And about *@$%ing time too……

About a hundred years ago (well earlier this year actually but it seems like a long time) we released the first of our “advanced buildings” in 15mm. Since then people have been nagging for the third one to made available. Well I’ve finally pulled my finger out and made the mould.

buliding 3 front

building 3 back

We’ll have some at SELWG this weekend. Not sure how many as it depends on the number I can cast before Sunday morning. We’ll also have the 15mm garage for sale as well.

Its not a glass…..

Its a (Brigade Models) chalice, made of glass.

Over the summer a well known brand of lager ran a promotion to win personalised glasses chalices and I was fortunate enough to win a couple (well six actually). If you won you got to choose your own message to be engraved on the glass chalice.

Naturally what more could I want than my very own Brigade Models glass chalice?

chalice

I should probably get out more.

Spinning tonight!

Tony quite often gets excited when a new mould arrives at the workshop, bless him. I think though that he will be particularly happy with the new one that we’ll be trying tonight.

All going well then you can expect pictures of sample castings over the next few days. If things go badly then we’ll probably just sit in a corner and sob……

mould

Garage preview

Surprisingly one of the more popular models in our 6mm Sci-fi building range is the humble garage, but up to now its not been available in 15mm. I’ve just finished the mould and made a couple of test castings so I thought that I’d share the results.

15mm-garage

 

It and some others should be out in the next few weeks.

Painting Belgians part one – the infantry

I’ve been meaning to produce a painting guide for our Great War Belgian figures for a rather long time. Since I’m currently working on a project that involves painting a large number of them now seemed a good time to actually do it. This first instalment will cover the different types of infantry. Subsequent posts will cover the other models in the range.

As I have got a lot of them to paint I was aiming for the fewest steps possible, ideally a base coat and single highlight on each area. That didn’t always work out since some parts ended up having four different layers of paint. All of the colours used were either from Wargames Foundry  (WF) or Games Workshop (GW).

All three figures were sprayed white. The flesh was given a basecoat of WF Flesh (5B), a drybrush of WF Flesh  (5C) a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia and a second (lighter) drybrush of WF Flesh (5C).

Line infantry

Infantry wore a dark blue greatcoat and blue grey trousers. The piping on the trousers was changed from red to blue in 1911 but the older colour had not been phased out by 1914. In fact many soldiers wore no piping on the theirInfantry front trousers. The Shako was dark blue but normally worn with a black cover. Many of the infantry discarded the shako in favour of a circular forage cap which was dark blue with red piping. The regiment number was displayed on the front of the shako and forage cap.

The greatcoat was given a base coat of WF Storm Blue (39A) and dry-brushed with WF Storm Blue (39C). The result was a little too bright so a couple of coats of GW Badab Black wash was added to darken the final colour. The shako was GW Abaddon Black with a light dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey with a red pom-pom. The regimental number was (badly) painted in white in a red shield design on the front of the shako. The trousers were a base of GW The Fang and a dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey.

Carabiniers

Carabiniers wore a dark green greatcoat and “Belgian grey” trousers. The piping on the trousers was changed from yellow to dark green in 1911 but as with the infantry both or none could be seen in use by 1914. In practice the greatcoats were so dark that they Carabinier front 2appeared black. Their Tyrolean style hats were made of black felt.

The Carabiniers are the easiest to paint since pretty much everything is black. You could even get away with doing the trousers in black as well on some figures since the grey cloth could tend to be very dark. The greatcoat was given a base of GW Abaddon Black with a dry-brush of GW Stormvermin Fur. A second highlight of GW Administratum Grey was added to bring out a few more of the details.

 

Grenadiers

Grenadiers wore a similar uniform to the infantry. According to the Handbook of the Belgian army the greatcoat was the same colour.  Looking at surviving Grenadier frontexamples of both however show that the Grenadiers coats were more blue than the infantry ones. Their trousers were dark blue with broad scarlet piping. In the field they wore the same style forage cap as the infantry.

The greatcoat was painted the same colours as the for the line infantry. However to give it a slightly more blue colour only one coat of the black wash was applied. Collar patches were added in red.

The trousers were given a basecoat of GW Kantor Blue and a dry-brush of GW The Fang.

 

Equipment

The equipment was painted the same for all three figures.

The backpacks were given a base coat of Foundry Rawhide (11A) and a couple of coats of GW Devlan mud. The water bottles had a basecoat of Foundry Light EquipmentDrab (12C) and the haversack Foundry Rawhide (11B). Both were given a wash of GW Devlan mud.

All of the black items (the mess tins, ammunition pouches and belts, boots, bayonet scabbards and spades) were GW Abbadon Black with a dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey. The handles of the spades and the rifles were painted in WF Rawhide (11A) and highlighted with GW Ushabti Bone. The gun barrels were silver with a black wash. The hilt of the bayonet was highlighted with GW Administratun Grey.

 

 References

The Handbook of the Belgian army 1914 (The Imperial War Museum ISBN 1-901623-07-6) is a reprint of war office manuals, one from 1906 and one from 1914. It contains a wealth of information concerning pretty much every aspect of the Belgian military. No illustrations but a lot of detail.

Armes Militaria magazine is a French language publication with several issues containing articles on the Belgian army. Back issues are available from their website. In particular issue 66 has an article on line infantry and issue 71 has one on Carabiniers and Chasseurs a pied both with good colour photos of the uniforms.

Moments in time…..part one

The inspiration for our Belgian refugees came from original images from 1914. This made it rather easy when it came to giving Aaron details of what we were after, I simply mailed him a selection of photos and asked him to copy them!

I think that he has captured the look and feel of the people very well (even down to the clogs worn by one of the men). If only the subjects of the photos could have imagined that 99 years after the pictures were taken they would be immortalised as 28mm pewter figures!

refugees-1

 

refugees-2

refugees-3It would be fascinating to know who they were and what happened to them during and after the war.

That’s that then…..

So after weeks of preparation, late nights and long casting sessions Salute has come and gone for another year. Its always a busy day and again we didn’t get to see much of the show ourselves so have to resort to other people’s photo reports of the day to see what what was going on.

As ever we’re completely knackered. Fatally I sat down with the kids last night to watch some tele. Suddenly it was a quarter past midnight and we were all asleep in the lounge. After I got them off to bed I stupidly sat back downstairs. Once I’d woken up again at half three I finally made it to bed!

After having a couple of days off, we’ll get all of the new releases on the website to buy over the next few days.

Until then its time for a bit more sleep…..

trying to sleep

Fun with a dremel

Its just coming up to 1am and I find myself dremeling into the heads of Belgian ladies. Obvious really. What else would I be doing at this time.

I’ve one final mould to make for Salute and its the second one for the Bel;gian civilians. Unfortunately the heads aren’t a snug enough fit into the bodies to survive the vulcaniser without moving so each one has to be pinned in place. So I’m dremeling into the necks and heads of Belgian ladies.

sticking heads

 

Another hi-tech building

Five days to go until Salute…….

Very quickly before I bundle the sprogs off to school. I did the first couple of castings of the second of our 15mm “hi-tech” buildings last night.

15mm building 2

Another little building

Just seven days to Salute and counting …

Amongst all the other jobs of last weekend I managed to make the first castings of another new 6mm building. A second tower for our desert building range. Its shown below with the existing small tower for scale purposes.

towers

I’ve also just finished the mould for the second of our new 15mm hi-tech buildings. Hopefully I’ll do the first casting tonight or tomorrow so expect a preview once its popped out of the mould.