Monday, 29 June 2009

US Marines in the Pacific

These little guys got to the quarter final of the Steve Dean painting competition before getting beaten, and I put together this painting guide a little while back for anyone that's interested. Looking back at them now, I would have added some more colour to the piece, the sage green and ash greys do make for a 'dull' paint job. I had intended to add small empty cartridge cases and a discarded radio but ran out of time at the er, time. When I placed the all elements on the base there wasn't enough room for a scratch built radio, but I could have added the shell cases to give some extra colour.

Nice little figures from The Assault Group, I think they have lots of character, although there was some detail loss/ casting imperfection around the legs of the guy on his knees. Click the image to open it in a larger frame.

Monday, 22 June 2009

1806 Prussians

Fathers day went well. Isla gave me a lovely little card, and she'd even bought me a DVD! The sales assistant should be disciplined though, for selling a 15 certificate to a infant! The weather was good so we all had a refreshing drink outside a nice little pub we know nearby, though there was only breastmilk on the menu for Isla.

Fathers Day also meant I had some time to head up to the loft and paint for a while with K's blessing. Finished the two Prussians and got some more base colour work done on a couple of the Dutch Belgian militia. All in all, a good weekend.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

SdKfz 251/9 Schutzenpanzerwagen Part IV

Something that has been going on for a long while is this Stummel. This part four bit has been waiting to be uploaded for ages but I hadn't written the text. Not much left to do to it apart from the dreaded numerals and other bits.

K and I have started to phase in some kind of bedtime routine for 7 week old Isla, and once she's in her crib, she generally falls to sleep pretty well – (she slept through from 11.30pm to 5.45am last Thursday night, almost the entire night without a feed! so she gets a gold star for that) - If this early bedtime thing goes well I may have a little spare time knocking about... maybe.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

1806 Prussians (WIP)

There have been stirrings in the loft. The stirring of paint. My baby and wife are away this week, taking a break with the in-Laws up in Walberswick, Suffolk. A very nice place of the world that is, by the way. On the one hand i'm missing the wife and my new daughter very much, on the other hand - i've found a little time to paint something.

It was my birthday a few weeks back, and in amongst my presents, there was a little box from my mate Dave, (who isn't a miniature collector/wargamer in any way). He'd bought me a pack of the new early Foundry Prussian Jagers with a note inside saying here's something new to paint. There has been alot of negative critisicsm of the Michael Percy sculpts, and i'll add myself that they are not up there with say, the Perrys, Mr Barton of AB and the Front Rank bloke. But they are definitely not the worst figures out there, and Mr Percy seems to be getting better with time and practice. I also understand its a cost thing that makes peoples blood boil with Foundry, and while I wouldn't necessarily buy this range myself, I decided to paint these guys up because they were a present and to get something different painted in the brief time I have available.

Only the weapons, gaiters/boots and plume to finish now. I will say that some of the figures have a cartoonish anatomy, though some are alot better than others, and there is a slight tendency for creating sausage arms by the sculptor, but I would say that Mr Percys faces created here are quite well done. These two little guys were quite a joy to paint, and I think they would stand up well against many of their contemporaries.