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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 8:26 a.m. PST

I know some folk like to see work in progress images (well I do because I love modelling and conversion work). Progress so far, converting Perry HA from their French in Egypt range. Simple flash photo so poor depth of focus, but a preview anyway. Did French IGHA ever actually use 4pdrs?




Lord Hill10 Jun 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

That green stuff looks very good – an inspiration to try it myself!

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

Good work. I used the figures with swapped heads for early Line Horse Artillery. However, I like the fact that you have added the fur to make them wearing pelisses. Very swish.

At least the mounted gunners are easy to make. Oh, I think we have been here before…..

Widowson10 Jun 2019 12:58 p.m. PST

Very nice. You know how I love conversion work. It makes this unit completely unique. Nothing exactly like it on earth.

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 2:10 p.m. PST

Yes. Very nice!
The only thing better would be to get them in the backyard and fire little wooden dowels at them from spring-loaded cannon, like H.G. Well's 'Little Wars' style…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 2:16 p.m. PST

I miss the carrots thing…canister against carrots. That was actually quite scary, to see how they were blown apart.

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Problem with these guys is (as so often) to explain how they are in full, parade, dress…but then with overalls?…and clearly in action

I look forward to my trumpeter from Steve Barber Models, mounted gunners would indeed be easy (therefore too easy) but I keep thinking of a horse holder. Totally essential but, as far as I know never shown (indeed for almost any Napoleonic HA unit).

I do have three ACW sets from Perrys mind you!

C M DODSON10 Jun 2019 7:21 p.m. PST

Very nice conversions Mr D as always and will no doubt look wonderful when finished.

You can always rely on Francesco for a quality product, in TOTS, of course.


Best wishes,


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 1:02 a.m. PST

Now that is quite inspiring….convinces me that I must add one!

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 1:20 a.m. PST

Indeed. If only they were 28mm..…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 2:27 a.m. PST

By the time I am done, they will be!

1/72 scale models, largely from Germany, are superb…but not TOTS…ATOTS where the A is Almost

Markconz11 Jun 2019 3:55 a.m. PST

Great to see the work on these Liam, look forward to seeing them all painted up! :)

wrgmr111 Jun 2019 4:44 a.m. PST

Agreed, these look great Liam. Looking forward to further updates.

Marc at work11 Jun 2019 5:21 a.m. PST

Very nice Liam. How long have you been pushing GS or Miliput around now – you are starting to make it look easy

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

Thanks folks. It is plain GS although von W has suggested modifications than make it even better to work with. all started over ten years ago with the lads' Lord of the Rings from Perrys. Some of their plastic ranges were superb but I could not resist conversions.

Now undercoated and they do actually look much better as a result. The two in pelisse are from the only two figures with an open dolman and the barrelled sash not visible. Fine for Egypt, not Northern Europe. It is an excuse to make one an NCO (and it cannot be the spongeman/rammer) with brown fur.

von Winterfeldt11 Jun 2019 12:40 p.m. PST

for shaping the hair – a hypodermic needle works very well.

wrgmr113 Jun 2019 10:44 p.m. PST

Great tip Von W!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2019 3:05 a.m. PST

Indeed. Thanks. I used a scalpel blade to create grooves and tied to lift in hair in places. Is the idea just that. Stab with the needle tip and raise the texture?

Painting yesterday. A sudden disturbing thought. The barrelled sash. I, though I say so, made a nice job of painting alternating yellow and red squares all around the waist. A moment of doubt.

Weep. The sash only had three yellow patches at the front, the rear was plain crimson. OK, easily fixed. But what about every Chasseur a Cheval of the Guard that I have every painted? (Sob)

Sir Able Brush23 Jun 2019 9:20 a.m. PST

Wonderful work

von Winterfeldt23 Jun 2019 10:25 a.m. PST

not necessarily stabbing but the edge of the hypodermic needle it a bit "triangular" and by that, depends how much you press this in the GS you can create different impressions in contrast to the scalpel blade which is just a thin edge.
you also can twist and to a right or left impression – just a bit experimenting, you have to find out what size of the needle would fit your sculpting style of for what kind of detail you like to use.

Another great tool are those pins – when you buy a high class shirt, which pins it to the paper or cardboard, the tips are different to usual pins.

von Winterfeldt23 Jun 2019 11:30 a.m. PST

triangular, maybe misleading, more like a wedge, so it is the side of the hypodermic needle not the flat side where you draw blood.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

Look you are an artist….this I know.

I no longer draw blood. I am retired for six months. Indeed for over 20 years that was for my juniors or my anaesthetist..

We once had an emergency….actually twice if I think about it. It is called a tension pneumothorax. On both occasions I recognised the problem. But only once did my colleague then react. He was Best Man at my wedding later. He stuck in a needle at the time. Fine.

Second time…different person…..I still think I…oh forget it. Let me post my figures and be glad those days are passed. They could be so…very..scary…….

Under fire takes real guts, but no-one is judging you. What we call an operating theatre (US OR) can be absolutely terrifying, because the ambulance chasers will study every single record….

Even In the UK I still have case hanging over me, which my colleagues think is just incredible. I agree. Imagine what it is like for US folk who pick up a scalpel/ Needle. Not all are making big bucks in the private sector, I imagine anyway. Over here we surely are not, if we choose that…..

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