October 21, 2015

WIP - Pikeman - Spanish Tercios - 17th century (part 1)

(Box art painted by Elias Alonso)

Yet another project that has been started. It is this nice and attreactive pikeman of the Spanish Tercios produced by Scale75, and part of their so-called Ferrer-Dalmau series.

The miniature, based on Mr. Ferrer Dalmau's painting 'Rocroi el último tercio', has been sculpted by J. Manuel & David Gonzalez. Through its appearance it reflects very well the determination of a veteran soldier, the backbone of the feared Tercios of the 30 Years War.

Click HERE for the open box article which was already posted on my blog before.


The cleaning up phase progressed without too much difficulties. In some areas the casting was a tiny bit crude, and some of the casting seams were in hard to reach places. Nothing that could not be cured with careful sanding and filing, though. Sadly enough the semispherical guard of the sabre broke off during the cleaning process and consequently had to be fixed again (my fault!). A few carefully drilled holes, some brass wire and cyanolit glue did the job.

Dryfitting of the major cleaned up parts showed only minor gaps at the waist and neck joints. The arms to body joints showed a perfect fit! Next a few parts were provide with pegs to strengthen the bond after gluing. So were the feet to create a firm bond between the miniature and the groundwork.


When the complete miniature is cleaned up and ready for the priming, I usually start building up the groundwork.

First a nice wooden base of the right dimensions was chosen, after which the position of the miniature on the base was determined. Some balsa wood was used to create an elevation, and so adding more interest to the future scenery. Then holes were drilled to receive the pegs protuding at the underside of the miniature's feet. To ensure a stable fit the feet of the miniature were also pressed in little blobs of Magic Sculpt. One point of attention here: the miniature is leaning slightly backwards to compensate for the weight of the long and rather weighty pike. It is important that the stance intended by the sculptor is not lost in the process!

The groundwork itself is created with a ready to use filler from Polyfilla, which is spread out all over the surface with an old, wetted brush. In the still wet material, little rocks and stones are pressed to make for an interesting and varying scene. Later, when the filler is dry, static grass and other material simulating vegetation is applied and secured with white glue. These come from Fredericus Rex and Reality in Scale amongst others, but are also 'booty' picked up from the ground in parks, woods and streets.

Soon more to follow...