Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Have Cart, Will Travel (and end up getting lost)

Well as promised in my post last week "Opening the Cupboard Door" I have made a start on the old minis in the box.

First up is Citadel's Adventurers' Wagon. If you recall it did look like this


But it finally has got a coat of paint 28 years after I bought it -

"Oh Bugger! I seem to have taken a wrong turn somewhere!"

All good Dungeon Adventurers need a cart to take away their hard won loot from their latest dungeon. So when Citadel released this model back around 1984 I knew I had to get it for use with the AD & D Campaign I was running. And for many adventures, it would appear on the table, to show when the Party were on the move. But it was always either in bare metal or with the half-hearted attempt to start painting it as shown in the first photo.

I did debate whether to try putting reins on the model between the Wizard's hand and the horses's harness, for about 30 seconds and then decided against it. After all he's a Wizard and can just cast a Spell on the horses to obey his commands (actually that's probably a Druid Spell!)

I thought painting the Wizard's Hat and Tunic a light blue would help break up the monotony of all that brown on the cart, the goods and the horses.




"Now Horseys, don't drink from that water!"
(First attempt at using the Vallejo Still Water Effects)


Some of my new Mininatur tufts which were acquired at the Carronade Show


"A Wizard is never late. He arrives exactly when he means to"
 (but maybe not always in the right place)


The sign post is a spare part from the Citadel Plastic Giant kit.



And the barrel of ale, purely for medicinal purposes only, of course!


But there's no point of having a Cart if you don't have any Adventurers to take it places, so next post should be of the Female Adventurer











33 comments:

  1. Nice job! I love the sign! What a nice touch!

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    1. Thanks Felix! A handy find in the spares box!

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  2. Lovely work all around, well done!

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  3. That's a great little diorama. Nice job on the paint job, so quick too.

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    1. Thanks AH!

      It was quick for me but as I was concentrating so much on this model it meant others were left standing in the queue.

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  4. Great looking figure and superb basing there. Love this era of figures, there was so much character in these figures which is sadly lost from so many now.

    Cheers
    Ross

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    1. Thanks Ross!

      You are right, the figures from that time have a lot more character than the modern figures. Not the easiest to paint it has to be said as some of the detail is not so sharp but worth the effort in the end.

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  5. Wow! What a transformation; how wonderful to see the before and after shots too. I loved all the finishing touches like the sign post and the water, really top quality work.

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    1. Thanks Michael!

      The water was a wee bit of an unknown quantity never having used the stuff before but it did turn out better than I thought.

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  6. Nice to see some old lead painted so well.

    I particularly like the skeleton road sign and will be copying the idea for my Witchlands (Flintloque) terrain.

    Thanks for posting.

    Tony

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  7. Thanks Tony! And thanks for visiting!

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  8. You did a great job on this and you're right the blue was a perfect way to break of the brown. That signpost is really cool and adds great ambiance to the setting. Now you have to tackle the rest of the lead in your cupboard!

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    1. Thanks Anne! Given the size of the base I was using it made sense to add a little feature rather than just cover it with tufts and pebbles and fortunately the spares box had just the right item!

      Boobies is finished so she'll be appearing next. But I'm not going to count how many figs are in the box as that would just depress me so I'll just work away, one at a time

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  9. Lovely work Kingsley. Too late now, but the sign would have looked cool if you'd done it like in "High Plains Drifter" - real location in white or dark brown, with "Hell" overwritten in red

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    1. I wish I had thought about that Tamsin as that is a great idea.

      Whether I could have pulled it off is another story....

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    1. Cheers Jim. I'm determined to get that Dungeon adventure up and running!

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  12. Nice work there buddy. By the way, I`ve got unpainted figures which I`ve had for MORE than 28 years, in fact I don`t think that the manufacturers are still in business. Shame on me.

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    1. Well now you have fessed up, it's time to get some paint on them!

      Have you finished the 45 Commando dedication vignette that you were working on?

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  13. Wonderful work! "On the highway to Hell!" Ditto everyone's comments, plus I'd almost swear the driver is asleep and is going to miss the sign post!

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    1. Thanks Jay!

      I'm sure he is not asleep, merely resting his eyes!

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  14. Excellent work, very nice indeed!!

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  15. I love it!
    I'm not sure but is it the so nice set of GW LoTR with Gandalf ?
    ... but, if it's this one you make a very original scene with it!
    (and the paint job is very good !)

    For the Blue hat : Gandalf had a blue hat ! (it's the description that Tolkien has given in the beginning of The Hobbit ...

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    1. Hi Sam,

      The model was released in 1983/1984 so long before the GW range that you are familiar with.. It is probably meant to look like Gandalf but for copyright reasons Citadel wouldn't have been able to call it that. But by giving the Wizard a blue hat I can always say it is Gandalf!

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  16. Thanks!
    In fact it's not exactly the same:
    http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat750035a&prodId=prod1130420
    but I like the GW one! (but a little bit expensive...maybe... in the future!)

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  17. Wonderfull paintwork and the basing is excellent :-D

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  18. Excellent work! Nicely accessorised.:)

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