Weekend Works in Progress

Buck

I have shown pictures of 1:48 French tanks for my Historicon scenario in previous posts.  This past weekend I worked on the platoon of infantry to go along with them.

I am running two scenarios in the same French village, one in 1940 and one in 1944.

In addition to the French figures, I also got started on a project that has been in my project queue for quite some time.  I am making a bunch of alien flying saucers.  I am going for the Day the Earth Stood Still look of no apertures and seam-free hull.

I am making two types of flying saucers, larger “transports” and smaller “scouts.”

The larger ships started life as a bowl for a microwave steamer meal.  The bottom of the hull is a paper plate.  The legs are made from coaxial cable connectors, some washers, and magnets.  The bottom and top hulls will come apart, and the legs may be removed for easy storage and transport.

I think the best scenarios come from history.  I am working up a science fiction scenario based on Stirling’s Raiders attacks on German airfields in North Africa.  These space ships will substitute for the German aircraft.

All of the saucers were sprayed black and then resprayed with this brushed silver paint.  I find that the silver covers much better over black than the bare plastic.

The scout ships began as bowls from the dining car in an Amtrak train.  Some years back we took the sleeper train with the kids from Harper’s Ferry, WV, to Chicago, IL.  It was a very memorable experience.  In particular, the food was real food, not airline extruded meat paste.  I thought these bowls had a good flying saucer look to them.  Like the larger saucers, these are meant to come apart and nest for storage.

None of the saucers are completed.  I want to add a few details to all the ships and perhaps legs to the scout ships.

I needed to place an order to Reaper.  To get free shipping, I added the above anti-tank teams to my order.  They painted very quickly.  From this picture, the camouflage pattern is difficult to see, but it turned out pretty well.

Finally, the reason I wanted to make an order to Reaper was to get the robot woman from Metropolis.  While I was at it, I also ordered the pulp-looking science fiction woman.  I had intended to give her purple hair like the moon base women in UFO, but somehow she was calling out to me to have green hair.

I have an extremely busy week and weekend ahead of my, but I hope to at least find time to flock the French infantry and put that effort to rest.

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One thought on “Weekend Works in Progress

  1. Great work Buck! I love the poilus with their muddy look. The saucers look really cool, and this is a fine example of imagination and execution. Keep them coming!

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