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 that for an army that I’ll be using with my kids this more ‘graphic’ look is appropriate.

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Second Empress Miniatures WW2 American

The next GI is complete. As always the bases wait until a full or half-squad are complete, just to keep things looking consistent. This one carries an M16 smoke grenade which adds a nice splash of colour. I’m really enjoying painting the faces on these in particular.

If there’s any interest I can share a full list of colours and things for these.

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A Mixed Bag

A few phone happy-snaps of recent stuff. Terrible photos but it’s really convenient to just use the phone for WIPS and it gives me a good idea if I’ve missed anything.

Perry Miniatures Vichy French are the real thing going on here, but I tend to invite distractions so certainly not the only stuff that’ll get done. There are a few more of these since this photo was taken.

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I do really like this range and it’s captured my imagination a bit. Very tough to research properly though so if anyone has anything useful it would be much appreciated. The situation isn’t helped by a lot of French records (and even many pre-war records of the metropolitan army) seemingly being destroyed, perhaps for obvious reasons.They are really delicate little figures, which I like, and as with much of the Perry WW2 range the detail can be a little ‘sketched’ at times. I actually don’t mind this and enjoy interpreting it as I paint the details in. I have a heap of vehicles here too so hope to tackle one or two over Christmas.

I also now have several opinions on the subject of painting knees. :-)
Sudan light infantry officer is include because it’s my favorite figure in that whole range. I painted a few of these a while back but shelved for now until the muse strikes again.
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Russian Civil War figures were really a palette cleanser to get me painting again after a few months off. Copplestone is a genius and painting these is so easy it’s a good way to get a bit of momentum going again. These always feel more like colouring in an illustration than painting figures to me – very expressive and a lot of fun.
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No bases finished here. I usually do these in batches for consistency (and because it’s a bit boring tbh).

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.