Thursday, January 30, 2014

News From the Forest Follow Up

Painting's done. I now have a Sergeant and Corporal for the 28th's Grenadiers.

Break's over. . . so back to the Forest Edge Strips.

See ya!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Virtues of War and News from the Forest

I'll start this post with a "Book Like" for Steven Pressfield's The Virtues of War, a Novel of Alexander the Great.  Mr. Pressfield has a real gift for vivid battlefield description, use of credible military slang and insightful character "re-imagining." I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; at least as much as his Gates of Fire, and even more than Tides of War.

What's happening in "The Forest?" Work proceeds slowly on the "Forest Edge Strip" project:

And then I got distracted. . . but at least it is still part of the same overall project. I "need" a Sergeant and Corporal for my unit of Grenadiers from the British 28th Regiment - John Jenkins has not produced Grenadier NCOs for the 28th. I repainted the Sergeant and Corporal figures from the 44th set in the "colors" of the 28th, but I have never been happy with the repaints, and the figures have all of the field kit, while the Grenadiers for the 28th don't, so they never really seemed to "match."

So this morning I got up and using two of the figures from the 28th "Firing" sets,

. . . sculpted a sash for the Sergeant and extra cord for the corporal:

 I'll post photos after the painting is complete.

 See ya!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year From Your Friendly Local Forest Manager!

A belated Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

I used a little bit of my break (small as it was) to stage the entire production line of Forest Edge Strips. My "resolution" (sigh) is not to get distracted by anything shiny until the Forest is Finished. We'll see how that works out. Here's a pic of the assembly line.

Here's a shot of the next batch of "trees" in prep for addition to the Strips.

You might have noticed a little "frostbite" on some of the trees from the acrylic spray coat. We're in the deep freeze here in the Twin Cities and it's just too cold to spray. Don't worry; I can fix it!

Did you notice the new banner photo? Like it? An assignment from The Baron provided an opportunity to play with the toys and the camera.

Go Chiefs!