February 3, 2011

The 200th Post - time to air the dirty laundry

Tonight marks a double special occasion, the 200th post to the blog and the first finished scene. Here are some shots showing the final Picket Camp scene compete with campfire, tents, and laundry.

The officer with the sword is a Drabant figure. It comes with the finest cast sword I have ever seen on a figure. As to scale, he is a tad on the big side. Don't mess with the big dude with the sharp sword. There is a second Drabant figure on duty under the bridge. (Not pictured).

The off duty soldier with his hands in his pockets is a converted Artista conductor figure. I swapped his head and added a sack coat.

The pot is part of a cap from a pen with a 0.008 inch wire for a handle. I used two-part epoxy
putty to shape the pot.

Overall Picket Camp scene. The soldiers added the ladder to make getting to the bridge easier.

The right trousers? Note the pants and blankets drying on the tents and line.


  1. I have been reading your blog for a while now but this is my first post. I just wanted to commend you on your amazing level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Its a real inspiration. The laundry and the dried leaves on the ground make it look amazingly real!

  2. Thanks. I used up my supply of dried leaves from last year. Some friends say old tea leaves work well too. The dried leaves do add an realistic look.

  3. Really really cool, x-tra leaves and other items coming your way..have to look in a few more boxes for the roots I spoke about.
    The laundry and blankets make the scene really come alive. You can almost hear the complaints!

  4. Outstanding detail. I am building T-TRAK in N Scale and will be building the USMRR. I come to your page for inspiration.