Sunday, 23 October 2011

Piratical Progress

As previously stated this winter will see two projects and blimey if they both appear, at the moment, to be ticking over nicely. One game of VBCW (Very British Civil War) played, two more to come this week. Figures being painted like a fury. (VBCW post to follow) After one game of VBCW I had a wobble and my SALUTE2012 plans were nearly derailed as all of a sudden I fancied taking VBCW to SALUTE, and in some ways I am still tempted to, afterall 99% of the scenery is made and there are several of us painting toys for it. However I just can't help thinking that there might be several VBCW games at a show like SALUTE as it is a game very in vogue right now. So I think I am going to go with the more ambitious plan of 40mm pirates for SALUTE.

Yes that means all new figures and terrain but I love a challenge and the modeling side of the hobby is so important to me. I want to take new and fresh models to SALUTE, so that's what I am gonna do:0)

The first model for my new Pirate town is well under way. It is a smithy with an attached house. I doodled some concept sketches for this one (probably during a staff meeting) and the actual model is turning out pretty close to the sketches, with only the odd thing like location of chimneys and doors being any different.

As usual I am using foam board and balsa wood for the main structure on a hardboard base. The roof of this model will have cardboard shingles/slates, many of the other buildings will have pantiles.

I am having a lot of fun with this model, a new scale is always a welcome change and I am looking forward to the finishing process and the details that I can add. I have several other sketches that I will post including a map of the whole port which will show the scale of the project. Hope I am not biting off more than I can chew. But then it won't be the first time I have done that. Heyho! More progress updates soon.


  1. Really nice work on that building. I look forward to seeing it complete.

  2. Thanks for your comment.
    Just tiling the main roof, need to add brick work to the forge chimney then plaster. Hope to do that this week.