Harnessing horse power.

This build was intended just to help me to layout shades when texturing, and test harness concept, but of course it resulted in some changes in the general design that i need to test further. Anyway this is where the horse design is now. Harness was designed by hand and I will now try to make it into vectors and add some details like buckles rings etc. I plan to make two harness types to choose from first with collar as and second with breast band. We will see if I make it.

As no wagon was ready yet, to test if the harness works this horse pulls an impromptu improvised spike harrow.

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Back on horse.

When you leave an unfinished project and return to it later, you will find that a lot of issues that were not bothering you when you left it, now turned annoying.

Actually it is rather that with a fresh eye you can see faults that were omitted earlier but still, having to improve things over and over again is annoying (I believe all designers of whatever know that). This time it refers to the horse. I’ve returned to this project last week, and already fixed some things that were not as good as they should (e.g. pasterns, ears and head) but still have to fix others. Especially neck-shoulder joint. My attempts to make it fully adjustable made it really difficult to assemble, so I’m going to simplify it retaining only slight adjustability. It should be enough to get a diverse horse team anyway.  There are some other minor issues, much easier to fix before I’ll get to texturing. Oh and there is still harness to design.

Below you can see the last build of the horse. It may be a little clunky but it was made to test some changes in the design so I wasn’t focused too much on overall effect.

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Medieval cannon emplacement – using Meadow Fences and Walls.

As promised, here comes the first idea of what can you do with Meadow Fences and Walls. – a medieval cannon siege emplacement.

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Shield lowered, as the crew is reloading the cannon

To be effective early cannons had to be placed and operated relatively close to the walls, often within range of bows or crossbows or other engines of defenders. To protect the crew against missiles and to hide operations from the sight of the enemy wooden hurdles and shields were erected at gun sites. Read more…

Walls and fences in the field.

I hereby announce that Meadow Fences and Walls set is up for grabs at Wargame Vault. As I have a lot (a LOT actually) of test prints made during designing this set scattered around, you can expect some tutorial or inspirational posts with examples of what you can make of this set beyond of what the name implies.

Paper rolls: some old things, some incoming and a little tutorial.

Making my model I often use thin paper rolls to create handles, poles, stakes, gun barrels and other elements so I decided to make a little tutorial on how I make them. Below you can some examples of potential use of such paper rolls, and btw some models that lay on my workbench for some time waiting for a better times :).

130323-foglerz6 I used quite a lot of rolls making the Veuglaire model and the gunners tools on the first photo. The hammer is made of two such rolls glued together perpendicularly with proper textured caps. The sponge pole is another with the sponge itself being a roll upon a roll. The powder chamber handles here are also rolled although could be as well just “folded to three”. Another roll here (although not visible) is the wheel axle.

Below you’ll find photos of three more models I used paper rolls with. First is an auto-cannon I made some year ago trying to make equipment for a military checkpoint its barell is a paper roll approx 1mm thick. Never had the time to texture it, but I keep it somewhere visible not to forget about it. (Probably when I will finally get to it I will redesign it anyway.)
On another photo paper rolls are used to support a primitive plank fence. It is a first photo of a set of pre industrial era field and maedow fences and walls I’m working on now. The set is actually almost ready, and I will post some more photos and info soon.
In the last model the paper rolls are used for lamppost and cantilevers (obviously). I made this victorian era gaslight lamp today with no drawing and design (that is why it is a bit crooked and uneven). I will probably make it into a design, as I like the effect pretty much and following the success of Aspasia Achsenberg in Papercuts I intend to make some more steampunk/victorian/gothic stuff.

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Going back to paper rolls, most elements I used paper rolls for I could probably make of wire, toothpicks or cocktail sticks, but there are several reasons I prefer to make posts and barrels of paper.

First is my paper purism. I like to make my models of paper entirely or at least as far I can make it of paper. There are rational reasons to it. PVA glue bonds differently with different materials. Making models of paper only ensures the bond is even on both glued surfaces. Furthermore I’ve found out that it is easier (for me at least) to destroy by accident a paper model containing rigid non paper components, while smashed 100% paper models can sometimes be straightened up or fixed.

The second thing about paper rolls is that I can always make them when I need them to a diameter I need. I’m usually to lazy to look for wire or sticks to suit my needs – especially when designing and testing models, when I’m  not sure what will I actually need.

Finally printed, textured elements IMHO  look better with printed textured models. Elements made of different materials even painted to suit the colour palette of the model will always look like an alien component that is somehow out of of the set. Of course you can wrap a wire or toothpick with printed texture, and sometimes I do that for stakes or poles 3-4mm thick. For small diameters (below 2,5 mm) it not as easy as it seems, and for diameters larger than 4-5 mm I prefer to make a hollow paper pipe and don’t need a tight roll at all.

Let the cannons roar!

Finally, after months of painful birth, testing, tuning and editing the medieval veuglaire is available on Wargame Vault, for anyone willing to blast his miniature foes with the power of gunpowder.

The set includes full 3D model of the cannon and gunner’s supplies, together with 2D front and back miniatures of cannon crew – recent veterans of Papercut Awards showcase. All in 300dpi resolution, designed and scaled for 30mm battlefields.

Inside you’ll find also a brief description of cannon and its parts, detailed assembly instructions and general modelling tips.

Medieval Cannon Crew – and how to operate a veuglaire.

In past few days I’ve been busy with preparing my submissions for Cardboard Warriors Papercut Awards contest. Having very little free time (as always) I decided to enter only two categories that is Single Figure And Multi Figure Set.

As the Veuglaire is getting close to being published, the cannon crew seemed a reasonable choice for the latter category. These miniatures will be included in the Veuglaire set as a bonus content. Anyway meet the crew.

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In order of appearance Company Captain, Master Gunner, Gunner apprentice, Company Soldier, Veteran Gunner and another Gunner apprentice.

They were designed as post hussite, bohemian, mercenary, artillery company something mid. XV century and thus they are wearing period cloths, arms and armour. I wanted also to represent economic stratification of such mercenary company.

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