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Tutorial: American Snake Fence September 21, 2021 20:51

For the past two years, I have been collecting and painting miniatures for an ACW table to play Sharp Practice. What I had lacked were the iconic snake fences which give an American themed table context. 

I had researched images and read blogs before coming up with mt take on the snake fence.

My initial design for the bases were straight rectangles. A fter mocking up a couple, I disliked the hard straight edge which provided too much of a contrast to trhe split rails. 

The 2nd draft was a more organic look which evolved to be thicker to allow for leaning timber on the joints. (More on this later) 

After cutting and making up a batch of the 2nd draft, I found that storage may be aproblem. 

Draft 3, the final iteration was interlinked pieces to allow maximum use of storage in a Really Useful Box. 

I used a combination or wooden pound shop tooth picks and large "cooks" matches. Guidelines to follow are engraved on the bases.  

American Snake Fence bases (set of 7)

I then proceeded as follows holding a base strip like a letter "W" I glued down matchsticks I had previously distressed with a craft knife on the far right / then another parallel to this // 

At either end I glued on off cuts of wood approx 5mm long.

I then built up to a level of from right to left 5, 4, 5, 4 

At irregular places I glued on further distressed matchsticks sloping intowards the joins. TIP: if you place one sloping away on the far left, it will help to conseal the join when fences are laid in a row. 

Before I applied any paint I glued down small pieces of stone and gravel chips ( partly from a fish tank) to represent stone that has been unearthed during the use of the field and placed to the edge. 

To paint the fences I followed a guide from John Bond:

 https://iagsmgm.blogspot.com/2021/02/snake-fences.html?fbclid=IwAR1JDSfL2xa1hsrUnPRmfyh6S69EQTBRmVjS5BeJP-WkagEXoNLYgPq8EoI

In summary:

Spray black

drybrush flat earth

drybrush green grey (vallejo 707886)

daub a little drybrush Middlestone (vallejo 70882 although my pot is worn and difficult ot read)

drybrush a pale off white or light grey. 

I place the flat earth on card and use a large soft bristle brush for drybrushing. I use the same card and do not wash the brush between colours to get a subtle blend of colour. 

For the gates: 

After much experimentation, I drew to the conclusion that one rail will need to be on a slope. I chose the longest rail to make the gradient as shallow as possible. One the double gates, no small 5mm sections will be needed to support the ends. For the single gates, treat the long pieces as every other end and use the 5mm spacers. 

The gate posts height will vary depending on how high you make the fences; mine came out in the region of 23mm. I lightly tapered the lower end of the post and glued in place. Before the glue was dry on both fence pieces, I glued in the gates and ensured that the posts were vertical before setting aside to dry. 

NOTE: the vertical fence posts were sunk into the ground and dd not touch the rail fence.  

For the open gates, I spread a thin layer of filler and dusted with fine sand. On the wide gate, I bent some plastic into a horseshoe shape and impressed a few prints for flavour. 

The bases I painted flat earth and lighlty drybrushed the sand in the gate entrances with a bone colour. The stones were painted dark grey, given a highlight of pale grey and then I applied a "Russian Earth" weathering powder from MIG. 

My final piece of work was to flock and apply static grass tufts, clump foliage and a few corn plants I had left over from making crop fields. 

I hope you find this of use.

cheers

 

Colin


Saltash Model Show September 19, 2021 19:36

Anyone local to Saltash and free on the 1st Weekend of October? Come along to the Saltash Model Club Show where I will have more than a few pieces displayed.

Tanks, cars, trains, 'planes and miniatures will all be at the show. 

 

 


New Release: Muskets & Tomahawks "Deck of Chips" August 20, 2021 11:00

Prompted by Ralph & Leslie (cheers guys) I have released an unofficial set of card alternative "chips" for those who prefer to draw from a bag rather than shuffling cards. They may be suitable for the very popular rules from "Studio Tomahawk" .

The 53 piece set is cut from 3mm MDF with a 26mm diameter. The outer ring may be painted red or blue as required. 


Holiday Notice July 26, 2021 16:04

Charlie Foxtrot Models will be going "off grid" from Monday 2nd August until Thursday 12th August.  Orders may be placed but will not be actioned until our return. 

Both lasers are long overdue for a service and this has been booked for 11th August. 

Emails, like any orders taken, will be actioned in date order on our return.

The last trip to the post office will be Saturday 31st July, every attempt will be made to clear outstanding orders before we go away. 

 

 

 

 


New Releases: Oathmark "Bane of Kings" skirmish trays and tokens. June 30, 2021 15:44

My copy of Oathmark "Bane of Kings" arrived in the post last week and after a close look came up with additional tokens to compliment the core and spell specific tokens already released. Unofficial and my interpretation on the numbers required of each token. 

New formation tokens are included in the set and new style dispersed skirmish trays are also released in both 20mm conversion trays and 25mm. Both trays have the recomended 1/2 gap between models.


Holiday Notice April 12, 2021 20:14

I will be going "off grid" and away on holiday on 19th April, back to feeding the machines, posting orders and answering email on Monday 26th.

I will be posting orders taken in the meantime as usual. Last post will be on Saturday 17th April. 

All work will be actioned in date order once we return.

Thanks for your business and patience.

 Colin


New Releases: 28mm 1/56 Artillery Gabions and Gabion Defences March 30, 2021 16:02

A joint project with Debris of War (Tony did most I have to confess). 

Single piece resin "Artillery Gabions" made to fit the Artillery Trays in 3 styles. Each gabion is slightly different for models on 1p, 2p or 25mm round bases, mounted on the Charlie Foxtrot Models trays. 

Also released today are "Gabion Defenses". A set of six loose gabions to custom build your own earthworks or dioramas. 


Luke working on the Charlie Foxtrot Models "Stone Barn" March 13, 2021 16:32

Luke from Geek Gaming has today released a video of MDF painting techniques using Charlie Foxtrot Models Stone Barn. Look out for Luke's next video on youtube for more advanced techniques. 

  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TxOPuaI5Pw


News: Charlie Foxtrot Models stocking Rubicon kits. February 11, 2021 07:57

I am please to let you all know that this website will be stocking selected kits from the excellent range of models produced by Rubicon.

Limited numbers of kits are currently available and will be increased if there is demand. 

Models have been tagged "Allied", "Any" and "Axis" so please scroll through to view.  

 


EU Shipments January 30, 2021 23:49

With the UK leaving the UK on Dec 31st, there will be a change of tax levied for people buying from this website who are EU based. 

Each country has it different VAT free thresholds. If in doubt please check your government website. 

 

European customers may be liable for the following charges:

 

  • Items valued at under €22 will remain part of the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) Scheme for items sent to the EU and are not subject to VAT or duties until 1 July 2021 (subject to further extension date to be set by the EU).
  • Commercial items/goods (excluding personal correspondence) sent to the EU over €22  and below €150 may be taxed at the border and may incur a customs clearance/handling fee in the receiving country.
  • Commercial items/goods sent to the EU over €150 may attract VAT, customs duties and a clearance/handling fee

 

 


Holiday Notice December 14, 2020 10:49

I will be taking time off over the Christmas period to get some R & R. My time off will be followed by a workshop tidy, reordering of packaging, stock take and machine servicing. 

I have taken the decision to TEMPORARILY DISABLE the "add to cart" button to prevent any orders being taken. As I will not be away from home, I will be constantly looking at the website and feel compelled to get orders cut and dispatched: In effect, I will not get a break.   

From 5pm UK time on Friday 18th December, I will disable the "add to cart" button. I will work on orders over that weekend and post on Monday 21st and so UK customers should get delivery before Christmas.  Overseas customers posting in time for Christmas will have long passed this date. 

The online store will reopen for orders on Tuesday 5th January. 


News: New Releases coming soon. November 15, 2020 09:54

I have been busy working on the Spanish Windmill and behind the scenes also working on a new collection titled: "Ruins of the Reich". I had been planning this for some time as an alternative to Stalingrad ruins yet when approached by WS&S I brought the  project forward. 

 It was a close run thing getting the advert in the same issue as the article where the models are featured and sadly two key words were missed off "coming soon". 

The Spanish Windmill will be on general release after all Kickstarter backers have been fulfilled. I want to do more work on the "Ruins of the Reich"  so there will be a longer lead in time for them. I plan to do something different with this collection and want to test a few things out before release. Please watch this space or Facebook for updates.