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How should I base the cavalry?

Posted on June 13th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Okay, I’m to the point where I have to make a decision on how to base my cavalry for my WSS project.  These are 10mm figures from Old Glory and I’m planning on using 30mm x 30mm bases.  What do you think, 2 or 3 figures per base?I also p…

The last 4 Spanish infantry battalions are done!!!

Posted on June 8th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

This morning I am proud to say I have a turned a page in my Battle of Almanza project. I finished painting the last of my Spanish infantry!!!!  I still have the French and Spanish calvary to paint along with all of the Portuguese, Dutch and Britis…

54mm Italian Knight by Andrea Miniatures

Posted on April 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

My next large scale figure project is a 54mm Italian Knight by Andrea Miniatures.  It’s a lovely sculpt and all metal.I primed the figure black and then did a white over spray.The above photos show the water colors I washed over the figure to crea…

The Castilla and Bajeles units report for the Battle of Almanza

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Two more units are done for the Battle of Almanza project.  The Spanish battalions Castilla and Bajeles are finished.  Only 4 more Spanish infantry units to paint and the French and Spanish infantry units are done. Then its onto the cavalry a…

Miniart 1/16 Musketeer Part V: Death of the Musketeer

Posted on April 19th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

 Some disappointing news about this project. It’s coming apart at the seams. Literally!  So I was getting ready to put the next layer of paint onto the Musketeer when I noticed that his sword arm had started to separate.  As I looked aro…

Back to the WSS. Two more Spanish Battalions arrive

Posted on April 14th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So after a little hiatus from working on my WSS project I finished 2 more Spanish battalions this week.  Please give a nice early 18th Century round of applause for the Madrid and Sevilla battalions.  As with all of the Spanish troops the fla…

Miniart 1/16 Musketeer Part IV: The first layer of pigments.

Posted on April 5th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

After a bit of a hiatus from painting due to spring break here in Oregon and we took off to Sunriver, OR to relax with our friends I am back to painting.  I did manage to prime up more WSS figures, some renaissance figures and more 1/16 scale head…

Monochromatic painting- A test and half way decent results

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Surfing the interwebs the other night I came across a video of a person painting a portrait with one color.  That person used Raw Umber and as I watched them draw out the shape and add detail to the canvas like shadows, high lights, eyes, light an…

Painting figures with the Zorn Limited Palette

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

In my attempts to increase my knowledge of color and color theory (remember I’m color blind) to get past the hurdle that I have and to decrease the number of paints I need to paint a figure/s, I’ve been looking at different artists and how they approac…

The Spanish Battalion Zamora arrives!!

Posted on March 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

After a week of being sick and then a cold snap prevented me from painting and priming any figures.  I was able to get this one unit done.  The Spanish Battalion Zamora has arrived!  As with all of the Spanish units for the Battle of Alm…

Miniart 1/16 Musketeer Part III: The underpainting

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So I finished, finally, filling all of the gaps and allowing it to dry and sanding down the putty.  I ended up being sick all of last week so I didn’t do any painting. Did not feel up to it.  This week I was able to prime the figure using bla…

Stuff I’m selling

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under Posted by

This listing includes Japanese and US Marines for WWII.  They are a mix of Peter Pig and Old Glory.  There are 4 American Tanks, 3 Japanese Tanks, 200 Japanese Infantry and 96 US Marines.  They are either based in groups of 2, 3 or 4 fig…

28mm War of Spanish Succession Figures

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

This week submission contains 11 War of Spanish Succession troops. These are Foundry figures. I’ve painted them like the “Old Yellow” uniforms for the Spanish. Also I painted these with oil paints and this was my attempt at painting troops in mass with…

Miniart 1/16 French Musketeer Part II

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Part II of my work in progress of the French Musketeer.  Well if you remember from my previous post I wasn’t able to get the hair to match up. With some advice from the Military Modeling forum, I cut off the ears of the Musketeer and the hair fit …

Miniart 1/16 French Musketeer Part 1

Posted on February 8th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

My wife, for Christmas, gave me a present which was another Miniart 1/16 scale figure. This one is the French Musketeer.  I’m going to do a series on putting this thing together.  Maybe it will be helpful to someone in the future.To start off…

Four more Spanish battalions are ready to fight!

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

 Over the last week and half I was able to finish 4 more Spanish battalions. Please give a nice warm hand to the Guadalajara, de la Armada, Cordova battalions and the Valladolid Grenadier battalion.  They have made hard journey to the battlef…

1/16 scale Knight

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

So I’ve been working on my first large scale figure. A Miniart 1/16th scale knight. I had purchased this a few years ago at a Oregon model show and I’ve finally got the nerve up to try and paint it.  So all of my oil paint practicing has led me to…

The Spanish Battalions Granda and Cuenca arrive!!!

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Two new Spanish battalions have arrived, the Granda and Cuenca units are ready to fight the British, Dutch and Portuguese.  It amazes me that there is so little information on the Spanish for this timer period as they were the focal point of …

First 2 WSS Spanish Battalions completed!

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve completed my first 2 Spanish Battalions for my WSS project.  Joining their French allies are the Walloon and Spanish Guard battalions.  Only 16 more battalions to paint!

The last 2 French Infantry Battalions are Done!!!!

Posted on January 1st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I am kicking off 2018 correctly by announcing that I have finished all of the French infantry battalions for my Battle of Almanza project!!!!  WooHOO!!!!The last two battalions that made it to roll call are the Daughine and Dillion units!!Here are…

Year end wrap up and a look ahead to 2018.

Posted on December 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

First of all Happy New Year to everyone!  May you all have a wonderful, safe, healthy and prosperous 2018!This has been a good year for me not just in a hobby sense but life in general. I received a promotion at work, my daughter is closing in on …

2 more French units completed

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Over the Christmas break I was able to spend some time painting and I finished two more French units for my WSS project.  I now introduce to you the Maulrevier and Schomberg battalions.  These took me 2 days to paint.  They were also my …

Thanks Santa Clause!!!

Posted on December 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

For the last several years I’ve been a part of Chris Stoesen’s Santa Clause event. You are assigned a random person who has a blog, you do a little research on what they working on and paint up a few figures, terrain etc and mail it to them for Christm…

Merry Christmas!!!

Posted on December 24th, 2017 under Posted by

From my family to all of you,May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

More French for the Battle of Almanza!

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Montsoreau and Vaudreuil units arrive for the French forces.  I only need 4 more French infantry units to finish these off. Then it’s on to painting the French cavalry. Then the Spanish, British, Dutch and Portuguese.  Enjoy the photos.&n…