Thursday, 24 April 2008

French Lancer, 1870-71

Been working on some of my French lancers. I've found Its difficult to get lots of resource materials for the french cavalry of th Franco-Prussian war. I have the Ospreys on the subject, but they tend to be a tad vague. I know the czapka was replaced by the kepi during the republican phase of the war, and this figure is wearing the 1868 regulation tunic (the earlier kurta had the traditional plastron) though many units wore the earlier tunic. Making lances for these guys at the moment, so he's not quite finished. Experimenting with horses too, I used to be an advocate of the oil paint wipe off method, here I have used ink washes and some shading. I'm going to keep trying different styles with them I think.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

My Salute 2008 Shopping Haul

Got all the stuff I wanted to at this years Salute at London ExCel. Saw some pretty cool games going on, and some very impressive scenery. I had a hangover and the weather was overcast, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of a Square pie and mash at lunch. Strangely the hangover was one of those that gets worse during the day, even after food, so after a quick squizz at the painting competition entrys (which were very very good) we scarpered. I had to go to bed for an hour when I got home, I felt that ill. Perhaps it was lead poisoning instead!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Angry little man

This little guy just got knocked out of the Steve Dean Painting Competition. He did well, made it to the quarter finals only to get supremely bashed up by a superbly painted Henry V. Am happy though because he was a fantasy mini, and a Games Workshop one at that and he held up well against the historicals. I love that old range of Chaos Dwarves from the 80s, and am really happy with the ginger beard green armour combo I decided on. Anyway, now its back to the historicals...