Monday 6 February 2012

Reverend Otto Witt's Carriage

Finally another idea comes to fruition.  In all fairness this wasn't an original idea but inspired something similar on the sadly now seemingly inactive 'The Zulu War in Miniature'.  I have often seen other Lledo models transformed into great pieces and just fancied having ago myself.  The project started to gather a little momentum after the Rev. Witt conversion, but like most things simply fell by the wayside when something new and shiny appeared on the horizon!

Having won my carriage on eBay for £1.99 was a great start, but the first observation was that the accompanying horse was a bit rubbish really!  I managed to track down a suitable replacement in a cart mule from 'Redoubt Enterprises' that you could buy singularly so it subsequently became the new nag. 


Initially I was just going to spray the carriage, perhaps a bit of dry brushing and that would be it, but in the end I decided to add a few personal touches the most obvious of these were the mud guards, created from  small off cuts of plasticard.  

Other than the film itself I could find very little in the way of visual reference but I knew I wanted to try and imply that the carriage was in fact covered by a tarpaulin.  More strips of plasticard were employed along with some liquid greenstuff to give the impression of fabric.  A few button fastenings were achieved by using, of a things, the stem of a remembrance poppy.

Painting was fairly straightforward and consisted mostly of dry brushing on the carriage and the usual palette for the pony.  One final detail was the use of a really thin strip of plastic tied in a knot to represent the reigns.

I have to admit that I'm absolutely thrilled with the results and of course delighted to have got another stalled project off the table.  Apart from been another piece of table top frippery I envisage it been used as a  possible side chapter in a game; for example, can the Witts escape before the Zulus arrive? 

One careful owner...


  1. Now that is bloody well done and great painting....

  2. Gotta agree with The Lurk above, what a fine piece of conversion work, you've done yourself proud, Sir!!

  3. Brilliant work Michael. Very nice painting and basing.

  4. CLEVER!!


  5. Agree with the guys above. The drybrushing on the carrioage is very effective and I particulary like the muddy back of the thing.

  6. Bl**dy hell that´s nice!!. Not only have you achieved a wonderfull result but the idea alone is great. A couple of quid for the cart, I assume about the same for the nag (I looked but can´t find that one, nice range of stuff btw)your painting and the result...something that would, if sold as fit for purpose would cost a way lot more (unpainted at that)

  7. Thank you all! I have to admit that I'm absolutely thrilled with the result; it just seemed to come together as I visualised it in my poor, addled mind!

  8. Thats excellent mate at a fantastic price too!

    All the little touchs make it all fit together just right!

  9. And what vision you have. This really is superb and I want one.
    Thanks very much for the walk through, very inspirational and informative.

  10. Fantastic work Michael I can almost hear him shouting !

  11. That is amazing and really looks the part. One thing we have Rington Tea which is really nice and my wife have just told me that her father has on of these, or rather had, lol.

  12. That is quite neat, I'm going to have to go to the toy store.

  13. Nice work on Witt,s carriage, I still have to finish off mine but loads of other stuff still to do first. I may well pinch the idea of the redoubt nag as I was looking for a replacement for the Lledo one.

    'The Zulu War in Miniature' blog has been inactive for far to long, unfortantly this has been due to real world commitments over the last year. I have started doing a little bit of work on the project and hopefully will have something to post in the next few weeks

    1. Dear Terry, thank you for taking the time to post a comment here; I'm delighted that you like the carriage, especially as it was so heavy inspired by your own. I am doubly delighted to hear that the 'Zulu War in Miniature' will continue to inspire us all in the near future; It was simply too good to stop! All the very best, Michael

  14. Absolutely fantastic work. Top notch conversion. I can almost hear Jack Hawkins' gravelly voice (or was it Charles Gray's by then?) from the back of the carriage. Marvellous!

  15. What a great conversion. And it looks so simple to make.


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