Thursday, 20 October 2016

Back to the Brushes 114

A few work in progress pictures from the new fantasy warband and a few loose Normans that are being painted as the Battle of Hasting happened 950 years ago this month.

First, a view of the rear of an old Ral Partha cleric which the first layers of the primary colour of the tabard has been painted. Have opted for Foundry ochre and both the A shade and B mid tone have been used here.

Sometimes the fact that the camera never lies can help as it has shown either a flaw in the casting or air bubbles in the undercoat that haven't been noticed. At this stage will most likely just leave them as is as material is prone to wearing and this could be the start of it. When adding the other layers might add some light grey in to the mid tone here and there to "age" the tabard a bit to reflect its age.

Below are the first four of eight Normans from Foundry. Have to say these figures are so easy to paint and considering their age the sculpts are still as crisp as ever. Slightly smaller than some of their contemporaries though.

There is already one of them waiting on basing which at this stage will be for skirmish gaming such as Saga or Lion Rampant although that may change with the release of Basic Impetus in the coming months.

Cheers for now

Back to the Brushes 113

Some WIP pictures of the basing progress for four stands of plasma cannons for Critical Mass. Figures from Ground Zero Games.

Texture added with  B & Q flexible filler
and another one fully textured
Base coat of Citadel Steel Legion Drab added
Dry brushed with Citadel Kommando Khaki
Final dry brush with Vallejo Iraqi Sand
 All four bases are fully based and flocked now waiting on final pictures to be taken.

Next up some fantasy and Dark Ages figures.

Cheers for now

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Back to the Brushes 112

The start of a new fantasy warband based around clerics and paladin types. Figures from Citadel, Ral Partha, Reaper and Mirliton.

Ral Partha
Hoping to use these figures to show a bit of the painting style used. This will include painting flesh, fabric and metal, three key elements of both fantasy and historical miniatures. This warband will all be fantasy figures for a change.

First up, starting with a black undercoat, the flesh has been blocked in foundry Conker brown B then layered with Foundry Flesh A. The pictures are flooded with natural sun light so you may have difficulty in seeing the layers clearly.

Should point out that the undercoat is Humbrol Matt Black acrylic and is brushed on. Trying to limit the use of aerosols in hobby pursuits as well as everyday life.

Citadel and Mirliton
An old classic from Citadel with a left handed sculpt; they do exist!

The figures are hex based as they will possibly see use in roleplay as well as skirmish games.

The last figure is the long over due Curtgeld for last year's painting challenge. A Foundry figure with some reference below.

Below is an obvious source for the inspiration of the miniature and a good reference for colours. Not sure who the original was by. The differences are clear when both the miniature and the painting are studied at the same time.

More reference and inspiration with a painted version of the same figure below. Again not sure of the painter although they have done the miniature justice.

More to follow shortly.

Cheers for now

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Fury of the North 16

The two figures from Gripping Beast shown below where painted circa 2003 for a Rohan project that never passed go. Both figures were part of the command structure of the forces planned for the Rohirrim foot.

An interesting choice of colour for the weapon's belt and scabbard, not a colour that would be used for those items now. At this point most of the figures painted would have been used for fantasy skirmish games and these are possibly some of the first pure historical figures painted.

The axe bearing figure was to be a standard bearer, which was recently replaced with the Dane axe allowing the figure to be tucked into a SAGA warband or similar Dark Ages skirmish game.

The musician/horn blower will also be added into the SAGA warband, however will he be more conspicuous than his axe wielding colleague.

The cloak above was painted in Dallimore's layering approach; this being an early example of this style being used here. Prior to then it would have been wet blending when time allowed or dry brushing. Styles change, now the layered approach is the principle style used and the others are there if necessary.

On the subject of painting styles watch out for some progressive work in progress pictures in the near future showing layering being used on a new fantasy warband.

Cheers for now

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Dance of Bronze 12

Very much a post of two halves and what was meant to be Dark Ages has changed to Ancients. 

First up a 28mm scale shield for a disorder marker in Impetus and any other game that needs a similar marker. Not much else to say about this as it is what it is; the emblem should say it all.

Next another four stands for ADG in 6mm, this time slingers from Rapier Miniatures.

There are only 20 figures over the four stands as there were a few casualties in preparing the figures for painting and moving on to the final base. Still looks the part.

Off now to finish that Dane axe as previously promised.

Cheers for now

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fury of the North 15

Another figure for the expanding SAGA warband (Anything Dark Ages skirmish) from Gripping Beast.

In time, hope to have enough painted Vikings to run a Lion Rampant warband as well.

Next up something smaller.

Cheers for now

Sunday, 14 August 2016

With a Rebel Yell 7

Here are the rebased CSA Cavalry for use with Battle Cry or Fire and Fury. The figures are thought to be mostly Essex but now way of knowing for sure.

Not an expert on the ACW however think that there are some of Essex's First Virginian cavalry in the picture above.

A few more loose ends to complete with these figures and then on to painting the undercoated masses of infantry and cavalry waiting in the sides.

Next up a brief interlude from the Dark Ages

Cheers for now