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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.

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I like chariots so decided to make a few more.

Here they are.

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

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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.

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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.

Looking forward to the new OZ film…

10 Feb

Oz the Great And Powerful- here’s the trailer:

Plenty of scope for gaming and modelling.

We have some Eureka Miniatures Winged Monkey’s on order but here are some of our own creations (you may recognise the monkeys from the Tumbling Monkeys game!)

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