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Chariots on the cheap

11 Sep

This is a lovely metal Warrior Miniatures Celt chariot. They are around a fiver- mine was a birthday present, my precious. Nice figures and nice horses too.


I like chariots so decided to make a few more.

Here they are.


The early ones have solid wheels (round headed plastic map pins) but they look better with spoked wheels.


I know Irregular Miniatures do a suitable, and suitably cheap, pack of wheels but I opted for a different method. I bought a Prince August 25mm Napoleonic cannon mould and used the wheels produced from that (they need a fair bit of trimming and filing and the mould itself needed a little cutting to ensure all the spokes were cast.)

The base of the chariots are card squares with coffee stirrer planks. And for the sides we opted for a bit of variety using plastic coffee stirrers of different kinds (including one with a nice wicker affect) the rounded ends of wooden lolly sticks (two side by side) or the round ends of medical tongue depressors- double fatness lolly sticks.

The bit that joins to the horses was made using bits of wire bent to the right shape and then covered in Green Stuff.

For horses, I went back to Prince August and cast some from the 25mm Fantasy Horse and Rider mould.

Bitten by the chariot bug, I also made a Narnian White Witch version pulled by plastic polar bears- made of coffee cup corrugated card and spiky ends of cocktail sticks.
And an OZ version. Princess Ozma’s royal chariot is a plastic bottle top pulled by a Hungry Tiger and a Cowardly Lion.



Continuing the Oz theme, here are Dorothy and the Wizard in a horse drawn buggy which started like as the sort of plastic clip you get on a printer ink cartridge.


The Owl Service

10 Feb

Owls are very useful in fantasy games- from Harry Potter to Narnia (9 minutes 20- he’s a hoot!).

Ours were scratchbuilt from Milliput with wings coming from the oversized headgear of a plastic Dwarf.

We then made a mould from silicone rubber and cast a few in white metal…