Friday, 30 October 2015

28mm ACW Cereal Box Houses

These two buildings were made by Jack using cereal boxes and some plastic card for the chimneys.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

54mm HMS Warrior

One of the things Jack says he likes best is making model ships.  For a while he has mentioned to Bob and I that he wanted to make a 54mm scale model of HMS Warrior.  After telling us about it on and off for a year and the fact that to scale the model would be huge, he set out making a 54mm 'representation' of HMS Warrior.  The model is splendid but big. There were times when I didn't think he would get it out of the room.  It is made with foam board and cardboard with Jack casting the guns and other bits he needed as he went along.

The final model is just over 5 feet in length and 2 foot 6inches in height! and yes, the deck guns do swivel as well.

She dwarfs the 54mm 'Dapper Class Gunboat' which is 2 foot long and the 20mm River gunboat in the foreground.  More pictures of the gunboat to appear soon.

HMS Warrior in all her glory

Jack's 54mm launch alongside the Warrior

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Jack and King Hussain

In the 1980s at an RAF Benevolent Society Jack's 54mm Arab Legion figures were presented to the late King Hussian of Jordan for his son, the present king. The set consisted of both camel troops and marching infantry.  Jack was commissioned to produce this set.

Jack's 54mm Arab Legion is presented to the late King Hussain

Jack with the presentation set in the 1980s

54mm Arab Legion marching

Jack today checking on of the figures

28mm Scratchbuilt C17th Romanian Wooden Church

Jack scratchbuilt this 28mm Romanian Church for Bob at the ripe old age of 83!

28mm ACW building

Jack saw a building in a picture in Don Troiani's Civil War series 'Zouaves, Chasseurs, Special Branches and Officers' and decided to make a 28mm model for our wargames.  The pictiure only shows part of the building so Jack visualised what the remainder would look like.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Cary Chalk Adobe Architecture

Jack's version of the Spanish Buildings by Gary Chalk from his Adobe Architecture series.

These buildings are true 28mm as can be seen by the Tiger Miniatures American and Spanish Infantry. 

Friday, 9 October 2015

Jacklex ACW miniature fleet

Having tried a game with a single 28mm ACW ship, we thought it would be fun to try a American Civil War naval game.  Ships and boats are one of Jack's passions and he set about making a fleet of model ships.

The models were all scratchbuilt by Jack and are made of cardboard and balsa wood.

15mm figures to show the scale of the models.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

28mm ACW Church

Amongst the 28mm buildings which Jack has built for our wargames and his own pleasure this colonial church is a real treat and has featured in a number of games.

As usual all the tiles were individually cut and glued to the roof!

In use in our 'Earthworks game'

In another game Jack sits by the model ready for the Union assualt