Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Views from the Workbench!

I have been a bit slow with the blog posts of late.    This post will deal with a miscellany of items I have recently acquired.    I have also made a start on the pile of plastic (and metal) that I have accumulated lately.

I have been painting some of the Tehnolog sets, first off is this little band of Vikings.
The Tehnolog figures, love them or hate them, are a joy to paint.   The detail, for the most part, is very well defined and flash is minimal.  As is my want, I rebased them on the DSG Britains plastic bases. Not a winged Helmet to be seen either!

Next up is the Tehnolog Romans.

I used Vallejo Transparent Red as the topcoat over Flat Red for the tunics and Scuta and was very pleased with the result.   Again the detail was good which made dry brushing the mail very easy.   The guy on the left had his right arm re positioned as I felt the original pose was bit awkward.   Now he is either about to punch someone or he is working some sort of siege machinery.

I recently purchased a number of sets of the Retro Raygun figures from Hydra Miniatures.
These are not painted yet so I won't put them up but here is a couple of photos from the website in case you don't know of them.

Valkeeri Rocket Sled - with Valkeeri warrioress onboard.

Queen Mechanika - Queen of the Robots

Zenithians - Evil Aliens from across another Dimension!

These figures are 30mm.   More information from the website: Retro Raygun

I also picked up a tin toy Rocket ship to use as a scenery item, quite cheaply.   These can be found on the internet quite readily, so shop around.

It's the kind that you push along the floor and when the probe hits a wall, cat or small child, it flips up and a ladder extends revealing the astronaut inside.   I don't think I will be using this feature!

I have made a start on some scenery items for the Retro Raygun figures, the first of which is a Control Tower sort of thing.   It is not finished yet but you can get an idea of how it will turn out.

The main part of the tower is an old water filter housing and the rest is plastic sheet, cardboard, press studs and other bits of plastic odds and ends.   The decorative brackets underneath are made from die cuts made on a Big Shot Die Cutting machine.   This earlier post illustrates the use of the Big Shot
There will eventually be three compartments on the ring around the top of tower.

One of the best things I bought recently was a Back2Basix Paint Rack.   This particular model holds 53 paints (Vallejo) and is made from acrylic in a number of colour combinations which you can choose.   I went for a black chassis and clear shelves.   I liked it so much I bought two more!   They are beautifully cut, assemble very easily with the screws and washers provided and make the job of selecting paint colours so much easier.   Whilst this particular rack was designed for Vallejo, it quite happily accepts Reaper, Army Painter etc.

I actually bought these from the Back2Basix ebay shop.   They were on sale with free postage but this may have changed by now.   All in all, they are a very good product.

Lastly, two more painting projects on the bench.

Tehnolog "Lizard People" from the Citadel Fear set.   They have been undercoated with Rustoleum 2X Flat Grey Primer.   This works really well with plastics and adhesion is great and does not flake (even with bendy weapons etc.)
I also made up some painting blocks which have made painting a great deal easier.   The actual figures have single strand copper wire inserted into pre drilled holes in their feet.   The copper wire is good as you can drill into the meatiest part of the foot/leg, even if it's on an angle (as a lot of the Tehnolog figures are!) and the copper wire can then be bent easily to the vertical.

And finally, Tehnolog Orcs.   These started off green already, so I undercoated them with Rustoleum 2X Flat Clear.   These little guys have actually been finished (you can see them in one of the Paint Rack photos above) but I am waiting on some decals from VenVidiVici Wargames so I can apply them to the shield and shoulder armour on two of them

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Britains Knights and Turks - Part 2

In this post I will cover the mounted Knights and Turks and the Turk Foot figures.

Mounted Knights

The mounted Knights were introduced in 1973.  Colour variations were minimal, the main differences being the caparisons and lance colours.   The lances which sometimes broke or went missing, could be replaced by resin ones  from a manufacturer called Lunar Tick Miniatures, but unfortunately he is no longer in business.   At a pinch, the Timpo lance can be made to fit but is slightly longer.
The front three figures are China Production, with better/more detailed paint schemes.

Turk Foot

Again, this series was introduced in 1973, the same remarks regarding colour schemes apply here as well.   The first row of figures are China Production.   As an aside, the figure on the right (708) had the sword hand modified early in production so as to have the sword at right angles to the body rather than running alongside it. 

Mounted Turks

As before, this series was introduced in 1973.   Same remarks regarding caparisons and lances as mentioned earlier apply here as well.

Robin Hood

Well, he came back from the Crusades, so I guess he fits in here.

The Robin Hood set was introduced in 1996 and was China Production.
They are nice figures, Friar Tuck being especially good.   Robin really needs more archers and some Sheriff's Men to oppose him.   Replicants do a set of Sheriff's Men, so that might be worth checking out.

The Castle

Of course, every Knight needs something to call his Castle so a few years I scratchbuilt this one.    It was designed to be modular, so I could make it smaller if required and for ease of storage.

The structure's modules were made from Foamcore and 3 mm MDF where strength was a requirement i.e at joining sections etc.   The joining sections were simply Rawl plugs that plugged into holes on their opposite numbers.   These pieces were all jig drilled to ensure uniformity.

The corners of the towers had quoins made up from card and some random stonework for a bit of texture was applied to the various walls.

The castle was then given a coat or two of Grey Stone Fleck Paint.   Unfortunately, this made the applied stonework a bit hard to see!   Details such as doors and arrow slits were picked out.

Finally some pictures of various bits of siege equipment that I have pieced together over the years
The Battering Ram, Mantlet, Scaling Ladders and Gabions were built over twenty years ago.
The Siege Tower needs finishing as do the Timpo Tents.   The catapults actually use tensioned twine and are quite effective.

The information for the release dates etc of the Deetails series was taken from that most excellent publication "Suspended Animation" by Peter Cole. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Now...Where was I ?

Oh yes!   Time for a blog post, long overdue!

Britains Knights and Turks.

Over the next couple of posts I hope to present my collection of Britains Knights and Turks.
First off the mark are the Foot Knights.

First Series Foot Knights on the left, Second Series in the middle and Swivel Knights on the right.
In the rear are Black Knights and DSG Knights.
Front left are some miscellaneous knights.

First Series.

This series was released in 1973.   Colour schemes remained the same for the most part, only the shield stickers varied.   

Second Series.

This series was introduced in 1978.   Again, colour schemes remained fairly standard with the shield stickers varying.

The Knights that Swivel!

These Knights were introduced in 1984.   The body could be made to swivel and if you were so inclined, could swap legs and bodies.   The mounted versions used the same torsos but with a mounted lower body.    Unfortunately, I do not have any of the mounted version.
Apparently, additional mounted figures with gold torsos and modified to take a large shield were were released in 1988 and called Banner Knights.

Black Knights.

Essentially the same figures as Series 2, this set was introduced in 1985.   I don't think there were mounted versions produced.

In the foreground is a set of China Production figures.  A mixture of Series 1 and 2, but with more detailed paint schemes.   Only 5 figures in the set though.

DSG Knights

A selection of DSG Knights.   Still available and in various colour schemes, I bought these to make up Command Units.   Nicely sculpted figures and they fit in well with Britains.

Odd Knights

Well, the two on the right are Britains but modifed/repainted and I have no idea about the two on the left.

There was another set of Knights released in 1986 and then re-introduced in 1997 as China production.   The less said of these monstrosities, the better.   They were, in my humble opinion, badly sculpted, and looked as if they were on a body builder's steroid regime.   I have a few in my spares box awaiting re-purposing!

Next post I hope to deal with the Turk Foot and Knight and Turk Mounted.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Maiden Voyage of HMQS Gayundah (the model!)

Finally Finished!

The Brisbane Courier 28th of March 1885

At long last I have completed my model of the Gayundah.    Regular readers of my blog may recall that I started her back in September of 2015.   I can happily report she has turned out in excess of expectations and I am extremely happy with her.   My problem now is finding somewhere to display her!

Anyway, some photos of the completed build.

Port Side
The rigging was simplified but enough was done to remain convincing.   Black thread was used for standing rigging and light tan for running rigging.

Stbd Side

The Queensland State flag was simply printed up on the home computer and attached to the aft Gaff.



The Navigation lanterns were made from Lego Red and Green pieces and brass paint was used to simulate the brass casing.

Stbd Side Boat Deck


As I mentioned in an earlier post, the ship's boats were made up from a card whaleboat kit from Fiddler's Green, with the exception of the 12' Dory.   For this boat I used a product from an American company, Micro Glass.

I ordered two small hulls from them, the 12' Dinghy and the 13' Double ended Lifeboat.   I was presently surprised to find they had also include a Boston Whaler and a 10' Dinghy.   The postage to Australia was also very reasonable.

I guess I need to start looking for another project.   Whatever it is I don't think it will be a big a job as this last one!

Thursday, 24 December 2015


I'd like to take the opportunity to wish my readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This post will be another mash up of miscellanea, tying up loose ends and such.

First off...........

Girls, Girls, Girls!

These are the Pinup and Desert Battle offerings from Masterbox.
I have not made these up yet, but a quick look at the contents show they will be very compatible with 1/32 scale figures.   The Pinups will be part of my Pulp collection whilst the Skull Clan girls will form part my Sy Fy/Fantasy collection.   More female figures are on the way but I will leave them for a future post.

Speaking of Sy Fy, next up is a couple of bags of Starcraft 2 Terran Marines.   These are available from Blizzard, the producer of the Starcraft video game and were very good value for the money.
   I obviously have to paint them and I am currently researching colour schemes markings etc.   Just the three poses, so some conversion work may be needed.  54mm in size.

Of course Space Marines need something to grind into the dirt so Blizzard also offer Zerglings.

Again, just the three poses, but I can live with that.
The masters were apparently modelled in a 3D environment and then tweaked physically once printed out to produce the finished miniatures.   Very intricate detail for a injection moulded model.

Readers may remember I made a reference in a earlier post regarding a secret project for a friend of mine in Scotland.    Les casually mentioned to me, he was wanting to wargame the conflict in Shanghai during the 1920's.
Of course, the iconic 1920 Pattern Rolls Royces were an integral part of the British Forces during the period so I made him one using spare parts leftover from my Rolls Royce 1920 Pattern build.

The Shanghai Rolls Royces were fitted with what was known as a Top Hat Turret.  This turret gave more protection to the vehicle commander when opened.  I also made the turret hatch open so as he could fit a crew figure if required.

A couple of miscellaneous items I sourced from a $2.00 shop.   These were cake separators, 4 to a bag and very cheap.   Once a bit of weathering is applied they should come up very nicely.   Of course, that means I will have to scratchbuild some sort of pediment to go on top sometime in the future.

The little dinosaur is a Allosaurus from the Schleich miniature dinosaur range.   Just right for Pulp Fiction gaming!

I finally obtained the last of the New Ray WW1 aircraft collection.   This one is the French Spad.   This will join my other WW1 aircraft.

Lastly, a little while ago I built a number of Universal Carriers.

In addition to the Standard English model I also made two examples of the Australian built version, the LP2.
This differed mainly in the construction of the bow/front and stowage on the rear deck.
I realised that I never produced any photos.

The two models are armed with a Vickers MG and a Boys anti tank rifle.
Decals are from Archer.

So, until next year, have a good Holiday Season and I hope Santa gets you what you wanted!