Having made it to another half term break, I have trawling through some of the splendid weblogs that I enjoy to follow. Just in the small time that I have had away there has been a massive amount of work done and I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with all the hobby progress, furiously scribbling down some new ideas to try and projects to investigate - top of that list seems to be some shiny new Batman toys!
I was just reviewing what I have managed to achieve to date this year and noticed that I had not posted my Jailer's Van that accompanied my 'Victorian' themed entry to the 'Annologue Hobbies Painting Challenge', and so to complete the entry, have included it here. This then, a ‘Warbases’ Jailer’s Van, was one of those silly impulse buys that seemed to have inadvertently jumped into my virtual shopping trolley when last picking up some MDF discs. A relatively simple kit to put together* this Jailer's Van is a truly versatile kit, based on 'Warbases' original horse drawn van it could work equally well in the Wild West, stirring fond memories of my 'Timpo Jail Wagon'. The website also suggests that it might prove just the ticket as an appropriate transport for that most wonderfully camp villain, the Child Catcher, played by Robert Helpmann in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.**
*Which is fortunate as there were no instructions.
**Now there's an idea for a project!
Deciding against the more traditional colour scheme for the 'Black Maria'*** I opted for a dark blue colour. With a touch of weathering, some rust on the bars and a suitable base, this little MDF model soon sprang to life and I have to confess, I pretty pleased with it. The theme rounds have been a wonderful distraction for me this year and allowed me some sort of continued presence in the challenge whilst I struggle to make an impact on my target points tally - still plenty of time to go yet!
***Well this is supposed to be a painting contest!