Sunday, December 4, 2016

French colonial troops

Did I mention how sick I am about that lousy photo situation I'm in?
Yes, I know - I'm a lazy dog that has said how urgently he needs to build a good photobox, but I still didn't find the time to do so. Today, I thought that I would have excellent light conditions, so I made a few snapshots. And guess what? The result still doesn't convince me. Nevertheless, as a sign of life, I hereby present you something rather unusual.

Although the French lost their American territories to the British, they still had a number of colonies, including islands in the Carribean sea and around Africa. I found it interesting to see that these batallions (which was what they were in numbers: regular batallions, strenghtened up with local militia) really had their own uniforms. So here's the first display, including example soldiers for the islands of Reunion, Seychelles and Guadeloupe.
Personally, I like the Reunion uniform the most. It looks not even French at all - no blue and merely some white on it.

Right at the moment, I have the next bunch of Austrian-Hungarian fusiliers on my desk. I'm not too much in a hurry with them, because for completing the diorama that I have in mind, I will need a firing line of Baden infantry plus 'em Baden jagers. That will require some additional time and money that I currently don't have, so until then, it's proceeding with the many other figures that I already own.

Friday, October 21, 2016

'A long way home' - ISSC competition entry

I almost forgot that I wanted to show you some pictures of my diorama for this year's ISSC competition.
Once again, I used some figures from Alex' dystopian future set. You can find them and more of his work here.

I called the diorama 'A long way home'. It's a family on it's way back home through a post-apocalyptic environment.

They reach the outskirts of a village. There's a road barrier here - seems as if there has been a battle taken place for this spot, only a short while ago.
Nevertheless, they are prepared. Mommy is armed.
Look at all that debris and the empty bullet shells on the road. Autumn is coming and the wind is taking brown leafs from the nearby trees onto the old, wet road.

Once there was a big old house standing here. It must have been hit by something really big - all that's left now, are piles of debris.

...and you will laugh when I tell you how I created that huge amount of bricks and debris: I simply took three or four evenings of time and shreddered all plastic sprues that I had available. Recycled plastic parts, inked in bright grey and then heavily washed with two strong tones of dye. Simple, but with a good effect.
The whole diorama has been build during a period of about four or five months and finally won a bronze medal. :-)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Angels once again

Mmpf. It's October. Which means that the time for XMas-markets is closing in. Which means that my mom-in-law is setting up all her stuff for having enough decoration material to sell on XMas-markets. Which, again, means that she needs supplies. Supplies for little crafted angels. Which, again, means that she had begged me to paint 'faces' on little wooden balls.
*sigh* Okay. If she askes me, I guess it's the best thing to do her this favor. Even if it means not having the time for painting Napoleonic figures. Or getting along with that SU100 that I bought in Heiden.

And I mean it's a lot of wooden balls...
...even more then you can see on this picture.

Wish me luck. I can need it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

OMG - I just published my first book! :-D

At first, I must say sorry because normally, I'm not the kind of guy who makes marketing for himself, but in this very case, I just can't spare you, because I'm so happy that I must share the story. Well. It's here. It's lying on my table. I can touch it. It's really physical.

Folks, I still can't fully believe it. I've just published a novel. For years and years, I have started to write more then just one story, but never finished one. I even started to write a historical story which I work on from time to time - for more then five years now. Finally, I really made it. Thanks to Kindle's storyteller awards 2016, this time I had a certain deadline that determined me to complete my work right on time.

For the setting, I put up the popular zombie apokalypse scenario and altered it by trying to find an answer to the question that most dystopic novels put aside in order to focus on the outbreak itself: what if mankind survives such an outbreak in more or less good shape, with order being restored in fortified, highly populated safe zones? What would society look like, even if the facade shows no big change to the 'real world' in the first place? And what happens if all these fancy new technologies get into the wrong hands?

It's been fun to write this story which is in fact Part01 in a row of 3 or 4 books in total.
The book is available on Amazon (Alpha 67) as an EBook or in a printed version. Language is German (haven't started to make a translation into English yet).

Well - now you know why there's not that much painting progress on my blog at the moment. I hope you understand.
But: there's more about figure to come soon. I still have to make a few good shots of my medal-winning contributions for this years' show in Heiden and I have some very interesting stuff on my desk, including Soviet tank riders, wolves from Nicolai and a real SU100 tank model kit. Isnt't that amazing? :-D

Stay tuned, friends!

IMPRESSUM: Sascha Köhle - Georg-Simon-Ohm-Str.12 - 45701 Herten, Germany

Sunday, September 11, 2016

ISSC Heiden 2016

To my regret, this year marked the very last time of an event that I have joined as an exhibitor for several years now: the international small scale convention (ISSC) in Heiden, Germany. The organizers have decided to merge the show with the Euromodelexpo and move the whole thing to Lingen, a one hours' drive up to the north.

I'm still unsure whether to join in or not, because it has also been decided to let the event take place over a whole weekend, which would require to book a hotel for the night plus being away from the family for two days and so on and so on. Well - we'll see.

For this time, I can only say that it was a great day at Benno's figures forum booth. The competitions won me two medals (bronze and silver) - and I have been virtually 'beaten' by my elder son (10) who won a gold medal for his antique Greek warriors (nevertheless, I'm happy for him ;-)). Once again, I have learned a lot from other modeler's advice and tips that will help me with my future projects. So beware - there are several things to come.

For now, here are uncommented pictures from the show - just enjoy!