About 3 years ago while browsing at Historicon, I came across these impressive Blue Moon 28mm wagons (available form Old Glory) and just HAD to have some. I started assembling them this summer, and finally finished them this month.
First up is this flat bed supply wagon. The wagons come with either solid wheels like this one, or spoked wheels (your choice); I wound up going with a 50/50 mix.
I painted the assorted boxes in various dull colors: CC Wedgewood Blue, Goldenrod, Light Chocolate, Timberline Green, and Cafe au Lait
The various tarps were painted with Folk Art Bayberry or CC Hippo Grey. The tall sacks are painted Maple Sugar Tan. The entire model got a heavy coat of Magic Wash" after it was painted and sprayed with clear acrylic varnish.
Next up is a wicker sided supply wagon.
This one has spoked wheels, as you can see.
I painted the wicker work with CC Old Parchment, stained with burnt Umber.
Next up is this nifty cart -carry watering, or perhaps wine of even brandy! Have to keep the "spirits" of the lads up right?!
The cargo for these wagons is cast in resin, but the rest of the models are white metal.
All of the assorted barrels were painted with CC Burnt Sienna.
The ropes are painted with CC Light Buttermilk, and the bands were done using Vallejo Oily Steel.
Next is a wagon carrying bulk flour. Even during the Napoleonic Wars, Field bakeries were established to help feed the hundreds of thousands of men.
I added the free traces for the teams using black thread, and used suture-type knots to tie the thread to the swingle bars of the wagon. I brushed some flat black paint onto the thread afterwards to thicken and stiffen it as well. The free end of the thread was glued to the harness of the horses using quick drying Duco cement.
The flour sacks are painted CC Light Buttermilk, and washed with Burn Umber.
I terrained the bases of the wagons to match my roads as closely as I could. The central part of the base was flocked with Woodlands Scenics Fine Turf "Earth", using thinned white PVA (Elmer's) glue. The wheel ruts were flocked using Scenic Express Soil Brown Fine (considerably coarser than the lighter colored "Earth" flock). After each of those dried in its turn, I applied a line of glue to the long edges of the bases and attached Tufts in three different colors, followed by an application of Scenic Express Grass Turf Blend.
Here's a Wagon Train of all 4 models together.
"A way out here, they've got a name, for rain and wind and fire..."
I have quite a few uses in mind for these wagons, including the 1809 Klagenfurt scenario, Peninsular guerrilla raids, and as supply/line of communications markers for our upcoming Snappy Nappy Winter 1807 Campaign in a Day.
I'm happy with how the basing effect came out, especially with seen with my felt roads. While basing these, I also refurbished some other wheeled models I have that needed some upgrading; we'll see those before long.