Sunday, May 14, 2017

First of the Boxers plus a bit more terrain

After a tumultuous couple of weeks at work, followed by a bout of illness things have returned to something approaching normal this last week. I'm still not that well but have only two days left on the project before having a good break from work starting Wednesday.

This weekend I decided I'd had enough of the cork and for a change painted up my first unit of Boxers as something of a test. Overall I'm not unhappy with them and they are simple enough to paint. En masse and with some flags they will be a bit more impressive I'm sure.




This first mob is a proper rag-tag mix of clothing but for the next couple (already prepped) I'm going to go with something more consistent in terms of colour across each group.


Last week I also managed to snaffle a couple of statues from the local Reject Shop. Once the LED lighting was removed and the holes covered up these we repainted and have come up quite well. Just the basing and a few creepers or moss to do now. My intention is to use these as part of the Palace of Prince Su a.k.a. the Su Wang Fu.


Hopefully I'll find a bit of time on my impending hols to push on and get to a point which I might have enough stuff complete for a test scenario or two.

Cheers,
Millsy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ANZAC Day 2017

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, that special day of the year when we honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. It is also a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you all for your service and for putting others before yourselves that we might all live in a safer and happier community.

The Roll of Honour, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Map of Peking Games Table

I thought it was about time I worked out some rough dimensions and locations for the various legations, canal, roads and other important features on the table.

I've decided to go with three of my folding tables in parallel giving me a total gaming area of approximately 6' x 7.5'. Anything smaller and the various buildings just seemed to small for a 28mm skirmish game. Having decided on the overall gaming area I set to working out a rough map so I've got some idea of how much ground individual items should cover.


This is by no means set in stone and individual items will undoubtedly be slightly larger or smaller as they get built, driven as much by storage requirements as anything. My storage boxes are approximately 12" x 16" meaning the British Legation would fill one entirely and fill approximately 2/3 of another.

While this was germinating away I was also "building" some ruined buildings. I've assembled the basis of a total of four of those but unfortunately experienced my first modelling accident in the process. I secure the cork walls with steel sewing pins until the glue dries and whilst pushing one of them home the head split in two, meaning all the force was transferred to the finger immediately behind. The upshot was the pin itself was driven clean through the core of my right index finger and out the other side. Not too much blood and very little to see but it's as sore as h3ll and I can't do much including use the mouse, draw or even type very well at present. Oh how we suffer for our art :-)

I also popped into the local $2 shop today and managed to find myself a statue of Bhudda for somewhere on the table. Not sure whether that will form part of the Palace of Prince Su or a temple area. Either way it's another bit of colour...

Cheers,
Millsy

Friday, April 21, 2017

Peking in a Box - Terrain Part 4 - Mongol Market

I found a few minutes here and there over the last few evenings to continue with the terrain for 55 Days at Peking.

Adjacent to the British and Russian Legations was an area known as the Mongol Market which I've not managed to find much information or imagery on unfortunately. Undeterred, I've decided to represent this as a rather rough and ready marketplace with a number of stalls of various sizes and construction methods.


Some dowel, canvas squares, bamboo matting and a pile of cork off-cuts have subsequently been turned into four quite serviceable market stalls with removable roofs.


A number of online vendors produce some quite reasonably priced and comprehensive market goods collections which combined with some crates and barrels should give me a quite convincing representation I think.

Next up? Some ruined housing destroyed by Chinese shelling...

Cheers,
Millsy

Monday, April 17, 2017

Peking in a Box - Terrain Part 3 - Small Shrine

I'm on something of a roll at the moment with the 55 Days at Peking terrain. Every time I think I've had enough for a day or three something pops into my head and I can't help finding myself back at the modelling desk cutting, gluing and pinning for my life.

With Box One nearly full I've moved onto Box Two and this time I've been building a small shrine. Unlike the houses I built earlier this week, the shrine uses a couple of cheap fleaBay finds in the form of a pine tree and a statue. I also raised SWMBO's craft cupboard for some beads.


The roof of the shrine "deliberately" (OK maybe I accidentally cut the roof too long [ahem]) projects out over the statue to keep the weather off.


There's a path running down the middle of the courtyard to the statue which I will border with gardens composed of rocks, gravel and some plants.


The pine tree is growing out of a raised bank and is removable for ease of storage.


To door or not to door? Part of me wants this kept simple...


Of all the buildings so far I've enjoyed this one the most. I didn't plan it much at all and just let it evolve as I worked on it.

I'm glad I started work with the simple building as despite the fact I've done a lot of cork scratch building over the years I am noticing a clear improvement in skills in just a few days. Things like the joins at roof peaks and mitre cuts have all neatened up significantly. This means the bigger ticket items like the legations should look the best and as they are the centrepiece of the table there will be less obvious issues to distract the eye.

Cheers,
Millsy
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