Sunday, 4 December 2016

Trees !

On a visit to a recent Toy&Train fair  I spotted a box of plastic trees - some part made, the rest in bits. After having a gander I could see that they were worth a punt and coughed up £15 for the box.

On return the box was emptied and an initial sort through done ...
a further hour of assembly, yielded 12 small trees, 3 small Britains trees, 16 Merit trees and 5 large Britains trees...
a great buy and worth the time assembling them. The large trees will find their way onto my 1/24 scale model railway layout.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Wittenberg River Marines ...

The river marines are on a route march, (must be breaking in their new boots and uniforms)...

[River marines: RAFM figures with some Old Glory officers]

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workbench uplift ....

Having had some new lino put down in the kitchen, the offcuts were kept and have been used to provide a better surface for my modelling desk...

clearing away, the old grey grubby rubber mat I had used is going to be replaced ....
 the offcut of lino offered up, a little wide ..  a quick cut needed
lino in place, everything put back and the workbench ready for action
oh so clean !

Friday, 11 November 2016

40mm: New Uniforms for the Friekorps artillery ...

Count Boritzy watches his friekorps artillery at firing practice, decked out in their new uniforms (which of course they must of got a tad dirty in the course of events)...

[new heads and a repaint for the artillery crew - uniform in the style of Saxon artillery in the early 1730s]

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A busy day for the King ....

The King had been working all morning to get through a backlog of paperwork; he had a light lunch and then continued on, he had nearly finished ( a clerk had already taken away the bulk of it), a few things remained.... he looked at the view out of the window for a while before continuing...

- authorisation for a new sun-dial for the palace gardens - signed
- authorisation of new boats for the river marines - signed
- new uniform for the river marines, he looked at the watercolour supplied
he scribbled some notes on the bottom of it (add collar, black buttons on gaiters...);  he signed the authorisation papers with a condition - make some minor amendments as per the notes on the watercolour.
- authorisation for special cold frames for growing pineapples - signed
- merchants request for an increase in trading tariffs on the River Oudear - rejected, added note - arrange meeting with representatives of merchants for discussions.

There was a knock on the door,  the King put down his quill pen and tidied up his desk; then he sat back and said 'enter', it was Count Hermann and one of his assistants.
Count Herman: Sire, an ambassador from Saxe-Jarlsberg has just arrived, he has with him a written peace offer from the Herzog and has requested a meeting with you...
King Leopold:  Tell the ambassador I will meet with him in one hour to receive his proposal.. ...

Monday, 7 November 2016

Duchy of Fenwick infantry regiment - on the march ...

A regiment of the Duchy of Fenwick marches towards Gugenstadt on northern the border with Wittenberg; they will replace one of the regiments currently on duty as part of the Wittenberg legion.
[figs: new regiment made up of mostly Jacdaw figures - the musketeers have had their heads swapped with some Front Rank ones]

Friday, 4 November 2016

Duchy of Fenwick jagers ...

Fenwick jagers in line formation....
these troops will join the Wittenberg legion.
[figures: Old Glory jagers, with some modified officers from other manufacturers]