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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chariots!

So I think I mentioned that I'm a tad behind. I got some more work done on the Stygustan and Tropilium armies for my Talomir Tales battle using the RRtK rules from THW.

As you may recall I did not have a ready made base handy so I was going to make some from roofers tin. Here's what I came up with.

Not glued down just positioned. Sorry for the cellphone picture.
So I just laid them on the shingle, marked off a rectangle with a sharpie marker and then traced the arc of a 1.5" washer to help get the rounded edge. Only really had one burr from cutting and some casual passes with a file took any troublesome edge down. My normal procedure is to glue the figure to the base and then build it up with clay, but I thought that would be difficult for this application. So I spread a thin layer of the air drying modelling clay on the tin, added the texture goop and then spot PVA glue on the chariot wheels and horse hooves. The assembled chariots were a tad warped, so an apple sauce jar lid was laid on top to hold the figure down. As usual the green aquarium sand was sprinkled on while the goop was still wet. I think it was Mathyoo who mentioned mixing PVA into the clay. I did not do this but will henceforth modify my basing procedure by spreading PVA on the metal surface of the base before applying the clay. I have been successful in gluing dry clay down with the goop, but it can be difficult. Especially with thinner layers of clay.

Said Chariots

Chariot crews
I am beginning to appreciate that fully assembling the chariots is going to make them difficult to paint, but I am desperate to have assembled models at this point.

The Ballista and crew (HaT Greek catapult)
The camera refused to focus on the figures on sticks
And I just wanted to show you how I rigged up some balsa block with tooth picks for painting riders and shields. I need to figure out a good way to affix things so that they won't fall off when I paint them but won't be permanently glued there as well. I received a pile o' figures from someone that had a few that had suffered the permanent attachment to the painting stick.

So that's that as they say. In other news the Old School Gamers group on facebook just had its second anniversary.

Old School Gamers

And I'm excited about Orctober. You can read about it at Erny's place here.

11 comments:

  1. Great looking chariots and ballista...and thanks for the last picture, what we call in France "une madeleine de Proust"...so many souvenirs!
    Great post!

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    1. Hi Phil, thanks for commenting. Glad you liked the figures and last picture. I popped over to your blog and am now following.

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  2. Good start, Sean! Should look great when finished.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Aaron, I hope I can do them justice.

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  3. Lots of improvisation going on there and it all looks good. I always like to assemble the whole thing first before painting, even if it is more difficult to get at to paint.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thanks Pat, if I do anything similar to you I'll be happy as your work is exceptional. I just seem to have the habit of making more work for myself.

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  4. it will be good I'm sure!
    and yes, sometimes it's better to paint some parts unassembled, but not always easy to see before assembling !

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    1. Hi Sam, I had an indication but was afraid I'd make a mess of it if I painted first.

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  5. I love the chariots. the 1/72 scale is truly good for mass battle. You still got a sense of individual and mass formation at the same time

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    1. Hi Cedric, I agree. 1/72 is my solution to switch between mass battle and individual skirmish. I was too afraid to try 15mm as it just seemed too small.

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