EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shiny and new

It was a rainy day and I didn't feel like working so........
The first company of Belmont Rifles.
I took my 3 test castings, cleaned them up and applied paint. Not exactly professional sculpting or mold making but  I'm pretty pleased with them overall. A little rough but gloss paint and numbers will deflect the eye. I'll hopefully get the next 9 cast tomorrow followed later by 2 more units, 1 red, 1 rifle green. The original plan then calls for me to rework the master to add a low shako and pack and make a new mold.

At the same time, I took action to back date my unit of 8 x 1900 Oerberg infantry in drab uniforms to 12 x 1860 ones wearing faded homespun uniforms. 2 samples done, the rest nearly done. Mounted rifles to finally follow ere long and a game after.


Scruby 40mm ACW vs homemade. 

15 comments:

  1. They are lovely Ross. I played hokey from writing my evidence homework today and cast up another two lancers and some Irish Guards.

    It is rather addicting.

    Those chaps are lovely. You'd turn a fellas head to home mould making Ross - you really would.

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  2. Ross Mac,

    I really like the way your new castings have turned out. They have painted up very well indeed, and are a great addition to your collection. I look forward to seeing the completed units.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Dare I say your homecasts look better than the Scruby's? Oops too late, I've said it!

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    1. Of course, they are shiny AND red! (and the flash has been filed .

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  4. Lovely figures indeed! I am sure after all your great work on them they will fight well for you.
    Alan

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    1. IThanks Alan but experience has taught me not to count on the tabletop performance of pretty, new, troops.

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  5. Smart looking toy soldiers ! , the home casts look excellent , Tony

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  6. They look fantastic, Ross. They look ready to take their turn on guard mount at Fort Henry, The butternut look for the Oeberg fellows is very effective as well.

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    1. Thanks Mike, I'd been wondering on the best way to mix reb and Yankee units and this seemed to do it for the butternut look. Reg grey can be volunteers since thats where it came from anyway.

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  7. Ross, they look wonderful.

    Were you to do it again, would you bother casting the cross-belts on? Just paint them?

    Greg

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    1. I'm not sure. They aren't as straight and well defined as intended but even if they were I find it easier to paint them on.

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