I first saw the two gypsy wagons by Sarissa Precision on the Lead Adventure Forum and I was instantly sold: the designs of the models looked great.
|Gypsy Caravans (source: LAF)|
The KitsThere are two different versions: The Bow Top Gypsy Caravan and the Ledge Type Gypsy Caravan (see Vardo). As I write this I still cannot find them on the Sarissa website where they should be listed in the "Gaslamp Alley" range. As described in the LAF thread it is no problem to contact Sarissa directly and they will send you a PayPal invoice. That is what I did to get my wagons.
The kits comprise of no more than two sheets plus a sheet with instructions. Pretty fascinating, isn't it?
|The contents of the Bow Top Type Gypsy Caravan kit|
|The contents of the Lodge Type Gypsy Caravan kit|
ModificationsAlthough the models look nice enough, the one thing I am not happy with is the wheels. They obviously have the problem of flatness. Therefore I chose to replace them with metal wheels from Stronghold Terrain: Each caravan got one set of small and big spokewheels to replace the laser cut ones. I think this improves the models a lot.
|Small and big wheels from Stronghold Terrain|
|The endings of the axles were filed to fit the slots of the wheels|
Another modification I did is replacing the original chimneys, which are just plain strips, with some scratch-build thingies.
|The first chimney is made from a small plastic pipe and wooden pieces|
|The chimney of the Bow Top caravan fixed with modelling putty|
|The second chimney is simply made from wooden sticks of different thickness|
The Ledge Type caravan has big windows on the sides so I applied short pieces of wire to represent hinges. Luckily I had this very thin wire left from the crane model. It's a small detail but - again - I think it improves the overall appearance a lot, giving it much more depth.
|Small hinges made of thin wire applied to the window of the Ledge Type Caravan|
Finally, the assembled caravans are ready for painting:
Painting the CaravansPainting gypsy caravans is a fun albeit difficult task. It's a great opportunity to go all colourful and fancy. At the same time I found it very difficult to pick the right colour scheme. Most importantly the colours should match the gypsy models painted by Simon Bradley. This means the colour palette comprises of light greens, blues, pink and a bit of red. To get into it I started with brown, though.
Similar to the sample paint jobs from LAF (see above) I chose to go with green for the Bow Top Caravan.
Lastly, I applied some of my Gierburg posters I created years ago.
The Ledge Type Caravan received a matching green-heavy paint job with red details. The main difference is the use of yellow for the decorative colour instead of white.
Just when I thought I was done I realized that lanterns would look great on the wagons. I couldn't find any proper models so I built one myself and added it to the Bow Top Caravan.