Monday, 5 December 2016

San Fancisco, Naval ship

Kia Ora everyone. I have returned once more from university and have got something to show you all.This is the San Francisco. A small Oronegrean warship which mainly operates in coastal waters but can sail out into the open sea and up larger rivers. She has an armament of 8 cannon and swivel guns although both of these will be made and added later. (probably scratch built or I'll buy a set with some cannon, if you know how to get a set of cannon please let me know.) She is the largest of the Oronegrean naval vessels I have, as can be seen in the comparisons below. So on with the pics. For more information on Oronegrean patrol ships like this one click here.

After waiting for me to return from the city the San Francisco was completed.

Here is a comparison between the San Francisco, the Anne and the Carlos

Comparison from above

view of the starboard bow, the jib and flying job are my only real gripe with this model

The deck is a bit more crowded on this one, which makes figure placement more difficult

view of starboard side. I am very pleased with the prow on this ship

view of the stern, as you can see I added a name plate back here also.

view of the bow.

Bow detail, note the handwritten name plate and horizontal capstan.

stern. Note the grate in the deck, that took me ages to do but was so worth it.

stern detail. I tried to make the ships wheel as realistic as possible, I feel I did a decent job.

Of course she would not be complete without her colours. The Oronegrean flag flies proud

the roof to the cabin can be removed revealing a small room large enough for a few figs (and painting).

More shots of the bow. I really like the bowsprit as well. if only the jibs had worked out.

view from above. The San Francisco is quite narrow which again makes figure placement harder.

Now the Oronegreans have something capable of taking on the mighty Abigail.
Well that'll do for now. I hope you like the San Francisco. My next post will probably be of the few figures I painted while I was up at university. I also made a small boat so that will be shown as well. The next project I will work on will probably be a dhow that I started way back at the beginning of the year. Followed by a weird pirate ship my friend wanted then..... Well maybe something a bit different. Perhaps a design from the Orient? Finally I also reached my goal of doubling the size of my fleet from 4-8 ships/boats. So that's something to be happy about.

Anyway goodday/night everyone and I wish you all a great summer/winter and I will be back soon with more little treasures to show you.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Some exciting stuff. Lantern Festival and Scavenger Hunt

Well in a long tradition of posting some interesting things that I have been up to here are some pics of what I have been up to. First up the lantern festival. This took place in the Auckland domain this year and is a celebration of Chinese new year. It runs for several nights with fireworks on the final night. Sadly I didn't take to many photos as the crows were huge. The domain isn't small by any stretch of the imagination but the area with the lanterns was so packed that moving around was incredibly difficult let alone staying in a good spot to take pictures. I did get a few of the fireworks too although once again the spot wasn't the best.

[I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU RIGHT CLICK AND VIEW IMAGE AS THEY ARE BEST ENJOYED THAT WAY] especially the fireworks which should be zoomed in on.

Next up is the Scavenger hunt I went on. This is one of those silly activities you do at the start of the year at university accommodation where you generally make as much of a fool of yourself as possible. This year our team, Mercedes AGM (for our initials) won the competition which generally indicates that yes we were the biggest fools. These are some of the silly things we did or had to find around town.

Funniest thing on the Thai restaurant's menu - Check.

Chilling out in the university quad - Check

Selfie with the ducks - Check

Whatever this is supposed to be - Check.
Well that's about it guys. Hope you enjoy this post. I'm going tramping this weekend in the bush so hopefully I'll have another little adventure to share with you soon. Oh and yes figures are on the way.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Small Vessel - El Andrés and news

Hello everybody and welcome to this, my first post, from my new student flat. That is right I am back up in Auckland and getting ready for another year of study. But fear not unlike previous years I have not abandoned the little ones back at my parents place to collect dust nay I have brought them with me to paint and, of course, to show to you all.

All my boats so far this year. Coming up will be figures.

So my friends what has Gowan got for you today... well another boat. And returning to a tradition of mine this is named for a distant cousin of mine. Andrew which in Spanish is Andrés. Unlike my previous ones this is not designed specifically to fit a role but a more general category of small craft.

This is the only little boat I have with a square sail and a gaff sail. as seen below.

The gaff sail took quite a bit of work to do. You may notice an imperfection in the stitching on the boom. Somehow I managed to thread the thread back through the thread.

Got to work on getting less of the surroundings and more of the model in the picture.

Our handy little, former robin hood, figure stands in once to provide scale. The roof is removable to allow better figure placement.

And what is any vessel without a name? I think I'm slowly getting the hang of writing with a paint brush.
Well now I just want to cover a few things. While I am up here in Auckland there really isn't enough time or space for me to work on any of my projects just figures. This means that work on El San Francisco and the other two small vessels is on hold until I return to my parents house during one of the holidays.
Now for something a little different someone or some people have been commenting asking for me to paint more moderns and I just want to put your mind at ease on this issue. Firstly I will paint moderns again this is certain. Second although I have not brought any with me I do have loads that are in various stages of completion. Part of the reason I haven't brought them is that many of them were left out in the hot and humid conditions of the garage and as such weird things happened to the paint. Third I also have many many figures that I haven't even prepared yet. We're talking rebel fighters, militia, more Oronegrean soldiers, special forces, Russians, mercenaries and more. Not to mention a selection of kits to make. I will be working on these again. Now I do try to please my viewers but ultimately what I paint is what I want to paint. Look where this blog started, the very first post was of medieval fantasy. Will I return to this subject, maybe. But since creating the world of Oronegro I have found that I want to bring this creation of mine to life. Oronegro is here to stay whether it's modern wars or early history I don't think I'll be abandoning my creation any time soon.

So on that note, a wonderful day/night to you all. let us all enjoy our little hobby where we turn little pieces of plastic, metal, resin and more into a miniature representation of life whether fictional or historical.

Thanks for reading

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Conquistador and Mantis

Well hello everyone today I have something rather different for you. A preview of sorts today I will show you the first of my new figures. If you saw this post on my projects and crazy ideas blog you'll know that I recently bought quite a few figures recently and now all but one of the sets have arrived. But last night I had a rather interesting guest in my room who I didn't quite expect to be there. So on with the pictures.

The conquistadors play two roles in the story of Oronegro, first and most predictably they play the role of the early soldiers and knights that made up the first forces of Oronegro. But they also play a role in it's later history. Oronegro because of wars with natives and the tendency for battles to dissolve in melee combat armoured units were retained for use in situations where the protection they offered was of value. (I know it's silly but I like these guys)

A fine warrior, well armed and armoured, fine addition to my forces

He's painted up in Oronegrean colours of yellow and blue with red instead of pink.

a few of his amigos are also on my workbench right now but it's a bit of a mess with plenty being worked on.

And here is the guest in my room last night. Praying Mantis' are quite common at this time of year and we used to getting smaller ones inside but last night a rather bigger one came in much to my surprise.

Well that's all folks hope you enjoy this post and I'll try and get some more figures out before I go back to university although this time I'll be taking my paint and prepared figures with me. Maybe I can get a boat or two done before that point. Anyway good day/night to you all :-D