Monday, July 20, 2009

Field Works

Erin, supervising.

I spent this weekend having a revelation and then (for once) acting upon it.

I realised that there is no way in the world I am going to do my dreamt-of very "high end" display-quality model of Fort Niagara.


I simply will not have the time, materials or money to make that happen.

If that does not happen, then all the little toy soldiers I've been working on for the past year will have gone for nought and I'm a bit sick of that!

Having rid myself of that false conception was really quite liberating and I took myself to the hardware store and bought some cork tile and some lengths of 19mm quarter-round beading. Next stop was the art-supply shop for some cheap green and yellow acrylic paint.

Here's what I came up with:

An entrenched, redoubted camp, somewhere in the Germanies with fleches for advanced piquets.

The march of the siege; the first parallel with a protective pair of redoubts (doubtless manned by Grenadiers) at either end. A sap wends it's serpentine way relentlessly forward.

A fort in the wilderness, to the right is a lake, to the left a river...

The same fort, with the Gate of the Five Nations in the foreground. Some of you will recognise the ravelin and half-bastions from another project.


Bluebear Jeff said...

These all look very workable to me.

-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

Workable and pleasant: what more one could ask for?

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...


Very pleasing look for your field works there. I especially like how you have incorporated Erin into your painting/hobby. . . or rather how you still manage to have some time for your painting/hobby. I'm currently devising ways to do the same once our baby arrives in November, so I'm open to all ideas.

Best Regards,


Bloggerator said...

Thank-you gents!

I needed to inject a large dose of practicality into my endeavours - there was a deal too much of the never-never in my work before now.

Stokes, I'm lucky to get more than a few hours a week nowadays.

I think negotiation with your partner is the key! She'll wind up doing most of the work, no matter what (unless you're the stay-at-home dad - and even then she'll still be up half the night!) so you'll have to offer her two hours of baby-free leisure-time for every one you claw for yourself.

That's about fair!

Good luck, though...


Mad Carew said...

That terrain looks great!
Nice idea using the beading.

Bloggerator said...

Thanks - I'm glad you like it!

I think I got it from an OLD Military Modelling.