Friday, 29 March 2013

Indian Scouting Party

 I have now finished the first lot of Red Indians, a Mohawk scouting party.

The figures are Galloping Major and Redoubt miniatures. They are just reading a track near a landmark, the Tipping Stone (it only existed in my imagination before it became "reality"). The Tipping Stone is a real pebble from the glacial valley of the Rhine river, which nowadays lies on the high bank hill above our house in Bonn. And so is the rock it lies on. Both have got a bit of make-up, though. The half-dead tree once was a root in our garden I picked up when toiling away.
The track readers
Some of the Mohawks (Galloping Major)

The outlook near the Tipping Stone (Redoubt Enterprises)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cardboard Canoe

Wandering about the internet I came across this
You can find it at this address: http://inkjetpaperscissors.blogspot.de/2012_04_01_archive.html
Well, of course I tried this cheap model for my Indian warriors. I printed the thing in the appropriate size, cut it out and glued it together. A bit of finishing to the corners - and that was it. The result is not too bad, I think.
The lake once was a door of my shower, and the picturesque rock I found in the forest: pieces of bark of felled pine-trees. I cut them to shape, glued them together on a plywood base, added some plaster, small stones and landscape elements I found in my big box where I keep everything I might use one day (don't have a look at my cellar). And I used some black and grey colour, of course.
And here are my Indians, coming around the corner.



Monday, 25 March 2013

British Powder Cart

Just a short post. I have finished the powder cart for my Hessian battalion guns that I intend to add to my Rall grenadiers.
The cart and horses are Hinchliffe figures: a horse-drawn powder cart (EG 44) and an extra horse (EH 7). The driver is a Minden Miniatures figure with an added whip.
These powder carts contained three powder-kegs in the center, and a number of catridges and shot in the side compartments.
The plan by Norman John (1748-1817) shows such a cart of a slightly different construction. The colour of the vehicle is the same as that of the Hessian guns shown in a contemporary painting of Washington at Princeton. The "roof" of the cart was covered with oilcloth in order to keep out moisture. So I painted it in a reddish tone, hoping that the oilcloth of the time had that colour.