Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Kitcheners Pal

Here's a few shots of my Great War tommy, recent runner up in the Steve Dean Painting Competition. He did me proud and was beaten only in the final by a worthy victor (a diorama from Agincourt by Sachsa Herm). I was very pleased with my palette choice and the dirty boots and putees. I used Vallejo Brown Violet 887 as a base for the uniform, followed by the Foundry Drabs.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Rotting undead lead

With my main source for graphic input to my blog still out of action, at least I can type text. Visited my parents back in Doncaster at the weekend. On Sunday I scurried up into the loft to collect a few minis (I still have a lot of older figures stored at my original 'home') to bring back to London with me. Namely a number of my old unprimed Citadel Miniatures Skeletons from the 80s. Sadly, it seems that five have developed what can only be that most feared disease for enthusiasts of our art - lead rot...

...The dullened grey metal, the unmistakable bubbling of details and that powdery stuff at the joints is there to see. I read an article on the problem once, about museums and their problems fighting this rot in ship models. Research by others into the occurrence has revealed that it is the lead rusting (an oxidizing action), as metals do, when exposed to moisture and a lack of air circulation.

The undead figures are not totally covered. Parts of a leg, a finger or the end of a weapon have contracted the rot. I have removed the affected figures from their healthy cousins and am about to duly scrub, clean and prime these guys for protection. Hopefully with some looking after I can nurse these guys back to some kind of health.

From now on, they'll be somewhere where they can breathe, and with as little atmospheric humidity as possible.

Oh, and because i'm going on about rotting lead - here's an undead horse i've been working on for years (started it in the 1990s), recently dug out from the crypt/loft. I like the way the horse hair appears all matted and like straw, suitably dishevelled. Still needs plenty of work doing to it. Might also finish the rider one day!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Digital Casualty Marker (Figometer July 2008)

Have had computer meltdown at work, my regular Mac has been shipped to a workshop somewhere in gloucestershire, along with the Figometer reprographics... so been very busy doing this and that trying to hold my fort at work with a less powerful machine. Not had time to fix up the latest Figometer stats but will sort it out as soon as possible, along with some latest WIP shots of the Prussians i'm working on. Modern life is rubbish, just give me an 00 paint brush!

Update (21st August): Added Julys Figometer, still no fixed computer but managed to cannibalise the Figometer graphic. Four little spuds completed, but August is looking very sorry for itself so far. I've only painted one musket and primed four figures... Can't get the time