Wednesday 27 November 2019

Bright Judges 2


Here is the second of my Bright Judges figures.

I used the same wire and bead base and made the shoulder pads and badge separately using a wire and card base.

This is Judge Sex

Here is the figure before the pads  etc are added.

I then painted the base coat of the uniform and any other areas that would be hard to get at later and glued the shoulder pads on.

 This is the completed figure

Until next time


Wednesday 20 November 2019

steampunk medals 2


I have previously posted about the first set of steampunk medals I put together.

As I have several examples of  Mess Dress Uniforms, I , clearly, needed some steampunk miniatures.

I have decided not to wear British Medals, but the rest of the world is fair game.

All but the first two of these are US medals ( They seem to give out medals for everything).

This is how the group ended up:

Until next time


Wednesday 13 November 2019

The Bishop at Westminster


On Wednesday 23 October the Paladins did an event at Westminster Abbey. This was part of the Anniversary celebrations for the rebuilding of the Abbey by Henry III (I happen to be descended from Henry's brother, Richard, Earl of Cornwall).

We arrived at the Abbey at about 9.00 and changed in the Education Centre in Dean's Yard. Those based in Croyden came by minibus. I decided not to bring armour or weapons and came by Tube.

We then set up displays in the main cloister and in the Chapter House.

I spent most of the time in the Chapter House talking about the arms and armour displays, helping people try things on and keeping an eye on the weapons.  There were quite a lot of tourists and I had to call on my (somewhat rusty) knowledge of French on several occasions, including trying to persuade a very determined small French boy from continually taking hand axes and wandering off with them.

We also did three displays of dancing (to live music on medieval instruments) in the Chapter House.

Here we are in the chapter House

After  we finished and took down and packed up the displays, we were treated to a tour  of the Abbey, ( in our medieval kit) including the shrine of St Edward, the Confessor, the tombs of the Plantagenet kings, Henry VII's chapel, Elizabeth I's tomb and the tombs of Margaret Beaufort, Mary, Queen of Scots and Margaret, Countess of Lennox.

Here we are in the Choir of Henry VII's chapel.

(With thanks to Clare Goodall for sending me photos)

It all went very well. Some people stayed for an opportunity to take pictures in the Abbey church (which is only allowed at set times), but , by then, I decided it was better to try to avoid the worst of the Rush Hour and made my way back to the Tube at St James's Park.

I got the impression the Abbey staff were also very pleased with the way it all went and that they might want us to do events there again.

Until next time


Wednesday 6 November 2019

Bright Judges 1


I have made a clay figure of  one of my Bright Judges characters.

I used aluminium armature wire and small wooden beads to form the figure and built it up with air-drying clay.   The crossbow , shoulder pads and badge were all made separately and the glued in place.

After sanding and finishing it has been painted with acrylic and has been sprayed with matt varnish.

This is Judge Love:

Until next time