Friday 31 January 2020

Planning a Napoleonic Adventure....Part 6

A mounted Prussian commander sans the 40mm by 20mm MDF base he was originally on. He will soon be acquainted with his new 50mm by 25mm pill shaped base.

After a pretty grim week I am at last (I think) feeling a little more with it. The cough is still there and the throat is a little sore but not as angry as earlier in the week. I still ache and am a little feverish but I reckon I am on the mend. I certainly feel a little better in myself.

The chap you see above is one of the first figures I have removed from their MDF base following an overnight soak. The two units I had in soak were based one on card and the other on MDF. The cardboard bases come away far more easily as you would expect but the MDF is a slightly more tricky proposition. I found that after its soaking the MDF tended to peel away in layers which is fine. I will need to careful though and remember to bend the base and not the figure. For those figures that had flock applied I will need to use something like an old toothbrush or one of those small inter dental brushes - especially for the cavalry - and again, exercise a degree of caution.

I am not going to rush this part of the process and am expecting to spend several months on it. I shall also be attending to any minor repairs and addressing the modest paint conversions I am planning.

On a separate note

There are a number of friends that read the blog that are currently awaiting parcels from yours truly. To these stalwart denizens I can only apologise for the delay but I am confident that normal service will be resumed shortly so many thanks for your patience during my illness.


Steve J. said...

Glad that you are feeling better onad hopefully on the mend. Good to see that the bases came off quite easily and look forward to seeing them rebased and in action.

David Crook said...

Hi Steve J,

Many thanks old chap! I usually get a bout of this once a year and really thought I had given it a swerve but alas not. It has been particularly intense this time although seemingly of shorter duration.

The plan is to get everything off bases that needs to be before I make a start on the new basing which will also include the figures that are not currently based. This will also give me an idea of how many MDF bases to order in.

Realistically I am thinking this will take 3 to 6 months to fully finish as I need to add some more figures to the collection and also there are a few paint conversions to attend to.

All the best,


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


Let’s hope that by Monday you’ll be back to normal!

I find that MDF is easier to remove after 48 hours of soaking. The water seems to penetrate better the longer the figures are soaked.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Bob,

Fingers crossed I will be! I am going to try the two day soak and will also get a second plastic box on the go as well. If I keep at it I reckon all the figures should be off their bases by the end of February.

All the best,