" A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon!"
Just got back from a whirlwind crash course at L'ecole du Laser, in Montreal, where I got plenty of hands-on experience and super valuable instruction from my friends, Luke and M.P., up at UMake.
While there we cranked out a bunch of troops to sell at GenCon, as well as doing some test runs on upcoming pieces. When I get a chance, I'll post some pics of that battle action! Warm work - that.
Otherwise, not much else to talk about this time around, as I have 4 more units to finish up before the 14th. Cool thing of note - not only will I be premiering Wooden Wars at Gencon, but I designed the Neverwinter demo which will be running there as well. They say I can sleep on the plane ride out...
Before I start monologuing, I wanted to give a shout out to my pal, the Black Cavalier, who "painted" up a soldier I sent to him using felt pens, and with great success I dare say. Check out his blog, two tharks one cup for more info and cool pics!
|Medals in the raw, and some reinforcement coins.|
|As soon as I unpacked and kissed the family, I put paint to these! The |
medals take very well to painting them directly on the sprue.
As I research uniforms, I keep sketches or scans of things that catch my eye. I realized I have a folder chock full of Jpeg's and quite a few sketches of medals. Now who, I thought to myself, doesn't like getting medals. So, I made some (albeit of wood).
I'll be handing these out at the GenCon convention games, and they will also be rewards for my (fast-upcoming...I promise) Kickstarter. I may have a couple of complete sprues for sale at Gencon - so if you want one, hit me up quickly!
|New gun, bigger Grenadier hat option, cleaner lines!|
|This season's officer is a bit meatier- and look at the size of that plume!|
Here are the updated and ready-for-action foot soldier and foot officer sprues. I cleaned up the line definitions, made a slightly larger musket which now has the flintlock on the correct side (sheesh) and enbiggened the Grenadiers bearskin a few ~mm. The soldier stands a sturdy 80mm from foot to shako-top (95mm with plume) and the Grenadier comes in at 90 and 100mm respectively.
The foot officer sprue got a clean up around the sword hilt, and I made him 2mm larger overall. He was a bit wee compared to the other troops - although at work, when I mentioned this, folks said that a smaller officer is less apt to be hit. No medal for them!
|One of the guns for the "Reddish" army.|
Finished up the "red" army's gun battery. Only have a shot of one gun and crew here, but you can see how I painted up the trousers to look like horse artillery coveralls.
|Empress Fossling decorates her own troops.|
Parents, if you want your kids to paint, please give them
decent brushes and paints. It makes the experience,
AND the outcome, so much more pleasant!
Cheers for now - I hope to post once more before the campaign starts. So keep checking in and thanks for all your kind words, thoughtful critiques and encouragement!