off" - oops wrong film.
Even I'm bored now
The ubiquitous, even obligatory group shot..
As well as finishing off this little lot, I'm still working on my terrain boards (which currently consists of slapping paint on in different ways to see how they look) and the last batch of jungle pieces has been all but finished too!

Sp that's it for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you've something of interest and have managed to stay awake; as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.