Sunday, October 12, 2014

What I did over the summer ... now a Chess Set

So, just like a report written in grade school, here I lay out some of what I did over the past summer.
combined with the cast metal bases the troops became good chessmen

My wife set up a booth at the local farmers market, she had space for a helper and room to sell 'whatever' to compliment her Tarot Card readings.

Originally she had a friend that was doing essential oils and aroma therapy, though her friend would not be able to be there for the whole summer, so my wife asked if I would like to sell minis.

I decided to put together some Napoleonic troops and then added the Dr Who stuff that I had, including the chess set.

While there were many questions about the set and the minis brought some smiles, the sales were slim, until the last two weeks of the market, when some of them sold.
artillery become rooks, flags become bishops

Realizing that I would have many of the Napoleonic ones remaining, I decided to make a new chess set.

These photos show the results, soon to be offered on sale on eBay at $240 for the full set, shipping included, as the set comes in a nice sturdy carry case.  You will have to supply your own board though.

the full set in starting positions on my custom chess table

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ECW Parliamentary forces progress update

The final horse units are done.

color progression, the undercoat, inks and finished product
Using the speed method for horse painting, these only took some eight days to get painted once the base-coat layer dried.

On deck now are the final three Pike and Shotte regiments and 30 casualty 'markers'.  They are medieval era minis, yet the uniforms are so close as to be able to make do as English Civil War era dead ...

bare metal of the last three regiments
some casualty markers
What sort of minis do you use for marking casualties?