Sunday, April 27
Sunday, April 20
My main intention this year was to get some more models for Legends of the High Seas, especially Hired Hands - so Black Cat Bases were first on the list as they made most of the models specifically for use with the High Seas. I also wanted to get some of their Tribal Islander models for use as NPC's. In the end, I bought all the Hired Hands and Islanders I wanted as well as some of their Navy crew - they sell a pack containing three marines and a captain along with a resin longboat for only £12. That's something they don't have on their website so I couldn't say no to that! As I'd spent over £30 on pirate models, they threw in a small model carry case as well!
After that, I headed over to Black Scorpion who make some lovely pirate models and who'd just got some new models out for the day. I bought a set of their Navy models to give me some diversity and also one of their new weapon sprue packs so I can convert some models to hold whatever weapons I need them too. I also bought some of their fantastic female pirate range for my friend Phil - I'm sure he'll be happy with them. If I'd had any of my own cash left, I'd have bought some myself!
Sunday, April 13
As you can see, although the basic shape was okay, it needed some work. First thing I did was to remove all the masts, sails and rigging - all those bits would get in the way when playing with models based on 25mm bases. I also trimmed the gun barrels away from the sides of the ship and cut away the wheels underneath it.
Thanks to the bits I bought from Hobbycraft, I could then set to work. I covered all the gun ports with bits of balsa and replaced the masts with wooden dowels. I also filled in the holes on one side of the ship that were there to allow the two halves of the ship to be screwed together. The last thing I did was to glue the crow's nest to the top of the centre mast. This is how she looks now:
All I need to do to it now is spray it with a black undercoat and get it painted ready for the 30th when the campaign starts!
Monday, April 7
Along with the North Star parcel, I also received a package from play.com - they were running yet another sale and I managed to pick up a 2-disc dvd of "Gangs of New York" for just £4. It's a great film and I like listening to the commentarys from the directors and actors as it gives you a lot more understanding about the film and how it was made. One thing I did discover after I first saw the film was that Brigade Games make models that tie in with it, even having minis to represent Bill the Butcher and Priest Vallon. Check their range of Victorian Age Gangsters. I doubt I'll ever get around to buying the models myself - and if I did, I doubt even more that I'd ever get around to painting and gaming with them. They're cracking models though so you never know...
Wednesday, April 2
I've got a few other models that I'm still painting for this warband - a few Marksmen and some Warriors. I'll post pics of them once they're completed.