Painting


The Chatham Board - the tide is coming in

Looking north(down river) and from the west bank.Things are progressing. I have concentrated on the western bank of the river and focused on flora and dwellings.The perspective on the landscape is better with trees and buildings in place. The wooded areas and hedges are glued down with slow setting Bostik.Some 2mm troops on this base - Dutch Marines face off local militiaThe village is place on and can be flocked in. This will make any potential transportation easier. I might take this to a show or two in the future but I am not certain about that yet.I enjoyed this work. It was fun to do and every little of extra detail encourages more work.Nice shot looking down river

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The Fire Golem!

A bit of variety now, with one of Malifaux's biggest models, The Fire Golem.This one is from the M2e Backdraft box set, which means I'm short of a couple of apparently so-so extra minions but I do instead have Saboteurs and Fitzsimmons as well (which are all in the painting queue as we speak).He wasn't the easiest model to paint as the flames go in all directions, meaning there isn't a clear orientation to allow you to start with pale white-ish flames and then shade it through to red and even sooty blackAs a result I wasn't really happy with him until I did several more layers and more drybrush-style highlights than I might normally do on a flaming model.The basic technique was to start with a series of very pale and thin yellow washes using watered down paint, and then start adding highlights in progressively darker oranges and even reds until I was happy with the overall look.Managing to pick out all of the bits of brazier holding him together was also not the easiest as the metalwork does rather blend into

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Last of the D&D figures

Okay, I finished off five 28mm Wizkids figures as part of a commission. These will be the last for awhile, I think.There were  bunch with various magical effects that I dealt with mainly through washes.Above we have blonde Jesus with his Windex web. Below is evil elf magician with Tang fire.Some kind of sword dude with blue spider lightening?Jesus with icicles.Angry blonde guy with bent mace and handful of blue goo.Lovely figures, fun to paint and happy to be done.Up next: Bruce and I finished off our LaSalle game, I've got some 20mm indian allies on the paint table, and I hope to run a game of Rebels and Patriots this week at the club.

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On the Painting Desk 107

Okay, so I managed to do some more then expected in a week I was out on citytrip.Pulling a near all-nighter last weekend helped a bit of course on that part...I finished Lobellia for the 48 hr challenge, as you could read in her own blogpost earlier this week, but also the 6mm infantry was rounded out.For the rest, I did some minor work on the Tau Commander and the Rivendell Elves, as well as the colours on the 6mm afv's who now just need basing.If I find a hole next week, I`m aiming to get all the base colours on the Elves done, to get them "off the desk" as soon as possible and start tackling the Moria Goblins afterwards.  Probably doing their "base" and wash when I`m at the club near the end of the month.  But before that, I really shpuld tackle some CD terrain I started months ago, to get that all done for our T9A tournament in about a month...Not a bad week at all after all!

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Valentine MK II Infantry Tank.

Now then,I have recently finished off my Valentine tank for the western desert.Add captionI have continued with the Caunter scheme as I really like how it looks.For markings I have taken a bit of artistic license once again, but after spending a few hours online and looking through my books, it seems almost haphazard how tanks were marked up in the desert.So I went with what looked cool.This is a resin model from blitzkrieg miniatures,  but purchased from the Perry miniatures website.A solid chunk of resin, and minimal clean up meant that this tank was completed in a single evening.Highly recommended!Cheers for now,Stig.

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One Saturday at mine... Building 1/2400 terrain

I have been researching how to bring this important campaign to the table top for a while now. That activity has paid off. I originally planned to build the entire river in 1/2400 which would have been a mammoth task however, I have now identified five important stretches:1.The Mouth/Sheerness2. Musselbank3. Gillingham Reach and St Mary's Creek4. The Chatham Dockyard stretch5. Chatham to Rochester BridgeThe river complete from The Dutch in the Medway- P.G. RogersAction of some sort or another took place at each. Studying old maps, contemporary sketches and very importantly, Google Maps gave me a good feel for what I needed to achieve in recreating the terrain.My first challenge - to build the Chatham stretch to look like thisAs per usual, my plan was more in my head than on paper. I bought some 6mm and 9mm thick MDF from the DIY store and decided to do a 2' x 4' test board which is what the piece features. I bought but dismissed various materials to represent the land , the most hopeful being 25mm thick polys

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Marmon Herrington Armoured Car MK III.

Now then,Continuing with my ongoing western desert force, I've now painted up my Marmon Herrington armoured car.I've always liked this vehicle, very old  fashioned looking, but looks quite sturdy at the same time.Apparently it was very well liked by the crews, as it was reliable and easy to maintain.This is an excellent model from Perry miniatures.Again I have painted it up in the earlier caunter scheme, and taken a bit of artistic license with the markings.So there we go, another step closer to finishing my 8th army project for bolt action.Thanks for stopping by,Stig.

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A few 28mm D&D figures

I finished off a few more 28mm D&D figures for a fellow. I have five more almost done that will follow next week.The first three are two fighters and some kind of magician or illusionist. Nice sculpts generally.Most of the figures in this batch have some sort of magical powers (which is basically a clear piece glued onto the grey resin figure). This fellow is throwing rocks. The box art shows amazing colourful effects that almost certainly are photoshopped.I used a bunch of washes to try to create a sense of magic and motion. Not sure I was successful.The fighters were a bit more straight forward with mail and swords. A couple of figures had some miscast weapons (for stabbing around corners?) but I didn't want to break the resin/plastic trying to straighten them.Up next: Probably the remaining D&D figures then back to my own projects (whatever they may be!). I'm hoping to run an 1812 game at the club on the 13th,

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On the Painting Desk 106

Well, it has been more or less a good week indeed, as I managed to get a bit of progress on various figures.Most of all those last 5 Mordor Orcs to complete a whole bunch of the blighters and raise the ranks of my Mordor force to the goal set for this year.  Just some flocking required and they are all done.I guess in one of the coming weeks those will all be ready and now I'm painting up some more characters to accompany them, so that's a good prospect, though not a priority one yet.And some minor work was done on the Elves and the 6mm FWC as well, but nothing to spectacular at all...It probably won't be in the coming week though, as I'll be off for a citytrip to Utrecht monday to wednesday, visiting a pregnant friend, so nothing much will "move" on the desk.Now, to that end I also compiled a list of what I'd like to get finished before moving, and it consists of these:* 18 Morannon Orcs* 17 Men of Minas Tirith* 12 Moria Goblins* Malbeth the Seer* 7 Warriors of Rohan and accompanying characters* 3 Mordo

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Marlborough's Danes

Yes, I know. How could Warfare have produced such an important component of the armies of the period without me getting my act together and at least letting everyone see what they look like in battalions?An unforgivable omission but as always I will trot out my 'one man team' excuse. Well, that and Ottomans, Wagonburgs, wee ships, Cossacks and the like.Anyway at last I have some units of Danes to show as I imagined them when first commissioned as sculpts. Smart uniforms, martial air, nice colour combinations - the Danes are one of those wargaming contingents which ticks every box - ubiquitous over an extended period, manageable in size, all arms present, nice uniforms and flags, a considerable amount of glory, some controversy and as I have said before.. the ain't nothing like a Dane!My main interest in the Danish contingent started with their involvement in Ireland. A reputation for professionalism and experience saw them used in the front line and frequently. Off the top of my head The Boyne, Limerick, rapp

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28mm Landsnechts & Swiss - in GW Contrast Paints!

You know those painting projects that seem never to die? They just drag on and on, staring at you and each time you start trying to move them along the sheer quantity of painting ends up crushing your will to continue?Well, for me that was a big winged-Keil of Landsnechts in 28mm, bought for FoGR in a series of bring and buy used-figure bags - and then supplemented by a pack of Old Glory arquebusiers.I had even made a couple of half-hearted attempts to sell them as a part-painted project - but then suddenly realised that they were the perfect project to try the new GW contrast paints (as even a so-so painted unit is better than a unit that never gets painted or put on table, right?See the full effect in this photo-article..

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