Saturday, April 9, 2016

War Hammer Refurbished

Finished refurbishing the war hammer. I used some metal epoxy to secure the head and butt cap onto the handle. Since it was a snug fit, and it's mainly a display piece, this should be no problem.
I nailed brass tacks into the epoxy to cover the holes and make it look like they're fancy topped rivets.
After removing the original finish with Citristrip, I rubbed down the handle with Old English furniture oil. Don't know why they painted the handle, as the grains are pretty nice.
A timeless piece. Cheers from the Frugal Armoury!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Refurbishing a War Hammer - WIP

Started refurbishing a war hammer. It was only $45 (free shipping), and was put together by underpaid folks in India. So, although the parts themselves are pretty good, especially for the price, the overall craftsmanship was a bit lacking. The rivets were not lined up very well, and the spike was off center as well as the butt cap. I used a Dremel to cut off the ends of the rivets (actually really big nails), and pounded them out with a hammer and Phillips Head screw driver. I also wanted to remove the ugly dark brown stain/paint from the handle. I did some Googlin' and picked up some Citristrip to remove the stain/paint (I hope) - I'm waiting for it to do its work.
 With the metal parts removed after cutting off the rivet/nails with a Dremel cutting tool.
The handle coated with Citristrip. I placed the handle in a plastic trash bag to keep it from drying out too fast - another tip from YouTube.

Here it is before removing all the metal parts - you can't really tell from this image, but the spike and butt cap were not aligned with the handle. You can probably see that the dark brown stain/paint is pretty ugly though.
Well, just a quick update to keep this blog alive. Cheers!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pole Axing and War Hammering on a Saturday Morning

Just a bit of toying around this morning with the new pole axe, and also a recently acquired war hammer.
Left off the greaves and arm harness to give it a more 15th C. Man at Arms look.
The war hammer is very heavy and quite solid. I plan to take it apart and remove the paint from the wooden shaft and refinish it with the same Dark Walnut as the pole axe shaft. I used a Dremel to cut off the two rivets for the spike - tried to straighten it as it pointing a bit off center. Still not perfect, but a work in progress.
I've found that I like fingered gauntlets a lot better than these mitten style ones. It's hard to pick up stuff with the mitten gauntlets.
Well, thanks for visiting - this interlude has me looking forward to running a War of the Roses game at Enfilade in May.
Cheers from the Frugal Armoury!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

15th C. Medieval Pole Axe - Repro Finished

Finished the shat and mounted the axe head today using some fancy brass upholstery tacks. Still needs an end cap or butt spike though. The Dark Walnut stain is a bit redder than I had expected, but should look okay with aging.
As mentioned in previous posts, the axe head is made by Get Dressed For Battle, and the shaft is a fence post from Lowe's.
The upholstery tacks aren't as strong as nails or rivets, but since this is only a display piece they're sufficient.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you like the newest addition to the "Frugal Man's Armoury."

Monday, March 28, 2016

15th C. Medieval Pole Axe - WIP

Using a piece of inexpensive ($2.25) fence post - 1.5" X 1.5" X 4', I started work on the shaft of the weapon. Here it is after taking an oscillating sander to preliminary work with a hand plane. Still rough, but not bad for about an hour's worth of effort
after work.
The sides of the lower half of the shaft will be beveled down a bit. I need to get something like roofing tacks to secure the axe head onto the shaft.
The image below shows the shaft after using a hand plane on the upper portion.
Even without adding a butt spike, the overall length looks good. The shaft looks proportionate to the axe head.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

WIP Shots of a Couple of Unreleated Projects

Just a blogger update to let folks know I am still among the living. Here are images of a Pole Axe  head that arrived today. Needs a wooden shaft to go with it - hopefully I can finds something at Lowe's or Home Depot.
It's more of a display piece than an actual reenactment weapon. The axe head is nicely detailed, but the hammer side's grooved facing is rather thin. They should be pyramid shaped, although for $52.00 USD including free shipping, I can't complain. Here's a shot with a small dog for size comparison.
Also, I started work on an old Space Marine Whirlwind kit I had swapped for a box of Warlord Parliamentarians a few years ago. I added a 2 ounce fishing lead inside the front of the vehicle to balance the weight of the rocket and turret which are made of lead.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Friday, March 18, 2016

200mm & 1:8th Scale Medieval/Renaissance Knights

Since I haven't picked up a paint brush in a while, I wanted to post some images of large scale figures painted some years ago. These are Verlinden 200mm resin figures and also 1/8th scale Aurora plastic figures. They are a good match in size with each other. All of these figures are 15th C., except for the Black Knight who is from the 16th. C.
Left to right: Aurora "Red Knight of Vienna", Verlinden Lord Bardolph, Aurora Gold Knight of Nice, Verlinden Henry V, Aurora Black Knight of Aurnberg, Verlinden Earl of Oxford.
The Aurora models are multi-part kits and were originally issued back in the 1970's. The Verlinden figures' plate armor are finished with Gunze Sangyo metalizer. The metalizer was first painted on, allowed to dry, and then buffed with soft tissue and cotton swabs. The finish is quite metal-like once buffed and cured. The mounted "Gold Knight of Nice" was painted using Krylon Bright Silver - much simpler, but not as realistic.
The Aurora models next to a 28mm BTD foot knight and mounted GW Empire knight for scale comparison. The Black Knight and mounted knight were posted before on this blog a year or so ago - apologies for the rehash.
Lord Bardolph, Henry V, and the Earl of Oxford all fought at Agincourt. 28mm figures of Joan of Arc and her standard bearer for comparison.
The back of the Band of Brothers, with a command stand of Perry French personalities for size/scale comparison.

St Crispin's Day.

Again, apologies for not posting anything newly painted, but I think I may have something in mind to work on soon. Warmest Regards to you all, and thanks as always for stopping by.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Large Scale Medieval Figures Reviewed/Revisited

Experimenting with a cheap sheet of green paper to "green screen" photos, here are some large scale Medieval figures. Most were painted many years ago prior to getting into wargaming. There's a bit of a green tinge to the photos - I may need to adjust the lighting so it doesn't reflect the green onto the figures.These are 120mm figures by Verlinden, Fort Duquesne, and a very hefty metal Berruto figure of John d'Abernon
Left to right: Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, Falkirk, 1298; Sir Roger Bigod, Earl Marshal, Falkirk, 1298; Sir John D'Abernon III, died around 1340; Prince John of Eltham, Halidon Hill, 1333; Sir Giles de Trumpington, Falkirk, 1298; German Knight, circa 1350. A BTD 28mm figure of Sir Laurence Hastings, Earl of Pembroke, died 1348 - for scale. Most of these guys participated in the Scottish campaigns. Decals were used for Prince John and Trumpington; the lions for Sir Roger are paper cut outs glued on
Left to right: 120mm figures of Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury, Agincourt; 120mm mounted figure of the Black Prince; 1/12th scale figure of the Black Prince - an old Airfix plastic kit; 160mm figure of Thomas Beauchamp, 4th Earl of Warwick, 1388. A BTD 28mm figure of Owain Glyndŵr for scale.

Here are some better pics of them individually - again from another website that I haven't updated for some years.
Roger Bigod - The lion rampant designs were printed out from a computer and cut out and applied.
Giles de Trumpington - the heraldry on the shield and ailettes are decal from Border Miniatures.
Aymer de Valence
John D'Abernon III - this guy is solid metal, unlike the rest which are resin. The sword was polished with steel wool.
Prince John of Eltham - Border Miniatures decals are used on the shield and cylcas (short surcoat).
German Knight circa 1350 - I converted this Verlinden figure by cutting off the gambeson between the end of the haubergeon and top of the knee cops. I replaced it with padded and studded cuisses to match the coat of plates. The chain hanging over his shoulder is for a great helm (not included in the kit). Drops of blood are indicative of being wounded in battle.
Thomas Beauchamp - This is a very nicely detailed resin sculpture from Verlinden.
Thomas Montacute - this Verlinden model is marketed as Guillaume de Martel, and had faint outlines for his three hammer heraldry. In fact, I had painted this figure up with the arms of Bertrand du Guesclin before repainting it as the Earl of Salisbury.
Prince of Wales - this OOP Airfix kit was picked up off of ebay some years ago. The kit still appears from time to time on ebay and elsewhere. I actually had another kit, but gave it away to a friend. This is probably the nicest kit from their 1/12th range. I also have Richard I and Joan of Arc kits. The raised heraldry on this kit is flawless.
Just some eye-candy, which I hope meets your approval. Warmest regards to all.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Redoubt Trojan War Characters - Revisted

Getting back on track with miniatures - here are Trojan War characters from Redoubt. These were painted some years ago and were posted on another site in response to a TMPer bemoaning the fact that Redoubt's catalog at the time only had line drawings.
Incidentally, figures from this range were the first 28mm figures I ever collected. I was stationed in Hawaii and a little shop where I lived had models and miniatures - it's since moved to a new location with a new owner and called The Armchair Adventurer. The previous owner told me about Redoubt's Trojan War figures and gave me the contact info for a retailer - Doug at Miniature Service Center in California. I ordered a few guys with figure-8 and tower shields, as well as a chariot. At the time I intended them to be used in a diorama - didn't start wargaming until a few years after this.
As a kid, I discovered the story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' adventures after the war in a book I read while in grade school. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the teacher had noticed that I always picked up the book and read it during our free time - while the other kids would be playing with toys and such. At the end of the school year, she surprised me by giving me the book - which I still have today - tattered and frayed. Here it is below on the left with a favorite translation on the right:
I read the translated version cover to cover many times and used the descriptions of arms and armor in painting these figures, but again, this was many years ago.
To be fair, the line drawings in the Redoubt catalog actually look very much like the actual figures.
This range was created before the Foundry Trojan War range - which was sculpted to match these in size. A nice collaboration of different makers.
The Agamemnon and Achilles figures above were part of the first set of 28mm figures I painted. I used enamels on them, before switching to acrylics.
Hector Triumphant
Death of Achilles
Menelaus and Paris
King Priam flanked by two Helen figures - one with converted/modified outstretched arms.
A comparison of chariots. Left-Right: Old Glory (w/Foundry crew); Redoubt; and Foundry. Redoubt is the largest; both in cab width and horses, but not noticeable when arranged for battle. The center Redoubt chariot was part of the first 28mm figures I painted. I added reins to it - prior to getting into gaming - reins and bowstrings aren't really feasible for gaming.

Another comparison shot of different makers. The most noticeable difference is the thinness of the Redoubt bows - very fragile. This could be remedied by adding something like Green Stuff to beef up the bow.
Below is a picture of the mini-diorama with the handful of figures I initially painted. The Lion Gate was scratch-built using Styrofoam with plaster over it. I still have it but changed the heads of the lions to face forward - it's sitting somewhere in a box needing some work.

Once again, pardon my indulgence.