With the end of the month in sight, I have persevered with this latest On-Line Build, a third regiment of Alternative Armies Todoroni. I have to say that I have not enjoyed the painting as much as the earlier two regiments and I put this down to one si…
Image Two – I dismantled the Zapper and found that there were three wires (two Black connected to one terminal and one Red). I joined the two Black wires together and then connected them to the spare black wire and the first crocodile clip.
The Red wire was connected to the spare blue wire and the second crocodile clip.
I have discarded the blue bat head and metal grills.
Dismantling and re-connecting the handle was a little tricky, but after three goes it all went back together and was now ready for testing.
I installed the two 1.5volt AA batteries, clipped one crocodile clip to the metal lid and added a sprinkling of static grass. The second crocodile clip was attached to a 1 Cent, Euro coin onto which I had painted some Unibond uPVA White Glue.
And SWITCHED ON!
Image Three – To my amazement, it all worked, actually worked perfectly! With the individual strands of static grass being both lifted and aligned onto the uPVA Glue.
To operate, I held the metal coin over the static grass strands (glue side down) and pressed the button on the Zapper handle. I does take more than one pass to get a good covering of grass.
My Wife who was very sceptical and even now continued to make comments about wearing rubber soled shoes, was also surprised at how this worked and watched with interest as the tiny static grass strands jumped onto the coin.
I have no idea as to the science involved, but IT WORKS and I am now looking forward to applying static grass to my Todoroni – that is once I finish painting and varnishing them.
Be warned, there is quite a hefty static charge when the crocodile clip connects with the metal lid, lots of sparks and quite a noise, but this was expected after reading other static grass applicator posts. This was the main reason I added a bamboo skewer to the second crocodile clip.
I hope that this post has proven to be of interest.
Last week I picked up these two books from different Charity Shops in Worcester and Evesham. The first is a copy of Tradition – number 51. The magazine is in very good condition but missing the colour plates from the centre spread. I bought it for just 10p.
Tradition is not a magazine I am familiar with, so this has proven to be an interesting and informative read. I particularly liked the illustrations.
I was not able to find a published date – but the cover price was seventeen and sixpence!
Update; See this link. Thanks to Edwin King (see comments).
The second book is a 8 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch booklet that lists 18 battles fought on UK soil since The Battle of Heavenfield 635AD to The Siege of Newcastle 1644.
The battle reports are varied, some being a paragraph or two, while others run into pages. The illustrations are simplistic, but the maps are effective in conveying the atmosphere.
This booklet was bought for just 99p.
Famous Northern Battles by Frank Graham
Published by Butler Publishing in 1988 (reprinted in 1996)
ISBN 0 946928 21 5
Cover price £1.75
Keen-eyed readers of John Treadaway’s column in the April issue of Miniature Wargames would have noticed a new model from us which has yet to be seen anywhere else – the 15mm Control Tower. This is a pretty huge new model (over 10″ tall – there are a few infantry by the door to give […]
I spent yesterday at the workshop stocking up on our new releases, including the 6mm Mercenaries. I’ve also painted a sample set (as you can see above) and we’re really pleased with the way these have come out. We will have a number of packs available for the Mercenaries, so today we thought we’d detail […]
Painting is progressing, although it is a little slower than I would like. I put this down to two reasons, first, I am working on a couple of other projects at the moment and secondly, I am still not certain about the Purple. I can see me re-painting t…
With just three days until Salute, the stock bins are filling up, as you can see from this box of 15mm infantry blisters. After a couple of queries, we thought it might be handy to detail the exact contents of each pack in the new range, so here goes: SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) Eight unique […]
Sneaking onto the Salute release list at the last minute are some new SF buildings. These are a new style, constructed of overlapping domes and cylinders – a move away from the Middle-eastern style of the existing desert models. Five models will be available on Saturday, exact stocks depend on how many more I can […]
In preparation for the big game the three stalwarts of the Grand Alliance were transporting a wagon full of old flintloques and a couple of boxes of old grenades. As a lot of Freddy, Micky and Kenny’s time on the journey had been taken up by drinking and singing luckily, for the Kricket supplies, they were also accompanied by a handful of very raw Orc recruits and a Dwarven wagon master, Viragio, who had himself seen a bit of action during the Dwarf Sauerkraut Wars.
The title is a little cryptic, but see this earlier post for details. The thatched and timber hovel has had some additional work done to it, but the main changes since the earlier post have been the addition of ‘clutter’. Loads of it.It is my…
Painting is progressing slowly. I have chosen a colour scheme of White uniform with Grey breeches and Purple cuffs. Purple is not a colour I use that often and I have found it a difficult colour to get right. In my eyes it looks a little drab.The Bicor…
A popular model in our 15mm range that has been out of production for a while is the Athena VTOL. This is a transport ship capable of hauling an infantry platoon or small AFV. Phil has completely remoulded all of the parts and we will have stock available at Salute next weekend. It’s been added […]
Over the last couple of months I have been working on a brand new commission, modelling a range of themed buildings for a new miniature game. Full details will have to wait until nearer the launch date but I have now completed three buildings.The first…
Brawler / Nerves of Steel / Thick Red Line / Foul Temper
Bakur Rifle / Sword
5: Someone trips over a rock and curses. Every defender becomes alert and extends their visibility zone to 15cm.
6: One of Ubert’s Dwarves gets lost and wanders off in a random direction (select randomly and roll a D12 and use the clock method).
7: The closest defending Dwarf to the attacking party gets nervous and moves D6 toward them.
8: The defending Dwarves’ commander starts his rounds, he moves clockwise around the outpost at Slow March. Each sentry, eager to appear alert extends his visibility zone by 5cm.
9: One of Ubert’s Dwarves develops a sudden allergy to his uniform and sneezes uncontrollably. All defenders become alerted and extend their visibility zone to 20cm.
10: One of the attacking party suffers a negligent discharge, turn out the guard!
My latest charity shop find. The Adventures of Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was found in a charity shop in Evesham and bought for £1.00.
I have read most of the Brigadier Gerard short stories – having borrowed a book from the library some years ago, I now own a copy and although the condition is not great, all the pages are intact and easily readable.
For anyone not familiar with these adventures, the Brigadier is the bravest of French Napoleonic officers, the idol of the ladies and the imperturbable egoist. His adventure often comical are great fun and a superb inspiration for Flintloque adventures. See this Wiki link for more information.
Adventures of Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Published by PAN Books in 1949
list price 2/- (10p)
Another short post – the ‘flesh’ areas have been painted green. Starting with a dark Forest Green base colour and highlighting through Mid Green to a Leaf Green colour.The Black areas have been tidied up with Vallejo Black, which for some reason appear…
Each year for my birthday, my Mother sends me a voucher for WH Smiths (the UK magazine and book retailer) which allows me to treat myself to modelling magazines for the remainder of the year. This year my first purchase using this voucher is the Military Modelling Collectors’ Edition eighteen – Military Vehicle Special (April 2015).
For anyone not familiar with these ‘specials’, the magazines are collections of articles which seem more in-depth and detailed than the ones in the regular magazine and are usually ‘themed’ for example AFV’s, Military Figures etc. This edition – Military Vehicles.
The 100 page, Gold Topped magazines are a real treat and appear about twice or three times a year, so look out for them (or search e-bay). I have at least half a dozen of the eighteen and prize every one of them. For details of the contents, please go to this link.
As with the earlier editions, this is a magazine to enjoy slowly and I like to savour each article from front-to back, one a day over a week or so. I particularly enjoyed the Schneider CA. 1 article by Steve Zaloga, although why anyone would spend so much time and effort detailing the under-carriage of this tank, when none of it can be seen is a mystery to me;)
Moving on the next article by Christopher McGrane – Hors de L’Action is one of those ‘jaw-dropping’ models and dioramas that are such a feature of these magazines. A truly breathtaking model of another French tank – a Char 2C which has been sabotaged by it’s own crew!
Two more articles of note are the Chruchill Mk.III Tank model constructed by Steve Guthrie in 1/72nd scale, which goes to show just how much detailing you can include in a model in this scale and the Russian GAZ truck by Mario Eens, a master-craft in how to paint green vehicles.
As you can no doubt tell, I have enjoyed each and every article, even the adverts, which have highlighted some new-to-me products, products and books that I am so tempted to buy.
The magazine is currently on sale in WH Smiths for £4.99 and in my opinion worth every penny.
Thank you Mum XXX
Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be updated as new items […]
Not much to see. The eight Alternative Armies Todaroni have been undercoated with spray paint Black and any missed areas touched in with Chaos Black from Games Workshop.I like to get a good all-over undercoat prior to starting the painting proper.Tony
Denizens of the Facebook 15mm SF Group may have noticed a post yesterday by Keith of ArmiesArmy, explaining that he’s taken his infantry figures off the website because they have been moved to a new home. We’re very pleased to announce that their new home is right here, at Brigade Models. As Keith himself explained, […]
I have mounted each of the Todoroni miniatures onto 2p coins and built up the bases with Milliput Fine White epoxy putty. I like to ‘mimic’ the Alternative Armies/Flintloque bases by adding odd Milliput stones.The bases are further textured by adding s…
The postie came again yesterday, with what is the final batch of new masters for Salute. Such is our awesome efficiency (!) that these are already sitting in slowly curing rubber, ready for casting later this week. However, I swiftly photographed them before they were submerged in silicon for another Salute preview. Palmerston’s Follies was […]
Whisper it in hushed tones, but it looks like Pax Bochemannica from Maveryc Games is coming back…….Regular readers will know that I championed this game back in 2013 and even built a couple of themed buildings for the release and wrote some gaming …
Happy Easter to all my followers. This is the fantastic Easter Egg present I had from Sue. Thank you.
While these 12 Narrow Lines magazines were picked up in a charity shop for just £3.00. That’s right £3.00 for all 12. A real bargain. For those of you not familiar with the magazine – Narrow Lines is the association newsletter of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.
Full details can be found here. 7mm Narrow Gauge Railways are another one of my modelling passions so these will be a great read for me.
I hope you also have a great Easter Sunday.
I picked up this graphic novel from the local library the last time I was visiting. It is a typical Holmes adventure and beautifully illustrated. The story has Spring Heel Jack appearing in Liverpool with Holmes and Watson stopping over to see if they …