Sunday, 1 October 2017

Gloss Varnished Lutzowers.

I got up early this morning to get a some varnish on my Lutzowers.

I really like the gloss finish as this reflects the light making the colours pop even on these black uniformed Lutzowers.

The photos below show the glossed figure and the unvarnished matt finish. I know which one I prefer.




In other news I visited my local model railway shop, Frizzinghall Models and Railways, which has recently moved to Baildon.

I came away with a Dapol Cottage as every gamer should have one. My old Airfix version had disappeared many years ago.


The shop also sells a wide range of bits and pieces including some thin plasti card. I bought some to see if I could make some replacement bayonets.


I have tried making a replacement bayonet as a trial run. I hope that the mixture of super glue and pva will provide a strong enough bond. If not I may have to try the old classic glue - Araldite.

The bayonet looks OK the test figure on the left and compares well with the original on the figure on the right. I will do a stress test later today.








20 comments:

Stryker said...

Your Lutzower is smart Mark, very smart - what varnish are you using?

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Gloss varnish makes a figure so much better ! , fixing bayonets is a nightmare I have tried and failed , Tony

Wellington Man said...

Beautifully done, Mark.

I hadn't thought of plastic bayonets. It look a darn sight safer than soldering them on!

Mark Dudley said...

I use Windsor and Newton Artisan varnish.

Colin Ashton said...

They look spot on. I had some of these castings way back in around 1970 along with six Scots Greys. My pride and joy at the time.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Can one say "Lovely" of a wargame figure? This one is. Great to look at the glossies also make me want to play with them rather than just look.

Paul Liddle said...
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Mark Dudley said...

I have done a ping test and it works well. There is a bit of flex and give with the plasti card bayonet.

I used pva on top of the super glue before the glue had set as I read somewhere that the reaction gives a solid join.

It seems to have worked.

Mark Dudley said...

Apologies Paul - I accidentally deleted your post.

But yes the gloss does loik better

Mark Dudley said...

The plasti card seems to have worked. The true test will be once they are used in a game.

Mark Dudley said...

The Lancer is a very nice figure. I stll have some Minifig Scots Greys.

Mark Dudley said...

They are rather nice. Black and Red is a good combination.

The Gloss finish is also nicer to the touch than Matt. Makes the figures more tactile and therefore I suppose that makes the playable.

Jim Duncan said...

Well done sir. I hope to emulate your efforts soon with some 20mm figures reportedly dispatched today.

Whenever I repair a figure or add a bit of detail using putty I coat the area with brush-on superglue which adds a bit of strength and a good primer coat for painting. I make sure I leave it for 24 hours before painting.

Alastair Morrison said...

Hmmmmm!
I think I prefer the Matt finish.......

Only joking.... Shiny Shiny Shiny... :-)

All the best. Aly

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Jim

What figures have you gone for ?

I look forward to seeing them painted.

Mark Dudley said...

I am sure your Saxons will get a good coat of the shiny shiny.

Anonymous said...

I prefer the matt! On bayonets, I tried plastic card but they broke after a while. I drill a small hole (roughly 0.4mm and cut a staple at the corner and stick it in with super glue and coat with PVA glue.

Jim Duncan said...

Hi Mark

I have some Newline Designs Prussian Infantry in the immediate pipeline and some Douglas Miniatures British and French Infantry in John Cunninghams queue.

I am doing the Peninsular War in 10mm and the 1812 Russian War in 15mm so it will be the 100 Days in 20mm.

Jim

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Anon

Was it the plastic card or the joint that broke?

I had not thought of using staples. I will try this idea with some Garrison Officers and Chasseurs who have all lost their swords.

Mark Dudley said...

One more idea is to try florist wire. Not the type covered by green plastic just the metal type.

Easy to bend and it will be more durable than plastic. I have used it for ECW pikes in the past with good results.