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Holiday Notice November 22, 2019 17:18

Charlie Foxtrot Models will be away on a long weekend from 28th November to 2nd December. Posting will be on Wednesday 27th for all orders placed up until close of business on 26th. I will try to fulfill all orders placed on the morning of 27th however, this cannot be guaranteed. 

Email will not be picked up and actioned until we return.

Normal business hours will resume on 3rd December once we have watched the reenactment of the battle of Austerlitz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Releases: 28mm 1:56 "Needle Memorial" by Debris of War and "Headstones" November 1, 2019 11:32

New releases to compliment the recently released Eglise (French Church). Resin cast "Needle Memorial" by Debris of War and "Headstones" cut from 2mm MDF.

It is odd how a different emotion is felt looking at these when compared to the "Graveyard" (also by Debris of War.)


New Release 28mm 1:56 "Eglise ( French Church ) in 2 versions. October 30, 2019 09:52

After months of research and designing I am pleased to release the 28mm 1:56 Eglise kit. A generic church in a French style with features taken from a number of buildings. 

The model is available in 2 versions one "Plain Wall" for you to texture yourself (comes with card roof tiles) and one "Stone Wall" with engraved walls and engraved roof tiles. 

This is the biggest kit I have made, using over 12 square foot of wood and will be  a real centre piece.

A lot of designing has gone into this kit not only to convey realistic architectural detail but also to make it a very easy model to put together. 

The painted kit was textured with polyfilla by Geoff from Purple Lion Creations. More of his outstanding work can be viewed here: https://www.purplelioncreations.co.uk/

I will be producing a step by step assembly and painting guide after the imminent Crisis and Warfare shows. 


New Release 28mm 1:56 "Stone Wall Arched Gate and Z wall" October 21, 2019 09:35

Two new pieces have been added to the existing "Stone Walls" set.

The arched gate and Z sections have been designed to make an imposing perimeter wall for the soon to be released Eglise (French Church). The sections can be used for domestic walling, farmyard or surrounding a chateau, park or cemetery.

The walls have been painted in the same style as the Stone Barn and finished with a polyfilla mortar. 

Warlord Games Panzer IV is for scale purposes only.



New ReleaseS: 28mm 1:56 "Ladder sets A & B", 25mm box liner tray and 2/4 man trays. October 8, 2019 10:27

Ladder sets A & B have been released to add as scatter terrain for tables or as support options for skirmish games.

The 25mm box liner tray was a customer request and is now available instore.

The 3 versions (1p, 2p and 25mm) 2/4 man skirmish "twin trays" are designed for colour parties (Sharp Practice) or weapons teams (Bolt Action).

Please visit the "New Releases" section for further information.

 


New Release: 28mm 1:56 "Graveyard" 15 piece set by Debris of War September 24, 2019 09:58

I am really please to stock this superbly sculpted and cast resin set by Debris of War. Tony kindly allowed me to select from his extensive range of graveyard models and put together this set. 

Compatible with many genres of gaming and will make a great addition to the forthcoming church. I am also working on a perimeter wall, paths and gate. 

 

 


Claymore August 2019 and New Release: Debris of War Tents. July 30, 2019 08:31

Charlie Foxtrot Models will be doing the 9 1/2 hour road trip to Edinburgh for the Claymore show leaving on Thursday 1st. The return journey will take in Lindisfarne and The Jorvik Viking centre in York. 

Orders can be placed while we are away and will be actioned in date order on our return. Emails will also be responded to in turn when I am back in the workshop. 

My supply of excellent resin cast tents by Debris of War arrived in time to take to Claymore. I have also released them instore. 28mm 1:56 Ridge Tents and 19th Century Command Tent. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Release: 28mm 1:56 "Baggage" 13 piece set by Slug Industries June 17, 2019 08:32

Sculpted by the talented Phil Page from Slug Industries, the 28mm 1:56 Baggage set is now in store....."Oval Bases" (set of 8) are also released to compliment the Baggage. 

This 13 piece baggage set comes in unpainted resin and comprises of trunks, cases, briefcases and hat boxes. Ideal for taking your crystal decanter on campaign. 


New Release 20mm 1:72 "Eastern Front Village" June 10, 2019 12:14

This release has been in the pipeline for some time. 5 New buildings for the Eastern Front  titled:

Rural House 1, Rural House 2, Rural House 4, Wagon Shed & Tool Shed

The kits are redraws (with scale adjusted amendments) from their larger 28mm counterparts. 

To obtain the wood effects of the larger painted kits, please see the "Painting Wood Tutorial" on this website's blog. 

 


American Civil War 101. Not War but Murder May 28, 2019 10:45

I am spending an increasing amount of time researching models for a new period of gaming for me: ACW. I have enjoyed Sharp Practice in Napoleonics and AWI and this seems a natural next step. While I have been digging out old ACW articles in Wargames Soldiers & Strategy, watching "Gettysburg" DVD for inspiration, I was contacted by games designer Tod Kershner.

Tod has a number of Charlie Foxtrot Models "Dial Counters" and "Double Dial Counters" which he has put to good use in his latest game " American Civil War 101. Not War but Murder". I am delighted to see that the dials appear in many of the photographs that adorn this publication.

To purchase this download, and other publications by Tod, please visit:

www.wargamevault.com

 

 

 

 


New Release 28mm 1:56 "Hotel" (Desire Ingouf) May 7, 2019 09:13

Thanks goes to Michal Pokorny from Benesov in the Czech Republic. Michal has had a lot of his model kits appear in the gallery and a number of video reviews too. Michal provided the concept artwork, dimensions and critiqued my CAD drawings until we arrived at this. The model is based on a black and white picture from 1944, coupled with a lot of guesswork and a bit of artistic licence to have a playable gaming piece of terrain.

Michal, Burkhard Ezluhcs (from Germany) and Bill Jennings (UK) all confirmed (independently) the text for the main title bar which I found difficult to read. Thanks gentlemen, I take comfort in knowing I have made every effort to "get it right". 

A large kit that will compliment the other models in the Normandy Collection. With 25 windows and 5 doors this is going to be a fortress.

 

 


"Zeltbahn German Camp Set" Tutorial April 24, 2019 16:02

With the release of the Zeltbhan Set, I have produced this step by step tutorial on how I achieved the effects that appear in the product pages on this site.

This kit may provide a "Jump Off Point" for Chain of Command or a base camp for Bolt Action scenarios or simply a piece of themed scatter to enhance your table.

Nothing in the hobby is really new, the concept was one that was given to me a few years back (Thanks Brian). The raw idea has been developed through a lot of research and brainstorming. I could imagine the desired outcome; yet needed to work out the "how to".

There are many examples of Zeltbahn from memorabilia sites online and I even found original line drawings with dimensions. I scaled the zeltbahn panel to 1/56. I had considered "heroic" scale yet decided to go "true" as the tents would suit the smaller sculpts like the excellent Perry and Foundry ranges too.

A laser cut MDF frame, filled with polyfilla and when dry, clad with greenstuff achieved the look was after.

When the three green masters were complete, I sent them to Slug Industries to make the mould and cast a small batch. I have to confess to being apprehensive at getting the casts back as I was unsure how much fine detail would be picked up in the mould making process.

Phil (from Slug Industries) skilfully sculpted the campfire as I wanted to produce an overall diorama effect rather than three loose tents.

The older I get, the more important scenery is to me. Many people invest a lot of money and time into getting armies on the table with terrain as an afterthought. I feel that in recent years however the tide has turned and more attention is being given to the look of the table as a whole. The overall immersive gaming experience is enhanced by having a cinematic backdrop for any game.

My first task in preparing the kit was to give it the obligatory soapy wash to remove any mould release agent on the resin. None was apparent, but I believe it is a good habit to get into.

Once spray primed with cheap grey primer bought from a car shop, the details came to the fore. While the rattle can was out, I sprayed the MDF base on both sides. This provides an effective seal against atmospheric moisture and eliminates shrinkage, preventing the thin wood warping. In  10 -15 minutes, I had a flat, stable surface to work on which is easy to mark with a pencil. More on this later.

Onto the painting! Before picking up a brush; I looked online at numerous examples of  zeltbahn fabric from originals to reproduction outfitters. I revisited the splittermuster (splinter pattern) painting guides by Artizan Designs and an excellent guide by James Brown which appears in "The Art of War Wermacht Edition" (published by Battlefront Miniatures 2008). The colours used are as recommended by James although the technique differs slightly, adapting to a larger scale.

Starting with a base coat of German Camouflage Beige, I used German Camo Medium Brown to make the angular pattern. The "green infills" are Luftwaffe Camo Green and seem to always sit alongside brown on 2 or 3 sides. On close inspection there does not seen to be any green islands surrounded by beige. When painting, I replicated some of the shapes, not paying too much attention to accurately match more so to speed up the process and not having to think about the pattern. Besides, the printing of the fabric was originally done on a roller and had a relatively short repeat in design. As each panel progressed, I checked to ensure that the pattern was uniform in size and not getting larger and out of scale.

The neck hole, button hems and centre seam appear in subtle relief in the resin and to enhance this, I changed the pattern direction. I did not want to give the impression that the tent was draped from one piece of fabric.

The next step was my usual "go to," a wash of Games Workshop Agrax Earthshade to bring out the details. Once the wash was dry, I repainted the beige in vertical strokes to enhance the effect of the forthcoming splinters. I used a 0.1mm black fine line pen for the splinters. The splinters appear around the edges of the beige slightly overlapping the brown and green. Leave some beige in random areas splinter-free.

For the fire, I started deep into the model and worked towards myself. I used a bright yellow, then added a white and dabbed inbetween the logs. I repeated the process and added vermillion to the yellow for an orange hue.

The logs were painted charred brown, tipped with black and highlighted with a couple of greys. Each layer of paint being lighter and applied to a progressively smaller area. I was tempted to drybrush but did not want to obscure the inner yellow orange areas. The rocks and ashes were painted in greys, washed with Nuln Oil and then highlighted with a very pale grey. I was after a well used firepit look where the fire had died down over time and has been kept small. Painting ashes to the  difficult bit between the logs and stone surround was a simple solution.

The helmets were painted in German Camo Dark Green and also benefitted from a light wash of GW Nuln Oil. A highlight of the green followed by a final, fine highlight was done by adding a little German Fieldgrey to the base colour.

With the bulk of the painting done I turned my attention to the base. I experimented with positioning the zeltbahn and fire until I was happy with the composition. I then sought small stones and dead twigs from the garden and raided my bits box to enhance the narrative of the scene. Plastic parts from Warlord Games Germans reinforce the story. I pencilled around the resin and logs to ensure I superglued them into the correct place. It is very easy to get carried away at this stage and forget what goes where.

Using cheap thin superglue, I washed the logs to seal the natural material from the atmosphere and provide a good base to paint over. I then used a thin layer of greenstuff to "bed in" the logs, fire and open tent. Any surplus mix was used to make the ground slightly rougher. I used Tamiya Earth Brown all over the base and logs and Bleached Bone at the cut log ends. Washing the logs with watery Charred Earth completed the look.

To complete the set, I used a variety of tufts, flower tufts and clump foliage. I used a static grass applicator with shorter strands to give a trodden down look in the camp centre. I felt that the flower tufts were too "tidy" so I sprayed the whole model with hairspray and carefully sprinkled on some white coloured sand for the dispersed "daisy effect". A final spray of varnish took the shine from the model and the project was almost complete. The finishing touch was to tease out some grey Warlord Games polyester (that came with a tank) and fix in place with a dab of superglue. The smoke gives the camp a lived in look and adds a vertical dimension to balance the tents.

 

I feel certain whenever I game with this piece, the smoke will drift towards where I am sitting. It always does when I go camping.

Foot note: I painted the tents in splittermuster as it was by far the most common pattern used throughout the war. If painting splinter pattern is too daunting, the good news is that up to 1930, zeltbahn were made from plain field grey to match the uniforms and may be suited to early war tables.

I have also viewed a much rarer plain tan which was used (reportedly) by DAK in North Africa and in 1943, zeltbahn werer produced in Italian pattern (Telo mimetico) using captured fabric and camouflage  printing rollers. Gamers who field SS troops can paint the zeltbahn in: plane tree or oak leaf pattern. I have not come across any in "pea dot" but cannot rule it out as, on a war setting, items were frequently made with what was available at the time of manufacture.

Colin