Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rounding Off the Garden Project...

...at least for now. Autumn seems to start this week (according to the forecasts), and I do not think that it will make any sense to order another batch of cobblestones until spring. There is some chance that summer may return next week, but I shall need to see the forecasts next weekend before deciding whether to  try laying down more of the lawn edge.

I placed the rest of the regular cobbles in the trench running past the trees today, and after taking this photo I also managed to get them stomped in and covered in sand.

I more or less only short of doing the left edge of the lawn (along the concrete slates) - but, of course, I shall also make edges around trees, bushes, and the round bed in the middle of the lawn where the flagpole used to be (it broke in a storm some years ago).

Monday, 26 September 2016

Plastic WIP

This evening, I cleaned up another Gondorian archer, and got him glued to a washer.

Afterwards, I put arms on the designated standard bearer for the men-at-arms unit. As you may be able to see, again I could not get a proper fit for the right arm.

My initial enthusiasm for these models has cooled a bit, as I find it fiddly and often not very rewarding to fit the two-handed arms sets, and I shall have to do quite a bit of work with the greenstuff before I can get any paint on these.

Well, at least I do not have to do all the units right away as I have other armies to use on the table - although it would be nice if I could make a tad faster progress on these, but time and the garden project (and painting some Zulu warriors) does not leave me more than a couple of hours in the evenings for scraping plastic.

USUTHU! Painting Zulus

It is moving forward, but not at a very fast pace. The garden still takes up most of my time, but as it rained this morning (for the second time during the last couple of months), I seized the opportunity for slabbing some more paint on my first four Zulu warriors. I try to vary the skin tones a bit, but I am still learning to paint African skin, and I think I shall have to get a few more dark brown Foundry paint triads for more variation.

Goblets and Cane

As mentioned in the post about Egeskov Market, I made a couple of purchases that day,

First, I fell in love with this walking cane, well suited for using with a waistcoat and a top hat.

The handle can be replaced (if the replacement fits the thread in the cane), but I think something would have to go completely wrong for me to want to do that.

And, no, it has no concealed blade, and as that would be against Danish law, it is probably just as well.

Late in the afternoon I stumbled on these goblets at a booth that was closing down - and I was given an offer I really could not refuse, as I like stuff like this a lot. If only there was six of the larger ones as well, but, well, you just cannot have it all.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Summer That Would not End

Another weekend spent in the garden instead of painting little angry men...

After employing chainsaw, fire, axe, hatchet, and sledge hammer, I finally managed to remove the roots that blocked my trench for the cobblestones, and I have filled the trench with slate sand well past the second tree. I am now, finally, all set for putting the remaining cobbles from the second batch into the trench,

I also finished putting concrete slates at the edge of the trench along the left side of the lawn (which looks 'righ't in the first photo, as it was taken from the far end of the lawn).

I put the slates in, because the ground is declining away from the lawn, and rain and general corrosion would probably mean that the cobblestone row would get disorganized rather quickly if nothing supported it.

I got the slates for free a couple of years ago, and they were always meant to be used for this edge - plans just got upgraded  with the cobblestones which provide a broader and nicer edge for the lawn.

I think I shall have to adjust a couple of the slates a bit, as the top edge could be a bit more straight, but all in all I am very pleased with this progress, which I had not expected to be able to make until spring next year (but the summer just keeps staying, and I may as well keep making good use of the warm dry weather, which may come to an end this week).

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Lord of the Rings Repairs and Rebasing

I have been working on some old LotR models in between toiling in the garden and prepping some Perry plastics.

These Uruk-Hai were from a secondhand lot - and although their former owner started painting them, they have not been cleaned up very well, and I shall definitely have to remove mold lines and re-prime them sparsely before painting them up from start. Well, at least they are on washers, now, only need some filler on the bases after the clean-up.

The Dol Amroth Knight painted as a member of the Order of the Black Swan (my own invention for a kind of 'penal' order for Knights who failed in their sworn duty, used when playing Battle Companies years ago) had to be repaired (shield came off when I toppled a crate with mini boxes in it) - and on closer inspection, I think I shall have to repaint at least his sword.

Lurtz is nearing the stage where I can varnish him (I think I shall remove some of the flock from around his feet, though, and the bowman was another secondhand model that needed a repair, and got rebased as well.

My fiddling with LotR models is a bit all over the place at the moment - I just repair and rebase models to get them off my prepping station when not working on the Perry HYW God of Battles Dol Amroth Men-at-Arms project, and I shall have a lot more space when I have finished all these small side-projects (and I think I shall very soon have to devote a full day off to getting some more of these finished and moved on).

Perry Plastics on the Run

I now have a full contingent of 16 advancing bodies cleaned up and based, although a few of them still have no heads. Sorry for the awful photo - my camera decided to focus on the mini furthest away, it seems.

I actually have more bodies assembled (with heads), but they are going to be part of the second unit of spearmen, as they are all standing (as you can see, I also decided to make some advancing command models instead of the more passive ones shown earlier)