Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WW1 GS Wagon - Horses and Swingles!

The horses and the harness/drawbar gear that attaches the horses to the wagons was constructed next.   The horses used were the CTS Draught horses which come with all that draught tack already molded on.    The horses were modified slightly by removing the large peg on the middle of their backs and two tiny eye bolts per horse were attached to where the traces would attach to the bottom of the market strap.   Small D rings were attached to the eye bolts.   If it sounds like I know my way around horses, I don't!   I am using this excellent diagram from this website:

Tiny brass O rings were formed from fine wire as were small D rings.   An alternative to hand making these parts is to scour your local hobby shop for model ship's fittings as they produce a large range of metal hardware for rigging eyes etc.

The eveners (the long bars) were then cut and fitted with eye bolts and O rings.   In the example above the I cut the eveners down in length eventually as they were too long.    They were then attached to the hounds (the part that sticks out at the front, attached to the axle assembly).   The swingles (the smaller bars) were also fitted with eye bolts, O rings and D rings.   They were then attached to the eveners.

Completed swingles and eveners.

The horses were readied for mounting on the base with 2 pins per animal drilled into the bottom of their hooves and mounted on scrap board, after getting a wash in hot soapy water, ready for undercoating.    Dulux Quick Dry Metal Primer was the paint of choice.

The horses were then base coated in Folk Art acrylics.   Two in Provincial Beige, One in Raw Umber and the last in Paynes Grey (an almost black grey)

The horses were then treated to various washes.   The black horse got a wash of Vallejo black ink, the lighter brown horses received washes of Vallejo Pale Skin Wash and the darker brown, Dark Skin Wash.   After drying they were then dry brushed to bend all the colours together.   I should add the washes were give a drop or two of Acrylic Flow Medium.    I think this helped to stop any beading of the wash on the horses.   The lower legs were also drybrushed with a mixture of Paynes Grey for the most part with one horse getting a Bone White sock.   Harness and collars were picked out in suitable leathery colours. 

Finally they were given a coat of White Knight Satin Varnish.   Cared for horses usually have a slight sheen to their coats so the satin varnish helps to reproduce this.


  1. Yet more great work there Col, your attention to detail is inspiring there mate :)

  2. Nice! Not my scale but some cool stuff. I see you use jo Sonja paint for base coat. Me too. works good as an undercoat

    1. Thanks Roger!. The Jo Sonja's are my wife's cast off's. Very handy, very good and very cheap!