Painting projects seldom grace the pages of this blog, but this base has a slightly different emphasis.
|Front Rank 28's|
Years ago, pre home computer, I put together a small booklet that covered the Battle of Bosworth 1485, containing a short narrative and a simple set of rules for 10mm armies. The whole thing suffered poor editing and poor production values, but it has its place in my gaming history.
Fast forward to now and a conversation about the said booklet with a family member, had that person suggesting that I redo it and they gifted me a Front Rank 28mm medieval gun piece with crew, plus a pack of WoR casualties, obviously keen to encourage me to take on the project.
Anyway, it has rather enthused me to do a pair of War of the Roses armies and I have collected a few boxes of plastic figures in readiness for when I get sufficient fortitude, but I thought that first, I would make a bit of an effort with the gun base.
Firstly as a thank you and secondly (play sad music) the family member has no inclination to having any interest in my gaming or collection, but I thought that since this is my passion, this single base might now have enough of a connection to make a good keepsake, when I eventually shuffle off my mortal coil and my collection just becomes a hassle to the family, exiting stage left to some place where old armies and boardgames go ..... shudder!
I must say, I quite enjoyed doing the piece and had never appreciated the clever but simple mechanism for adjusting gun elevation that these things had. The video below shows some period artillery in action (plenty of smoke!)
Everything went together fine and painted easily, though I am finding that my Winsor and Newton Professional matt spray varnish is taking away some of the vibrancy out of the colour.
Basing is 2mm MDF at 60mm wide by 80mm deep. The photo doesn't show it clearly, but the tree stump is propped up at one end by an earth mound made from Green Stuff. You can click on the images for a closer look.
My sister webspace COMMANDERS is a bit more snippet based than here. Link.
A video showing gunne, artillery and archery in action! LINK