Thursday, May 23, 2013

14 Gun Cutter: GHQ 1/1200

Here is another little project that I finished a little while back and am just now managing to post pictures of. This is GHQ's 1/1200 model of a 14 gun cutter.

Though the smaller ships are usually trickier to rig, since the spaces are so much tighter, when there is only one mast things are fairly simple. I did replace the kit's bowsprit with a brass rod so I would have something strong to anchor the rigging on. That makes a big difference.

I've raised the hull up on a thin sheet of plastic, added Langton photo-etched ratlines, and mounted the whole on a metal sea base from Langton. That then went on top of a black plastic base, with magnetic sheeting underneath. When the bases are too thin, people pick them up by the models, so the extra thickness adds to the piece's longevity.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

28mm Imperial Romans - Warlord Games

So I'm moving to a new apartment this month, and it turns out that, besides the demands of a day job, few things can eat in to one's painting time more effectively than having to pack up all one's possessions and relocate them. I've not got much else done this month, but I wanted to get at least some pictures up, so here are some 28mm Imperial Romans from Warlord Games, which I painted for a private collector.

The shields are done with the transfers supplied with the set, which proved a little trickier than anticipated. The fit was good and they were easy to remove from their backings after soaking in water, but they did not want to adhere well to the shields themselves, the edges curling up as they dried. I tackled this problem by brushing on clear matt varnish, which both seeped under the transfer and held it in place, and took care of the glossy sheen.

Just 8 of them for now, but there will be more in the near future.