You know, some mornings, just nothing goes right. For instance, after a difficult and challenging breakfast with the Young Master, who clearly got up on the wrong side of the bed today, I retreated to the relative safety of Zum Stollenkeller with another mug of black coffee for some much needed time away from wife and child. And to take some nicer photographs of that recently completed first batch of five wagons and carts.
No sooner had I taken three reasonably nice pictures before my little Sony Cybershot TX20 informed me that its battery was out of juice, and then it promptly died without further ceremony. Arrrrggggh!!! I will not tell you what choice words I muttered below my breath in reply (you can probably guess), but after the breakfast episode, there were several as I plugged the camera and its charger into a handy power outlet. So, three more hours or so before I can continue with the pictures. Hell and damnation!
The bases are carefully cut and trimmed 1/8" card, terrained with sand collected from my maternal grandmother's creek bed in the summer of 1984. This was tacked onto the bases with Liquitex acrylic flat varnish. When that was dry, it was given a wash of very thin dark brown acrylic paint. The Woodland Scenics grass scatter material was tacked down with a bit more of the flat varnish the next evening, and the weed clumps were stuck on with dots of superglue gel the evening after that. I might add just a smidgeon more of the grass material down the center of the wagon track, but I haven't made up my mind quite yet.
Friday evening and Saturday morning, I got busy basecoating the next group of five wagons, teams, and drivers/drovers, but they aren't anything special to look at just yet. In the meantime, tune in again later for a few more photographs of the finished models. Once that blasted camera has recharged itself of course.
Later. . .
Ok. Camera charged up and a few more new photos to add. Here they are: