Prison Wagon

I've watched enough nonsense on the telly box to know that every historical/supernatural setting requires a prison wagon (effectively a cage on wheels) in which the good people round up witches/monsters, or alternatively the evil henchmen (who are all, almost certainly, called Igor) round up innocent civilians to aid their master's fiendish plans. (delete as appropriate).

In fact, spurred on by a regular reader (hello), and their questions about Witchfinder General they asked me where my prison wagon was. Well, as I didn't have on, nor any excuse to not have one, I was spurred into action.

I decided to utilise the chassis of Donnington Miniatures' CB14 Open 4 Wheel Wagon. The wagon comes as a kit, flat bed, separate sides and baggage. I ditched the sides, and will utilise the baggage elsewhere. Four Museum Miniatures' draught horses from my spares box will pull the cart.

But how to fabricate the 'cage'? A few test pieces proved that I could utilise matches and pike offcuts to make the cage sides.

But, to get regular spacing and prison bar lengths I would need to make some jigs.

On the left the spacing jig, bar length jig on the right

A roof made from cardboard, would complete the cage. But first I needed an innocent/evil person to go inside. I found a suitable figure in the Minifigs Hussite camp followers pack (214X). A girl who I painted utilising a colour palette lifted from the painting 'Grace Before Meat' by Jan Steen.

Once painted she was glued in position, and the cart given a wash, and then the roof was fixed in place.

When everything was in place on the base a couple of coats of Army Painter anti-shine spray varnish finished everything off.

Right, suitably inspired: I'm off to watch Solomon Kane now.

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  1. That's a lovely bit of miniature carpentry.

    1. You are too kind Codsticker. There's probably a reason I employ people do big bits of wood cutting in my house, rather than doing it myself.
      You may have noticed that there isn't a door, but there's plenty of dodgy joints which would facilitate an escape.


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