Thursday 29 December 2011

Building a Volunteer

Attached is a photo of my first conversion for many years. Done mainly to see if I still could, and to see what such a figure would look like. The main parts are a body from Prince August British Guard casting, arms from same, head from Langley castings, pack from spares box (Fort Henry Guard casting) and the rest, (straps, haversack, and much packing of joints) from assorted strips and lumps of miliput. Unfortunately, I know where all the mistakes are, so this chap will be relegated to guard duty somewhere away from the public eye.

Information for the uniform came from a CD purchased from Sean Ryan, runner of the Uniforms Of The World website, who sell CDs covering many varieties of uniform, all at a reasonable price and very easy to use. This is the illustration I used for my figure. (Used with Sean's permission) His website also has an extensive forum section, well worth a visit.

I shall be having another go soon. I understand that Prince August have a mould making service if you provide a suitable master, so if I get a decent figure I might avail myself of that to produce the regiment.

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Xmas presents

I received these three books over the Xmas period. Fully illistrated with at least one picture on each page, covering the works of all the well known artists. A lot of inspirational information covering most of the 19th century.

I hope you all got something that you wanted for Xmas.

Ah well, that's it all over for another year. Back to work at 7.30 tomorrow (wednesday).

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Compliments of the Season

I didn't realise that I'd been so dilatory this month. Due to the seasonal takeover of my workroom/photo studio/library for present packing and storage, plus its proper use as spare bedroom, I have not got a great deal done. Also, I'm having trouble with my camera at the moment, so no photos anyway. I have bought quite a few 'picture' books over the past few weeks so have been studying those.

My resolution for next year is to do better on all fronts.

In the meantime, best wishes to all, and a card by one of my favourite cartoonists.