Saturday, 19 November 2016

Orcs, Pirates, Ships and a Book!

A bit of a mixed bag this post, as I will cover a number of different items.

Firstly, a set of 10 Tehnolog Orcs.   These were a lot of fun to paint and I used the method described in this tutorial from the
 "Tale of Painters" forum, Painting Orc Skin

I converted one of the Orcs (with Mace) into a Standard Bearer.   
The image was taken from a GW/Citadel book?  "Heroes for Wargames".  
 Described these days as a vintage wargame book, it was published back in the 80s and whilst some of the photos are a bit dark,
 it was a good source of inspiration.
  The bases are from Black Cat Bases and are resin.   These are the 25 x 50 mm ones and whilst designed for the smaller wargaming scales they are still suitable for larger figures.   The ones used were the Ruined Temple base.  
 Decals on the shields and pauldrons were sourced from Veni Vidi Vici transfers.

Next, a set of Tehnolog Pirates.   Again I really enjoyed painting these scurvy dogs, even though they have the "Wild eyed boy from Freecloud" 
look about them, I'm very happy with the way they turned out.   Bases are from DSG.

Lastly, in the line of Tehnolog figures is this set of Gladiators.
From my limited research, they appear to be fairly accurate, with the exception of the Retiarius.   
Wearing a helmet, which was something they did not do.   
Of course there is probably other inaccuracies but on the whole they make up a nice set of figures.
Bases again were from Black Cat Bases,  Desert Sand (complete with the odd skull!) were used. 
  I did replace two of the swords with scratchbuilt versions as the originals were a bit flimsy.   The lions are from Britains Zoo Range.

And now for something completely different.
I have managed to pick up a few boxes of Airfix 1:600 scale warships, which are quite scarce these days.  
 I really wish Airfix would re-release their range of 1:600 ships again, as they were good value for money, a good size to display and easily super detailed.
Any way, first up is the Falklands Warships set.  
 This consists of a Leander class frigate, a County class destroyer, HMS Devonshire and a Type 21 frigate, HMS Amazon.
I was particularly pleased to get this set as it has the Leander class in it.   I am hoping to do some conversion work to make at least two Royal Australian Navy River class Destroyer Escorts, specifically , HMAS Swan and HMAS Derwent.   
These ships used the Leander hull with Swan (and her sister ship Torrens) being almost identical to the British ships 
while Derwent  (and her sister Stuart) were more like modified Rothesay class frigates.

In order to carry out these conversions, I'm going to need more Leander hulls.
I made up some simple casting moulds and below are the results.
The left hand hull is the completed version and the right hand is two hull halves ready to be cleaned up and assembled. 
 A missing fairlead or two but otherwise very good results.
Next up is moulding and casting the weatherdeck!

HMS Suffolk.   A WW2 County Class Heavy Cruiser of the Kent sub class,
 I intend to convert her to HMAS Australia which was of the same class.   Minor differences in stack height and armament so it should be comparatively easy.   I have another Suffolk kit so she will probably be made stock.

HMS Iron Duke.
A WW1 era Dreadnought, I built her many years ago when I wore a younger man's clothes.
To me she was the epitome of a proper battleship, powerful, aggresive and good lines.
Looking forward to making her up.

Not pictured as they are still in the mail is the Airfix Naval Destroyers of WW2 set.
This set contains 4 destroyers, 3 British and one German.   
The British destroyers being respectively, HMS Cossack, HMS Hotspur and HMS Campbeltown (ex USS Buchanan).
The German destroyer is a Narvik class.
Again, a fairly rare set these days I will make these ships up as stock.  
 I have an Aeroplast 1:600 HMS Cossack so that will be converted to either HMAS Arunta or Warramunga.

Lastly, my Good Lady Wife picked this up for me on a recent trip to Brisbane. 
After alighting from her bus in the inner city, waiting in front of her in the bargain bin of a book shop was this, Trains to the Trenches.   
All for the princely sum of $5.00!
Written by Andrew Roden, it consists of ten chapters of 255 pages. 
It covers both standard and narrow gauge railways used by the armies of both sides, both in Europe and the Middle East.   
A potted history of the war provides a background to the history of the railways, men and machines.   
Rail Guns and Ambulance trains are among the many subjects covered.
A good read for anyone with even a smattering of interest in WW1.