Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little busy..

My daughter Rachel is in Boston Children's Hospital and is getting one of her heart valves replaced.

Most likely she will be fine.  We were expecting that she was going to have this done before adulthood. Rachel is in one of the best hospitals in the world. Good thing that my wife's health insurance will cover most of the cost and the A.C.A.  (aka "Obama Care)  protects her coverage  until she is 26.

Good thing I'm not superstitious as I dropped this recently painted LEMAX little girl figure.

 Good old Zap-A-Gap fixed everything.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fainting and discipline

Graduation Day at the Bogata Police Academy.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Idea In The Works.....The Lady In Black

Fort Warren on George's Island in Boston Harbor is the site for a totally B.S.  " legend" of a Confederate female spy that was hung for trying to help her POW husband escape. She was disguised as a man but requested women's clothing to be hung in and was given a black robe used in fort theatricals. Her ghost was reported walking on the walls but the story was entirely made up by writer Edward Rowe Snow.
I have camped there several times in the 1980s as the site has yearly Civil War events. It can be creepy at night.

Confederate POW photographed at the fort.

 The approach to the main gate and guard rooms.
 Period newspaper illustrations at the time of the Trent Affair.

 Period photos of Fort Warren...

 Not the lady in Black, but a civilian visitor.

There was an escape by a Confederate Navy officer and Marine from the fort  http://www.nytimes.com/1863/08/22/news/recaptured-prisoners-they-escaped-fort-warren-where-they-were-retaken.html

There just may be a story with miniatures I can do about Fort Warren....

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Painted Expeditionary Force Zouaves.

I have a unit of the 5th New York in the works but I finished a small group of figures representing the  Salem Light Infantry militia company known as the Salem Zouaves during the American Civil War. These figures were made from the extra figures from three boxes using the kepi heads included with the Expeditionary Force kits.

A random inspiration from my daughter Rachel has these soldiers dealing with the "supernatural" forces in old New England. She has been watching the TV series Salem and reporting on the anachronisms.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

No much at the moment except.....

..my daughter Rachel paid a visit to my workshop.

I did finish a few odd figures I pickup at a discount table at the local miniatures show.

 I think it's supposed to be this guy..... Isambard Kingdom Brunel

                                                       A Lincoln figure wearing his hat

A British officer in "Mess Dress"

and an old figure from one of the Strombecker Kits from the 1960s that I painted as a Prussian from 1870.

Think these kits were only $1.00 at the time.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Would you like to see some more LEMAX people?

Repainted with some minor conversions.     Parisian artist....

The respectable couple.

The inspirational father...

The lighthouse keepers....

The artist models.. (yeah right)

Grand Mother....

The wood cutting family....


Kid helping out....