1/72 – Airfix 01720 – Robin hood

No longer released by Airfix, but by HaT, this has to be one of the most useful 1/72nd sets of medieval figures going.

It can be used to create not only Robins merry men but a revolting peasant army, generic levy troops, men operating siege equipment or just peasants standing about to fill, say a jousting scene.

The original plastic used by Airfix was a bit harder than that used by HaT. Although I have none in my collection (the figures pictured are all original Airfix products) I have seen the new HaT reproduction figures and the plastic used seems to leave a lot more flash than their 30 plus year old counterparts. This could also be down to the mould being old, but the softer plastic figures are certainly better than none, and as the original Airfix ones age, they can suffer from “plastic rot”..the plastic becoming brittle.

The original set still is easy to found, take a look here.
Hät’s new one is less abundant, but still available.

Each of the individual figures in the set, without repeats

And now…a couple of conversions! 😀

Conversions of the same figure headswops and new weapons for the 1st two. The one on the far right has had an arm from the Italeri´s english knights and archers set added, hood made from toilet paper, bow, a bent piece of wire.
Another 3 conversions of the same figure. Swap the head and that would make 6 new poses.
With a bit or arm twisting, swapping of weapons for pins as spears you can create more variety.
far left, a gunner firing a cannon, middle, head-swap and halberd from a Zvezda set, far right head-swap and a bit of green stuff (putty) and another gunner is created.


 

Airfix Vickers light tank BEF 1940 France 1/76.

Hello all,

Here is an older work of mine from 2010. I have always had a soft spot for small pre war light tanks , so when I bought an old JB models kit at a model show I was surprised by how simple it was to build. It only has 40 or so parts for three different variants “a” ,”b” and “c”. The tracks come as a complete unit and you could knock one this kit in an hour if pushed.

I wanted to try and modify this kit a bit so I tried to open the drivers hatch and commander’s hatch. Trying to find pictures on the net was a nightmare. I am lucky enough to live just down the road from Bovington tank museum were they have a Vickers on show! It was there I got the idea to do the pendants on the aerials. Tin foil was folded in half and glued around the wire and the cut into a triangle. The foil allowed the flag to shaped quite nicely and stay in “fluttering”. A few bits of stowage was add from a set from SGTS MESS.

The figures are from Wee friends, and I have been told that they did not wear khaki cover all’s but a black set. It make’s sense from the point of view of oil and stains but from a painting angle the khaki win’s. The poses are brilliant, the bloke laying down asleep is a first for me. I liked the idea of a peacefull diorama rather than a full on battle, and soldiers having a “brew” does bring back memories of being on exercise.

The men in shirt sleeves fixing the the tracks work well together in a dio and could be used on there own.The shirt colour is a bit of a matter of choice like the cover all’s. I want to try out some GW washes and all I could think of was a light blue/grey colour.

The base was one of my first larger efforts. Before that I used to only use GW black bases for single figure so this was a step up for me. The base is an old photo frame covered in PVA glue and sand with a wall from Jarvis scenery. I have been told that if the wall put at an angle it would have looked better and to be fair they have a point. The grass is from Silfor tufts and the trees are from woodland scenic.

The Airfix (Ex-JB) model still is available through Ebay here. Also you can found interesting the UMMT and Mirage range for this kind of vehicles. Take a look here.

Warlord Games – Roman Testudo

Warlord Games – Roman Testudo

It’s time to present the Roman Testudo, probably the most well know formation in history. Warlord Games manufacture it a 6 resin parts set. One for the cover shields, with a head looking out of the testudo, front, rear and 2 sides parts. Sets also comes with a separate Centurion and some arrows, to use as the box cover depict.

Once it is finished it will look great in any army, but to achieve this there is a long way. I can’t lie, at least my set, as you can see in the pictures, was damaged and mould quality wasn’t the best. The main problem a big bubble in the resin, damaging feet, plus other minor bubbles ans some resin burr.

It was purchased in UK in order to avoid the long process to claim for a new one y go ahead, reworking the damaged areas with putty.

 

Some areas are difficult to access to clean the mould lines, but it’s not important in all the interior side. Some other were hidden with the flock and grass in the base :). Total result is so impressive which probably nobody will notice this.

 

Set also comes with a transfer sheet for the shields, with some redundant decals, but probably you will broke some one during process…


There is no clear way to fix the cover shields with the other parts so i used some metal paper clips to do it.

About the painting you can work only the visible side of the parts, letting a basic coat for the interior side, as it will not be visible at all once finished, unless you prefer to let the cover shields unglued to show the interior…

Even if i get pissed off in some steps, final result is so good than i thinking in buy some more. 🙂

If you still haven’t this interesting set, take a look here.

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F1 Dragon 7321

Because it is such an iconic vehicle, the backbone of the German army in WWII, I guess every serious tank modeller made at least one Pz. IV tank. When I decided to make mine in 1/72 scale, Revell was the first option. But their famous Pz IV range was no longer in production, and I couldn’t find an available kit. So I’ve turned to Dragon, and I didn’t regret it for a second.

I always loved the DAK vehicles, and this was my first attempt to represent one. I started with the construction and a small base with some ancient ruins.

The columns are scratched; In my work, I was inspired by a Panzer III diorama, in a larger scale, which I’ve spotted on a modelling website.

I painted the entire model by brush with Vallejo tan yellow. At the same time, I placed on the base some pebbles and small stones for the desert environment.

I finished the model only with acrylics. At that time I was a beginner, and lacked the experience with more advanced modelling techniques such as oil paint weathering.

Later, when I’ve learned how to use oil paints and pigments, I returned to this lovely tank, and made a few changes. And some decent photos too:

In conclusion, this an extraordinary kit, which builds perfectly out of the box, and for someone who wants to make an accurate Pz IV F1, is the best option. Good work, Dragon!

You can find this and other Dragon models through our utility here.

28mm – Warlord Games – Plastic Imperial Roman Legionaries

 

Well, today I want to introduce an excellent set from the British brand Warlord Games. This one is the old box, still available in some retailers, which allows to built up 30 full legionaries with a complete command group. The new box only allows to built 20 legionaries, but also includes a Scorpion.
Set is spread in 3 sprue, 2 only for legionaries and the other which also includes the command group, Centurion, a Cornicern and a Signifer (Sargent, musician and standard bearer). It also includes transfers for 39 square shields and 3 for circular ones.

 

As you can see the sprue are very well detailed and with a lot of extra parts as helmets, Pilums and some shields. Legionaries can wear the Pilum or the standard short sword “Gladius”.

 

The figure which is in the corner close to the Signifier is an Option, the Centurion assistant. This figure is not part of this set, you can found it as individual figure from Warlord or in a blister with 3 different ones.

All the figures are very well detailed and you will enjoy a lot painting them. Their size is a bit small for some manufacturers, but for example they are quite compatible with the Foundry ones.

They are painted with Games Workshop/Citadel paints.

Picture above shows the paint work process, as you can see i paint heads and capes and some other parts separate of the figures. You can feel it is a tedious work but if you try it surely you will like it, as it ensures a good result and easy paint work over the figures.

Paint guide (Base/Washed/Highlight):

Primed: Chaos Black.

Helmets and armour: Boltgum Metal/ washed Babab Black/ highlighted Chainmail metal.

Golden parts: Golden mixed with Devlam Mud/ Shining Gold.

Skinn: Tallarn Flesh mixed with a bit of Red Blood/Ogryn Flesh/Tallarn Flesh.

Leather / Wooden parts: Bestial Brown/devlam Mud/ Bestial brown.

Red- Mechrite red/devlam Mud/Mechrite red.

White Leather: Deneb Stone/Devlam Mud/Skull White

An excellent set, which surely will looks great on your armies or stands. If you still haven’t it you can purchase it here.

Italeri medieval Tournament / Challenge

These are among my favourite 1/72nd medieval sets. The sculpting is top class The range of figures and the extras included in the set portray a day out at the joust without any additions from other sets.

The standing figures.

I really can´t find anything to fault with them. The multi part knights fit together exceptionally well with no trace of any joins. The embossed designs are finely done as are the folds in the clothes and the armour.

The Lords and ladies
The knights. The one on the far left hasn't lost the end of any sort of weapon. It is a basic pole arm without any sort of point.
The Heralds, a gaurd and a referee
As I said..the sculpting detail is top class...the faces are wonderful

The mounted Knights.

The one thing that I noticed as I was painting them…..the lances can only be attached so that they end up facing outwards to the right. This is of course wrong as they should point to the left across the horses neck, on the shield side of the knight and across the dividing wall towards the opponent.

This can be altered by cutting the knight away from his seat and turning the body but as I noticed it, it was too late.

Still, they are lovely sculpts with some great details.

The four horsemen. The Cheques are lightly moulded onto the horses which makes painting them easier.
Some of the detail is very small but very well done

The Extras

With the medieval Tournament set you get a set of 3 wooden walls to separate the knights when they are jousting and a observers stand.

The Medieval Challenge set comes with a ruined church, a set of fences, a Quintain, some standards and water-slide transfers. I only used the Ruin and the fences.

The lords and ladies "under cover"
I've left the roof unglued so the figures can be removed. For a bit of extra colour I've added a tapestry of a hunting scene.
The fences and wooden walls. I´ve altered the fences so that they form a continuous stretch of fencing rather than the "S" form
The abandoned church. Even here the sculpting is very well done. The stonework is excellent

And finally, all of the bits together!!

If you still haven’t this set, there are two ways to get these beautiful figures. The Italeri 6108 Medieval Tournament which also comes with sets of figures for the 100 Years’ War, and the Italeri 6109 Medieval Challenge, which only comes with the Tournament elements, without 100 Years’ war sets.

Airfix 2012 New Range

Airfix has announced his new range for 2012 year.
http://www.airfix.com/2012/
Not very good news for the Braille Scale lovers, we can only mention 3 interesting novelties:

Two new buildings,

A75011 – Narrow Road Bridge Full Span


A75012 – Narrow Road Bridge Broken Span

(Both marked as 1/76)

An a new AFV,

A03310 – King Tiger Tank Also marked as 1/76

No new figures in our scale…
Also there are some new planes and new 1/48 stuff.

2011 Activity Report

To start the new Year we make a resume of the past year.

During 2011 we have published 75 post, including 32 hand painted models which can be found here. For this new year we hope to achieve the 100 hand painted models and retake the activity with the Altaya’s collections.

Also during 2011 we gave a welcome to some collaborators, and we have a new one for this new year, now they are who are making grow our site with their quality works.

Year 2011 was also the year to start our adventure with the Ebay utility, http://shop.1-72depot.com/ trying to make easy for all of us locate that sets that never arrive to our favourite store and maintain a database about the 1/72 scale world, excluding all the flying things 🙂 and minor resin or metal manufactures.
Still there is a lot of work to do with this part of the site, a lot of products to add and some features to debug. Our objetives for the new year are the Period and Tags navigation and also add the Games Workshop figures and the Flames of War range for those who love this 15mmm rules.

Numbers for the past year have been as follows.

Blogs
37.601 Visits
27.142 unique visitors
137.440 page views

Ebay Searcher.
9.297 visits
7.345 unique visitors
28.899 page views

*Before October the stats were together with the blogs.

The search also report to us 287€, used to pay the hosting also to reward our collaborators, our objetive for this new year is multiply this number by 2.

Zvezda WWII Soviet naval infanty 1/72 (6146).

Hello all,

I would like to start by wishing everyone a happy new year and then say thanks for being invited to post on this great blog with people who can paint a hell of a lot better than me! I just hope my stuff is up to standard, I can get away with my shoddy work on my own blog.

I do not normally buy the Zvezda art of tactics infantry sets out of principle. Paying for only four plastic soldiers nearly the same price for a full set is a bit of a con (however good they are). The gun sets are great value for money and have a few gem’s there.I had to make an exception with this set though because I have a soft spot for unusual sets and these fit the bill. I know Pegasus have done a set of Soviet naval infantry but not in what appears to be summer dress.

The figures are up to the normal Zvezda high quality by using multi part figures to give a good three dimensional look to them. The poses are great especially the bloke kneeing down throwing the grenade, a great touch I think.There is a good level of detail on the figures like the ammo belts, I decided not to try and paint every round on every belt because I would still be there now!

The only down sides to these lads are the fact that they do not have the scarf thingy (forgive me but I was in the army not the navy) like the Pegasus set have.This could be sorted out with a bit of “green stuff” but I am not too sure if it would have been worn in combat, if anyone knows different please, please let us know.

The other problem was the fit of the parts. It say’s on the box “snap fit” but I found it very difficult to get them to fit, so out came a knife and super glue and surprise surprise they fitted! I am sure someone who knows what they are doing will get them to fit better than me but it worked.

I will look at getting the Soviet sappers and recon team just because they are something different and I have a plan in mind for them in a small diorama so watch this blog. All in all a good investment that will be put to good use in the future.

 
As always remember you can find this beautiful set at best prices through our Ebay utility searcher, here.