Saturday, September 3, 2016

Soviet sailors (Чёрная Смерть) and Plasencia

   This is the first squad of the Soviet naval brigade sailors, the also known as "Чёрная Смерть=Black Death" of my  Russian army. An officer, a NCO and six sailors with SMGs.

Officer


Sailors

NCO

Sailors

   Another city which I visited during summer is Plasencia. Plasencia is a walled market city in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, Spain.

Alfonso VIII (El Noble) King of Castile

Alfonso VIII

El Abuelo (The Grandpa) on the bell tower of the renaissance Town Hall, 
the symbol of the city.

Escena 3a (Scene 3) sculpture in Plaza Ansano. 

Palacio de los Marqueses de Mirabel.

San Nicolás church.

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great Rhino-beast

   The last addition to my Mordor army, the great rhino-beast creature is ready! For this conversion I used a rhinoceros of the "Schleich Toys" and some mordor orcs, which I bought second-hand from the local store.

The Rhino-beast

The second(?)-hand orcs

The rhino

   The driver of the beast is a combination of various models. The legs belong to a Celtic warrior,  the body belongs to a mordor orc, the spear is a metallic rod and the spearhead comes from a corsair of Umbar.
  
The "parts" for the driver model

The oval wooden base dimensions are 120 x 95 mm.

   I used copper rods to support the howdah and glue and clips to hold them stable in place. The bases of the howdah are Renedra gaming bases 60 x 20mm.




   I used green staff to make the three girths that hold the howdah.


   Then it was the turn of the orcs. I needed nine orc archers but I had only four. So, I gave crossbows to two warriors with spears and slings and a stone to the rest three. The hands with the slings are from the plastic Dark age warriors of GB. 

The stone thrower, an archer and a crossbowman

A slinger and two archers.

The slinger

A crossbowman, a slinger and an archer.

   The howdah is made of balsa wood covered by plaster.



Everything fits OK.


Plaster and chains to secure the three parts of the howdah.






Ready to fight!

The warriors of the left part of the howdah,

of the middle


and of the right.







And a top view!

   A month ago I visited Cáceres of Extremadura in Spain. The walled city is a UNESCO world heritage. Below you can see some photos of the main square of the old part of the city. 

Plaza mayor


Ayuntamiento - City hall

Torre de Bujaco

Arco de la Estrella

Mi mujer y yo - my wife and me!

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more! 
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