Monday, 8 December 2014

Putting the Cart before the Horse.



The 'Vth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' is well underway, with a staggering amount of high quality entries already posted, yet tours truly is somewhat left tying his shoelaces in the starting blocks!  As we come to the end of a particularly long and busy term there is always much to do and I am afraid that this will need to remain my focus for a little longer.  That's not to say that progress hasn't been made here at 'Awdry Towers'.  The airbrush has had its maiden run over the weekend and worked a treat with the first of the themed rounds all but complete, now I need to decide what to start from  my eclectic selection of primed goodies!  So without a challenge post to share, I though I would offer up this little piece of resin as a stopgap.  


This rather lovely piece of sculpting is from 'Fenris Games' and can be found in their vehicles section entitled 'The Lazy Wagon'.  It struck me that it would prove to be a nice little bit of tabletop clutter for my 'Witchfinder General' project and so snapped one up at this year's 'Salute'.  Simple enough to put together, but I wanted to add just a little more in the shape of a load of hay.  Designed to be removed, the the Lazy Wagon retains its versatility, but sadly can't be counted towards my challenge total as completed outside the agreed timeframe.  


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  1. So realistic, beautiful job Michael!

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  2. That is a great looking cart and a great job you've done on it.

    Good luck on your challenge!

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    1. Thank you Mike, great appreciated Sir.

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  3. Great looking cart! Can't wait to see your first entry to the challenge!

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    1. Thank you and I'm hoping to meet the first theme round deadline this weekend - just need to add some gore!

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  4. Lovely work Michael. Will your next piece for the back be a scantily clad lass tumbling out from the hay?

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  5. Hmm? very nice, I may have to pick up one of these!!

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    1. It really is lovely, but Warbases do something similar for half the price - still they don't have as much detail in theirs, so you pay your money and makes your choice.

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  6. Now your rolling Michael, great paint job.

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    1. Thank you Pat, but now I must get on with all things challenge related.

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  7. Very nicely done Michael! So very realistic looking great job!

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    1. Thank you Simon, I was thinking of all your amazing fantasy miniatures when working on this.

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  8. Another fine piece, Michael. Great how you have the hay/straw removable. It would work well in many scenarios - Witchfinder General not the least, of course.

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    1. Thank you Dean, it is certainly a lovely model and really quite versatile.

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  9. I see you have bought straw for the witch burning. Good job old man dry straw will burn readily.

    Excellent work mate. Multi uses and periods and more fuel for the fire. Now get something done for the painting challenge.

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    1. Thank you Clint and I'm trying, but work keeps getting in the way! I should certainly hit the first theme round on time, but only with a single figure.

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  10. Now that's truly a fine cart. Should serve you well to liven up the gaming table.

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    1. Thank you and I do hope so - just need to get a table now! ;)

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  11. Great looking table piece and the hay load looks great

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, it is a lovely little kit although Warbases do something similar for half the price.

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  12. Great looking wagon and the hay really adds to it.

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  13. Very nice sculpt and painting, sir.

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  14. Neat trick with the hay, I may copy that!

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    1. Thank you Scott and please do use the idea, such that it is - perfect for Hobbiton!

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  15. Splendid looking piece. Love the hay trick :-)

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    1. Thank you, it just allows me to be a bit more varied with its uses.

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  16. Good table clutter/cover and made more interesting by positioning it not resting on its forks.

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    1. Thank you Joe, it was such a lovely design that I had to have one.

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  17. Lovely piece of scatter terrain Michael.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I need to take a couple of 'location' shots with the buildings and the like.

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  18. That's a lovely addition Michael.

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  19. Very clever way to do cargo. I may have to borrow that some day.

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    1. Thank you and do feel free, I just wanted to give this lovely model the opportunity of being used for other purposes.

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  20. Fantastic work - I love the aged, well-used look of the wood.

    As an aside, I've just recently returned to miniature painting after a couple years' absence from the hobby, and am really happy to have discovered some excellent blogs, yours most especially! I've been combing through the archives and enjoying every post on my lunch breaks at work.

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    1. Thank you Bill and thank you also for your very kind comments, that is very kind of you. Are you charting your return to the hobby with a blog? I only ask as I can't seem to see anything when I click on your profile.

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    2. I am, I'm charting my work at http://dice-and-doubloons.blogspot.com/ -- it started out as a roleplaying blog, but since that wasn't helping my anxiety issues the way painting does, it's begun to transition over.

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    3. Excellent, that cthulhu model is a beast! Bill have you thought about adding a followers gadget? There are a couple available, but the one I favour is at the bottom of page 2 of the 'more gadgets' page. I find this invaluable for keeping track of what other people are up to, and I definitely don't want to miss have you paint up the beasty!

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    4. Thanks Michael! I've been trying to add a followers gadget but I can't seem to find one. Even checking the second page of 'more gadgets' I'm not seeing it. Maybe it's a factor of the template I'm using?

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    5. That's a blow Bill, I can't see any reason why your template wouldn't support the gadget as you already have some running. Just checking the list again, I can see it there at the bottom of the page. Layout panel, 'add a gadget', 'more gadgets' tab, 'Followers' - bottom of the page. Good luck!

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    6. You have a new follower, well done Bill.

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    7. Yup, I'm there as well, Bill.

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  21. Nice work on the wagon Michael!

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    1. Thank you, it is certainly a lovely kit.

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  22. Great looking piece of kit Michael!

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  23. That is awesome Michael! Really like the trick with the load too!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, I didn't want to fix it in as there are so many possibilities, perhaps a dung cart next?

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  24. Very realistic well done Michael .
    Cheers .

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  25. That's so realistic, the hay is making me sneeze1 Well done, Michael, a very versatile model, suitable for all sorts of periods.
    Very interested in your Witchsmeller project.
    Cheers,
    Michael

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    1. God bless you! Thank you Michael, the details were a joy to bring to life.

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  26. The wood grain effect on the cart is really impressive. Was there any particular wash you used or just a simply dilution of a darker shade of paint?

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    1. Thank you, I did use some Vallejo smoke, brilliant stuff! Wash into the details and then dry brush on top.

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  27. Very nice indeed. Great job on the cargo too.

    Fenris makes some great stuff.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, Fenris certainly make it easy!

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  28. Very nice cart and great idea to add the hay in it !
    I like !

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    1. Thank you Sam, great fun to do as well.

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  29. Very nice cart., Excellent paintjob, Michael !

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  30. That is very nice work there on the cart and I love the straw in the back of it. Very good luck and the best of British with the competition Michael

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  31. Lovely work there. Good luck with The Term That Would Not End. I feel your pain.

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  32. Really nice looking cart!

    Greetings
    Peter

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