Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Triumphant Return

Have no fear this blog is not yet derelict. Over the past months I have had no time to update the site let-alone build new creations, but with some time off for christmass I may soon be posting again.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Resin Casting Continued

In this part of the demo I will show how to cast the actual miniatures. Now I was out of uncast resin and the local hobby shop was as well. So I had no resin to do a new casting but I will try to explain how to do it any way.

Step one take your mold out and make sure it is clean. Mix the two different halves of liquid resin in a separate cup. Pour it slowly in to the mold. It helps to use a tooth pick to stir it around and fill all the corners and small bits

Step two Let the resin sit and dry for about ten minutes, it gives off heat as it sets so be careful not to burn your self. Once the resin has set and cooled flex the mold and pop out the model. It may have small holes in it, don't worry these can be filled with various types of putty or GW green stuff.

Step three once your model is in shape (note the green patch where an air bubble was) You can get into fine details. I like to add "gun sponsions" or small swivel guns to the superstructure. These small details don't cast well so I add them after that step. I use a small drill to drill holes where the guns will go. It is possible to go further and cast separate components such as large turrets or superstructures and add these to your ship (This mould be ideal for a monitor). This lends detail and complexity to the design but can be very tricky to get right.

You can see here the holes drilled into the side of the superstructure.

Lastly cut small pieces of paper clips and fit them in as guns, the same can be done for masts. Now you can paint and base and you are ready to go. As a final warning I will say not all castings will be usable many of mine have failed and your first few might be failures but keep going you will get it in time.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Resin Casting

I received an inquiry a while ago as to how I do my resin castings. It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally did, and here it is. Or at least the first part. this part will show you how to make a vulcanized rubber mold.

Step one is to make or find a suitable ship. First it heeds to have a flat under side. and second it you made it out of wood such as this one its best to spray it with a thick coat of clear lacquer of finishing spray to seal the surface so nothing will soak in and it will slide out of the mold more easily. On another note it fills the uneven splinters and wood grain on wooden ships such as this one.
Step two is to glew the ship to a piece of paper (hints the flat under side) this keeps the ship from floating to the top of the rubber solution.

Step three build a barrier around the ship to create the edges of the mold. legos work well as seen above.

Step four mix the rubber and catalyst then slowly pour over the model. Make sure you fill the rubber a few millimeters above the highest part of the model. Let sit for about five hours to harden completely.

Step five after waiting a few hours test to see if it is hardened. It should be solid and dry but somewhat flexible. If so remove the legos or other casing.

Step six tear off the paper and test under side for hardness.

Step seven carefully remove model from mold by flexing the mold until model pops out. The first time is often tricky, and if the rubber tears slightly that is fine, but be careful. Now you have a mold that should be good for about 100 castings. In time it will wear and likely break so hang onto the master if you are planning on making a lots. Good luck and God speed.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dazzle crusier

An armored crusier with dazzle camo for the north Seas fleet. being that I have other matters to attend to this may be te last posting for a while, but check back later.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Steam Punk Gear

Not Quite Aeronef, but still intresting. Some friends of mine (Yes I do have Friends) Have been playing a steam punk RPG. I myself will have no such part in such foolish matters, Prefering the strategy of my Aeronef fleets. But upon request I made a few items for use in their games. One is a gun made from a repainted Nerf gun and a thermomiter.
Next is a pocket sized tool kit made from an altoids tin and som old tools and bits I found in the garadge.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A squad of dazzle camo destroyers includes three destroyers and one leader. They will reinforce German forces on the North Sea.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Name Change

Due to the fact that the danish fleet only makes up a small fraction of my collection I have changed the name of the blog.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dazzling Destroyers

A pair of destroyers in matching dazzle camo escort the german raiders.

Monday, August 4, 2008

German Refitted Squad

After the deployment of the German Far-East Squad the Raider Rhun was recalled and repainted in a new dazzle camo. The Torpedo Crusier Ravenwater was also refitted with an armored belt to deflect torpedos and repainted in a dazzle scheme as well. Both ships will now serve together as raiders in the North Sea fleet.

Here is the first picture of the German Empire's Far East squad. This task force consists of four heavy cruisers six destroyers and one lead destroyer. All figures were resin cast from custom masters. Unlike their Baltic counterparts they sport green hulls and red smoke stacks.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Here is a picture od an Empire State building 3-D puzzle that may become a centeral peice of terrain in future campaigns. A German Schleswig-Holstein class Dig Battleship. Scale may prove to be an issue in this matter. But I'll see how it goes.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Germans Spotted in the Far East

I was able to get my hands on a camera just long enough to snap this pitcure of a new German commerc raider as it headed off to the German colonies in the fareast. I used cottin balls to give it's stacks the look of emeting smoke. I thought it looked good and did the same with all the other ships in the german fleet.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fleet sets sail

The Danish Fleet commenced practice maneuvers over the North Sea earlier this week. A photograph caught one squad of ships as they left port. Fleet command has since commented that the practice maneuvers went off with no major mishappenings. The maneuvers were ended a day early due to bad weather conditions. Belgian and Luxembourg ships did not participate due to increased activity along their borders. Fleet command commented that they are ready to respond in aid of our allies at a moments notice.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Full Force German Baltic Fleet

Here is the Full German Baltic Fleet. Consisting of eight cruisers, a seaplane tender with four seaplanes, two monitors and, three gunboats.
The digs are Revell Hindenburg models the nefs are made from balsa wood.

Full Fleet

Here is the Full Danish fleet consisting of two battle ships, three crusers, three destroyres, and four frigates. The nefs were constrocted out of stacked layers of plastic card and the digs were made from spare bombs and drob tanks off of an old airplane model.

Full Defence

Here are the Danish defensive forces. A flying fortress a flying gun battery and a seaplane scout carried aboard the fortress. the fort was constructed from spare GW bases and CD's, and the battery was also countructed from a pair of spare GW bases. The plane was made of plastic card and toothpicks.

The Black Fleet

Here is the full Belgian fleet. I love the stylistic design of this fleet. It really fits the Aeronef world. By the way this fleet was constructed from Pencils. It consists of two battleships, three cruisers, and six destroyers.

Full Force

I realized that most of my fleet photos were outdated and missing ships, so I decided to up date the collection. Here is the full Luxembourg fleet, it was constructed from Furniture dowels. This fleet consists of three destroyers, three Frigates, and three bombersHumm... Still a bit small, I may need to add to it.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My best yet!

This is in my opinion my best ship yet. This vessel is a German torpedo cruiser with a fine level of detail and an authentic WWI look.

A squad of German Patrol boats.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Baltic Forces

Elements of the Baltic fleet. Nef Colional Cruser (left) and Nef Protected Cruser (right).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Over the high seas

Elements of the German Baltic fleet. (Made from Revell Hindenburg models, they have surprising detail.)

German Assualt

Here is a German Dig fleet, with plenty of gunboats for bombing raids. And yes this one is all brigade figures (one is a british Engadine, but I think it looks good in the German fleet). Below is the entire fleet with a fixed wing bomber squad and fighter escorts.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Seaplane Tender

You also voted for this one so I built a German Seaplane Tender, with four seaplanes. You can see it has a steam catipult to launch aircraft and a crane to recover them.


You voted for it so here it, I mean they are. A pair of German monitors.

With a view of the underside turrent.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sneak attack

Here is a German Auxiliary Cruiser. I made it out of a German cargo ship, by tossing a few pop up guns in the cargo bays.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Here is a German trade fleet. thanks to resin casting I was able to create this entire fleet and a few extra ships not shown in only a few hours time.

Here is some terrain I put together for game play. There are two air fields and a fortified bunker.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Belgian Reenforcements

With the tides of war ever rising, the Belgian crown has commissioned two new escort cruisers and two new Branar class armoured cruisers.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Germans Take to the Skies

A German flying Circus deployed to the Rhineland. Unit consists of four bombers, two wings of high speed uni-wing fighters. And one wing of older biplanes reassigned to the Rhine land defence core, after the rest of their unit was shot down over France (sadly these pictures do the planes little justice, the detail is quite stunning).

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New Fleet Commander

After several days of deliberation among the allied national council, lord Amedeo II has been named supreme commander of the allied fleet. Upon hearing this he immediately organized a second practice military maneuver over the North Sea. The practice maneuvers will be held in one weeks time and unlike the previous action will last for two full days and nights. The new admiral has yet to make a public announcement about his recent promotion but is expected to do so later this week.
on a side note lord Amedeo II was renowned in his home land of Belgium for helping to establish the Belgian airborne navy. to this day he is one of its primary advocates and funders. He established the force after his father and older brother were killed by Germans in a border skirmish by a Nef bomber.
Since word or the recent military actions has reached Prussia, the kizer has ordered the newly established Rhineland flotilla to commence border patrols along the Belgin and Luxembourg borders. Aside from these actions no other actions or political statements have been made public.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Danish Coast Guard

Here is a Danish seaplane/heavy bomber. I still haven't figured out how to fit such a small unit on a flying base.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Alliance Rallies

Earlier today the skies over Spa Belgium were filled with the majority of the Alliances Aeronef fleet. 7 squads in all, assembled from all three current member nations. Despite the sheer show of force the military practice maneuvers were far less impressive. Early in the day a turn in the weather scattered the Luxembourg ships to the wind, quite literally. It took the remainder of the day for their forces to regroup. The Belgian forces proved just as ineffective when the battle cruiser Leopold and its escort became lost in a cloud bank and narrowly avoided crashing into a mountain top.
Showing a bit more promise the Danish fleet held their formation and completed there practice bombing run. despite this many commanders complained that their crews were uninspired and generally "lethargic". Even worse the captain of the battle cruiser Kiel was rumoured to have taken command of the ship while Stuttering drunk.
Few commanders were willing to comment on the days exercises, with one notable exception. Lord Amedeo II of Belgium, captain of the pocket battleship Charles, and organizer of the event. He simply exclaimed "God himself couldn't save us if the Germans or Austrians were to attack tomorrow. Let us all prey they have more pressing matters to attend to elsewhere."
Thankfully the Germans and Austrians seem to have overlooked all alliance actions so far. If they were observing today surley they would have been infinantly ammused. We can only hope for better results in the future.

Bombers away

Here is a Squad of Luxembourg's new bombers. These long range craft can strike at the German industrial complexes with incredible strength and accuracy.

Here is a detailed view of the Bomber (left) with two gondolas. The forword for observation and the rear as bomb bay. the pursuit ship (right) has one larger armoured gondola.

More Ships for the War Effort

Here is a squad of Luxembourg's highspeed persuit ships. These are used to intercept Bombers and commerc raiders that threaten the home land.

Luxembourg's Contribution to the Alliance

Here is a squad of Luxembourg's new destroyers fresh from the yard.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Pocket battle ship Charles, of Lord Amedeo II of Namur.