WIPs – Fantastical Things

Just a quick post this morning to show that things are moving on.

I’m on a complete Copplestone-fest right now, and in two scales to boot! I’ve always found Mark’s sculpting style to be the ultimate ‘palette-cleanser’ and a great relief after painting many other figures. His choice of theme is always a perfect match for this style.

So, 15mm Copplestone Baarbarians (Barbarica?), a Giant, a Copplestone Wizard and one of Mark’s old Grenadier Fantasy Warrior fighters converted to carry a shield (new arm, bits of tabard, shield etc.). No real plans, just something RPG-ey, Frotgravey etc.

Something about these figures pushed me towards nermenerm (NMM) for the metals. The cartoon look just feels right. It’ll be a lot ‘righter’ when I get better at it.

Shoddy pictures for now – just phone snaps for the time being. These were taken in very low light too, so the colours have become a bit blotchy. Good enough to give some idea how they look though.

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Landsknecht

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A Landsknecht doppler soldner (with Zwei Hander sword) from the Warlord (ex-Pro Gloria) range. Another wonderful Hicksie sculpt. More of these to come, although my camera seems to be on the way out so getting halfway useabsle images is a real chore.

Rumblings …

So, to celebrate a 100% increase in followers to this blog (up to a whole two now – weyhey) I thought it might be a good time to show there’s still life in the old girl yet!

I’ve actually been pretty busy hobby-wise (at least by my standards) with the hope of finishing enough to enter the Lead Adventure Forum ‘Lead Painters League’ this year. To be honest things are looking a bit less hopeful with a big juicy dose of real-life kicking the year off. Still I’m pushing ahead where I can and will certainly have some new toys to show on here soon.

One of the rules of the LPL is that figures earn extra points for not having been shown elsewhere on the internets. I like this a lot, especially because it curbs forum-spammers like myself (nothing like seeing the same set of figures on five different forums … at least change the text lads😉 ). It does mean that I’m keeping my cards close to my chest for now and have nothing I can post. If I don’t get at least five teams ready by the deadline then I’ll just post away here anyway, but for now I’ll hold on to the faint hope that a minor miracle is going to happen in the next week or so.

I can at least hint as to what’s coming … some 15mm Barbarians, some 20mm WW2, some 28mm WW2 and some 28mm Fantasy for starters.

In the meantime here are some old pictures, because posts without pictures suck! Perry Sudan Sikhs and Empress British Infantry for the first New Zealand Wars.

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Some Summer Output

So, I’ve been busy on several projects over the summer, some examples below.

Painting in Malta is slightly different to the UK, with temperatures and humidity so high. I’ve had a devil of a time getting my airbrush to work for more than 5 minutes at a time, and paint behaves a little differently in the heat (not to mention the exciting things that happen to varnish in this humidity).

Overall things are moving along and I’m really enjoying painting again. Really loving painting some Dark Ages figures (especially the Footsore range) and have a new 15th Century Lion Rampant project in the wings, shared with someone who I’ve met on the island.

I’ll probably write a little more about Dark Ages ranges soon. I’ve been picking up a lot of what’s available with no real plan other than that they are great to paint and the background fascinates me. Comparing the different ranges side by side has been an interesting exercise, and there are some newer ‘players’ on the market including the rather excellent Saxon Miniatures range.

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Footsore Miniatures Aella sculpted by Bill Thornhill. An absolutely brilliant figure and one that I might paint again at some point!

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Warlord Germanic tribe command type. Steve Saleh sculpt and very characterful.

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Empress Miniatures Zulu War Naval Officer. A Paul Hicks sculpt … need I say more?

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The finished Perry Miniatures SAS Jeep. The picture doesn’t really do it justice (I would say that though wouldn’t I?), but it is really quite tiny and looks nice in-hand. The original casting needed a little clean-up, but nothing too stressful.

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Some Perry Miniatures 28mm  8th Army / SAS types.

First up are some WIP British infantry. Not too much more to do on them – a bit more definition on the weapons, some tidying up with final highlights and basing (which I’ll do by the section). This half-section is my colour test and a bit of practice for an ‘on the table’ quickish paintjob.

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Secondly the first of the SAS jeeps. A few tweaks here and there on this including:
Bonnet catches and details.
Extra stowage.
Brass front axle with turn on the front wheels.
Brass Vickers K mount – more to scale and straight!
Gear sticks!
New mount and placement for the third K gun.
Head-swaps using heads from the 8th army plastic boxed set (I liked the flowing head-dress).

Umming and aahing about swapping the grab-handles but probababy can’t be bothered. It’s not a very fun job and I really want to start painting this.

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