Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Hussite Infantry - Part 2

More Hussites Pulled Together From Project Lead Mountain

With my ongoing mission to finally clear out the last of my unpainted metal now entering its 8th year I am becoming a bit more creative with the elements I create. As detailed in Part 1 I had a batch of Minifigs Spearmen to make use of. After sorting them out and replacing some of the broken spears with metal spears I ended up with sixteen Minifigs Code Z604 French Pavisiers. Now as far as I am concerned the label on the packet is only a suggestion because European armies tended to share their equipment styles over a very large distance because of their constant internal conflicts and as part of their contribution to the numerous crusades. The rear rank is a mix of QRF castings MIT04 Italian Mercenary Crossbowmen. I decided to paint them in a similar fashion to the repurposed spears I recently blogged about that came with the Hungarian army I purchased. The end result are four generic DBE elements of Reg Bw X/O suitable for lots of armies that fields crossbowmen protected by a rank of spaivier holding spearmen. As usual they are mounted on MDF with magnetic sheeting underneath and the bases are textured using Vallejo Earth Brown paste, compete with static grass, some gravel and tufts before they were sealed with Matt spray sealer to protect them. Sold already - to a clubmate!

Friday, 22 February 2019

Six Essex Medieval Cogs

Essex Medieval Cogs - Ready for Sale

Essex Miniatures Code Boat 4 Medieval Boat with Single Sail

Having purchased six damaged Essex Medieval Cogs on EBay earlier this month I thought that they might be interesting to repair and complete properly. They don't have a scale listed on the Essex Website and I think that given the dimensions and size of the Crows Nest they are probably 1/300th scale as there's no way that a 15mm scale figure would realistically fit in the models. [link below]

They are very expensive models to buy but with a lot of patience and effort you will end up with some very nice looking ships suitable for any wargames table.

Here are the models as listed on EBay. As you can see they were all broken, badly based and appeared to be undercoated a greenish brown colour.

After removing them from their old bases and giving them a good clean up with a stiff brush to remove what looked like lots of dust I set about trying to match the masts to the various hulls. 

It turned out that only three of the masts were snapped off which I repaired by drilling down the centre of the mast with a 0.7mm drill bit and inserted a pin 10mm into the mast. 

Once each ship was cleaned up and I had removed the old glue I restuck the masts using Boat Builders Superglue and then glued the pin repairs into the corresponding half for each mast and hull.

Next up was put them on Magnabased 80mm x 40mm Plasticard with more Superglue and paint them with a Dark Brown colour and a Black Wash.

It was whilst doing this I realised that each ship had been given two shields hung on each side of the Stern Castle. I then started to paint the shields in basic heraldic colours ready for them to be decorated properly. 

I also lined the fine detail on the castles and painted each stern in a Brass colour and completed each of the 24 shields in a unique coat of arms. The bases took longer than I thought and were painted Deep Turquoise base coat with a Dark Blue wash followed by a Light Blue wash and completed with a very thin White wash to create the water effect. The completed hulls were then given a couple of coats of Matt Spray Sealer to protect them.

The sails were created by downloading Candy Stripe images from the net and folding them in half and glueing them together to create double sided sails. 

I chose Candy Strip because this appears to be quite a common sailcloth pattern for this era according to some illustrations I found on line.

Each sail was hung on the spars by using four strands of cotton superglued to the backs of the sails and wrapped round the spars in a single loop leaving the spare thread hanging loose to use as the rigging.

This loose cotton was then wrapped round the mast at the centre to create the bowsprit rigging and glued to the inside hull from the endspars to create the stern rigging.

Once the glue was set I just had to trim off the excess cotton and I had six complete ships. Whilst I am tempted to keep them I am fairly sure that they will end up on EBay in the next few weeks.