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Zombies Party!

Zombies Party! New post on the blog to show you some of the most interesting conversions I've done lately. A good friend has sent me an old box of Citadel zombies in plastic which I wanto to assemble time ago. The box is quite complete and it was very fun to make these conversions. or me, Citadel miniatures have disproportionate hands and feet, not an issue when mounting zombies, where anything goes. I have used entirely parts of the box. I have tried to get different expression to each zombie. To do this I had to cut and reposition hands and legs. And with putty I retouched some amputees limbs, chunks of hair and scalp, and filled all joints assembled parts. This will be the first part of this work. There will be a second with the decoration of the bases and a third showing you the finished work of the zombies in the portfolio. Hope you like it, see you !

Gothic Archers 4th Century AD

Gothic Archers 4th Century AD In this post we will make a conversion starting from the Gauls archers of Warmodelling Miniatures to Gothic archers, as the warriors of late Germanic peoples who ravaged the Roman frontiers in the 4th Century AD. First file the head of the gaul archer by side diagonally, sharpening and shaping up. Then add a small ball of putty twin and we grit our side. We are going to shape the sides, adding volume. We practice a small tip cutting, and the cut portion is folded over itself. Using a scalpel or chisel give volume modeling and simulate the folds of a gothic style hat as we see in the artwork we can find . And here the final result, now we have our Gothic archers prepared for attack the Roman frontiers ... See you !  

Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part III]

1-Adding realistic details. Progress in our English Civil War diorama and our blog adding details to the work. I decided to add a group of dead and dying to diorama to give it more authenticity. I bought a blister of dead and wounded from Warlord Miniatures and chose four different figures. All underwent a similar transformation to the rest of the miniatures of the work and added some extra details as you can see in the gallery I show below. I molded with putty several broken patches on clothing, plus bags and other similar details. I also added a plastic beret to the sitting plastic miniature and a sword in its sheath. To fit well, the two plastic parts has been retouched with putty on the joints. To the dying crawling miniature I've added a plastic feather in his hat and a broken pike in his hand. To represent the fight until the last moment, or rather self-defense. It also has added a plastic sword in its sheath. At two dead miniatures similar contributions were made by adding a small plastic feather to one of them and a sword in the other. After primed then I decided to paint and here is the final result. Soon more information about the diorama, It is almost ready ... See you!

Arqueros Hispanos

1-Conversiones en 15mm. We continue with another post in our blog. In this case we solve the problem of a client who needed to add archers to his Hispanic army of Numancia to fend off the siege of Scipio in October 134 BC. We have on our disposal the following Warmodelling Miniatures figures: Gauls archers and Balearic slingers. With these two types of figures will make up Hispanics archers using the body of slingers, more corde with the age we want to represent, and the poses and bows of the Gauls. In this first conversión we cut off the arm with the bow of the Gaul archer, and the same arm with the sling of this slinger using the clamp and a metal saw. We cut off the area so that there is no rest. Then slowly will double left arm over his shoulder simulating the action of releasing the bowstring. With a modeling drill we make a hole in the right arm to fit the arm of the Gaul archer, previously we will file at its end making a peak to be anchored better. The next step is to glue with cyanoacrylate bow arm into the hole we practiced with drill. And with putty mold it a quiver of arrows on the belt of the miniature. For this second conversion we cut the bow of the Gaul and filing the remains metal. On the slinger we have placed a portion of the arc, and the rest have molded with putty out over his arm, simulating the action of draw a bow. And we re-shape a quiver of arrows on the waist. And this is the final result: Here you can see the rest of conversions that have been made very similarly. In some cases we used a Gaul archer, with putty we have subsequently transformed hair and painted similar to the rest of the models. This make tha it fit perfectly into the unit we want to represent. As you can see, an easy way to customize each figure and create figure that maybe we do not have right now or our manufacturer has not available. See you!

Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part I]

1-Historical Background. Lets start our Blog with a diorama that is currently in progress. This is a scene in 28mm, combining plastic and metal, about English Civil War, an importatnt historical conflict by the impact it had on the British story and neighboring countries. After a work of documentation of battles and important war stories of this conflict to get inspiration, I decided on a specific episode with a parlamentarian regiment, Lord Brooke´s regiment, characterized by purple jackets. It is easy and funny to paint this regiment due to his color. And we can represent the damage from the elements in the uniform and equipment, and reflect the lack of resources in the armies of both sides. The action takes place in Brentford in 1642. Where there was a clash between a royalist detachment (composed mainly of cavalry and an Welsh Infantry Regiment, both under the command of Prince Rupert) and two parlamentarian infantry regiments, one of Lord Brooke. Victory was for Royalist side, but Lord Brooke´s regiment said in defense of Brentford crouching in its streets and rejecting the cavalry charges while retreating. The combined action of cavalry and infantry eventually break parlamentarian lines, but the action of the Purple Coats still remembers. 2-Chosen miniatures. The original idea of the diorama is to represent the Purple Coats resisting a charge, which is not the first nor the last, with pikemen formed a central core with pikes ready in hand and Musketeers opening fire on both sides, all behind a small improved parapet on a street in Brentford. To customize the diorama according to this idea plastic is the best choice. So I had no hesitation in choosing the plastic box set of Parliamentary infantry of Warlord Games (http://www.warlordgames.com/) of its range Pike & Shotte. It provides me enough miniatures and accessories for the diorama. However, the little variety of poses makes me choose something in metal. I acquired a blister pack of pikemen in various poses resisting and a command blister pack to make conversions, all of Warlord and metal. And as I was interested in representing the Musketeers in various poses, opening fire, fighting, etc. I chose the new range of Empress English Civil War Miniatures  (http://www.empressminiatures.com/), one blister of Musketeers recharging musket and blowing the fuse. 3-Tools used. To work with plastic and metal certain basic tools are needed. In my case I use a fine saw for metal that combined with a clamp for the clamping of the miniature that I will cut, two pincers, one for plastic and one for metal, drill and modeling cutter, and for conversions and repairs is essential twin putty and sculpting chisels. 4-Conversions. I started with the distribution of the miniatures and chose five pikemen in different poses. One of them kneeling with his sword drawn. After filing the thumbnails extensively, I practiced holes in some of them with a drill simulating musket bullet holes. Impacts often did not come with enough force to pierce the armor due to the distance of the shooter, but if left mark. In some cases the bullet through a piece of clothing or a helmet without making wounds on the objective soldier. I used the brass pikes that come with the miniatures, but with paper and glue to make it hard I simulated the metal pieces on the tops of the pikes, and with putty did the nails that would subject the metal to the wood. With putty I molded holes and tears in clothing and patches on the knees and elbows that then I will paint in different colors to give an idea of ??the state of the uniform in campaign. Also I molded leather bags and belts, shirt collars to stand out in the painting and even beard and mustache to represent veteran soldiers. The plastic Musketeers allowed me to add more details and equipment. And a conversion representing the inminet charche of the enemy. The musketeer with both hands in his musket was part of a plastic pikeman that was sculpted and shaped. In the case of the Musketeers wanted to represent lighter troops, do not wear armor like pikemen, and all wear hats with feathers or papers with passages from the Bible and details that set them apart from the common soldiers. So give him the idea of ??an elite troop, veterans, sharpshooters that would resist to the end. That's all for now. There will be more deliveries with the painting process and the development of the base. See you!

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