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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Victrix Napoleonic French

Sometimes things sit on shelfs and kind of get forgotten about! Even when this shelf is directly above my paint table. I'm not really sure why but they must of being on the shelf for a couple "cough cough" of years at least. I planned to get them based on sunday but it just didnt happen.
   So onwards with my Victrix French infantry. Now I'm no expert so a few mistakes are bound to have occurred.

 They can be a pain to build but they do paint up really nicely, time consuming is a word I would use to describe them. 
 I haven't painted the eyes on these guys but they still seem to have worked out pretty good.  I think it was a case of not having the confidence. There have being times when I could easily of given up painting and plastic figures have being mainly at the forefront of that thinking. Don't ask me why but after tinkering with my style it seems to have worked out and I'm more chilled about my painting. Improving my painting was a big issue at one point. 

 Hopefully I've not made to many mistakes but heck they don't look to bad.

 well thanks for taking the time to check out my humble rambling blog, feel free to comment it's all welcome. 
So thanks again 
 Cheers for now Russ 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

A small fortress

I built this a few years ago but never really got round to photographing it. I suppose you would call it a generic fortress. It's built form polystyrene tiles, polystyrene packing, balsa wood and textured with a mix of sand, plaster
 I'm not the best photographer so please excuse the rather crappy photos. 
 The cobble stones are textured wallpaper, which at the time seened rather in fashion when it came to building terrain. 
 Its my biggest project when it comes to scratchbuilding terrain, hopefully it was worth the time and effort. 
 I tried to add separate levels and plenty of room for figures. 
 The rocky outcrop on which it stands all adds to it's defensive position. 
 Patches of exposed stonework add to the overall look of what are almost plain looking walls in some respects. 
 Hopefully you've enjoyed looking at this just a fraction of how much enjoyment i got from building it.

 So as always thanks for looking 
Cheers for now Russ 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The 45th "Sherwood Foresters"

It's being a while since I painted anything Napoleonic! So where better to start then the thin red line.
I have pushed myself to get these finished, Napoleonics are my nemesis and I will openly admit it. I find them daunting to say the least but when they are done they do give me a massive buzz. So on to the figures, they are the plastic set from Warlord Games with the metal command set. The figures are easy build, head, body and backpack, they made a nice change from Victrix sets. I like the Victrix plastics so I'm not knocking them but for marching figures easy build is a fantastic change.

 The regiment in all its glory, colours flying with pride. The flags were a pain in the arse, I think I made a huge mistake of glueing the flags together and then waiting for the glue to dry before I started to fold and shape the flags. They creased horribly and the print started to flake off, the paper the flags are printed on is pretty thick compared to other companies. Next time I will shape and fold the flags while the glue is still wet. 
 The command figures are lovely looking figures, and the sergeant dressing the line with his pike certainly looks the part.
 I'm definitely no expert on Napoleonics so I'm pretty sure I'm made some errors but they are good enough for me, and boy oh boy do they look good in all lined up. 

 Next up, probably some French cavalry. I've got a few to choose from so watch this space as they say! 

So thanks for looking, please feel free to comment. All comments are wecome and very much appreciated.

Thanks again 
Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Bolt Action new additions

My latest additions to my Bolt Action Germans, I will be honest I don't think these are my best work but at least they are finished to a standard I'm almost happy with. I repainted the eyes repeatedly and the faces also took a couple of attempts on more than one of them. I have posted my tutorial for a simplified and stylized pea dot, so heres another mix of pea dot and camouflage uniforms. 

 I normally avoid painting the trousers and smock in the same camou but I broke my own rules with the MG gunner. He has rolled up sleeves, the arms I borrowed from the panzer grenadiers set. They seem to work, I can only imagine it would of being hot work lugging the MG around. 

 The figures are again a mix of panzergrenadiers and SS plastic sets from warlord games. They may even be parts thrown in from the Blitz krieg German plastic set, I'm a real fan of mixing the parts from different plastic sets. 

 Normally I would add a few stray rocks on the bases but I decided to go for static grass and tufts. The sand mix adds enough texture to start with, so painting and highlighting does a good enough job. 

 I try to add variety to the kit and equipment as much as is possible, and the detail is there to be painted. After looking at the variety of colours kit came issued in, it's a chance to add a bit more interest. 

 The backs of figures deserve to look as good as the fronts, hopefully I've achieved it. 


 So another post added to my slowly growing blog, hopefully more will follow sooner rather than later.

So thanks for looking 
                Cheers for now Russ 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Pea dot tutorial

I have being asked a couple of times of how i paint pea dot camouflage, it's my own take on pea dot but from some of the comments I'm guessing it works. I would call it stylized for a better word, I'm no master of a brush but hopefully it will help in some small way even if it gives someone the starting point of how to tackle pea dot. I have used a cocktail stick to add the dots but a brush can be used, the paints are mainly Vallejo with Games Workshop washes to shade.

                                                              Step 1
 Undercoat the figure. The choice is yours!

Step 2 

 Paint the trousers and socks with field grey with a tad of black added to deepen the base coat.

Step 3

 Wash over the trousers and socks with GW nuln oil. 

Step 4

 Dry brush the trousers and socks field grey, add a small amount of Iraqi sand to highlight. 

Step 5

 Mix German medium camou brown with a tad of black to base coat jacket. 

Step 6

 Wash GW nuln oil over the jacket. 

Step 7

 Reinstate the raised areas on the jacket with medium camou brown, leave shade in the creases. 

Step 8

Paint random patches of beige brown and military green over the jacket.

Step 9

 Wash over the beige brown with GW agrax earthshade and the military green with GW nuln oil. 

Step 10

 Highlight the beige brown and military green leaving shade in the recesses. 

Step 11

 Add white to military green to highlight.

Step 12

 Mix white to bright camou green and using a cocktail stick overlay the spots on the military green patches.

Step 13

 Using cork brown overlay onto the dark camou brown using a cocktail stick. 

Step 14

 Mix white into military green and once again using a cocktail stick overlay dots onto the beige brown. 

Step 15

 Finish painting the figure with appropriate colours. 

I'm pretty sure there are better tutorials out there and much more accurate ones! 
So thanks for looking, feel free to comment and catch you all soon. 

Cheers for now Russ 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Dead mans hand old west figures.

A couple of weeks ago I made a second attempt at thinning out my out of hand collection of figures and terrain. My hobby room is or should I say was fit to burst so off to Hammerhead we went. I attempted the table top sale at vapnatrak and although I did sell a few bits and pieces I brought most of it back home. I wasn't well and Man flu got the best of me I'm affraid. Not one to give up I booked a couple of slots at hammerheads table top sale. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would sell as much as I did. I met some fantastic people and made a bit of cash. Yes I did invest some of it straight back into new projects, I no longer game i just paint and collect so I treated myself a little.

One of the great people I met was a guy called Steve, real nice guy. We chatted a bit and I agreed to paint some Dead mans hand figures for him. I work full time so a speedy turn around on figures isn't possible but this didn't bother him. So two weeks later and his figures are ready to posted.

The other seven and the tong gang face off in the main street.

The Other Seven, after watching the magnificent seven remake you can tell who these guys are meant to be. 

The Tong Gang. Fiendish oriental types. 

I'm not the best at photography, but hopefully these photos do them some justice. So thanks Steve for giving me the opportunity to paint these cracking little figures, it's being a real buzz! 

So thanks to everyone I got to speak to at hammerhead, and of course the organisers! It was a cracking show 

Thanks for looking all the best
  Cheers for now Russ