Wednesday 29 May 2019

Lutzen 1813 countdown

Tables and terrain are being prepared now for this battle on the 8/9th June. We have two 12' foot x 3' foot tables sitting side by side with slate down a small 5 inch gap down the middle to allow for a 6' 5" playing width, about the maximum we can get away with. At each end are two ping pong tables measuring 9' x 5' and to the rear, there are two detachable 12' x 3' tables. Behind them tables for reserves. Pictured above also is the new water mill which stands out from the other, duller German buildings. I may have to spruce up the others with some brighter and stronger colours.  Teddy bear fur being used to its maximum!

Being May 1813, I ought to scrap the haystacks and wheat fields.....
Table layout and terrain being added.
Leaf blower to clean the floor!

Just trees from Realistic Modelling Services (aka Keith Warren) to add along with lots of 20mm figures. It is such a shame that Keith no longer operates and the quality of this graveyard pictured below, is testimony to how good his work was.

Graveyard from Keith Warren.

Monday 13 May 2019

German water mill 1813 and French Imperial Staff in 1/72

A beautifully crafted building arrived last week and little time has been lost in trying to paint it. The height of the roof line is 12cm and fits perfectly with the Art Miniaturen figures shown (20mm). This was made to order. The criteria I provided was fairly simple....German water mill circa 1813, 12cm height for the roof and should have a wheel! That was it and the rest was left to artistic licence but James has produced a gem. So I have commissioned a further larger fortified series of buildings and tower. The only question mark will be whether I paint it or not.

Napoleon and his staff ride past the water mill.

I still need to finish off some details including door furniture, window detail and will add some flock and foliage to the base. The under coat was dark brown for the roof and black for the rest. A bit of both.

French Imperial staff.

Will feature at Lutzen for sure on the 8/9th June as will the new French Imperial staff...just waiting for the MDF base.