The Wind And The Lion

The Wind And The Lion
German gunners range in on the U.S. Marines as they cross the vill. Figures are Old Glory German Sea Battalion conversions. Archway by Miniature Building Authority.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Market Stalls

Market Stalls

I was recently asked about the awnings on my market stalls. The wood supports are bamboo skewers glued with super glue and tied together with hobby nautical rope. Sometimes I use coffee stir sticks as the counter tops. For the awnings I use off cuts and pants legs from my worn out BDU's (Battle Dress Uniform). The desired shapes are cut and then glued in place. Once I'm satisfied with the shape and placement I then paint the entire structure, awnings included with an Elmers wood glue and water mixture. Left to dry for 24 hours.

Once dry the whole thing gets spray painted black. It's left to dry for at least 24 hours then I paint the wood using the Foundry 3 tone system using the color "Spear Shaft" using a dry brush technique. The awnings are painted various colors as desired and once dry are weathered with a then black wash until I get the right look and feel. The bases are then textured and once everything is fully dried and cured I spray them with a flat clear coat sealer for protection.

Military BDU offcuts from my old worn out uniforms are used for awning covers, tarps, and flags. Cut to shape and size, glue in place, then cover in a water and glue mixture. Once dry prime and paint.




Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 2

                                     The Hun The Frog & The Lion - 2

I’ve been building, painting, and sourcing when needed because of time constraints due to real life intrusions, family, work, friends, beer rec hockey league, hockey tourney, another cool project, etc…

So here is the next installment of the preparation for my convention game coming up at Recon-17 in Florida. Check the HMGS-South website for con details.

The allied troops will be transported to a point just over the horizon from Mogadir aboard the armed transport Cité de la Meers. From there the German and French Marines will board landing boats to make shore before being spotted.
For the part of the French armed transport which will bring the allied Marines and long boats I shall use this awesome boat. It's my favorite piece of this entire project. The awesome gunboat is designed and made by my buddy Dan at Last Stand Dan’s Boatyard. It’s a wooden handmade R Class Gunboat which will play the part of the armed French transport, the Cité de la Meers!   Check out Dan's blog for details, AAR's, WIP, etc...

The “Ocean” will be Aspen Grey 18x18” floor tiles from Lowes.

My excellent gun pits and rough ground pieces were made by Bill’s Gamers Garage (

The market place will be made up of market stalls that I’ve made myself using bamboo skewers and coffee stir sticks.

If I can’t make more in time I may supplement with some of the small Miniature Building Authority market stalls.

The beach and land will be my ancient arid / desert drop cloth which has seen the blood of many a lead soldier….

Stay tuned for part III. Meet The Hun, The Frog, & The Lion.