As indicated yesterday, there were a couple of things, that I simply could not post lately, so here is another go at catching up.
First of all, there were a few small items I wanted for Crisis. One of them were dead cows. I have had some live ones for years, but if only looks at contemporary pictures from Normandy, there was lots of livestock killed by the fighting, so essentially they were a grim part of the scenery. So when they were released a couple of years ago, I bought two sets of dead livestock from Warlord Games, cleaned them up, primed them and forgot about them! But this fall they got their outing again. All in all just a simple fast paint job. I decided not to go for the typical breed of cows found in Normandy, but rather the breed found in a lot of Europe (but also in limited numbers in Normandy), to keep them generic for other settings as well. I based them on old hotel key cards cut to shape. Three of them got stack grass to match my game boards on their bases the other one was painted to match my dirt roads:
The next item I wanted to tackle were burning tank markers. In the past I had just used cotton wool airbrushed red and black. While not too bad, neither did it look good. A huge number of blogs over the past few months have started using fake candles (electric candles) lately and I thought… why should I not do the same. So I took a few candles I had lying around, sprayed the candles themselves black (most likely redundant), glued some cushion stuffing to the candles and gave the whole thing a light spray of black. Nothing too inventive, but I like the effect. I have also included a short video showing them in use… first in normal “daylight” and later in dimmed light:
And one more… I alway wanted a tabletop periscope. At times it can be hard to see if your model actually has LOS to a target or not. A laser can help, but not always and for those cases (and to get a real soldier view) I always wanted one. But I always shied away from it. I guess the basic build is not too complicated, after all it is just a box with two holes, but what always made me think twice were the mirrors. Those have to be a perfect 45° angle for it to work (at at least at combined angle of 90°) and I was never too sure if I could get that 100% right. Walt from Commission Figurines had a periscope for me at Crisis and I really love it ( as did many people passing by my table). As far as I know, they are not yet available on his website, but you can already contact him via eMail to order one. If I remember correctly, the price for a fully assembled one was roughly 20 GB£ fully assembled:
And last but not least… in a recent post on von Peters blog, he showed a picture from the Perry Miniatures site, showing some of their new Bavarians. I commented, that I would love to mix some of those in with my (Perry designed) Foundry Bavarians to get more diversity. So at Crisis I took a look at the new Perry Bavarians with a Foundry Bavarian to compare. As could be expected, there is a visual difference in the size and heft. Foundry are smaller and bulkier, Perry taller and slimmer. I would definitely put the former in the 25mm field and the later in the 28mm. So I did not buy any… nah, I did. I think with some card slipped under the Foundry ones, one can mix them in. Not the most pleasant idea since I wanted to mix a few Perrys in with the huge numbers of Foundry I have, so this will mean slipping a lot of card in on the bases, but I really want to get away from the cookie cutter look of the Foundry Bavarians and Front Rank are simply even bigger. So to make sure everyone can decide themselves… here is a comparison shot: