Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hong Kong Shop and Restaurant Signs

I was recently in Hong Kong for vacation and used the opportunity to collect some more street signs and other architectural details for terrain construction.  All images are free for personal use.  

The initial set of elements comes from the Hong Kong Museum of History, which is well worth a visit. There are reconstructions of various buildings and street scenes from the 1800's and early 1900's that can provide a lot of inspiration.  Unfortunately the lighting is very dim in most of the halls, but I've done my best to lighten up the elements.

Traveling Chinese Opera show:

Taoist Shrine:

Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank:


Pawn Shop:

Chinese Medicine Shop:

Clothing Shop:

Tea Shop:


In addition to the street scenes, the museum has some beautiful model ships and interesting diorama of the Chinese destruction of British opium that kicked off the First Opium War

Lastly, here are a few signs from the streets of Kowloon.  These are modern, but I think could still work for the early 20th century.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Anglo-Danish Levy Slingers

The development of my Anglo-Danish SAGA army continues with some levy slingers. They are a mix of  Gripping Beast plastics and Crusader Saxons with some head conversions to add a bit more variety.  

I've gone with a slightly more muted palette compared to my warriors, assuming many of the levies would be coming from the lower rungs of society.  I forgot to mention them in my earlier posts, but I would recommend the 1000 Foot General blog and for color palette ideas.

The second photo shows the Gripping Beast plastics. I love the character in the faces, but as I've mentioned before, I don't care the "dysentery walk" pose that many of them have nor the lack of extra bits for customization. But I think they'll get he job done and blend in well with the Crusader figures.

Next up are the Crusader figures, which have well sculpted bodies, but some of the face sculpts are a bit wonky. They also all have the same style cap on, which is visually dull.  As such, I sawed the heads off on four of the figures and replaced them with plastic heads from the Gripping Beast set. Each Crusader figure is next to its modified counterpart.

Though the Crusader and Gripping Beast heads are similar in size, the Gripping Beast heads sit a bit lower on the neck, so some of the figures ended up looking a bit more stumpy that I would have liked. However, I don't think they stand out when the unit is assembled in a group.

Overall I' happy with the final unit and I'm looking forward to having a chance to try them in a game.