Friday, 24 July 2009

WIP – Prussian Officer and More 8th Dutch Militia

These guys have come out well, considering I was frustrated by the weather - Getting home from work at 6.30pm this week, I have only had around an hour and a half of real daylight time to supplement my daylight lamp, and almost each evening a huge black sodding cloud (sometimes with drizzle) has darkened the painting session and made things alot more difficult to paint.

The two dutch militiamen will bring the grand total of finished minis for the battalion to 12, that's halfway. Packs, musket, canteen, feet and shakos to finish up here.

Finally got round to starting the officer for my battalion of West Prussians too. Only the boots and sword/scabbard to finish here now. The undercoat of humbrol matt black let me down on this little chap, and has made painting even more difficult (adherence issues). For some reason the undercoat (even after the required shaking and stirring) went on in a satin finish. I bought him on ebay and can only think the problem may have been perhaps some residue from stripping, but then again, I cant remember if the model had been stripped! Anyway, subsequent models undercoated with the same humbrol black have turned out fine.

With the baby and mum away, that's all I could manage to paint.

I was sad to hear of supercentenarian Henry Allingham passing away last weekend, at the grand old age of 113. He was the oldest survivor of the First World War, served at Jutland and the sole surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Interesting Read

I've recently been trying to find out a bit more of my grandads wartime past. Sadly he died before I was born and the only information I can glean is from my old man, who would say his dad was with the 8th Army in North Africa and Italy, and mention the odd detail like Monte Cassino. Recently however, my dad found my grandads Comrades Club card which lo and behold had his unit and individual number on it. Turns out he was in the 46th Reconnaissance Regiment.

Off I went online to find out more and while there is some limited info out there about them, I found this Osprey title to be the only modern account of what these recce formations got upto. I don't usually plug stuff up here in the loft, other than the odd new miniature, but this book has shone some light on what the Reconnaissance regiments got upto. The battalion sized units were created specifically after the retreat from France to fill a gap in the Armys scouting ability at divisional level, and would tear around in scout and armoured cars like the light cavalry of old. Grandad was in North Africa and, from Tunisia, landed at Salerno with 46th Division and fought on up Italy. Its all made me a little prouder of what my grandad and chaps like him did back then, and that's a nice feeling.

I'm off on holiday for a week tomorrow, and hope to paint some miniatures when I return - as my little baby will be staying on hols for another week while I come home and back to work. It means nights will be free for a little brushwork.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Figometer Update (June 2009)

Finished the two Prussian 1806 Jagers last month. Painting has taken a hit from the fatherhood flank attack and undercoating sessions that used to be done on arrival home from work are now replaced with baby bathtime and bedtime story. Managed to start three more minis last week, and hope to finish them this month! We'll see what happens. The weather isn't really helping either at the moment, I love the sun, but it's hard to use acrylics when the temperature is 31 degrees!!

Something i've noticed about me recently - I used to hate tennis, now I watch Wimbledon like it's the last show on earth. I think it's just wind-down time after Isla goes in the crib, so I guess it's understandable to sit in front of the box motionless for a while.

Incidentally, I got bored with my plain background on the blog, so experimented with a scroll thing to make it look a bit more less -stark, and added a couple of 'chaps' in the wings. I quite like the results.