An odd week this week where work got in the way of modelling. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “Work Life Balance” mainly because it has the word “work” in it. Still on the positive side of things I managed to get a couple of minor figures done and off the work bench and I also received a couple of exciting modelling tools in the post. OK, so exciting is a bit of an exaggeration but I am looking forward to using them in due course. More on them in a moment.
I couldn’t get my head around how to use the first figure in a vignette or a diorama so I decided in the end to paint it up as a stand alone. The figure itself is a dead ringer for Field Marshall Haig, which was probably the intention of the sculptor, and as Haig was a major (and highly controversial figure) during the war it was very appropriate to include him in my timeline sequence.
The second figure is a very basic conversation. Basic to the point that I pretty much just cut his legs off! Well to be fair I did have to do a bit more than that to tidy it up but not a lot more. So why cut his legs off? Well, in January my model club has its annual in-house competition. I plan to submit models in the diorama and stand alone figure categories, it’s my thing after all, but I wanted to enter another category too. I’m not a plane, tank or vehicle kind a guy so chose to focus on the miscellaneous category. I wanted a quick win and something different and so decided to go for a 28mm Bust. A bit of a cop-out I know, particularly given how much fantasy stuff is out there, but next year I’ll give it a better go.
The modellers out there will appreciate the scale of a 28mm figure but others might not so I decided to put a Vallejo paint pot next to each figure for perspective.
So, back to the two tools. Some of you will have probably been aware of them both for years but I only came across both of them by chance a couple of weeks ago. First up is the corrugated iron maker, the other is a textured rolling-pin. I bought two of these, one produces a cobble stone effect, the other a brick work effect. Basically you roll it over Miliput or similar product and it leaves the appropriate impression behind. Well I like them anyway and am looking forward to seeing how they come out.