My first dealings with ...

American Civil War Artillery 1861-65: Field and Heavy Artillery by Philip Katcher, Tony Bryan

... "This Mighty Scourge".

ACW. 54mm Figure Conversion

Building Report:


Stage 1:


"Hold the Horses" ...

I would'nt exactly say of myself that my main interest is in politics. I believe in democracy and free speech and that's that.

However, the events in my country over the last years have caused me much concern.

Having served in the British Army myself, I found one of these "events" so disgusting that I've decided to do something about it ... Seeing images of British service personnel, using a picture of the leader of the opposition as target practice, is not only childish but dangerous. It may only be a cardboard cutout but it portrays the British soldier as being ready to cause death or harm, regardless of nationality, to a civilian.

Waffen SS and Japanese forces had the same mind set and practice BEFORE WWII.

What I've decided to do therefore, is to alter my original project of a Confederate horse drawn gun team and change to a smaller two figure vignette. Bearing in mind of course, the actions of the "British soldiers" in question.



Stage 2:


Better to strike while the iron's still hot with this one.

This time I'd like to create something special. A vignette that works and a scene that fails ...

S'cuse me, 'cos I gotta git back to Foo's Day 1865 and to the budding corruption of this elite unit.




Stage 3:


Time to "cast" you eyes over the latest. The cavalryman's double breasted cloak coat has yet to be pressed into the base.

Even model soldiers can have a bad side to them.

ACW. 54mm Figure Conversion, Building Report


I'll admit the next figure does look a bit odd but he also awaits the final "form".

For protection against the elements he is wearing a rubberised poncho or gum blanket as it was known. Like the WWII German Zeltbahn, it could be joined with others to make a pup tent. It was usually wrapped around a blanket - carried over the left shoulder, and tied together at the hip. I found this clothing article a bit tricky to model as it has a smooth surface with a lot of creases and "cracking".

Right, time to leave the foundry and let this cool off for awhile.




Stage 4:


"Ore" well … time for another step in the wrong direction.

I'm not a great fan of Green Stuff putty, it's too close to sticky chewing gum for me. If I have any over I use it to bulk out figures. Still, for hair and some small details it works for me.


To help me out with the gum blanket I've folded together a piece of kitchen paper - using it as a reference for sculpting the creases.

ACW. 54mm Figure Conversion, Building Report

To round off here's some bits of "slag":

ACW. 54mm Figure Conversion, Building Report


Latest Update: 16.04'19

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