Monday, 16 January 2017

First Project of the New Year

Happy new year everyone! I hope 2017 is treating you all well so far. 2016 was a great year for wargaming, for our group at least, and those that follow Ed's Palladian Guard blog will no doubt be aware of the great games and campaigns he ran last year.

Much of my year was spent working on the Hallat Ammar ambush diorama for the 'Shifting Sands' Lawrence of Arabia exhibit at the National Civil War Centre. This presented a great opportunity for blogging, but sadly didn't allow much time for it. There may be a similar project this year which,with the benefit of experience after last year's baptism of fire, I will be doing a construction diary for.

This year promises to be another 'belter' and I'm endeavouring to share what I'm up to a little more this year, one project at a time. Whilst I have no miniatures to show just yet, I thought I'd share some not-so-cryptic clues of what my first project(s) of the year is. Just a few items from my collection, and something I've wanted to wargame for a long time. You'll never guess....

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

28mm Diorama of Lawrence of Arabia's Ambush at Hallat Ammar (September 1917)

My last post detailed a locomotive that I was building for a diorama. Since then I've been frantically working on the rest of it, along with Scipio and our SB5 comrades: Ollie and Mike.

The diorama was made for the Shifting Sands exhibit, which details Lawrence's involvement in the war and examines the consequences of the Great Arab Revolt that are with us in the present day. Built around the work of the GARP archaeological project, it's an outstanding exhibit and an excellent addition the the National Civil War Centre. Cannot recommend a visit enough, and not just to see our diorama.

This is the first time I've done a diorama so it was a steep learning curve, there's a lot that I'm not happy with on my side, but overall I think we recreated the ambush as described by Lawrence in his memoirs Seven Pillars of Wisdom as well as the limitations of space, resources and time allowed. But it was all experience for the next projects...

All credit for the beautiful painting of the Turks, the engine and the creation of the lovely sandbags go to Scipio, and likewise the Arabs are all Mike's handiwork. Ollie selected the miniatures and created all of the lovely shell casings scattered around, reflecting the archaeological finds and helped me put the finishing touches to everything on the last day at the museum - and a special thanks to Scipio, who on the evening before his wedding, drove to my house to do some last minute work on the diorama and then transported it in one piece to the museum. That's dedication. 

I'm not going to waffle too much, I'll just share the photos, any questions are welcome as always.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Arab Revolt 1917: Scratchbuilt Hejaz Railway Hartmann (1/58)

Well. since the last post work has gotten stupidly busy, I've moved house, flew to the US for the 100th running of the Indy 500 (obligatory YouTube link) and even managed to get a fair few games in (the RJW and ACW Campaigns covered superlatively by Ed on the Palladian Guard blog).

The Hartmann 2-6-0 ready for painting by Ed

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