Sunday, 30 October 2016

AB French Line In Great Coats

Hi all,
a couple of photos of some French Line infantry in greatcoats part of an ongoing commission . The client will paint the pompoms and most canteen cords .  Thanks for looking .
Regards Gav .

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Langton Miniatures 1:1200 French Frigate La Reunion (3)

Hi all,
here is the completed French Frigate La Reunion she is based again on one of Langtons resin bases I went for a darker blue this time . The sails are photo etch brass they look more in scale but I think when I next make a purchase I will go back to cast white metal . The rigging this time is bristles from a wall paper paste brush they are the straightest I could find and at about two inches long will cover any ship with more to spare . If you get one of these brushes go for the more expensive the bristles look to be more straight . I also realise the rigging is not in scale but there are always trade offs I think this method gives a clean look to the ship and even with priming and painting there is a time saveing . They are slightly more fragile than thread but once based your hands should not get in contact with the ship any way .
  A brief biography of La Reunion :
32 gun Frigate
Built 1785-1787
Wrecked 1796
She served mostly in the English Channel based in Cherbourg she would make 24hr raids to catch prizes . Her guns were 26 x 12pdr and 6X 6pdr . On October 20th Reunion was intercepted by HMS Crescent while she was in company with the cutter Esperance the cutter ran for Cherbourg while Reunion and the Crescent engaged . After 2 hrs 10 min she had to strike her colours when the Crescent raked her stern (the shot then has a clear run straight down the main gun deck knocking over guns and causing carnage among the crews) .
 As a prize she kept her name (HMS Reunion) but was wrecked in the Thames estuary in 1796 . Well thanks for taking an interest with this project I will start another ship in a couple of weeks . But staying with the nautical theme I have my coastal forces on the go as well so keep taking the sea sick tablets I know I am 😉.
Regards Gav .

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Broad Fourteens or 1/600 Light Coastal Forces

Hi all,
got a parcel today for another project an e bay purchase of the old skytrex (and I believe these ones are from 1985 ) now heroics and ross 1/600 light coastal forces .
That is motor torpedo boats , motor gun boats , escort trawlers, minesweepers and coastal shipping . I couldn't afford them back then like my langtons so when the opportunity came I had to have a punt so I am now the proud owner of some S boats an R boat , assorted MTB an escort trawler a coastal tanker and two coastal merchant ships plus a couple of osprey books on the subject so if your out there Steve they have found a loving new home !
So posts for this subject will be found under the heading The Broad Fourteens (named after a crown film unit film from 1945 covering MTB operations in the channel , you can find it on you tube)  .
  See you all soon for more posts.........
Regards Gav .

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

1/1200 French Frigate Reunion (2)

Hi all,
Here's a couple of pictures of the Reunion I have used brush bristles for the rigging i will go into more detail with the final post . Now i have completed the rigging it's on to the base but I thought I would show the progress so far . So thanks for stopping by I will catch you again soon .
Regards Gav .

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Ab 15mm/18mm French Dragoons

Hi all,
here's four French Dragoons, as per my last post I am trying to paint these in a non metallic metal style I prefer this to metallic metal in this scale I think you get better definition and because at this scale you can't use that many colours compared to say a 28mm figure . It only takes me the same time  as it takes to paint true metallic colours . That said most of my clients prefer true metallic so I need to convert them 😁.
  So that's it for this post, I am still working on my French frigate the standing rigging is in and so are most of the ratlines . I also have some more French in great coats part of another commission and another four Dragoons so plenty of bench clutter .
All the best Gav .

Thursday, 6 October 2016

15mm/18mm AB French Commands

Hi all,
here's some commands I have painted recently they have been purchased unbased before going on eBay so that's why they are not based . I wanted to paint them in non metallic metal style rather than with true metallics . I like to think it's not so loud in this scale I know it's not everyone's taste but I thought I would give it a try . And when I look at them on my desk amongst the true painted figures they don't look out of place .
 So until next time.........
Regards Gav .

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Mixed Napoleonic French

here are some French before they go into the bubble wrap and off to the client thanks for taking a look . Until next time........
Regards Gav .

Monday, 3 October 2016

Terrain Reefs,Shoals and Sandbars

Hi all,
i have wanted to make some terrain for my ships so it was time to dip into my box of bits . These reefs/shoals were made with ice lolley sticks I broke up cork (you can get it from flooring shops) stuck it with pva ( you could use super glue to speed things up) I then made the sea with decorating filler (the stuff that can be smoothed out) . Once that's dry I gave it a coating of pva then sprayed it with a car primer . The colours I used were from Vallejo and are then a couple of coats of Windsor and Newton satin varnish .
  So I hope that may of been of some use to someone lets just hope on my first outing I don't run one of my ships up them 😩.
Regards Gav .