A few updates again. I have somehow caught a Dark Age "bug" and was really looking forward to paint a few more miniatures of that era. I had these Miniatures with me for a while and finally decided to paint them.
Salute Zero Six - Limited Edition "Arthur & Mordred"
I had that particular set since I visited and participated in Salute's Painting Competition in 2006. I really love the dynamic of the two figures and got inspired painting them after seeing again Kevin Dallimore's versions of the figures online.
I used mostly the Reaper MSP Triads to paint the two figures.
King Arthur and Retinue
These Figures are from Saxon Miniatures and are owned and sculpted by the ever so talented Colin Patten, who also sculpted many Ranges for Gripping Beast Miniatures. I like his sculpting style which made it a pleasure to paint the Figures. They are suppose to depict: Arthur, Bedivere, Gareth, Lancelot and Bors.
Canadian Voltigeur, 1812
This figure was sent to me by a member of Steve Dean's Painting Forum as part of a Painting swap were the participants were paired up and send a figure to each other to be painted. I believe the Miniature is from Brigade Games and their American War of 1812 Range. It was sculpted by Paul Hicks and I really liked it, evenmore as I have not painted a miniature from that era either. I used Reaper's Stone Grey Triad to paint the Uniform.
WOW.... finally some updates again. I was battling in the last five weeks with my Web Hosting Provider to get my Website back online again. I ended up purchasing and hosting my own .com domain. Well, the site is now up and running and fingers crossed that it will stay that way.
Therefore I have to show quite a few projects I finished in the last couple of weeks from various eras. I also started to use Reading Glasses seven weeks ago and I must admit that I did not realise how bad my eyesight has become and more importantly how much of a positive difference they made straight away.
Ney and Staff:
These are my latest models I just finished basing today. They are a commission for an Italian Collector.
I decided to paint Ney's Horse Black and used Andrea's Black Paint Set but left the last Highlight out. His Uniform jacket was painted using Andrea's Blue Paint Set. The Trousers were a mix using Vallejo Green Ochre, English Kaki and White. I used Burnt Umber and a little Black for the shadows and more White for the highlights.
The Red on the Saddle was painted using Reapers MSP Blood Red Triad. For the Sash I used Reapers Chestnut Gold Triad. The Saddle Shabraque and the embroidered parts of the Jacked were all painted with Scale75's Gold NMM using only a limited amount of the final highlight of the “creamish” white.
ADC Colonel Heymes:
During some research I read that the Colonel rode a white horse but I did not want to paint a pure white Horse again and read on another source, that he also rode a dappled grey Horse at Waterloo, which I preferred. I used again a sponge to add the effects of the dapple. I started with the darker speckles, followed by the lighter ones.
The Uniform Jacket was painted using two Reaper Triads: Gory Red and Fire Red but left the final highlight as it was just too Orange. They go brilliantly together and I used all five shades straight out of the bottle.
The Trousers were painted with Andrea's Blue Paint Set but consequently I decided to use Foundry's French Blue for the Saddle Cloth just to assure some contrast between the two. I used also Scale75's Gold NMM Paint Set for all the embroidered parts of the his Hussar uniform.
I painted his Horse with Coat d'Arms Negro, Horse Tone Brown and Beige Brown. His Uniform was again painted with Andrea's Blue Set. I used Reaper MSP Stone Grey Triad for his Trousers and also their True Blue Triad for the Uniform Sleeves and Turn Backs.
Colonel Gourgaud & Officer of the 7th Hussars:
I painted two other versions for a customer who missed out on the last Ebay Auction. Used pretty much the same colours apart for Colonel Gourgaud I used Reapers True Blue Triad.
Alfred, the Great, Anglo-Saxon Banner bearer and Viking Warlord:
I have completed some Dark Age miniatures from Gripping Beast recently. I really enjoyed painting them as they offered a little break from my Napoleonic's. I have not painted Gripping Beast miniatures for quite a few years now but must compliment on the quality of the casts and their sculpts. I have finished Alfred the Great, a Anglo-Saxon Warlord and also a Viking Warrior.
The Banner and the Shields are transfers but the weathering and battle damage was painted on.
Romano British Warlord – King Arthur:
I was asked by a collector from the US to paint another Version of Foundry's King Arthur figure. He added another horse and asked if I was able to create a different shield design for the figure as he read somewhere that Arthur's symbol was somehow connected to a Bear.
There is a theory that Arthur wasn't really called Arthur but something else (plenty of options) but was given the nickname (or to use the Latin "cognomen") The Bear, or in Latin, Arthur.
I came up with the design by using inspiration from varjous late roman / early chrisitan designs which I found online.
The Last Eagle – The Battle of Teutoburg Forrest:
I created a little Diorama integrating the limited edition Warlord Games Miniature - Centurion Titus Aduxas. It is called "The last Eagle" and depicts a last stand of Roman Soldiers during the Battle in the Teutoburg Forrest. The Area in Germany has a special spot in my heart as I was born in that part and can remember going for a walk on a Sunday through that forrest with my parents :-)
The tree was handmade and I also tried to add specific vegetation to the base to make it look more like a wooded area. I also added some WIP pictures.
I received the movement tray from Warbases yesterday and finished the groundwork on it today. The base itself and service provided by Warbases was outstanding. I actually had the inspiration from the work of George Hatzopoulos from ghpainting on the Perry Website. I never used such a command base before but I really like the look of it. The only thing I realised is that General Drouot might be a bit to far away from the table but I think it still works...well it has too ;-)
I added my latest figures onto my website. I painted Napoleon and his Staff during the Battle at Waterloo from Perry Miniatures. These figures were with me now for over 7 years, cleaned and base coated but forgotten in a box. While I was thinning out my collection of unpainted and abandon projects to sell on Ebay, I came across these and fancied putting some paint on the command group. The sculpts were great and the casting was actually quite clean. They were a pleasure to paint. I also ordered a custom made command movement tray with Warbases to place all figures together on a little display base, which I hopefully receive in the next couple of days. I will take some pictures of the whole group as soon as I finished the base.
I have finished last week another rendition of Foundry's Alexander the Great. I had the pleasure to paint it for a avid collector and great expert on Macedonian / Greek history. He liked the last depiction of Alexander but asked me to tweak some aspects, i.e. the length of the Spear (Xyston) should be longer and made of lighter wood, it also would have had a bronze spearbut (which I sculpted on with Green Stuff) and the scale armour around his waist should be bronze too. He also asked to me to try to add a water feature which would signify the edge of the River Granicus.
I have not done something like that before but was keen to try some of the water effects I had here with me. For the main body of the water I used Busch Model Water "Aqua" which is like a white viscous plastic liquid which you can apply straigth out of the bottle through its thin nozzle. I also used Vallejo Water Effects gel to simulate little waves and ripples, which you can brush onto the base. That was all easy enough to do. The "Aqua" Vallejo gel looks pretty much like thick PVA glue and is suppose to dry clear in about 24 hours BUT....it takes a lot, lot longer to do that. I finished the base on Tuesday and only today with some help with a Phillips 100W daylight bulb it turned completely clear. I like the look of it now but I went through some nail biting few days thinking of a solution or even a drastic change to the base by peeling all the water off and just add some battlefield debris or even a persian casualty but my patience paid out in the end.
I thought I share with you some pictuers of my latest project. A collector asked me to create a mini Vignette that incorporates the special Edition George Washington from Perry Miniatures (only available as part of a Deal when you buy 3 boxes of the Plastic AWI infantry). The other two are from Wargames Foundry. They are a little bit chunkier but they are a pleasure to paint. Here is what I came up with.
I wanted to give the impression that George Washington is surveying a Battlefield whilst getting a report from one of his soldiers. I used a fence from Dixon Miniatures as a sort of "backdrop" for the scene. The white horse took me three different attempts before I found a mix I liked. I used Scale75's Black & White Paint Set. In particular I used a mix of Rainy Gray, Thar Brown, Mojave White and pure White. I added more white for the highlights and used a few glazes with Rainy Gray to dull it down a little and used thinned pure white as a final highlight last.
I used Andrea's Blue Paint set for all the uniforms but I only used the 3rd Highlight colour sparingly in a mix with the second one. I used to paint most blue Uniforms with Foundry's "French Blue" but find myself using Andrea's more and more. I just prefer the matt look on the Andrea or Scale75 paints.
I just finished taking some pictures of the finished Waterloo Vignette "Secure the Colours". I also added some images of the individual finished figures to the below WIP page. I hope you like them.
Next on my table is a little AWI Vignette I am creating for a collector from the USA. Will keep you updated about my progress.
I have added some more pictures to the WIP page of my new Vignette. The coat and the Trousers have been painted with Foundry again ("British Red Coat" & "Slate Grey"). I like the Foundry paints due to the fact that they make highlighting and shading so easy but I hate their glossy finish. It does make it sometimes difficult to see the detail of the sculpt, especially if you paint underneath a strong daylight bulb as I do. The resulting reflection can distract a bit from the parts I need to paint; or it might be me just getting a bit on now and my eyesight is not as good as it used to be, lol. That is one of the Reasons I use first GW Chaos Black to basecoat all figures, followed by Andrea's or Scale75 Matt Black.
The sash around the Officers waist was painted with Reaper's Gold Ochre. I used Scale75 Golden NMM paint set for the Piping, but kept the highlights to a minimum. The Trooper one's were painted with Foundry's "Ochre" plus a final highlight with "Yellow Light C"
I also changed the Drummers hair colour, as the old version was an attempt to represend blonde hair but I did not liked the way it looked. I painted it now with Foundry's "Buff Leather" which I prefer more.
The matt varnish will dull some colours but also define others a lot better once applied which I prefer a lot.
I hope to finish them today. I will varnish tomorrow and start to base them straight after.
I have just completed another rendition of "Big Wullie", the special Edition Miniature from Warlord Games. I was asked to paint him as a member of the 42nd Highlanders. I painted the coat with Foundry's "British Red Coat". I added green and dark brown as an additional shade and Elf Flesh to highlight the red further. The Kilt was painted using Foundry's "French Blue". The green Stripes were painted with a equal mix of "French Dragoon Green" A & B. I used the C colour only for the squares at the "crossjunction" of the darker green bars.
I am also working on the second Special Edition Waterloo Vignette "Secure the Colour". I have added a WIP page for that particular project. Will try to finish the British Dragoons by the weekend. The figures will be matt varnished last. I will sell the Vignette as soon as I finish it. If any of my Visitors are interested in owning such a unique piece, please drop me a line via email.
I have just uploaded pictures of my latest project. A commission for a collector from Spain. It is one of the Perry's brilliant special Waterloo Vignettes they produced for the 200th Anniversary. It was a joy to paint. I used mostly the Foundry triad paints for the figures.
For Sgt.Charles Ewart, Scots Greys, I used 'British Red Coat' for his jacket but I added 'Dark Green' and 'Scorched Brown' as an additional shade. I also used a little 'Fiery Orange' and 'Elves Flesh' to highlight the red more effectively, his Trousers were painted with 'Slate Grey'. The Horse was painted using a mix of 'Vallejo White', a little 'English Uniform' and a small amount of black as a base. I used more black for the darker speckles and added more white for the lighter speckles with a sponge. Even more white was used as a very diluted mix to highlight all the raised areas but I kept the overall look of the horse more on the grey side.
I cut the lance pole from Ewart's hand and used a steal spear, as I found the original too short to fit the GMB flag. The Eagle was salvaged and used from the original pole. I also replaced his sword with a flattened paperclip which I filed to shape. The paperclip had more strength as the provided pewter one, as it kept bending.
The Lancers Uniform was painted using 'French Dragoon Green' but with additional shading by adding black and 'Scorched Brown' to the 'A' colour. The Foot Soldiers Coat was painted using 'Rawhide' but I also used additional shading. For the shako cover I used 'Buff Leather'.
The French Officers Uniform was the only one painted with Andrea's Blue Paint set. His Roll around his shoulder was painted with 'Slate Grey'. Both French Trousers were painted with 'Artic Grey' but with additional shading.
I finished another commission and these one is a wargaming Battalion of Napoleonic Vistula Legion. It is a 24 strong Front Rank Unit and were based, according to the customers request, onto 60x50mm MDF bases, with six figures per base. I am rather pleased how they turned out. As most of you probably know I have not finished or done many Wargaming Units in the past but I really enjoyed these.
The majority of paints used were from Foundry. For such large Units the Triads work extremely well. It speeds up the painting process immensely. The Flag used is from GMB and the Eagle is from Front Rank.
I have a few more Units to do and I will concentrate on some Command Groups and another Vistula Legion Uhlans next. But first I will finish the Perry Waterloo Vignette and the Bolt Action AK Motorcycle for some variety.
I have finished the Polish Vistula Battalion and I am about to varnish them. The basing will be next which I expect to finsh tomorrow. I am hoping to show you all some pictures of the based units on Friday.
I am also have some other commissions on my Desk in the moment. A Bolt Action African Korps Motorcycle & Sidecar and also one of the Perry's Waterloo special Vignettes. I have not done or painted the Bolt Action WWII models before but was surprised me was the poor casting quality on these. They took nearly more preperation than the Perry's. The Sidecar wheels and Framework was misaligned. It took quite bit of filing and putty to make it look allright. There was also a lot of flash or casting lines on particular awkward places, i.e. right on the faces of the figures. But never mind, they are done and awaiting some paint.
My Ebay sales went really well. I am so pleased that my figures seem to have a very loyal fan base. Thanks to everyone that showed some interest.
have finished my first 54mm figure in almost 15 years. I had the old New Hope Design figure send to me by a collector who wanted it painted for sentimental reasons. It was a challenge though. I took me a while to convert my 28mm painting techniques to the larger scale miniature. The sculpting was rather crude and the face was such "flat" design that I had to exagurate the painting of the skin parts to give it some sharper definition.
The skin was painted using Foundry's Asian flesh colour but with additional shades of Scale75's Asian & African shadow. I also added Arabic Shadow to the base colour. Foundry's Flesh 127f was added to paint the final highlights.
The overcoat was painted using Andrea's Reddish Brown. Shadows mixed with black & scorched brown. I painted the highlights using Scale75 Mars Orange + Golden Skin + Light skin.
Most of the other parts were painted using Foundry's tri-colours.
I added my General Colbert and his Lancers onto Ebay.
I am also started to prepare a 54mm Mongol Warrior from New Hope Design as a commission piece. It's an older sculpt but still not a bad miniature. Will try to finish him in the next few days. Will keep you updated about the progress.
I have finished my rendition of General Colbert, Red Lancer Command Group and a Trooper. They were originally planned to create a little Vignette but in the end I decided against it and based them individually. The Uniforms took me ages. The full dress Uniforms are spectacular but there is so much detail to paint. The red of the uniforms was painted using Andrea Red Paint set with additional highlights by adding GW Blazing Orange. I also used Scale75's NMM Gold for General Colbert's & Trumpeter Uniform and Saddle. The Blue is Foundry's French Blue. I rather like the look of the Trumpeter's white speckled Horse and I am also quite happy how the Chestnut Horse turned out. The two Bay Horsed were straight from the Foundry Bay Brown set but I added Foundry's Chestnut B & C and also Scale75's Orange Leather to highlight Gen. Colbert's Horse further. Flag and the Lance Pennant are from GMB.
I also tried, especially with Colbert's Base, to simulate a wild grass field in the Summer. I used four different Tufts. Not sure if I am 100% happy with it but I think it is passable.
I might finish some more Troopers to go with the others but first I have to finish some other Waterloo related Miniatures, ready for the 200th Annivesary.
I will probably add them to Ebay by the Weekend.
I am finally sitting in my new painting Room on my Computer. We spend the last three days unpacking and sorting out boxes after boxes of our belongings. I can not believe it but we are getting towards the end of it now. My room is still a bit in a mess but I believe by Tuesday it will be ready for "action". I can not wait to get my hands onto my painting brushes again. My head is spinning with ideas and inspiration but I need to concentrate first on some outstanding commissions.
I like to say thank you to all my customers who have been so patient with my slow progress in the last few years.
I also decided to free more room in my glass cabinet and part with more items of my own collection:
At long last I have time to update my website. After six months of excessive renovation in our Bungalow we are coming finally to an end. After nearly three years in Storage we are having our furniture delivered on Wednesday, which means my own desk, paints and most of all my other hobby related items will be completly united again for the first time since our relocation from Germany to Wales and in their own dedicated room. The last few years have been quite dramatic and a lot has happened which changed my wifes and mine outlook on live. I, for my part, have decided to concentrate more on my hobby ones and for all. I can not wait to get back to painting miniatures insteadt of painting walls and doing other DIY related tasks. It will be probably a few weeks before I will have something painted to show you all but for the time being I decided to part with some of my own painted collection.
I finished another long overdue Commission. The figure is from Dixon Miniature and represents a feudal japanese Warrior Monk 'Sohei'. Nice, clean sculpt but a little on the chunky side. The proportions are slightly off but somehow it does work. I have not painted a Dixon figures in years but was quite pleased how he turned out. I found the Face a particular challenge as it was lacking a certain sharpness in the sculpt.
The horse was painted using Scale 75 'Wood & Leather' paint set (Orange Leather, Brown Leather) with Andrea Leather paint set (2nd Shadow) as a base (2:2:1). I used more and more Orange Leather and finally also added Sandalwood into the mix for the last highlight. For the red on the horses tack and tassles I used Andrea Red paint in a reverse sequence by starting with the darkest shadow first and working my way up to the final highlight, using all six colours.
The Monks coat was painted using Scale 75 'Blood and Fire' paint set. I started with a base of Mars Orange, Deep Red and Orange Leather from the above paint set. I added more Orange and also Brown Leather to darken the mix and used Sol Yellow as a highlight colour. The Yellow collar was painted using Andreas Yellow paint set. I used for the white headcowl the same mix as I used for the Cloak of my Alexander figure. The white paint set from Scale 75, just brilliant.
The original staff of the naginata (claive lance) broke off, so I used the original blade, pinned a steel spear into it and sculpted the detail on the handel on. It will make the weapon also a lot sturdier when handled & used on wargaming table.
The GW Empire General was painted over two years ago and must be the last figure I painted before moving to Wales to start a new job, I just never had a chance to take a picture of him. I actually prefer the plastic figures from Games Workshop as I gave up wasting my money on quite a few of their new 'Finesculpt' resin figures after receiving them over and over again with many, many casting issues. I lost complete confidence buying any of them online as I obviously can not inspect them before purchasing them to see what the cast looks like and a man in my age does not go that often personally into the local Games Workshop store, which is also 30 miles away, to handpick them. Well, rant over, lol. It was a straight enough paint job. Using mostly Foundry and GW metals (Boltgun Metal, Chainmail and Mithril Silver) and their Black / Brown Inks.
I cannot believe that it has been over two years since I posted on my website and also actually painted something. I was shocked and saddened earlier this year when my mother-in-law Sheila, suddenly passed away, she always supported me with my figure painting and advised me to paint full time because she knew how much I loved it."Life's too short...." which she always said. It was these words and her passing, which made me realise work has been much too busy but that has all changed now :-). Sometimes you have to take a long hard look at your life and make some important decisions. I am now determined to take more time to paint and do the things I love the most.
I actually completed my rendition of Alexander the Great. I believe the Miniature is from Foundry. It was harder then I expected to get back into the swing... well into the painting of things ;-) but I took my time and must admit that I like how Alexander turned out. I used some of the new Scale 75 paints on him and I am really impressed by the coverage and smoothness of the paint. As there were quite a few items on that figure which were painted in similar tones, I wanted to make sure they appeard different enough. The cloak was therfore painted using Scale75 black/white paint set. The leather Armour was painted with Foundry's Arctic Grey and the tunic was painted using a mix of Green Ochre, English Uniform and white.
And talking about a long time. I also gone back and tried my hands on a WWII subject for the first time since I was 18. Since the Perry's released their Afrika Korps range a while back and seeing great inspiration on Steve Dean's Forum, I fancied trying to paint some World War 2 Armour myself. Rommel's Greif seemed the right size to trial some techniques I have seen on the Internet, it was not to big or to small for that, just right ;-). I think I went a little bit overboard with the weathering and chipping but I think I could get away with it, considering the conditions these vehicles have been originally used under. The base coat of the Greif was a brushed on Tamiya's Dessert Yellow, weathered with a mix of black & burnt umber oil paints, wiped off and slightly highlighted using Neapel Yellow. The chipped paint was imitated by using a small sponge. I outlined all recesses with a dark brown wash and also used a highlight for all corners & edges. I used a wooden base from Andrea to recreate the Dessert scenery. Well, I hope you like the end result.
I feel it is now time to share with you why it has been so quiet over the last few months.
I am now living in Wales,UK. I have a new job which I love and am still painting.
I am looking forward to Salute, Folkestone and Games Day this year, my holidays are already booked.
I just added some pictures of my Death Korps of Krieg Commissar onto my Site, which I painted for Steve Dean's Forum Painting Competition. Unfortunately fo me, I got kicked out at the Quarterfinal but lucky for you all, I am now able to show you the finshed figure.
After getting some Warhammer 40K related books for christmas, I was in the mood for something different. I really like the Death Korps of Krieg Range from Forge World and got quite a few figures from Father Christmas. Umongst them was also the DKoK Commissar, which I wanted to tackle first to see how I would get on with these Resin figures.
The detail on the figure is brilliant and I had no major faults on the Resin cast. Painting him was a real pleasure and I tried to use the Non-Metal-Metallics method for all metals, even for the base. I am still not fully happy with my representation of Gold but I think I get there slowly.
The base is also completely scratchbuild. I used Plastic-Card, Milliput and various other items to create an Urban battlefield look. My wife took a few pictures while I was constructing the base and I added a WIP page for it.
I also took pictures of the base before the Figure was added and some individual photos of the Commissar himself.
I have just finished a Commission on a Limited Edition Mongolian Warrior from TAG Miniature. I painted him in a day and it was a nice change after all the Napoleonic Uniforms from my last commissions. I added him onto my Miscellaneous Page, as it is the first and only figure from that Manufacturer so far.
I gave him an extra Bowstring made from Green Stuff. The Tunic was painted using Foundry Teal Blue, GW Black & GW Scorched Brown as the base. Highlighting it with A, A+B, C. For the leather Armour or Jerkin I used Andrea's Dark Brown Leather, using Napoleonic Orange for the first Highlight, followed by adding more Orange and GW Vermin Brown. GW Black & Scorched Brown was used for Shading. The piping on the Leather was painted using Foundry's Madder Red. I used Foundry's Raw Hide for the Boots. Buff Leather was used for the padded Waist band, the inside of the Armour and the stripe on the Tunic. For the Wood I only used Spearshaft A & B. I started with A as a base and washed it with GW Devlan Mud. I used A again but painting stripes trying to imitate wood grain. Spearshaft B was used in the same way as a final highlight.
For the skin I used Foundry's Expert Flesh Set but with Snakebite Leather mixed into the A shade (2:1). I left B out and used GW Dwarf Flesh with Snakebite Leather (2:1) as the first highlight. I added C into the second Mix for the next highlight. Followed by pure C, D & E. I used F only very sparingly for some spot highlights (Cheeks, Nose, Chin).
I cannot believe it myself but I have finally finished the Battery of RHA Artillery. That was one of the biggest Commissions I have been working on so far. The figures are mixture of mainly Foundry, a group of Perry Miniatures and 3 figures of an unknown manufacturer.
As the figures are supposed to depict General Mercers Artillery during the Battle of Waterloo, the customer and I decided to represent a wetter ground. I used some great Inspiration which I have found on the net. One picture especially, which is from the Houghomount Project - Waterloo Collection and depicts "Mercer's Battery". I also weathered the figures more heavily to represent soldiers handling black powder, working a gun and generally doing their duty on muddy fields.
I used for all Miniatures mainly Foundry Colours.
I am quite happy about how my auctions went so far. I have also decided to part with my two latest creations. I just added Napoleon Bonaparte and Marshal Soult onto Ebay.
On the painting side:
I am in process of working my way through a big commission of General Mercers Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery at Waterloo. The Miniatures are a mix of Foundry and Perry's. 5 Guns, four Officers on Horseback and five Perry Crew members are finished. I had already painted the Uniform Jackets & Trousers on all of them but I have decided to split the remaining 24 members of the Gun Crews into two groups. I am painting the flesh parts of the first 11 in the moment.
I will keep you posted about the progress.
The second lot of my large scale Miniatures is going onto Ebay.
I also re-took some pictures as well of the figures on Sale and updated the pages:
I have decided to part with some of my larger scale Miniatures. They have been with me for many years now and I just needed more room in my glass cabinet. All the figures are mounted on Wooden Display Plinths. I also decided to take new pictures of the figures and have updated the appropriate sites.
Here are the new pictures of the figures on Sale, as well:
Today I was able to take some pictures of my Napoleon at Waterloo, which I finished a few weeks back.
Funnily the white horse was quite a challenge for me. I needed a couple of attempts before I got the results I was looking for. In the end I used base of GW Graveyard Earth, Foundry Arctic Grey, GW Chaos Black and Skull White. Used a little more Graveyard Earth and Black as the Shade and added more white to the base until I reached pure white as the last highlight.
Napoleon's Coat was painted using a mix of Andrea's Slate Grey, GW Scorched Brown and Black ( 3:1:1) as an base. I added more & more black / brown as an shade and mixed GW Elf Flesh, GW Boneyard and White ( 1:1:2) to my first mix to highlight the grey.
I decided to increase the height of the base to give an impression of an elevated position as Napoleon probably wanted a good view at the Battlefield. I used different sizes of tufts & grass, as I tried to make it look like an full and rich looking field. I dry-brushed them with a mix of Andrea's Napoleonic Green and Scorched Brown and use various lighter shades of green to highlight it all.
I also have finished another project which I am not able to share with you as yet. A complete different direction for me insteadt of painting historical pieces all the time. Stay tuned for some pictures soon.
The first Group of my British Royal Horse Artillery are also reaching near Completion. Only some weathering and varnishing to do. The base will be done next. I will hopefully take some pictures by next week to show them to you.
Here is my first entry for the new year. I have finished my rendition of Marshal Soult during the Battle of Waterloo. He is also from the same Command Set from Perry Miniatures as my Mameluke Ali. I will probably add him onto Ebay on the next Weekend. I will also try to finish the mounted Napoleon figure next week to go with his Marshal as well.
I used the Andrea Blue Paint set for the Jacket. The red Officers sash was painted using also the Andrea Red Paint set whereas for the red on the Saddle I used Foundry's British Red Coat set. I tried to use a little bit of an NMM technique on the Sash around his waist. For the Gold on Epaulettes and the Lace on the Saddle Blanket I used Foundry's Gold (36) but mixed with Burnt Umber (for shadows) and Pale Yellow (for highlights).
I also opted to go for a grey speccled Horse, after finding some inspiration on the Internet.
Well, I had the best Christmas ever. Lots of good Food, Drink and of course quite a few Miniatures, Books and DVD's. I did not paint anything though. Will start with my painting again in the new year.
For all my visitors:
Have a great year filled with all the joy and happiness in the world. Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2012.
Firstly, I would like to wish all my visitors a very Merry Christmas and hope that all your wishes will come true.
My Year seems to end on a lot more positive note in contrary to how I thought a couple of months ago. My wish. for Christmas is that it will continue like that.
My Ebay sales have gone very well and I am more than happy about the results. I am in the process of finishing Marshal Soult and Napoleon during the Battle of Waterloo, which are from the same Command Group as my Mameluke Ali. The Figures are going to be based indivdually and will be heading for Ebay as soon as they are completed.
The next few days will be mainly about food, drink and television. My brushes will have therefore some rest and I will concentrate on a commission of a big group of Napoleonic Royal Horse Artillery from next week on.
I just added my newest figure onto my Website. Last week I painted a Napoleonic Mameluke from Perry Miniatures. The sculpt is supposed to depict Mameluke Ali, who was the personal servant to Napoleon during the last 100 days of his reign and especially during the Battle of Waterloo. I took some liberties in painting his Uniform and went with a more typical and more colourful attire of Mamelukes.
I used various brands of paints to create him. For the trousers I used Andrea's Red Paint set. His Waistcoat was painted using Foundry's British Red Coat Set. I used French Dragoon Green for his Jacket. French Blue was used for the Saddle Blancet and Deep blue (with additional highlight of Tomb Blue) for his Sash. To differentiate the horses harness and other leather parts from the Mameluke's Uniform, I used Foundry's Forrest Green but used the highlight colour only sparingly and mixed with GW Scorpion Green.
I also tried for the first time to paint an Isabelline or Isabel (blond) horse. I used a mix of GW Graveyard Earth, Khemri Brown and very little Vermin Brown for the Base. For the shades I added an increasing amount of Vallejo Burnt Umber and a very little Black to the base. As a highlight colour I added gradually more and more Sand Yellow, also from Vallejo. I added a discarded British Knapsack on the base, to give it a battlefield look. I also decided to use Miliput to represent softer ground (as it had rained the whole night before) and some trackmarks. The Grass tufts are from MiniNatur and were drybrushed with Foundry's Phlegm Green B
I am actually rather pleased with the result.
My wife also took secretly a couple of pictures of the painting progress and my workbench, while I was having a coffee break, which I added onto an extra "WIP" page.
Just click on the pictures below:
He might be added to Ebay by the end of the Week.
My last Auction went really well. I decided to add some of my Agincourt Figures from Perry Miniatures onto Ebay.
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Well, that is what I call ending a year on a high. I have won today the Steve Dean's 36th Forum Painting Competition with my rendition of King Arthur from Foundry's Romano-British Range. I am really proud to have gone that far as the standard in the competition was incredibly high. I have painted him in October and was, due to the competition rules, only now able to add him to my website.
With Christmas coming, I decided to part with some of my painted Miniatures. I have listed quite a few figures onto Ebay.
I have also finished a commission on some War of the Roses figures. The customer wanted them to be more generic and not associated with any of the houses of York or Lancaster. Which was easy enough considering the miniatures are mostly covered in armour. The figures are from Perry Miniatures and the detail is incredible. The faces were a nightmare, though. I had to resculpt two of the faces due to casting faults. I really like the Perry sculpts because of their more realistic proportions but unfortunately their casting quality is a real let down.
It seems that my "Painters Block" is defeated. I have been painting at last and I like my results. I am motivated again. I am full of ideas and inspirations for future projects. I have finished a couple of figures but I am only able to show you one in the moment.
I have decided to paint the Salute 2011 Special Edition Miniature, sculpted by Allan Perry, therefore I will add him onto my Perry Galleries. I know the figure is supposed to depict a Confederate Officer but I decided, after flicking through Mort Künstler's Book with the name of "Gettysburg", to paint him a little bit different. I came across a picture showing a clash of Union & Confederate Cavalry on 3rd July 1863 at Gettysburg. The Union Troopers were led by a 23 year old newly appointed Brigardier General with the name of George Armstrong Custer. That inspired me so much, that I decided to paint the Salute Miniature as General Custer. I started by adding the scarf and some longer hair with putty. I also had to file away the Austrian knots on the sleeves of the Jacket, just to make sure he really looked like a "Yankee Officer". There was no other conversion required and it was a real pleasure to paint him.
I used for the Uniform mostly Andrea colours. For the Frock Coat I used the Blue Paint Set. The Sash was painted using the Red set, with additional Light Orange and Light Flesh as a Highlight. The Trousers were painted using Union Blue, Burned Umber and a little Black for the Base. I used Light Flesh for lightening the 2nd Highlight colour. For the skin I used the Flesh Paint set. The black leather parts, i.e. Saddle, Bridle, Holster etc. were painted using the Black paint set. The Blanket was painted using slate Grey, shaded with Burned Umber / Black and highlighted with the second Highlight colour from the White Paint set and light Flesh.
I used Foundry's Conker Brown for the Horse but with additional shading using GW Scorched Brown & Black. The Mane and Tail were painted with Foundry's Bay Brown.
I have now finally finished my six HYW Men-at-arms from Perry Miniatures and I am really pleased with the result.
I have tried to paint a couple of horse coloures which I have not used before, such as: Fleabitten Grey, Palomino, Dapple Grey and Sorrel. For the Horses I mostly used my Foundry colours but also used some other new ones from Andrea, Lifecolours and Vallejo paints and washes. The bases were the requirement of the customer in a true muddy style.
To make it easier, I will write a small description under each individual page of the horse and rider.
Here they are as a group:
At long last an update.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Paul at Warlord Games. He offered me to send a free copy of the new Hail Cesar rulebook free of charge because some of my figures appear in it. That meant a lot to me and came just at the right time. After writing back to him mentioning that I was already playing with the thought of buying Hail Cesar and the Black Powder one for inspiration purposes and to get my hands onto the limited edition miniatures, he agreed to send me both books free of charge including the figures. I just could not believe how kind that offer was. I promised Paul to send him any pictures of the Warlord Games figures as soon as I have painted them. That gave me the right push and I decided to paint “Big Wullie” first. My version is supposed to depict a member of the “93 rd Highlanders” storming a redoubt or defensive field position.
The Gabion & Barrel are from Front Rank. The Sandbags haven been sculpted using “Green Stuff” and the wooden planks are remains from an older Rail fence from Dixon. For the skin I used Foundry's Expert Flesh Paint set for the first time, straight out of the pot and I really like it for the standard Wargaming Miniature.
Secondly I had the “General Maximus” resin Miniatures sitting on my table for months but now wanted to tackle it next. I tried to keep it as close as possible to the reference I had from the Movie “Gladiator” and the painted 54mm example Raul Garcia Latorre did a few years ago. I used the NMM technique to represent the metals and I am quite pleased how it turned out. I hope you like it all too.
I painted the skin using Andrea Flesh paint set. The tree is self-made. I used a tree from the Woodland Scenic tree building kit and cut it to right size. I added smaller wire branches and bent everything to represent an old windswept tree. I used Miliput to cover the whole tree and sculpted indentation into it to look like bark.
My next step is to tackle the Commissions. A few people have waited so long and so patiently that I like to send my sincere apologies to them. I never ment to put you all off for that long and promise to concentrate on these in the next upcoming months.
Well, I got finally around to take some pictures of my Celtic Standardbearer from Warlord Miniatures. I painted him again using quicker methods and more washes for shading. The tartan cloak took some more time. It was quite difficult to paint the stripes in a way that the looked consistent with the folds and position of the cloak but I am pleased how it turned out.
I am also painting six mounted HYW men-at-arms at the moment. The horses are nearly done and I will start on the skin and the coat-of-arms of the riders soon.
My Ebay Auction went really well and my Confederates are now off to a new home. I will probably add some unpainted figures onto Ebay by the weekend.
I was also tempted by a wonderful Figure to go back to my roots and tackle a bigger scale for a change. I purchased a 54mm Miniature from Pegaso Models "Knight of the Holy Sepulchre Order" a few months ago. I linked the Name of the Knight to the Original Pegaso Page, where you see the absolute brilliant paint job done by Danilo Cartacci. It is a very dynamic sculpt and the horse is just beautiful. I spent two days just cleaning and assembling it. Quite a few parts and gaps needed to be filled with putty but it looks very impressive already. Not sure that I will be able to do the original paint job justice but I will try my hardest. I also decided to use similar colour choices as it was painted by Danilo Cartacci but I will use a different colour for the horse.
I have now added again some of my ACW figures onto my Ebay. The Officer waving his hat was sold in advance but all the other members of the Group are now available on the Auction site. I am quite pleased about the success of the other Auctions and hopefully my Confederates will not dissapoint me either.
On the painting side of things. I have finished a Celtic Standardbearer from Warlord Miniatures and will add the pictures soon. I also started on another commission of six HYW mounted Men-at-Arms. I begun with the Armour and will keep you posted about the progress.
I am still in the process of selling some of my painted Miniatures Collection. I have added three more onto Ebay. As all of my display pieces, they also have been fixed to a wooden plinth.
Next week I will add my ACW Command to the Auction site.
I have finished some more Imperial Roman Command Miniatures from Warlord Games. I tried again to speed up the painting process and have limited myself to use only the Foundry Triads, especially on parts of the tunics and leather equipment. Otherwise I used a lot more washings, using the new GW washes and only outlining some detailes again with the previous base colour. Only on some important details, i.e. the hand painted standard or the Officers cloak, I did spent some more time painting these.
I am finally able to access the Internet again. I had some serious PC Problems and it took me nearly two weeks to get my System fully restored. I need to apologise to anyone who did not had any replies via email as yet or are still waiting on their DVD's. It was a nightmare, which taught me a very valuable lesson, i.e. backing up your important data on a more regular basis would be a really good idea...! I am still in the process of working through some more issues to get everything back into the working order as it was before the System meltdown but it will be hopefully done by the end of the week.
On to some hobby news. I have finished a mounted Roman Officer from Warlord Games and I am in the process of finishing four Roman Command figures. Due to the above mentioned PC Problems I have not been able to take some pictures or even paint properly. I am hoping to finish the figure off today.
I also decided to sell some of my painted figures. The French Napoleonic Grenadiers will be sold first and I have listed the figures onto EBAY.
Just a week since my Birthday and I had a big box of Warlord Games Romans and Celts as a gift from my wife. They are just beautiful. Since my first glimpse into "Warhammer Ancient Battles" in the late nineties, I alway liked the idea of an Imperial Roman Army. Warlord's offer on a box of the " Imperial Roman Starter Army" just came at the right time. After dropping tons of hints on ideas for my Birthday, I actually had a bigger surprise waiting for me. She did not only get me the Starter Army but also many of the extra metal figures and on top, like that would not have been enough, some Plastic Celts and metal celtic command groups, yipeee. I am soooo spoiled.
I decided to paint them quicker using a wargaming style, in which I have been inspired by Warlord's Army Painter methods and their Dr. Phil Hendry inspirational results on speed painting. You can see most of his painting on the figures in the Warlord's Webstore.
I actually used less "brushed on" shading and decided to use mainly washes. As an example, I started with one base colour on most of Boadicea and her bodyguards clothing, added then the stripes and tartan. I used mainly washes in all creases to add shading and to dull the main colours down. Only after the drying, I added sparingly some conventional highlighting, here especially on Boadicea's stripy skirt.
Most paints I used were Foundry's colour triads, only with the one or other Valejo colour thrown in. I tried to limit myself to basic shading and highlighting and did not use many intermediate mixes. Only on the Roman Officers cloak I used additional highlights and shading.
The skin was painted using Foundry's Flesh triad with GW colours. I actually have eight shades ready mixed in pots to speed up the painting process. I start with Foundry's A, Followed by A + GW Dwarf Flesh mix ( 1:1 ), Dwarf Flesh, Foundry B + Dwarf Flesh (1:1), Foundry B, Elf Flesh, Foundry C. I also use sometimes a diluted Foundry A + Bestial Brown mix (1:1) as the deepest shadow and diluted Bestial Brown only on certain dark spots.
I am quite pleased with how they turned out and look forward to paint myself a little army in the next couple of months inbetween commissions and my work.
Finally, I have finished the Napoleonic Unit of Lancers of the Vistula Legion. It is actually only the second Wargaming Unit I have ever painted. I must say that I am rather pleased about, how they turned out. I hope they will be an impressive sight on the gaming table and the new owner will be pleased about them.
The whole commission will involve quite a few other Units and I am looking forward to start them after. I have also added a individual pictures of each Figures before they were attached to the bases:
I also made further photos of each individual Wargaminig Base:
Just arrived back from a three week holiday in Wales. We had a smashing time. The weather was not sunny but mostly dry and warm, just right to do a lot of different things. The holiday was exactly what we needed and if anyone needs to relax this is just the place to forget all your worries. It was also nice to see my wifes friends and family.
I read some brilliant books, seven in all and I only seem to be able to read books when I am there on holiday. I have been reading some of Bernard Cornwell's novels. After reading many of his Sharpe's adventures I also was curious what else he had to offer. I was not dissapointed. The books I read were: The Pale Horsemen, the Lords of the North and Sword Song, which were about a Anglo-Saxon young man named Uthred and his adventure during the reign of Alfred the Great. The other ones which I started were the first two Books on his Grail Quest Series, which are set at the beginning of the Hundred Year War in France, following a young Archers adventure. I also read a book out of his ACW Series "The Starbuck Chronicles". Another really good book I read was from an Author named Anthony Riches: "Empire - Wounds of Honour" about a young Roman Centurion during his Service in a Auxiliar Cohort staged in ancient Britain.
I was not able to paint but the books offered me some inspirations for future projects. The good hobby related news is that I am nearly finished with the group of lancers. Just a few finishing touches, i.e. Varnishing, Basing and the adding of their Lances and they are good to go. Here are some of the pictures I took before I went on Holiday:
I have decided to gracefully retire from the Steve Dean Painting competition. This is a small “just for fun” competition, where likeminded painters enter their figures to be judged by the members of the forum.
I thoroughly enjoy replying to problems fellow painters come across and helping, if I can.
Over the past few months though, I found it so sad that someone who might be just starting out in the hobby and showing a figure he / she is very proud of, to be knocked out by someone who has been painting for maybe 30 years. I assume it must be very demotivating and that is not what I am about.
Too much attention is being given to the winners and not enough to the great painting of the other figures, that unfortunately do not make it through the first round.
In a „fun“ competition the experienced winners do not need the help and motivation to improve but maybe the ones who get knocked out straight away could do with a bit extra support. Well, that is just my humble opinion.
My painting, of course, will be still shown on my website and any forums, I wish to post them on, in the future.
Due to popular demand on TMP I have added a few group photos of the French Grenadiers, taken from a further distance as they would appear on the Gaming table. I added a few in different sizes. Just click on the picture below:
It has been a while since I last updated my website.
The run up to Christmas was very busy and for the last month, I have been concentrating on my wife, as she has been in hospital. All is well now though and she is recovering here at home. Needless to say the last few months, I have not done much painting.
Back in November, I painted 3 Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard and have finally got around to doing some photos. I have had these figures a long time and a couple of years ago, I painted the first half of that Command Group. They are Foundry sculpts, painted mainly using the Foundry colours. The results are above.
I am also continuing with the commission of the Lancers of the Vistula Legion. They are getting near their completion. Quite a bit of work involved with them, due to their excellent detail and splendid Uniforms but they will be great when they are finally finished. I am very excited about these.
I also have a commission of 6 Knights of the HYW, which I am looking forward to start next.
During the month of December, after reading Don Troiani's brilliant book "Regiments & Uniforms of the Civil War", I was inspired to design a small diorama using some ideas from the book and the battle of Antitam ("Sunken Road") and named it "Give 'em lead boys!".
I had great fun doing this diorama. I added a WIP page for that project and also wrote some Information on the page of each individual miniature used on my diorama.
While I was working on the commission of the 12 Lancers, I found in my "Lead-Pile" a figure I nearly forgot.
During some research on the Internet about the Vistula Legion and the Lancers I was painting, I also came across some pictures from Leaders of the Polish Napoleonic Allies. I was inspired by some of the period paintings depicting Jan Henryk Dabrowski and Prince Josef Poniatowski, that I decided to paint the Prince, which I bought a while back from Front Rank Miniatures.
After seeing the paintings I decided to try again another kind of pinto horse, which I knew was used during that period by some of the Polish Army Commanders. I used again Andreas Black Paint set and for the first time also their White Paint set.
I also added some detail onto the horse with putty to represent extra tassles, more extravagant braiding and additonal harness features.
I just finished the commission work of the six HYW Men-at-arms from Perry Miniatures.
Instead of watching DVD's as usual, I decided to listen to some Audio Books for a change. My wife recommended the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer as she had read the books conventionally. I must say it actually helped me focus on the project a lot better without looking up to the TV screen.
I started doing some research a while back into the coat of Arms of the period. The customer wanted the figures to represent French Knights and I found on the Internet just the right page for some inspiration. It is a Danish Website with a good Download section of Flags from different periods. Here I found also a page dedicated to French and English Flags during the Hundred Year War.
Here is the Link: DANSK FIGURSPILSFORENING
So, after basecoating the figures and the horses, I got to work on the faces and started first on the eyes. The Armour was then painted using my own technique to gain the realistic effect I wanted. Next I chose the appropriate Coat of Arms from the Webpage above and began painting the clothing.
I wanted to try something different for the horses and got some of my inspiration from a book by Danilo Cartacci. The White Dappled Horse and the Pinto / Bay Horse was the result. The Black Horse was actually painted using the new Black Paint Set from Andrea Miniatures and I was rather pleased with the result and very impressed with the paint. The Bay Brown and the Chestnut Horses were painted using a number of multiple layers of Foundry paints. My home made "Wet-Palette" was essential during the hot weather we are having at the moment and I could not paint without it anymore.
I chose complementary colours for each of the horses Leather Tack, Saddles and Blankets. The customer requested a realistic muddy field for the base.
The figures were completed with a coat of matt varnish.
Here is the finished Group:
I have added the second lot onto EBAY. Lots of individual LOTR Figures, a couple Limited Edition Warhammer Fantasy and a few large scale historical specials (Andrea, Elite, Pegaso), still in their original packaging. I will try to add more now on the next few weekends.
On the painting side, I am in the process of finishing six mounted Men-at-Arms of the Hundred Year War from Perry Miniatures. Just the Horses to do and will be concentrating on the bases after. I will keep you posted about the progress and hopefully will be able to show some pictures by next week.
I have finally decided to make room and sell some items of my unpainted collection. I started listing mostly Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, GW Lord of the Ring and some Metal Modeles 54mm figures for now but will add more in the next few days, i.e. Foundry, Redoubt Enterprise, Pegaso 54mm, Andrea 90mm, Verlinden 120mm, Elite 75mm and more GW stuff. Some older and also rare figures among them.
I hope there will be something for everyone.
Well, at long last I have now been able to do some painting. It was months since my last brushstrokes. To get back to the swing of things, I have finished the remaining three ACW Command figures from Perry Miniatures.
I quite enjoyed them but the faces were again a particular challenge. I found the detail, especially in that area, in my opinion, a little bit "fuzzy".
Also, I actually started with the eyes for the very first time after applying the base colour. Made it bit easier for me to get the "look" right. Not quite perfect yet but getting there, I think.
Here is also a picture of the whole Command Group:
I have now uploaded all my files again and took some time to re-construct my website. I am by no means an expert but wanted to keep my design very simple which makes it quicker to update. As you were probably aware, my server security was breached and malicious codes have been implanted on 46 pages of my site, as it seems I was not the only site to have been attacked. The guys from my Webhosting Service helped me no end and their server security was increased as a result. Google's Webmaster tool helped also a lot and with their help, I made sure my website was cleared! My page has got a "green tick" again on Google's Search Engine.
I deleted all my pages and started all over again. My site should be clean by now. Thank you all for your patience and I like to apologise to all if your visit to my page has resulted in an Virus attack on your PC.
If any of my visitors experience any broken links or other inconsistencies, please contact me by dropping me a line or so via EMAIL, so I can sort it out as soon as possible.
About my painting:
I am working on some bigger commissions at the moment, which include 12 Napoleonic Lancers of the Vistula Legion, 6 mounted Knights of the Hundred Year War and 4 Guns and 26 Crew Members & Officers of the Napoleonic British Horse Artillery. I will keep you informed about the progress of these.
I am also painting the remaining three Miniatures of my Confederate Command from Perry Miniatures, just for my own pleasure during some spare time.
I am in the process of re-designing my whole webpage. I was meaning to this for some time now and have finally got round to doing it this weekend. I will ask all my visitors to be patient and I will let you know as soon as all links are working again! Sorry for the inconvenience!
My first entry for the new year and things are finally moving...well me and my wife that is but first things first, as I also have some hobby news.
Just before Christmas I was able to finish my first Victrix figure. I received the metal figures as a special gift from Julian from Victrix. I added the pictures of the British Napoleonic Pioneer to my website.
I also had a lovely Christmas and I really enjoyed the few days off during the Bank Holidays. I received loads of wonderful gifts. Most of them, of course, hobby related. I got some sets of the new Foundry Napoleonic colours, a box of the Victrix Plastic Waterloo British Infantry Centre Company (which are really great), one box of the Plastic French Napoleonic Line Infantry from Perry Miniatures, also a few boxes of their Agincourt range, a 75 mm metal figure from Pegaso Models depicting a mounted 15th Century "Roaming Knight", which is an absolute beautiful sculpt and some more hobby related books. I surely have been spoiled.
Unfortunately my painting time has not improved and will has to stop completely for the time being, as we are now moving on the 14. February into our new place. I had to pack already most of my painting material away. Me and my wife still have to work right up to the moving date and therefore need to do as much as we can now.
My apologies to everyone in advance if I should not get back to you immediately via email. I will try to stay online as long as I can before finally packing the computer away and setting it up again in our new place. I hope the transition will be smooth and I am confident that the German Telecom will be able to install our new telephone line and the Broadband connection right in time.
I also would like to thank everyone for their patience in view of outstanding work on commissions and like to apologise for some long delays. I hope to resume my work on these as soon as my new hobby room is again fully furnished (which is, by the way, bigger than the last one, yipee).