Wednesday, October 29, 2014

While I am waiting for Santa...

Soldiers need tents so my new project over the coming weeks is going to be to put together a number of French style tents so that my troops have somewhere to sleep. I have never really thought about modelling a camp before so this should be a pretty fun project. Already I have cunning plans for modelling the exteriors of the tents...involving special casting plaster from a fracture clinic which shares the floor with my place of work.

Last night, I started thinking about what style of tents I'll need. I think there will need to be four kinds;

1) A tent for Berthier or Napoleon in which to plan the conquest of Europe

2) A simple triangle tent for the cannon fodder.

3) A triangle tent with an opening with poles along the longest side for the Guard to have communal BBQs outside.

4 A tent with perpendicular "walls" along the long side for the officers.

My presents for Christmas were dispatched via reindeer from Adelaide last Thursday so I should get a big parcel by Saturday. I am fortunate to have a wife who puts up with my ever-so slightly expensive hobby.  I promise to spend no more until December when I am going to need serious restocks of static grass.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Well... the hiatus was trunkated

My paint tins just seemed a little too lonely in their trunk so I found myself painting a couple of battalions of Irish in Spanish service. I reckon they look pretty cool and they certainly add to the colour of the whole army. I think I will stop at 18 battalions so all I need now is about 8 cav units and some arty and the army will be complete. (For the early period anyway!) Unfortunately, Hat hasn't made any of those sets. It looks like Hat will not have any new Napoleonic set out this year so I am at a loss as to what Santa is going to get me for Christmas. Perhaps these???