|All three vehicles, complete with an infantryman for scale|
As well as being used for WISA, I'll also be double-hatting these vehicles for use in a pseudo-historical setting done by me and Headologist which has been in the concept stage for (literally) years - now finally coming to fruition! Hence the rather cryptic-looking flags on most of the vehicles. In the WISA setting however, these are part of the Imperial Russian Trans-Andean Expeditionary Brigade, sent by the Tsar to secure the fabled gold reserves of the lost days of the Conquistadors ...
|The Chillean landship El Gigante one |
of the original scratch-built items
Some of you may remember the original converted attempt, the Medvyed, posted way back. This was converted from a historical Matilda tank from Warlord Games. During some random browsing, I came across some lovely vehicles from Ironclad Miniatures. These looked great for the purpose so I brought Numbers 1 and 13 to give them a try. After a week or so for delivery, they arrived and I got my hands on these gorgeous models. There's not much scope for conversion as the models are sturdy one-piece resin affairs; there's a small bag of ancillaries which has things like the gun and funnel in metal separately - but the models are very easy to add on to as the crewman with revolver on the larger, WW1-German-style tank will attest to. He's a Perry Miniatures ACW Cavalryman, chopped in half and with some 40K tank hatches. The first landship (below) was painted in fairly standard OD colours. I didn't change the original design much because it looks fairly madcap already.
dazzle camouflage. These were haphazard geometric shapes painted onto ships during the First World War; rather than obscuring them in the modern sense, they were simply designed to confuse observers over a ship's range and direction. I think that in the 19th Century, before a proper understanding of camouflage exists, they might try crazy experiments with these sorts of visual, trick-of-the-light schemes. These were both done using masking tape and spray for the basic shapes, then heavy washes of inks to create the oily, 'used' feel.
|Detail of the ink work around the funnel. I simply washed the whole area|
in water first, then hit it with a heavy ink wash afterwards to get a more even spread.
|The second landship - the little brother. I'm less pleased with how this one came out; it was smaller and a lot|
harder to get the masking tape into place but overall it looks good.
Anyway, that's all we have time for today. Thanks again for stopping by!