Monday, September 18, 2017

Peking - The British Legation

Back on the tools this weekend and tonight, building the first of the buildings for the Legation Quarter proper, in this case the British Legation. I might have gone a bit OTT with the height of this but then again maybe not. It just looks BIG on it's own. I guess I won't really know until things are assembled around it which should help to put it in perspective.



The structure is built in three parts for storage and transport but also so I can use it without the second additional floor if desired. Windows are Warbases laser-cut frames and the sill above and below scrap MDF from a big-ole-bag-o-crap I was gifted by a trader a while back.



I've started work on the gatehouse and will move on to the hospital and walls next.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Peking Legation Forces - US Marines and Betsy

I figured it was about time I did some work on the Legation Forces for my Boxer Rebellion project so I made a start with some of the obvious ones - the US Marines and and the artillery in the form of 'Betsy' as she was called by the Americans (a.k.a. the International Gun).


Ably led in the film by Charlton Heston, the US Marines stalwartly resisted all efforts to dislodge them despite seemingly overwhelming odds.



I've taken a little licence with the uniforms. The webbing should really be black but it just didn't look right so I've gone with a natural leather look instead.



'Betsy' a.k.a. The International Gun, was a makeshift artillery piece assembled by the defenders and served by a variety of troops. In the film it eventually bursts and kills some of the crew. I can see similar things happening on the table...




Next up some more buildings I think.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Boxer Artillery

Another small project completed today which is good. Finishing things that have been hanging about is quite therapeutic to say nothing of actually getting stuff done.

This one is an artillery piece for the Boxer rebels, part of my 55 Days at Peking project which has been somewhat stalled of late. I got a bit sick of it for a while having done not much else but I'm starting to find some interest again.




Not sure what's next so you'll have to wait and see every bit as much as I will. :-)

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Freshly painted Imaginations Hussars

Full of nasty germs and half-blown away things have been moving slower than a very slow thing in low gear here at Chez Millsy of late.

Having said that, I've managed to clear the decks somewhat the last 36 hours or so and have finished another unit of cavalry for my Imaginations project which has been hanging about half-painted for quite some time. See them in all the glory here...


Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kansu Braves!


Still plugging away at the seemingly endless stream of Boxers for my 55 Days at Peking Project.
This batch of eighteen Kansu Braves, armed with a variety of hand weapons and half a dozen rifles will form higher quality enemies for the legation troops.



I tried something I don't normally do and used a pen to outline the yellow borders on their clothing, rather than try and paint thin black lines everywhere. Overall I'm not unhappy with the outcome although drawing even lines across bumpy folded fabric isn't necessarily much more "clean" than painting. However, you can't argue with the time required which is about 25% of that required to achieve the same result.


Next up... finish the Boxer artillery sitting on the painting desk and then a diversion into a commission job for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by the time that's done my US Marines should have arrived and I can paint something different for the project instead of Boxers.

Cheers,
Millsy
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