Sunday, September 24, 2017

Peking - British Legation Complete!

I'm happy to report that bar a few minor items (e.g. a flag) the British Legation is complete. Overall pretty happy with how things have turned out. The photos don't show the contrast as well as they might so you'll have to imagine that the window frames are clearly distinct from the darker interior.


As per several requests, some 28mm Perry Miniatures British Naval Brigade stoutly defending the gatehouse to give a sense of scale...


I'm still debating the front door. I left it out til now thinking I could make an undamaged and a damaged version for a last ditch defence but that just seems like a lot of effort. If the Boxers and inside the walls it's pretty much game over man anyway (go on click away, you KNOW you want to).



The first floor can be removed for a smaller walled configuration if I decide to do some battles outside Peking. The roof also comes off both the main building and the hospital for storage and so figures can hide inside.


The hospital...



At some point I think I'll add some window shutters in the same red as the roof folded back against the wall for a bit more interest. As it is stands it looks a bit flat. Having said that, some trees and a statue or two in the courtyard will go a long way to alleviate that.



I've also finished up four small stalls for the Mongol Market which I'll put up later in the week.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the build to date. It's taken considerable effort and the feedback has been a great motivator.

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Peking - British Legation Build Complete!

Right then. That's the construction for the British Legation knocked off I'm very pleased to say. Not 100% happy with how it turned out but certainly it's good enough that I'm not inclined to redo any part of it at this point. I'm sure once it is painted up I'll be even happier with it.




The "hospital" lurks in the corner near the gatehouse. More like a closet that anything else but the size isn't important so much as it's role in game play. Wounded Allied troops get sent here and some recover to fight on whilst others do not.



The interior of the wall looks pretty sparse at the moment but there's impromptu fire steps and other set dressing to be added. These will be removable to allow for various scenario options.


Time for a lick of paint or three now.

Cheers,
Millsy

Friday, September 22, 2017

Peking - British Legation Gatehouse

Just a quick post tonight (as much because I've just knocked myself half sense-less on a cupboard door as anything!).

I've finished the build on the gatehouse for the British Legation. This posed me some conundrums as I struggled to get the right balance of detail vs. effort and scale. Overall I think I'm happy that is is clearly representative of the original even though nowhere near a replica.


Special mention of the button with the crest sitting over the entry way. That's been rattling round in the bits box since the dawn of time, proof you should never throw *anything* away :-)

Here's the genuine article for those curious to know.


Now onto the walls and hospital building...

Cheers,
Millsy

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

More Boxers and more Finished Boxer Terrain

More progress on Boxers and terrain to go with them this weekend. I've managed to finish off the bamboo stands, cherry trees and template dogs I started last week. I've also completed another 12 Boxers with melee weapons and 12 with firearms. Just basing to go on those which is a doddle and will get done through the week.



In total I have 10 cherry trees and 6 stands of bamboo but I've saved about 25% of the bamboo for inclusion on various other terrain items like gardens. The cherry trees seem pretty fragile and the blossom falls off quite readily but I can save it up and re-glue later I guess.


Next up painting-wise I think it will be some Kansu Braves and maybe the cannon. I need a break from painting so much variation. It takes a lot longer as you're constantly switching colours, cleaning up and checking you're not duplicating colour schemes too often. Something uniform will be a pleasant change!

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Paint Table Saturday


Inspiration and consequently perspiration has been somewhat lacking at Chez Millsy of late. Nothing especially wrong, just whenever I stand at the door to the room where I paint I can also see the couch in front of the telly. And, well, the rest as they say is history.

Today, however, things have been different. A couple of packages du jour this week have perked my interest and I'm back into the 55 Days at Peking project with a vengeance. Today I've been painting up more Boxers...


And also some Temple Dogs from Ainsty Castings...


I've also put together a bunch more greenery and er pinkery(?) in the form of stands of bamboo and cherry blossoms, having seen Mr Awdry's wonderful effort on same...




Finally I've picked up a handful of beads which will do nicely as planters and/or lanterns...


That's it for today. Back to the paint table!

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Epic Armageddon City Terrain Repairs

Last weekend Russ and I played a game of Epic Armageddon and it was quite apparent that our city terrain was looking the worse for wear. It was based on thin card which had then had sand, black paint and a dry brush applied. In theory all good but the card was splitting, turning up at the corners and some of the building were coming free and suffering real life damage.

I decided I needed a break from all things cork so I spent a couple of mornings and afternoons pulling it apart, fixing to new timber bases and redoing the groundwork that surrounds it. There's still some work to go with some form of weeds / grass but otherwise it's good to go again now.






I've also sold off a couple of units of Empire plastic knights (for a great price!) and reinvested in a new Imperial Guard army. It'll be either Steel Legion or Minervans... or probably both depending on my mood :-). I had no plans whatsoever to do this until Russ and I played a single game. Obviously being on leave with too much thinking time is a dangerous thing. Like I didn't already know that...

So now its back to the Boxers, at least until some teeny tiny tanks arrive in the post.

Cheers,
Millsy
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