Sunday, 9 October 2011

Tommy's War

I seem to be passing through a period of time where absolutely nothing seems to get done.  My corner of the dining room table at 'Awdry Towers' looks as though someone has dropped a significantly large bomb on it!  All manner of half finished miniatures and projects litter the space including this fine gentleman from  'Tommy's War'.  This was my impulse buy when I visited Euro Militaire 2011 with the Provost Marshal the other day.  This is my first 54mm multi part figure and having seen the quality of work on show at the exhibition I've been somewhat reticent about stating him.  Well it all started well enough, a beautifully sculpted resin model by Nino Pizzichemi, representing a Captain from the 4th Bn Royal Fusiliers during the Great War.
However it wasn't long before disaster struck and in a fairly significant way!  Having picked out a large lipped base I was cutting a section out of the plastic to allow the positioning of the foot but forced it too hard and snap went the ankle!  When the air returned to a more normal hue as opposed to the vivid blue it became clear that a spot of surgery was required.  Fortunately the resin was receptive to drilling and a paperclip pin was inserted and sealed with a bit of green stuff.
If  you look hard enough at the above photograph you can see the break but I'm hopeful that once the painting is underway it should become almost indiscernible.  I envisage this to be a distraction that I work on from time to time while between projects of the usual 28mm fodder so will keep posting 'Work in Progress' reports as it progresses. 

9 comments:

  1. Nice miniature. looking forward to more. I dropped one of my hasslefree lady soldiers and snapped the gun barrel off.

    Alas I never found it as it shot god knows where

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  2. Nice save, Michael! I did something similar with the 20mm Soviets I'm painting for a friend at the moment. After junior Rosbif #2 knocked them onto the shed floor, I thought I'd picked them all up until I heard CRACK! underfoot: One of the officer figures had had his feet amputated at the ankles after I had trod on it unawares! One way to make sure you've found them all! A quick bit of surgery with super-glue and we're all none the wiser, eh?

    20mm doesn't really compare to 54mm though; I can imagine the blue-ification of the air after breaking the captain's ankle!

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  3. Nice looking miniature, good repair work and patience, I may have buried it in a wall in a fit of rage.

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  4. Good repair job Michael. I would have lost my rag and biffed somewhere.

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  5. Great repair job, if you hadn't said about it, I doubt anyone would have noticed, I too may have gone the way of The Angry Lurker, it would be bad enough sticking the thing together in the first place!!!

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  6. Nice work on the repair, you can't see the break at all. I had the same problem with a 28mm Ottoman recently I was trimming of flash looked up at the film I was watching and at the same time snipped off the foot instead of flash. Doh. Look forward to seeing your progress on this "big scale" figure.

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  7. Thanks guys, the air was indeed blue!

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  8. Nice mini and great sculpt. I had the same problem once too: a 28mm resin mini, but an Ogre, so about the same size (but bulkier) and just like this one, only touched base at one foot and it snapped at the ankle. Luckily resin takes pinning & super glue really well. If you find there is still a visible crack after, a bit of gesso or watered down acrylic modeling paste works great.

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