Monday, 17 June 2013

Redoubt Miniatures - Wild West Train by Battleaxe



At Salute this year while chatting away to  blogger Mike, from MiniStories he asked if we'd like to paint up the Wild West train he'd just bought from Redoubt Miniatures. A deal was struck as we walked over to the Redoubt stand to pick the train up.
Now I can't claim that I've done any of the work on the train, this was 99.9999999% Posties work.  I'm not known as a real patient man, but Postie is loaded with it! Ask Fran? Both us and Mike didn't realise that the train came in kit form!!! When Posties called me to come check out the train, I must admit to being both surprised and horrified at all the little pieces of the puzzle that was laid out on the table! 
Bloody Hell!!!! were my words (well, they weren't really, it was a lot worse language than that!) After seeing my face Postie decided he'd stick the train together and I'd that I'd do the painting. It took Postie 3 weeks to put the train and its carriages together as it was a complete bugger, (his own words). There were over 150 pieces to the kit!!!!! I asked to see the instructions "What bloody instructions???" Postie answered.  He found it was better to ignore the ones supplied and use his common sense! (what common sense I thought!!)
Some parts didn't fit and needed filing down, some needed filling and some was even missing. A quick call to Mike and Redoubt soon sorted that problem though.
Postie called me a few days ago and said "Come see the train" I was very surprised to see that he'd painted it all up as well!!! what a good boy, give him a lollipop!!

But I'm sure you'll all agree Postie did a fine job!!
So if you buy the Redoubt train, please hand it to the nearest professional model maker, Postie said "Not Him", they're letting him out a week Tuesday, the drugs and shock therapy have started to work!








Postie didn't stick the doors on, they both slide up and down, should work great for skirmish games!






Postie had a lot of trouble fixing the male and female couplings, as they didn't match height wise, so he made the best job he could, he also made his own version of the pins as they ones supplied weren't man enough for the job. 

He also had to add wire to the top of the ladders as they weren't long enough.


26 comments:

  1. That is nicely done! I'm going to cheat and use pre-made and painted electric toy trains! I'm the only war gamer in my family, everybody else is into trains...and hot rods!

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    1. Sounds like a damn good idea David!

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  2. Very nice, Ray. The models textures has allowed you to show us your brush-magic.

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  3. No smoke????!

    Only kidding - lovely job - well done to Postie....

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  4. I love that paint work and it certainly looks good on the table. I'm not terribly impressed with the models themselves. Some really odd choices for you to purchase. No box cars (goods cars to those in the UK) ? How can you have a train without box cars? And that 4-4-0 could stand to be at least an inch longer. A LITTLE more time on research would have been time well spent by Redoubt. Sorry, the model railroader is showing today.

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    1. No probs Kris, I know next to nothing about trains.

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  5. Great job ! The details are incredible !!!!

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  6. Nice job! an extra lollipop from me :)

    Dave.

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  7. Nice painting job ;-)

    However you can paint that "boxcar" brick red, wagon red, green or a light sand colour...

    By the way, which railroad? The Overton coach, the yellow one, maybe Denver&Rio Grande?

    Marzio :-)

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    1. We'll leave the naming of the train to Mike, and yep I suppose we could have brightened the colours, but Mike wanted pretty dull colours, so we went for plain wood.

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  8. Well done Postie! On all counts.

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  9. Postie indeed did an excellent job! It's a lovely model!

    Christopher

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  10. Very nicely done there and thats one lovely model

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  11. Bloody hell, you can say that. Did not realize ot was that bad. But fantastic work so you have one more happy customer! Now we''ll sort something to speed up Posties recovery ;-)

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    1. Happy customers, that's what we want!!!

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  12. Very very nice work by Postie.

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  13. This is indeed beautiful Ray. I hope he reads all the comments people have left about how impressed we all are by his skill.

    Take care of yourself Rousell!

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    1. Of course he does Anne, he can hardly fit through the door his head swelled so much!

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  15. Great!! What a beautiful train!!! I think I will become crazy to built such a model !
    Definitively not for me, I think !

    You're a lucky guy to meet Mike !
    Congrats to him !

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  16. I didn't see this one!! And I like it so much, a wonderful train!! Great work, and great colors Ray!

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  17. Wow, lovely work! Kudos to Postie!

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