Saturday, 30 June 2012

Back from hols ...

Have been on holiday for the last two weeks; a quiet hols spent in Worcester (UK) with trips out to places of interest.

Some 18C related highlights were the Worcester porcelain museum; the early porcelain was interesting; the first commemorative issue was in 1757 celebrating the victory of Frederick the Great and his army at Rossbach, with such items as plates, mugs and even a tankard

Also visited Hanbury Hall, and early 18C stately home with formal gardens, of particluar interest were the wall paintings by James Thornhill

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Some Strange Visitors to the Palace ....

Two unusually dressed visitors have arrived at the palace ....

Romana: Who are we going to see ?
Doctor: Cantor, the court inventor, I always enjoy having a chat with him and seeing his inventions. Come along we'll go through the main hall; I say they've made some changes since I was last here ...


Doctor: have you seen Cantor ?
Page: try the ballroom sir, most of the court is there this afternoon  ...

Off they went through to the ballroom, as they went down the stairs they bumped into the Field Marshall ...
Field Marshall:  watch where you are going you fool !
Doctor: terribly sorry, do have a jelly baby ..

Doctor: Hello Cantor, finally found you
Cantor: So nice to see you again, shall we go down to my workshop
Doctor: why certainly, its a bit crowded in here ...

Count Zaltoy: Who was that fellow?
Field Marshall: calls himself the Doctor,
pleasant fellow and a charming lady companion .

Having reached his workshop Cantor presents his latest invention a horseless carriage. 'Can't get the motivator to work though' he says ..
The Doctor and Romana spend a pleasant afternoon and evening with Cantor discussing his inventions and continued talking long into the night, after which the visitors continued on their travels.

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A little fun - inspired by viewing some old Doctor Who adventures. Doctor and Romana are from Black Tree Design and the police box is from the Hornby model railway accessory range.

Saxe-Jarlsberg Suppy Column

A Saxe-Jarslberg supply column moves up northwards towards the border with the Hofland with a small dragoon escort...
Count Pottsendorf, the Saxe-Jarlsberg commander, is stockpiling supplies near the border ready for his campaign to attempt to re-take the Hofland from Wittenberg.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Palace - refurbishments in progress ...

The King and Queen are doing some refurbishments at the palace and have decided to start on the entrance hall; the existing entrance hall ...
I took apart my old entrance hall model and saved the stairs and the bulk of the doors etc; I made a new larger base and sides and re-arranged the stairs to go up in the centre; new layout below with some cake stand columns being tried for size ....
The doors being re-assembled, parts are glued onto a thick paper backing to keep all the bits together; these will then be painted and added to the new entrance hall.
The next job to do was add the flooring, I decided on some tiling using some dolls house paper sheet..
As you'd expect the King is keeping a close eye on the works ....
King: When will the hall be finished ?
Architect: Another few days yet your majesty

Monday, 4 June 2012

40mm: Saxe-Jarslberg Hussars

Count Pottsendorf reviews his newly formed hussar regiment ...(figures: Hussars cast from Nürnberger Meisterzinn mould).

It would appear that the Count now believes he has sufficient forces to take offensive action to attempt to seize the Hofland back from Wittenberg; the Herzog of Saxe-Jarslberg has given permission for the Count to open hostilities......

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Simple Roads ...

I've been trying to find the best way to make some roads for my 18C gaming; I opted to try some fabric; I found a suitable green fabric at my local Hobbycraft which is close enough to my gaming table covering, and bought a one metre length. I cut a 3 inch wide strip off and painted on some cart/wheel ruts using a light brown paint - a couple of shots of a trial road section ..

I like it nice and simple, so will go into production.