Sonntag, 14. September 2014

The beginning - 20 years ago

Like most of us I played figures as a small boy, even painted then when I was less then 10 years old.
Then came the usual break, girls, beer, cars, etc. etc. When I was 24 years old I came back to the hobby - that is now 20 years ago...

Today I sorted out some books which I wanted to sell on the fair and I found an old binder full of photos. Some of them gave me nostalgic thoughts how it was in all these years ago.

My father in law made me a table to play with the figures, which I put in my room.
See here the first little dioramas which I tried to create on it.

For example my first try on Polotzk 1812 with the figures available then. Mostly Esci, Airfix, the first HATs and several metals that were available in Germany these days.

Here my Russian Hussars converted from Revel SYW Prussians. The French Chasseurs some metals from Quality cast and SHQ, the rest conversions too.

 The Bavarians HAT with metals from Art-Miniaturen and the great range my friend Raimund Konieczko let made by Falcon.

The next I put on show I called something 1813 with Westphalians
Here the size of the plate - not really impressing...

 Puh, half a company standing here for a bataillon...

 Ok, the staff already had a size:-)

Samstag, 13. September 2014

Cuddalore - The last steps

Now are just five days left before I start for Mainz. All the companies are finished in the last minute, just the Highlanders are far from being complete. But I haven' thought a year ago that we will be at the 6500 figures we have no painted for the diorama.

The landscape also was a challenge (and will be when we work on the display on Friday next week....

Here we have the fakirs grave that Alfred found and recreated.

Here the part of the map we want to show as diorama. Palm-trees, hills with brushwood, the sea on the flank, aligators, snakes etc. etc.

The next photos about this subject will be the diorama itself:-)

Freitag, 12. September 2014

Polish winged Husars

Here are the first two painted figures from the latest series. Some small details have to be cleared and then they come into the shop

Donnerstag, 11. September 2014

Neil Finn - Song of the Lonely Mountain: Extended Version

The whole day while painting figures I heard this song on Youtube. I think it is simply great - but I still wont' collect Fantasy figures:-)

Samstag, 6. September 2014

Another Roman camp

After all this postings about our actual project now here some photos Alfred made when visiting the museum at Haltern.

I don't know how many different Roman army camps I have shown on this blog - but I simply like them:-)

Freitag, 5. September 2014

Cuddalore - the Artillery

I hope it is not too boring for you to see all these postings about the project. Just 13 days left for me before I start to the fair and it will be a close run thing this time. Nearly 6000 figures are done now, but still gaps to fill up.

I have already painted two sets of Imex AWI artillery and several metals. But we have at least five batteries to make. The French used a lot of heavy pieces, up to 32pounders from the fortress itself.
Alfred thought to use 25mm guns which looks big enough for this.

And as just Imex figures are not really lively in the batterie we started making conversions too.

 These guys with the bearskins are Bombardiers de la Marine. Just to bring a little bit colour into the batteries:-)

 And as usual we have not too much dead and wounded, so we are working on these too.