Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Mid January report

Amidst the gloom and this bloody freezing weather i've had a fairly productive start to the year. It's just over mid January and I have completed 4 miniatures and hopefully I may get another couple done but we'll see. Managed to get an entry into the Steve Dean Painting Comp again too. K and I had a break to Barcelona last weekend, lovely weather and had the chance to really unwind. Took in all that is Gaudi and ate some fine food. It was our last 'break' before the baby arrives in April, then I guess it'll be a while before any more weekends away!!

Still fannying about with the diorama project, need to buy a couple of lancers for it. Have decided it'll be a night scene from the Leipzig period though (so I can get Polish lancers/ the Austrian grenadier/ and the French infantry in post 1812 uniform all in it!) No new photos of current work at the moment - but here's a pic of a finished French lancer from the war of 1870-71. I painted the horse with various orange browns and used a fair few washes of ink. I used to use the oil wipe off method, but am quite pleased with the results here. I have a regiment of these guys and one of Prussian kuirassiers to finish one day...

4 comments:

James said...

Oh yeah man finish those lancers! I love the Franco-Prussian war stuff though I don't know much about it and have never gamed it yet.

I am jealous I have not managed to pick up a brush yet this year. Even blogging seems too hard.

Dinium said...

Hey James, you need to get back in the saddle and paint something mate, once you pick up that brush the mojo will come back!

I love the FPW too. Such a diverse war, skirmishes, set piece battles, guerrilla warfare, early machine guns, colourful uniforms and bolt action rifles, one day i'll game it. Have got alot of figures, collected over some years, both French and German.

airhead said...

Great looking figure, big fan of the FPW as well. check out Émile Zola's The Downfall, I think it was a penguin classic. Set during the FPW, very good for the background from the french side. Life on campaign from the PBI view point. Put an entry into the SD comp as well, not my best, but must start the new year being positive with an entry.

Dinium said...

It's good you've put something into the competition Airhead, I find it does keep me motivated and constantly striving to improve..

I have indeed read the Zola classic, and it is a great read. Portrays war as it really is, a grim and an entirely miserable experience.