18 August 2014

Pontoon and Supply Train Addenda. . .

 The four recently finshed pontoon wagons with their tweaked balsa bridge timbers added.  I'll leave the balsa in its natural color and simply call them freshly hewn.  Sometimes, you've just gotta call it done and move on to the next part of the project.  In the background, you'll also observe the blacksmith's anvil and scratch-built tool table, which needs glossing and some terraining on the base.


Here they are, the threatened company of pontooniers (Minden laborers and a couple of Austrian artillerymen) with bridge timbers and a few tools glued into their hands and all ready for the usual white basecoat.  They turned out so well, that I might just add another company of twelve pontooniers with scratch-built oars and punting poles glued into their hands.  Blame Der Alte Fritz and C.S. Grant!


Finally, here is a close-up of the developing vivandiere vignette made of from a variety of figures and extra bits by Suren (Willie), Eureka, and another firm whose name escapes me at the moment.  Possibly Foundry?  The table and tent are, of course, scratch-built, but these are based on photographs, showing the set-up of some female AWI re-enactors here in the United States.

6 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Both the finished pontoon wagons and the upcoming as yet unpainted figures. The pontooniers (wasn't there a G&S light opera about them...) and the vivandiere vignette look like they are shaping up nicely!

tradgardmastare said...

I find that looking at photos of re-enactors inspires me too.They often show good ideas for vignettes as well as the paraphernalia of 18th Century life too.
I have had Williamsburg photos as background/screensavers in the past -I find the street/garden scenes great too.
I look forward to seeing the pontooniers come to life as paint is applied...
Alan

Paul Robinson said...

Really like the work you're doing here. That little vigenette is developing into something very nice indeed

CelticCurmudgeon said...

My Dear Heinz-Ulrich,

Your work continues to be most praiseworthy. The vignette offers a lot of potential. May I suggest adding something like a small dog or even a gaggle of geese to set off the humans?

My best wishes for an excellent start to the school year. Remember - no teacher should ever go home more tired than the students!

All the very best,

Gerardus Magnus
Archbishop Emeritus

Stryker said...

Great stuff - the pontooniers look like they could do serious damage with those planks!

Cincinnatus said...

Definitely looking forward to seeing the finished vignettes. There are great examples of period vignettes from French, Dutch, and English watercolors/plates in the Anne S.K.Brown Collection.

-Cincinnatus

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