The Lead Painters League Entries (or what I’ve done in 2018 so far)

The Lead Painters League is an annual competition run by the fine folk on the Lead Adventure Forum. I’ve long admired the dedication and quality of the entries for this (which has now been running for something like 13 years) and many of my favourite painters have been competitors in the past. It’s been a ‘bucket-list’ thing for years – I even had an abortive attempt a few years back but that was sabotaged by a house-move.

This time I prepared a little in advance and was genuinely suprised and delighted to come second against some wonderful competition. I feel like a bit of a fraud to have placed so highly in all honesty and need to work on my story-telling aspects next time.

It’s quite a tough challenge for a painter with such inconsistent focus as me. Nine teams of at least 5 figures each over nine weeks, ideally in some sort of scenic setting. In my case the final result is a pretty good summary of my current projects although I must confess I’m a little burnt-out by the end and fancy painting something very different. Perhaps some SciFi would be a nice change …

OBHFootsore Miniatures Late Roman / Aurthurian
MoNCopplestone Miniatures 15mm BarbariansKeith_Manchurian_Expedition_New_Round3_USECopplestone Miniatures ‘Back of Beyond’ Warlord Chinese with Empress Minaitures FT17
Keith_GoToYourGuns_Round4Perry Miniatures Sudan Naval Brigade heavy weapons
Keith_DareToDie_Round5.jpgCopplestone ‘Dare To Die’ Warlord Chinese with HLBSC Schneider tank
VichyPerry Miniatures 28mm Vichy French
Keith_LandingPartyAtArms_Round7Copplestone Castings British Naval Brigade
Keith_Uncharted_Round8Foundry/Copplestone Darkets Africa
Keith_Vale_Round9Foundry Caesarian Romans (Copplestone sculpts)

Perry Miniatures Saurer SdKfz 254

I have absolutely no use for this but have wanted to make one for years. I also like to encourage manufacturers to keep producing oddities like this. Perry Miniatures SdKfz 254.
I added width indicators and replaced the aerial with something a little closer to the real thing. Crew is from the Perry DAK tank crew set which looks a little more appropriate.

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Practicing 20mm

I’d not painted any 20mm for a very long time so these were a bit of a check to get my eye back in. I’ve changed my technique for these a lot aiming for a clearer and cleaner effect.

The pictures aren’t particularly good, but hopefully you get the idea. Some of the excellent new(er) AB Figures Russians and some of Tony’s classic British Tommys.

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Primaris Space Wolf

I’ve been unable to post for a while because we’ve been preparing for, and undertaking, a move to Germany. Maybe it’s the change of scene but I’ve found myself sliding back towards Games Workshop’s IP over the last few weeks – some sort of comfort zone thing perhaps. It doesn’t help that they are making it particularly easy with a pretty stellar launch of 8th Ed 40k and the guys in my local GW store here in Karlsruhe being very chilled and helpful. I had an English copy of the new starter box delivered and I’ve been raiding other bits and pieces since.

So, this is the first output after the move. Feels like a bit of a milestone to be painting again even if I have a much-reduced paint and brish selection right now. I used GW paints more than usual on this. Partly to test them (they are mostly very good) and also to maintain colour consistency as I go forward (I can get them close to work).

Always liked the concept of Space Wolves … largely disliked the figures which usually just looked a bit silly. This is closer to my vision of space vikings.

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Perry 28mm Vichy French 75mm

(… or the importance of doing your research properly)

I’ve not posted for a while but I am doing things over the last few week. Most recently I’ve been working on more of the Perry Miniatures Vichy French for North Africa and Madagascar. For a change of pace I picked up this 75mm gun and crew which had actually been started last year.

The gun itself went together easily enough but it’s a pretty simple model and, for logical enough reasons, misses out a lot of the detail behind the gun shield. I set about adding some of the more prominent parts and in about 15 minutes the whole thing looked busier and a bit closer to the real thing. I was dead pleased with myself for doing this so quickly only to find far better reference for what should be behind there (hint – pictures of restored guns are perhaps not the best reference). So alas I couldn’t leave it that way and some of that was stripped away and more detail added. The ‘metal’ photos below show the earlier version before this was done.

The crew needed to be wrangled slightly to make them fit around the new struts and things (I actually left a strut out on the gunners side so he could fit OK). Really there’s only the basing left to do and some minor painting corrections. The satchel bag worn by one of the gunners, and by the infantry generally, should have proper satchel leather reinforcement and leather buckle straps. I assumed this was plain canvas like the earlier ones, but again better reference prevails.

I’m going for quite a heavy-lined look for these figures. The whole army is relatively quickly painted (more examples in previous post) and I want them to pop nicely on the table. I felt thatĀ for an army that I’ll be using with my kids this more ‘graphic’ look is appropriate.

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Empress Miniatures GI Number 4

One of my favourite poses this time – a really tense ‘advance to contact’ look. This figure is still from the first wave of Late War Americans, but I have the second wave (and some extra goodies) due in the post any day.

Sorry but lots of poses with this one. All sorts of additional kit makes this quite an interesting task to paint.

Paul has also shared early pics of the Kreigsmarine crew for the Empress U-Boat this weekend. Suddenly I find myself gripped by a strong urge to watch Das Boot again …

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