Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WARGAMES FOUNDRY - British ROYAL NAVY and Mutineers.

Hi. Received my order to-day from Wargames Foundry (UK). I have prepared the castings for undercoating and painting to be done tomorrow.
      The Royal Navy figures which will form the crew of my Gunboat HMS Thistle.
                                                               The cannon is a 6lb for use on land.

Close up of the Royal Navy Command figures with Ratings in the background.

The Mutineers.
There are 30 figures - I may need to add others to the Collection.

The Mutineer Command figures.
I have since added a Flag Pole from Piano Wire.

                  The Royal Navy figures which will form part of the crew of my Gunboat HMS Thistle.
                                                          Above is shown two of my favorite figures.
                                                          I particularly like the Officer casting - so very British.


Tomorrow morning - weather permitting I should be able to undercoat the Royal Navy figures and Mutineers and the Civilian figures. If all goes well there should be some finished painted figures to show on the Tinkerton Project - late tomorrow night.

I have ordered some Eye-Hooks in preparation for the building of my Gunboat HMS Thistle.

Really enjoying my Colonial/ Victorian  Fiction project in 25mm. Progressing well.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Hi. Received an e-Bay purchase from the UK in the form of 24 Wargames Foundry Civilian figures in 25mm. Very pleased and will base them soon ready for undercoating and painting.

The 24 figures - minimum of flash and very easy to clean up the castings.
There are no duplicate figures- they are all individual.

Victorian Gentlemen - very dapper!

A figure which I shall turn into a Royal Navy Officer for my Gunboat.

These three figures are definitely Farmers.

Most likely I shall use these three figures as Explorers.


Whilst thinking about the Scenarios that I'd like to do for my Colonial /Victorian Fiction games - I needed Civilian types- I am very pleased with this batch of figures.
Also I do have other Civilian types on the way from Wargames Foundry (UK).


Monday, 20 March 2017


Hi. The time is near for the arrival of my 25mm figure order from the UK. When the long awaited 25mm order arrives from Wargames Foundry I should be able to get cracking on figure painting and model making.

I am particularly interested in making up a Royal Navy crew set - complete with Captain and Officers for my Gunboat - the fictional HMS Thistle.

I hope to game the crew of HMS Thistle against an enemy which will be drawn from Wargames Foundry Indian Mutineers.

At this stage have gathered some of the basic parts that will be needed to build HMS Thistle.

                                                                 Bye for now.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Four New HOBBIT Cottages.

Hi. I Have had a good day adding another three HOBBIT Cottages to my collection built from cardboard and some pieces of wood. I do have plans for other cottages and may even attempt to make HOBBIT Burrows too.

My four completed Hobbit Cottages in 15mm.

Close up of the Green Door and Light Blue Hobbit Cottages.

Light blue doored Hobbit Cottage.

Red door Hobbit Cottage.

Yellow door Hobbit Cottage.

Green door Hobbit Cottage.

The 'Tooksburrow' HOBBITS marching past two of their cottages.


At this stage there are other cottages I would like to model and I am seriously thinking about placing each cottage onto a purpose built piece of landscaped terrain. Also, there is a good possibility that I may attempt to model some Hobbit Burrows as well.


Saturday, 18 March 2017


Hi. This afternoon I planned and built a small Hobbit House from cardboard and some wood. This is the Prototype for other Hobbit buildings I would like to make in the future.

              A Hobbit spear armed unit from Tooksburrow marches past the new Hobbit House.

The Hobbit House showing the raw materials.

The Hobbit House undercoated- 'Flat Black'.

The Hobbit House in a scenic setting.

The Hobbit House with three Hobbits from Tooksburrow.


The model of the Hobbit House is the first of a series of buildings that I would like to make - this one is really a Prototype to test out the choice of materials, tools and methods.

Most pleased with the first Hobbit House.


Friday, 17 March 2017

The HOBBIT & RATMEN ARMIES all Completed.

Hi. Between yesterday and to-day I have completed my HOBBIT and RATMEN Armies from go to woe. Very pleased with the results. Please enjoy the photos.

My completed 15mm HOBBIT 'Tooksburrow Contingent'.

Above: Close up of the Independant Characters - the Tooksburrow  Chief.

Hobbit Spears.

Hobbit Archers.

I tried to provide a non-uniform appearance with different colored apparel and shields.

I replaced the Irregular cast metal Flags with my own - piano wire and printed paper flags.

The HOBBIT Tooksburrow Contingent Overall Commander.

Very pleased with my HOBBIT Contingent.
There are 68 Hobbits.

The full array of the RATMEN Army,

The RATMEN Armies overall Leader.
I have chosen to name my Ratmen Leader as 'Skaznarl'- The Rat LORD.

Sword armed Ratmen unit.

Bow armed Ratman unit.

Ratman Cavalry - riders on huge varieties of giant rats.

The 1st Ratman sword armed unit,

I tried to vary the color of the fur of the Ratmen from grey to dark brown.

The full RATMEN Army.
All up there are 102 Ratmen.

The Ratmen Cavalry - with it's independent Leader/Champion.

For he Ratmen Army Standards- I have used the old 'Skaven' triangle symbol as designed by Citadel.


I am very pleased with the painting and basing of the miniatures - I'm especially pleased with the HOBBITS - I  am still buzzing...they are just what I wanted.

At this stage I am thinking that the Hobbit Contingent may need to be bolstered by a Dwarf when the Ratmen Army was completed- I thought they do look very daunting and possibly too overwhelming for the Hobbits to deal with in a battle....may need the help of a Wizard as well.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Irregular HOBBITS underway in 15mm.

Hi. Have had a good morning with the arrival of my HOBBITS, Ratmen and Lizardmen. Readied the Hobbits for the painting to be done this evening. I may have them finished late tomorrow.

                                       Hobbit Chiefs /Leaders with spear armed rank and file Hobbits.

Full array of Hobbits plus some Sheep.

Hobbit Archers.

Hobbit Spears and Shields.

Temporary Basing on Paddle Pop Sticks using PVA white wood glue.

Undercoating with Matt Black spray.

My two favourite Hobbit castings - A helmed Chief and spear armed Hobbit.

Very pleased to receive my order from Eureka Miniatures.
I can spend the next few days painting up the Hobbit Contingent and a Ratman Army.