In the past it was very unlike me to start a model and leave it unfinished. These days it is par for the course, I have so much unfinished stuff it is hard to know where to start. I’m not entirely sure what brought this change about but I think a huge turning point was retirement. More time to model and browse for new stuff has tested my patience to a higher level and the desire to move on to other projects has simply gotten the better of me. With the lead up to Christmas and the excitement of lots more goodies due to arrive I thought I ought to at least make an effort to finish one or two things which have been around for far too long.
One such model was a 1/35th scale Soverign 2000 figure I had of a British Despatch Rider. The Figure was painted getting on for a year ago and the motorbike, a Tamiya BMW as I recall, was built and painted around the same time. There they both sat while I wondered what to do with them and then I completely forgot about them altogether. Until now.
To get it done I went for a simple base in the end. A bit of old plaster board for the back wall, a few plants for colour and a heap of rubble. All basic stuff. For the image on the wall I chose a religious theme having chosen to go with the Monte Cassino idea. The image is the one clever bit which I will share with you.
Firstly you print off a colour image and cut it out. Next decide where you want it to go, in this case on the plasterboard wall. Apply PVA glue to the plasterboard (it could be a stone, wood or anything you want it doesn’t have to be plasterboard) and stick the image face down and leave to dry. Once dry wet your finger and rub slowly and carefully. The back of the paper will be removed but the image will be stuck to the plasterboard looking like it was painted on. The downside is the image is reversed so if you must have it the right way round, words for example, then you need to flip them first before printing.
Photo’s of the finished model (eventually) appear below.
Welcome to the final installment of my Dad’s Army posts. Nothing really to say that hasn’t been said already. What we have here is the two final characters, the Vicar and the Verger. Nicely cast figures and equally nice to paint. Images of them both below along with a couple of group shots of the whole set.
With these complete I am reminded of the words of Monty Python “… and now for something completely different”. Not entirely sure what that will be but I can safely say it wont be anything to do with WW2!
Apparently this is my 200th WordPress post. Unfortunately I hadn’t appreciated until now that I had reached this land mark and therefore I have nothing more exciting to present you with than Part 3 of my Dad’s Army figures. I’ll try to do better the next time I reach a blog milestone.
As I go on holiday today (by the time you read this scheduled post I will probably be on my way) I have been up against it this week to get the next two figures done. I should also tell you that this will be my last post for a couple of weeks too. Hopefully if I can get internet access I will try to keep up with what you are all up to but I wont be posting myself. As much as I need a break I reckon you guys deserve one as well!
So, back to this post, What we have today is Private Godfrey (Medic) and Air Warden Hodges.
The Warlord Games accompanying flyer refers to Godfrey as “… a veteran of the Great War whose frailty, age and weak bladder prevent him serving with quite his old vigour”.
Of ARP Warden Hodges it says “Hodges the Air Raid Warden and local grocer is Mainwaring’s great rival. The pair are always bickering over the use of the Church Hall, which they share together with the Verger’s Sea Scouts. He always begins any confrontation with Captain Mainwaring with a cry of, “now look ‘ere Napoleon!” None the less, when it comes down to it, both know which side they are on.
So on to the figures. Nothing much to say on the painting front other than both figures required a minimal amount of freehand. I also think the sculptor did a pretty good job on capturing the image of Godfrey.
All being well I will complete the final two figures of the uniformed figure set when I get back but until then enjoy your break from me!
This week I managed to get two more of the 8 uniformed Dad’s Army figures produced by Warlord Games.
First up is Lance Corporal Jones followed by Private Frazer. We then have a photo of the two together and one of all four figures that I have managed to paint to date. All being well two more will follow next week.
Not much else to add other than they have been fun to paint so far and I’m looking forward to completing the rest. The civilian version or each of the figures will provide a bigger painting challenge but hopefully that will prove to be fun as well.
The Warlord flyer which accompanied the figures describes Lance Corporal Jones as “… a veteran of Lord Kitchener’s campaign in the Sudan and no stranger to the rigours of hand-to-hand combat! As he is prone to pointing out, ‘they don’t like it up ’em’!”
For Private Frazer the flyer states – “Frazer is the local undertaker and veteran of the Battle of Jutland. He is openly critical of Captain Mainwaring’s leadership, though his constant carping is usually followed by the claim that, ‘I never doubted you for a minute, Sir!’ as Mainwaring triumphs yet again!”