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I've been modelling, painting miniatures and wargaming since I was a wee lad in Swansea, this blog details some of my interests - I hope that you like it. In 2010 I started a new modelling venture - building 40mm AWI/ACW terrain pieces and designing 28mm masters, which are then cast and available for sale from Grand Manner. - All original images and text are copyright of A. S. Harwood (Dampfpanzerwagon)Tonyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06167770417289351340noreply@blogger.comBlogger1928125
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Von Mohnblume Line - part seven

September 21, 2017 - 09:31

I've chosen a white uniform with red facings, similar to my earlier Flintloque Dogsoldiers. The white was built-up in layers over Stonewall Grey and highlighted with Skull White for the highlights.

The red areas were basecoated in Red Gore and highlighted with Bloody Red.


Von Mohnblume Line - part six

September 20, 2017 - 09:34

After the black/brown undercoat or basecoat, I painted the flesh areas with a mixture of either cream and white or dark grey and black. These colours were then highlighted with lighter tones of the base colours and prior to taking these images, I tidied up the main black/brown base.

Pug's have a very distinctive face colouring as can be seen in this image. The snout and ears are usually very dark and this is how I have painted my Flintloque miniatures.

For better images, 'click' on the picture and see the progress so far.


Bromyard and Linton Light Railway

September 19, 2017 - 14:45

Last week Sue and I had a great day out in Hereford. On the way back to Droitwich I detoured via Bromyard and took these images of the Bromyard and Linton Light Railway.

For more information see this link.

The first three images show a Ministry of Defence 2' 6" gauge Powder Van. Re-gauged to 2 foot.

There were quite a few 2' 'Hudson' skips in a variety of condition. I don't think that being stored out-of-doors and in the open is helping preserve them.

This wagon looks like another Ministry of Defence 2' 6" gauge wagon with end posts. Note, the upside-down repair.

This larger wagon is a standard gauge enclosed wagon supported on four 2 foot gauge skip chassis's!

the final image was taken from across the road from the museum and shows just some of the rusting skips behind the metal fence.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #12 - the clutter

September 18, 2017 - 09:28

My plan is to produce a small 'shelf layout' - basically just a short section of working track with a diorama style background. The layout is going to be an industrial or chemical works with an 18 inch narrow gauge railway running through.

I knew that I would require some suitable items of 'clutter'. Barrels, oil drums etc.

Image Two - Shows the barrel master alongside Fred  (a 1:27.7 scale scratch built miniature).

While doing my research I came across this German language book that details a chemical works in Darmstadter, Germany. The book is full of images - many available on the Internet that show the sort of clutter I was looking for.

The book is available to purchase via e-bay, see this link for details.

Image Five - I  produced five masters. A demijohn (a glass bottle wrapped in straw), a large chemical bottle (used by ICI), a large barrel, an oil drum and a smaller barrel. These have been cast in resin by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games and will be available to purchase very soon.

I have been searching the Internet for more items of clutter and most can be scavenged from existing ranges - for example Sideline Scenics from Pepper 7 or scratch built.

I will post more details once I have some actual examples painted up but if you are interested in buying sets of these or the earlier 1:27.7 scale figure, please contact me at;

More posts relating to this project can be found by searching the Narrow Gauge Label to the right.


An Industrail Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #11 - the seated driver and Fred

September 15, 2017 - 09:40

Following hot on the heels of my last post - The Green Engine, see this post for details, here are the last two figures or characters for the 1;27.7 (11mm = 1 foot) narrow gauge project- The seated engine driver and Fred alongside the standing driver that was featured in this post.

The seated driver is pretty much universal and should work with any 1:27.7 scale, scratch-built engine (even motor car). He was actually converted from a seated female figure and the standing male (see earlier posts for how I cut-up and converted these plastic figures). Fred was inspired by Fred Dibnah dressed in his iconic denim work clothes and flat cap. If you look closely you can see his waistcoat and fob chain for his pocket watch!

Image Two - Shows the same three figures, Fred, Standing Driver and Seated Driver alongside the 1:27.7 scale rule.

Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games has cast all six figures in grey resin and they will be available to buy in the next couple of days. The cost will be £10.00 per set with free postage to the UK (Europe and the Rest of the World postage charges have yet to be confirmed). Should you be interested in purchasing a set of either or both, please contact me at;
Image Three - The two sets of 1:27.7 scale figures;
Set One - Tom, Dick and Harry (shown on the right) and Set Two - Charlie, Finley and Fred (shown on the left). Details of how they were converted can be found by using the Narrow Gauge Label to the right. You can also 'click' on any of the images for a better view.

Please note that these is a third set of barrels and oil drums due very soon. I will post details as soon as I have a sample.


Von Mohnblume Line - part five

September 14, 2017 - 09:57

I have undercoated the ten Pug's with 'rattle-can' spray paint both black and dark brown. I find that mixing the two paints gives a better or warmer basecolour on which to start painting.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #10 Painting The Green Diesel

September 13, 2017 - 09:47

I spray painted the completed model (see earlier post) with 'Makes Paint Stick' a Humbrol product designed for undercoating plastic garden furniture, then basecoated the whole model with Halfords grey primer (the one designed for plastic).

Image Three - The painting was done with brush painted acrylics and acrylics applied with a broken sponge (the sort used to package model soldiers).

Then lots of washes, again acrylic washes, some bought - others home-made.

Image Four - The model was spray painted with satin varnish before I added some rust and earth pigment powders.

Image Five - I then used a graphite pencil (a 4B pencil) to add some metallic effects. Detail painting was done with a Rosemary & Co No 2 Sable/Synthetic brush.

Images Six, Seven and Eight - The finished 'critter' on the section of modified Peco 'crazy track'. Looking back on the original image and inspiration see this post, I think I could have gone even further with the weathering!

I will now need to sculpt a sitting driver figure - more on this in a later post.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #9 - the Green Diesel

September 12, 2017 - 09:52

Narrow Gauge Diesel Engine no. 2 - The Green Engine. Built to the scale of 1:27.7 (or 11mm = 1 foot) and running on 16.5mm Peco 'crazy track' which represents an 18 inch gauge industrial narrow gauge railway.

Image Two - The model is based on this industrial diesel 'critter' which I found on Pinterest. I know very little about the engine, but more images can be found on the Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway site here.

Image Three - I sketched up some working plans from the image on the INGR site using the 1:27.7 scale driver as reference.

Image Four - More detailed plans were drawn up on squared paper.

Image Five - The model was constructed from various thicknesses of plastic card and some sheet aluminium. The scale gauge shown has been detailed in this post.

Image Six - A lot of the detailing was guessed at, as I had very little facts about this little engine.

Image Seven - The aluminium sheet was cut with a pair of scissors and bent around a couple of knitting needles.

Image Eight - The exhaust pipe was cobbled together by using a metal spear (a wargame figure spear) as the part that comes out of the bonnet, a section of knitting needle (which has been wrapped in sticky-back plastic to 'beef it up a little) and a section of sprue.

Image Nine - The engine driver alongside the model showing just how small this engine is.

Image Ten - The model show on the section of narrow gauge track. The black buffers were cut from a Gnomy toy and glued in place with superglue and a section of paperclip was used as reinforcement.

Image Eleven - I added fine sand over superglue to the chassis top and the side of the bonnet - as the initial image shows a dark and grainy finish on these areas.

Image Twelve - as above.

Image Thirteen - The model runs on a Tenshodo 'Spud'. This particular spud had been stuffed into a 'spares' drawer for over ten years (maybe even 15 years) as it had a broken top and was not a very good runner. I cleaned up the wheels and the pick-ups and after some delicate repairs, I got it running again. The spud is NOT glued in place, I used plastic card to 'wedge' the spud front and back which seems to work fine.

Spud's need a lot of weight for them to work properly. I filled the bonnet with small scraps of cut up lead soldiers and fixed these in place with superglue. The chassis was further weighted with pieces of lead as can be seen in this image.

I can report that The Green Engine runs perfectly.

Image Fourteen - The model displayed on the section of narrow gauge track and alongside the first engine driver, shown for scale.

The Green Engine is 60mm long (82mm over buffers), 38mm wide and 60mm tall (to top of the exhaust).

In part two I will give details of how the model was painted and weathered.


Von Mohnblume Line - part four

September 11, 2017 - 09:30

The bases have been further detailed or textured by adding sieved stones and sand over uPVA glue.

Image Two - The command group of drummer, standard bearer, officer and sergeant. Note the added cuff buttons sculpted from Milliput.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - 5.5mm and 7/8th narrow gauge modelling

September 10, 2017 - 12:24
While conducting research on both 18 inch narrow gauge railways and obtaining information and inspiration for my planned narrow gauge shelf layout or 'micro layout' I have come across a number of interesting sites and pieces of information that I will be using as part of this long-term project.
Firstly, my chosen scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot is exactly twice as big as the recognised narrow gauge scale of 5.5mm = 1 foot for details see this link. It is almost exactly half as big as another modelling scale - 7/8th = 1 foot and for details of this combination see this link. 7/8th is just over 22mm = 1 foot.
I also spotted this 1/25th scale narrow gauge layout running on 16.5mm track on this site. see Castle Works Shed. Which reinforces my belief that the 11mm = 1 foot option is a goer.
Then earlier this week I found a video link/interview that talked to Carl Arendt the founder of a railway modelling group that concentrates on Micro Layouts. For details see this You Tube link.
So the plans are firming up. A 1:27.7th scale narrow gauge layout with scratch built terrain and scenery as well as modified or scratch built engines and rolling stock running on 16.5mm Peco 'crazy track', all compounded into a micro layout about 4 feet square.
If only there were eight days in a week and 25 hours to a day!
Stay tuned for future updates.

Aircraft of the Fighting Powers - a charity shop find

September 9, 2017 - 09:37

Sue and I had a morning at Avoncroft Museum yesterday and after we had browsed the display buildings and exhibitions we drove into Bromsgrove where Sue found this second hand marvel - Aircraft of the Fighting Powers volume V from 1944.

It was for sale at just £1.99 in a charity shop.

Over 70 fully illustrated and beautifully drawn scale plans with accompanying details - a real bargain. Here are just a few of the scale drawings included in this book.


Von Mohnblume Line - part three

September 8, 2017 - 09:33

I added Milliput to the 2p coins to blend in the metal bases. As you can see I have added small Milliput stones to the groundwork as well as a tiny piece of customisation - Milliput buttons to the Pugs uniform cuffs.


Von Mohnblume Line - part two

September 7, 2017 - 09:42

Part one - The miniatures needed very little cleaning up so I sanded the base bottoms smooth and mounted them on to 2p coins with superglue and accelerator. This is my preferred basing style and my only concern was should I have used a 1p coin (as the little Pugs are not that tall). I choose to stay with the more usual 2p.

The figures were sculpted by Rob Alderman  of Hysterical Games and are available in various configurations from Alternative Armies. I choose the Skirmish Pack of 10 random miniatures.

The next step is to detail the bases.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #8 - the first driver figure

September 5, 2017 - 09:36

The Feldbahn featured in this earlier post needed a driver, a 1:27.7 scale miniature that would fit into the cab and look like he was actually driving the engine. I used a 1/35th scale tanker that I had seen in Military Modelling as inspiration for the pose and started the sculpt.

Image Two - The converted miniature showing the original cream plastic, Milliput and Green Stuff that was used in the conversion.

Image Three - The mini at the same stage of construction, shown from the rear. This figure is clothed in a one-piece boiler suit, rather than dungarees (as seen on the earlier figures see this post for more details).

Image Four - The nearly completed figure alongside the original 1:24th scale plastic figure that was bought of e-bay.

Image Five - The finished driver. Note the long sleeves and the flat cap undercoated in grey acrylic paint.

Image Six - Engine Driver No.1 fully painted, although, I'm not happy with the gloss sheen. I think I will have to matt it down.

Image Seven - And the final image, the driver figure doing his job. The figure is NOT glued into the cab, but just placed there so that I can A - still modify the Feldbahn if needed, B - re-paint him with matt varnish and C - Have him cast in resin by Rob Alderman at Hysterical Games. Should any reader be interested in purchasing this or the earlier three 1:27.7 scale figures, please contact me at;


The Von Mohnblume Pugs

September 4, 2017 - 09:31

My latest purchase from Alternative Armies has arrived. The Von Mohnblume Pugs sculpted by Rob Alderman. For full details of this new regiment see this link.

I picked up the ten miniature Skirmish Pack on pre-release special offer. The cute little miniatures are full of character and I'll be basing them very soon.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #7 - painting the loco

September 1, 2017 - 09:43

With the construction finished, I sprayed the whole engine with Makes Paint Stick (a clear lacquer that is designed for undercoating plastic garden furniture) then undercoated with Halfords grey primer, an undercoat that I believe to be one of the very best available. Remember to buy the plastic primer!!!!!

The bulk of the painting was done with a small portion of sponge, the sponge that is used as packing material for miniatures. I break off a piece and then holding it in a pair of tweezers, I dab on progressively lighter colours - a bit like drybrushing, but using a sponge. I find that this gives a much better transition than using a brush.

The red buffers were painted with an enamel base or undercoat - I find that enamel red is so much better than acrylic red and then highlight with acrylic paint and washes.

The cab interior was painted with two or three coats of watered-down white acrylic paint and then washed with a light grey wash to dirty it up a little.

Weathering was done with some drybrushing, but mainly washes and the rust colours were mixed from various browns and oranges and applied with a No. 2 detailing brush.

When the painting was finished, I spray painted on another light coat of Matt varnish and after painting the areas where the SPA CO LTD would go with Future (Klear in the US) I used White Letraset to add the lettering.

The model was once again matt varnished before final weathering was applied. This was once again done with washes, remembering to drag the washes in a downward direction to mimic rain water streaks. Then I brushed on some rust powders to the rust areas to help define some of the detailing.

In this final image - showing the sculpted driver (more on this figure later), I have used a 7B pencil to add some graphite to the lower running area.

I still need to add the clear plastic card windows, but this can wait until later.

The Feldbahn engine was great fun to both model and paint. I would like to say that it is a great runner, but the Horby 'Smokey Joe 0-4-0 mechanism is damaged and I will need to buy and modify a second, before I can get it running on some test track.

For more details and posts about this 1:27.7 (or 11mm = 1 foot) Narrow Gauge Adventure please use the Narrow Gauge label to the right.


An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #6 The Feldbahn Locomotive

August 29, 2017 - 10:13

Part One - The construction.

I choose this Feldbahn (narrow gauge railway) as my first 'scratch-built' engine. It is based an an image that I found on the PHB BB Creative Community site for full details see this post.

Image Two - The original works drawings were used to produce my own 11mm = 1 foot scale drawings.

Image Three - I find it easier to produce these drawings on grid paper, first sketching the model in pencil and then confirming the dimensions with a 0.3mm drawing pen.

Image Four - My first try was not a great success.....

Image Five - But the second attempt was much better. The model is based on a simple Hornby 'Smokey Joe' 0-4-0 chassis.

Image Six - The old and the new alongside one another.

Image Seven - There are one or two modifications to the original design. I added an exhaust (for the paraffin starting engine), a tool box and kept a round view window to the rear. After all this would have been a much modified and long-lived workhorse.

Image Eight - The yellow detailing is 'sticky-back' plastic.

Image Nine and Ten - More detailing. The handles are thin, bent aluminium superglued in place. The Buffer or coupling housing is multiple layers of plastic card with a paperclip hook and the headlight was 'scrounged' from a 1/50th scale Corgi truck.

Image Eleven to Fourteen - The roof was constructed from more aluminium curved over the side of a glass jar and detailed with more sticky-back plastic. Most of the upper bonnet detailing was guessed at.

Image Fifteen - With construction finished, I have placed the un-painted model on the section of test track, seen in this earlier post.

The Feldbahn engine is 120mm long (over buffers) x 38mm wide (at the widest point) and 73mm tall (over cab).

It is built to the scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot so that 16.5mm Peco 'Crazy Track' represents an 18 inch gauge industrial railway. The original Feldbahn engine used as inspiration ran on 500mm gauge track.


Pugs in Tricornes new from AA

August 26, 2017 - 17:37

This week I received an e-mail notification from Alternative Armies giving details of their most recent Flintloque release - The Von Mohnblume Line or cute little Pugs in Tricornes. The metal miniatures designed and sculpted by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games were just what the doctor ordered and I have promptly ordered a set of ten Pugs on the pre-release deal, details of which can be found here.

For anyone who knows Rob and Hannah, the choice of Pugs should come as no surprise and Rob assures me that at least on of the miniatures will be wearing an eyepatch. Poppy celebrated in pewter.....

Well done Gavin - a great choice of character unit for Flintloque and with other earlier tricorne wearing figures, a possible sub-genre for gamers to enjoy.

I'll be basing and painting the miniatures as my 'On-Line Build' for September so stay tuned for updates.