Wednesday 26 October 2011

28mm Farm

I thought a few pictures of the building featuring in the background of the previous post might be of interest. Although the choice of pre fabricated buildings (mainly resin) has never been so extensive, nothing can really beat a piece made to order. Not only can it be made to a specific size and design; it is, of course, unique.

The materials I use vary; this particular model being mainly 5mm foamboard, with extras of wood, card and other odds and ends. The most time consuming part of the whole business is, without doubt, the roof - there are something like 2,500 individual tiles! In 20mm scale you can get away with plastic sheet material, as used by railway modellers, but this just doesn't look right in the larger scales. All of this ensures that scratch building is not the cheapest option, but a well painted resin model of this size, from a company such as Grand Manner, for example, would also set you back a few bob.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Cuirassier divisionaire

After the rigours of putting together a demo game, I have been very busy - hence the lack of posts.

One of the collections that is growing, albeit sporadically, is my Napoleonics. With a dozen Russian and 7 French battalions completed, I thought it was about time for some cavalry. What better than a brigade of French cuirassiers?  To my mind these are some of the nicest figures that the Perrys have produced and a joy to paint.

My cavalry regiments are usually 16 figures strong and I have one regiment under paint at the moment. With my own club (Leeds) hosting the FIASCO show this coming weekend, I will take the opportunity to pick up the figures for a second regiment from Dave Thomas. Eventually I would like a full division of 4 regiments (and why not?) and I thought that I would start with the command base. The commander is from the Perry heavy cavalry generals pack, the wounded trooper and dead horse are Foundry. The building in the background was scratch built by me.