The Waving Flag: Polish War Wagon

Thursday 19 August 2010

Polish War Wagon

I knew signing up for the TGN blog network would be the kiss of death as far as this blog was concerned.  I signed up and the articles just dried up.  Fittingly, the network came to my rescue.  Hence this post.

Martin, who runs Befreiungskriege 1813-14, posted a great article on photography which included a really simple way of reducing shadows when photographing miniatures.  All you have to do is stand the subject on a plinth so that the shadows are cast below the plinth and aren’t in the photograph.

This encouraged me to recharge my camera and photograph the latest addition to my 15 mm Later Polish army:

I use this as either a war wagon or a camp element. I enjoyed making it so much I’m hooked and I will be doing more in the near future.

If you’re interested the piece used all sorts from a wide range of manufacturers:
  • War wagon - this is from Irregular and is an absolutely wonderful model but be sure to check that the wheels have cast fully.  I ended up replacing the original wheels with a set from my spares box.
  • Sacks - I used these as I didn’t have any draught horses left.  The piece is Irregular again.  Since completing this I have bought a dozen draught horses from Essex.
  • Pavises - two from the spares box left over from an earlier project.  I’m reasonably certain they are from Essex.
  • Drummer - definitely Essex via the spares box.  There’s also a dead knight that the photo does show which is also from Essex.
  • Flag - from a selection by Freezywater.  The flag pole was added to the wagon using brass rod.
  • Pavisiers - from the new range of Medieval Polish figures produced by my business Vexillia.
  • Handgunners - also from Vexillia but this time from the generic Eastern European Medieval range.
Finally, I’d like to thank Jason Dawson for his inspirational work that spurred me on to try harder with my war wagons.


Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the credit and link. Looks like the pedastal idea worked really well for you.

Vexillia said...

It most certainly did. The simple ideas always have the greatest impact.

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