Thursday, 28 June 2007

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Taking Hits

Painted these chaps a long time ago, in the 90s. A couple of French line infantry under fire, fine Perry twins sculpts from the older Foundry range. Entered them in Steve Dean's forum competition a while back, where they didn't do too well. I've always liked the poses so am posting them up here in the absence of fresh blood, er paint!

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Bring up the reserves!

Getting slightly worried. Due to family commitments and concerns I have done ziltch over the last week and a half. Busy with work and the weather's absolutely sh*t! Junes figure tally is 2.5 as we stand, and I can't see any real painting time between now and Saturday. Well, lets steady the ranks and stand firm, then see what happens...

Monday, 18 June 2007


End of a week of sorts. Following the happy time of a wedding the week before, I had a family bereavement, the passing away of my gran on Thursday. It wasn't entirely unexpected but was still a shock.

A couple of sad days led to a quieter reflective weekend for me, going out with K to walk a friends dog and a few drinks followed by an outing to the Fine Burger Company. I summoned some stamina to get a little painting done. Finished the Austrian standard bearer for one of my 'German' battalions. Painting the 'barbers shop' staff was a bit daunting but it all focused the mind, ultra steady hands needed, but I think I just about pulled it off. Still needs the base work completing though.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Leibfahne or Bataillonsfahne, that's the question

After an enjoyable and busy weekend involving family getting hitched, I finally got round to an hour or so of painting last night, before Springwatch ;-).

It was pretty hot up in the rafters, paint like tar, but managed to fill out the flesh areas and put the eyes in on a couple of...wait for it... Austrian line infantry, flavour of the year! No pics but am posting up the unfinished 6 pounder gun and crew to add to the Hapsburg Gallery as thats all I got to hand right now. The gun was painted with the Foundry Ochre colours, some elements were carefully drybrushed to bring out the grain in the wood. I should get around to finishing that BEFORE finishing the Dutch Belgians BEFORE I start on the Prussians.... Arrgh! Fiddling about with the Austrian standard bearer from last week too... The 'barbers pole' staff awaits me.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Something for the weekend

This is the Dutch officer I mentioned earlier. Hes been matt varnished over gloss. Not entirely happy with the blues and the stark eyes look is too much, (less definition round them next time Dinium) but we'll soldier on.

Mini-wise, I had a good weekend. Spent alot of Saturday up in the loft painting an Austrian colour bearer. The hot weather meant drying time was a bit of an issue but we got by. In terms of June's quota of figures this is good, only 3 to go! Laid the brushes down on Sunday and went for a swim at the lido. Oh, another exciting development is Paul Hicks at Bolt Action Miniatures asked me if i'd create some painting guides for the BAM website off the back of the one I posted on Friday. Now that was an offer I can't refuse.

Friday, 1 June 2007

WWII Colour Guide 1

Tales from the Crypt

Here's those undead cavalry I was touching up. Still need to do some revarnishing on them. Thinking of whether to matt varnish or Satin varnish as they were originally. I put down the paintjob on these a long long time ago, before I hung up my paint brushes in the early 90s... Think I copied the 'uniform' on one of them from the cover of the Citadel Journal way back in the late 80s.

I seem to have spent most of my time painting bases and touching up recently. Maybe its the warm weather, it's had me opening the loft window and its been drying my paint quicker than i'd like so perhaps thats why i've been taking on the more palatable option of basing, or...

Think i'm turning into Retroman, all this revisiting old miniatures - i'm revisiting old music too, and find myself thinking of the smell of school dinners more often than i'd care to admit. Perhaps there's alot to be said about this modern life and a longing for your youth, or maybe its just something natural we do when we get to the age of 33.

But It's time to crack on with some fresh paintjobs and I can hear the Austrian Napoleonics calling. Perhaps tomorrow i'll push on with that project, plenty of those little fellows to bring to life.