Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Mish Mash of Miscellanea!

Well, I will be the first to admit, it has been a while between posts.   But I have been busy!

First up and in no particular order are some Tehnolog Wizards I painted up and based using Black Cat Bases.   These were a lot of fun to paint, very expressive sculpting and a lot of detail for the paintbrush.   Vallejo paints and washes were used.


A good mate of mine in America asked if I would make a Cantina for him, which I gladly accepted.   This building was for his Wild West Town of  Resaca (Spanish for Hangover).   Unfortunately, I did not take too many photos whilst constructing the building. Needless to say it was a little bit involved and consisted of the following steps.

a.   A plan was agreed on and duly drawn up.   It was decided that a two storey structure with external staircase and balcony was needed.   Something along the lines of this building.

b.  The building walls were made from 2 layers of 6mm foam core laminated together with diagonal joints at the corners.   Great care was taken to ensure squareness during the build.   
c.   Once window and door openings were cutout, the wall were sealed with a clear acrylic sealer.   This ensured less likelihood of warping and also some for the following process to key to.   The adobe was applied using a thin skin of Spakfilla.   This was a fairly easy process, any thing too thick was sanded down after it had dried and conversely, anything too thin was reapplied. 

Prior to the main building being constructed, a small lean-to was constructed to get the technique and construction method worked out. 
Prior to the adobe being applied, the walls were stamped using a brick wall stamp which later gave a guide for scribing in the bricks that would be exposed under the adobe.   The dark edges are due to the building not being glued together.   They would be covered with Spakfilla once assembled.

Doors, windows, balcony and stairs were made from matchsticks, icy pole sticks and stripwood.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait for Billy to finish the building and send me some photos to see the Cantina complete.   (Hint, Hint)


Prior to the Cantina being constructed, I made up another three Rickshaws for a good Mate in Scotland.   I also made up two Coolies, using Armies in Plastic Boxers with Airfix Multipose arms replacing the weapon bearing arms.

Shapeways RN/Commonwealth Sailors

I picked up a set of RN/Commonwealth sailors on Shapeways recently.   They are 54mm, very well detailed with individual facial expressions.   The picture does not show them in their best light as it is a bit difficult to make out the detail but I have since undercoated them and they look great.

Safari Toobs

I picked up a few set of the Safari Toobs quite cheaply recently.   I had in mind they might be good for conversion work or just be used in their own right.

First up, the Days of Old Toob.   The red line marks 60mm with the black line illustrating 54mm.   No allowance for the thickness of the base.

Next, the Pirates Toob.

One can never have too many Pirates, though I think the female Pirate at the far right might need some reworking!

Jamestown Settlers Toob.

A versatile set, the women in particular being useful for a lot of periods.

And finally the Powhatan Indians Toob.   I thought these would make good Pacific Islander types for Pulp games.

Pulp/Victorian Science Fiction Figures

My good friend, Les, in Scotland does great conversion work using a myriad of figures that you would not normally think of using.   His work has inspired me to have a go at converting/sculpting some of my own figures.

I have always been envious of the Hinterland Models 28mm Female Sailor Range.   These are for Victorian Science Fiction gaming and are very attractive.

Hinterland Female Sailors

Anyway, I thought I would have a go at something similar in 54mm scale.

Using Les' idea of  a Star Wars Command Imperial Guard figure for the skirts, casts were made from the SWC figure and were married to casts of a Historex female nude torso.
The sailor's caps were modifed Multipose British Officer's caps.   Two part putty (Procreate) was used for the sculpted details i.e. jacket, collar, silks.   Multipose arms were used and the boots were from cheap Chinese knock off Germans.
The rifles are Martin Henry's from Tradition of London.
Of course, they still have to be painted and hopefully I will be able to get this done shortly.
The toppers on the bases were made from casts of  Kitty Litter and sand with some Noch weeds.

The above photo shows some Works in Progress.   There is a female Naval Officer, a Victorian Adventuress, Captain Nemo and a female Naval Petty Officer.   There is also the rest of the female Naval Party, some female Sky Pirates under construction as well as some male sailors in whitefronts.

The Adventuress was constructed in the same manner as the female sailors but a Multipose Afrika Korps sunhelmet and Beaumont rifle (ReeDees Miniatures) was used.

Captain Nemo was converted from an ACW General figure (AiP?) with a Dorset Soldiers Sikh turban head and Historex epaulettes and curved scimitar.

Hopefully, in my next post I will continue on with the description of the Pulp figures.


  1. Interesting mix there Col some nice pieces!
    I like the 54mm RN figures they're interesting I look forward to seeing them painted up. Are there any 'layer lines' on them?

    1. Thank You Captain! With regards to the layer lines, they are printed in Frosted Ultra Detail. Very, very faint lines before cleaning up but once undercoated, they are negligible. I have had some X Wing ships printed up a few years ago and the lines were a little bit more prominent on them.

  2. Hi Col! You mention in your post 6mm foam core laminated...where did you get that product? Can you give me a brand or a web link? Thank you in advance

    1. Hello! The 6mm foam core has one side self adhesive. Most other foam boards are 5mm which is what I use now. The self adhesive one is a bit tricky to cut, the knife can drag on the sticky side etc. Quill is the manufacturer we get here in Australia but they are an American company Hope this helps.