Tuesday, 31 August 2010

August Bank Holiday (3)

Having a break, having a Kit Kat - having a break i've had a gut shot. WIP Hungarian casualty.

I was so tempted to add some clotting blood. But then I looked at his face again and it seemed quite serene (well not gasping with pain), so I conclude he has a minor scratch that needs attention, and he is a little chuffed he hasn't got to join the battalion on another jaunt into Essling.

August Bank Holiday (2)

The Franco-Prussian War pile of metal has also popped back into my consciousness too, and it's the Bavarians that are demanding to be painted.

Here's a Bavarian infantryman from the 7th Regiment, 2nd Bavarian Corps (1870). I'll be painting up a whole battalion of these marching chaps, to complement my other Bavarian Regiment (15th). Again, old Perry Bros Fooundry sculpts these. Love the poses, but some of the casting is a little soft and difficult to paint, it is an old range though.

August Bank Holiday

I've finished 3 figures over the Bank Holiday weekend. Not bad while i've been looking after little Isla at the same time. She usually has a 1-2 hour nap mid mornings, which is excellent 'painting time'. I've been painting a bit more at night as well, and while the lighting isn't great - even with my daylight lamp and extra lamps - I can't be fussy these days with my time.

This is the second officer for my militia battalion. This battalion is so close to being completed now. In this pic I'm experimenting with backgrounds other than the usual clinical white. I'm thinking of using the background of fields for group shots of battalions, I think it's bringing the colours out quite well.

Thursday, 26 August 2010


Just when I was happy with my Perry Twins designed Foundry metal Prussians, the twins go and do this: Here

It's a good job i'm sitting down. Plastic Napoleonic Prussians, it makes me feel warm inside. I know the figs won't fit in with the Foundry sculpts as the Perry's style has moved on a lot since the early 90s, but i'll be buying a set of these guys for sure, and you get some volunteer jagers in the box too. Metals are apparently in the pipeline to flesh the range out as well.

Perry Miniatures just get better and better. Nice one Alan + Michael.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Hurricane MK I, 303 Squadron, Sept 1940

Something i've been working on in Illustrator. Its the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain this year, and Hurricanes and Spitfires have been flitting around in my head.

Reflecting the international composition of Fighter Command, this particular machine was the mount of Flying Officer Z K Henneberg, a member of the famed 303 (Polish) Squadron.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Bill Millin

William Millin (14th July 1922 - 17th August 2010)
I was saddened to hear of the death of William 'Bill' Millin today. Known as Piper Bill, he was the personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade on D-Day. Millin is remembered as one of the few pipers to play during a World War II battle.
Use of the bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War, but Lovat ignored these orders and Millin, then aged 21, played 'Hielan' Laddie' and 'The Road to the Isles' in the midst of his comrades on Sword Beach on the 6th June 1944.
He died aged 88 in Devon, Cornwall.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Figometer Update (July 2010)

Two more Dutch militia finished in July, this battalion is inching closer to completion. Most of my time at the painting desk this past week has been spent re-basing and touching up a battalion of 1870 Prussians, which I hope to have completed this week. Originally painted a long time ago, they we're singly based on lead, which being relatively soft, tended to change shape and weigh a lot. They are been retrofitted to brand spanking new near weightless plasticard.

As a complete aside and a shameless plug. I've started up another blog, but it is dedicated to art and design, mainly the fluff I come up with when i'm not painting the little men. Feel free to go and have a look around, there will be a few military things in there i'm sure. Goto: Diniums-Nib