That’s wheely interesting
Posted by Martin on August 14, 2010
Whoa! That’s a huge close-up. It’s a Calpe Prussian cannon wheel and one of a pair that I’ve painted for the horse artillery I’m working on. I don’t usually like these extreme close ups – they tend to disappoint me, a bit like finding out how a magician does a great illusion – but the photo came out so well that I felt the urge to pull back the curtain for a change. To compensate, I’ve inset a smaller version of the picture to give you an impression of what the thing looks like at real-life size.
For those of you familiar with Calpe artillery pieces, this is one of the newer thinner wheels rather than the original old ones that were too thick and chunky. I’m painting the component parts of the cannon individually because it’s easier to get at all the nooks and crannies with the paintbrush. So this one is temporarily impaled on a cocktail stick which is, in turn, firmly skewered to a chunk of cork.
Yes, things are coming along nicely now.