Thursday 25 July 2013

FLW Artillery Park

Going off to the Norfolk Broads in the caravan for the weekend after lunch, but while MrJ is busy packing it full of far too much food and a few bottles of wine (don't drink it myself, but we are expecting visitors) I managed to get the spray paint out and cover the illustrated guns and limbers in a uniform grey. These will form my basic FLW artillery units. I know the guns are non-firing so I'll have to use the dice system.

The models are from the Langley range and needed quite a bit of tidying up before painting. I've noticed this with their figures as well, so perhaps they are not so interested in the range any more, but concentrating on their model railway stuff. More about this when I get round to my next cavalry unit.  The artillery crews are half painted on the desk and I'll finish them off when I get back.

So, until Tuesday,

Wednesday 24 July 2013

HMS Thunderation.

It has been a very hot couple of weeks, and not a lot has been done, though I have picked up the reins of a project I started a couple of years ago, and it has been neglected since. I've promised myself a working model of a pre-dreadnought battleship for years, and a recent trip to Woodbridge regatta meant seeing the Model Boat Club out on the pond. This rekindled my interest and in a burst of 'do it now before losing momentum' I signed up to join. This means I need a boat!
In the shed, on a back shelf, I had a started hull for HMS DEVASTATION, started some time ago from NMM official plans, which, as they were a combination of two ships 'Devastation' and 'Thumderer', I'd called HMS Thunderation. The following photo shows progress to present, and I expect (hope) to have a water going model by spring.

The model is some 22 inches long and I'm not sure of the scale offhand. Progress is not going to be swift, but I shall keep you informed now and then.
For those interested in such things, I recommend a website  especially the little video where the ship is put together piece by piece, with all the internals falling into place.