Simple Miniatures Photography
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
USS Mississippi (BB-23)
Building the Battleship for the Mississippi Department of Archives & History
All four U. S. Navy ships named for Mississippi were built for the Mississippi Department of Archives & History. They are 39 inches in length (so four different scales) and scratchbuilt plank-on-frame. The models are on display in the Senate Chamber of the Old State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. Read more here:
USS Mississippi (Steam Frigate), 1841-1863, modeled as she appeared when commissioned in 1841.
USS Mississippi (BB-23), 1908-1914, modeled as she appeared in 1914 at Vera Cruz.
USS Mississippi (BB-41), 1917-1956, modeled as she appeared in January, 1945 at Lingayen Gulf.
USS Mississippi (CGN-40), 1978-1997, modeled as she appeared in 1991 during Desert Storm.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Swiss Pike Block
How to make a Renaissance Swiss Pike Block for Wargaming
25mm Old Glory Miniatures Late Medieval & Early Renaissance Italian Wars Swiss Pikemen available from oldglory25s.com.
1. Swish miniatures around in a bowl of diluted dishwashing soap to remove release agent and let dry overnight. Remove flash and other extra metal with an X-Acto knife and needle files. Smooth rough areas with sanding boards. Drill out hands with a Dremel.
3. Glue pikemen to 20mm square bases. Insert wires through hands and fix with super glue.
4. Use Testors Model Master Red Putty to remove excess putty and blend and fill in base tops. Let putty dry - it dries fast - and sand putty on base edges with sanding board or sand paper to blend with base sides. Testors Model Master Red Putty does not stink, does not shrink, and is slightly coarse.
7. Paint flesh on faces and hands. I kept it simple, as you can see in the close-up at the top of the page. I used Reaper Master Series Paint (MSP) Rosy Shadow washed with MSP Brown Ink and then MSP Rosy Skin to highlight. I will not mention paint choices again as any combinations will work just fine.
8. Paint the hose and shoes.
11. Paint pikes.