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New Patrick Keith sculpt for Cavalcade Wargames

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Bulldogs

Pile of BulldogsI’m a big softy when it comes to bulldogs.  You have your French (my favorite), the English, and of course the American.  And here, they are all present, all only a few months old.

Grenadier Miniatures Boxed Sets

Here’s some photos of some old Grenadier boxed sets I’m offloading, back from the early to mid-1980’s.

East German – Training Assault Rifle

While travelling in what was once East Berlin, I found an antique shop selling what appeared to be a toy assault rifle.  I picked it up and it was too heavy to use as a toy.  The owner explained that the rifle was used in the early training of East German soldiers as they could not afford to use real rifles.  The body of the rifle is made of unfinished wood and has a separate painted wooden cartridge.  The barrel is made out of solid metal pipe which adds the weight.  On the end is a removable piece that contains the solid tip of the barrel which contains a spring.  You can press the tip of the gun in a few inches and it springs back.  There is no trigger.  I understand it to be based on a Kalashnikov design.  An artist friend who lived in East Germany confirmed his understanding of the gun as well.  The gun is being shipped to me and won’t have the original on hand for several months.  I’m interested in any additional information on the gun.

East German Training Rifle

East German Training Rifle

East German Training Rifle

John Jenkins’ Terracotta Warriors

I’ve never seen the movie Mummy 3, but I know that the hero of the story battles Chinese terracotta warriors from the Qin dynasty.  Many wargamers ask for good representations of these warriors for a game.  I suppose you could use Qin warriors painted brown, but John Jenkins Designs used to produce animated versions of these clay warriors in 28mm.  They were called Terrorcotta Zombies, or something similar.  I have a small unit that I painted a year or two ago.  They are now out of production, but I wonder if he would spin a large batch of them out of it was a big quantity.  A picture of mine are below.  They were a quick drybrush and fun to paint.

John Jenkins' Terrorcotta Warriors

Recent Painted Work

I thought I would share my recent painted work.  In January I finished 45 Normans by Crusader Miniatures (pictured below) as well as 10 Citadel Plaguebearers.  I departed my normal style of layered painting for a block-style and wash technique with a very limited color palette.  I think they came out pretty good – still a bit muddy but not nearly as much as if I used “the dip”.  In February, I finished another 78 Normans, 5 dwarf pirates by Olley’s Armies (plus scenery) and a unit of 11 samurai goblins on wolves by Olley’s Armies (sadly now out of production).  By my count, I’ve painted 165 28mm miniatures for the year.  This is probably my most prolific period, thanks to the block painting technique.  Here are a few snapshots of recent work in my display cases.

Olley's Armies Goblin Samurai

Olley's Armies Goblin Samurai

Crusader Normans

Crusader Normans

Crusader Normans

Crusader Normans

Olley's Armies Dwarf Pirates

Olley's Armies Dwarf Pirates

Olley's Armies Scenery

Olley's Armies Scenery

My Miniatures Database

I’m cleaning out my collection.  Well, really I’m cleaning out the closet.  Alright.  I’m cleaning out several closets and I’m getting rid of some duplicates in my collection and packing up everything properly instead of all over the place.  I’m also looking out for lead rot.  I’ve already found a few suspect pieces and have decided that sealing with a primer is the best way to go.  But that, is another story.  During this project I will also be taking an inventory of my collection.  Well, we’ll see how long I stick with it, anyway.

Here is a screen shot of the database I’ve created to document the collection.  I’m using Filemaker’s Bento 2 for my Mac.  So far it’s been really easy to use and I’m pleased with it.  I’d be happy to share my form if you would like.  Or if you have any comments on things I should add, I’d love to hear them too.

Miniatures Database using Bento 2