(last updated on 17.04.17)
All Miniatures displayed on this Web Page are painted by myself.
Some examples of my latest work:
More to come soon!
This is my first large scale Miniature in 16 years after concentrating on so many 28mm figures during that time. I must admit that I had to adjust my painting techniques quite a bit as I did not needed to over exaggerate shadows and highlights as I would normally do for the smaller scales. I really enjoyed it and there are two more figures from the same Manufacturer on my table too that will be tackled soon.
The figure is a 75mm Miniature from Alexandros Models and was painted mainly in Acrylics. I used paints from various Ranges, i.e. Andrea, Reaper MP Triads, GW / Citadel, Foundry and Coat d' Arms Triads.
I decided to hold back on the weathering as I could not get me to dust or dirty him more. I also depicted a dryer, dustier patch of earth he is standing on which meant I only lightly dusted the shoes of him. I know it was a little bit wetter at Waterloo but I just did not wanted to start muddying and darken everything.
I added quite a varied selection of pictures this month to my website, which range from the AWI to WWII. It was rather nice to tackle so many different historical eras in that time and kept me motivated throughout.
US Army WWII Armour:
These are part of a "Battle of the Bulge" group I am working on, which includes the Germans I painted a few weeks ago and also the 168th Combat Engineer Company from Warlord Games, plus additional US Troops, Tanks and Guns.
These are the first American Tanks I have ever built and painted. All three are Warlord's Plastic Kits and were easy & straight forward to put together. I used Tamiyas XF-58 as a base colour. I struggled a bit at the beginning, to decide whether to apply white winter camouflage or to leave them with their original Green look, as I have never really seen or registered winter camouflage on WWII US Tanks.
Only when I undertook some more specific research, I came across some great examples of US Armour in Winter Camo. I have to do Five AFV's in total, so I decided to apply different winter looks on them. I used AK Heavy Chipping Fluid and normal White Paint for the M3 and the M10, whereas I used the Chipping Fluid and the new AK Washable White for the M4 Sherman. I quite like how all three turned out but I am really not sure which one I prefer. I used MIG and AK Filters to define the details. Very thinned down Burnt Umber Oil Paint was used for the streaking effect. I also added different stowage to the M10 and the M3 to give them more of an "on the Campaign" look.
The Crew of the M10 were a bit of a challenge to paint due to their rather flat details, so I used a more slightly exaggerated contrast with them. The Driver of the M3 was a real pain to fit into the Halftrack after I painted him. He is sitting a little high and appears to look over the top of the M3 but I just could not get him any lower.
I have a another Halftrack to build and might change my approach with it a little bit.
US Army HQ and MMG:
Believe it or not but these are my very first WWII US troops I have ever painted. For whatever reason I have never got further than the ACW ,lol. I enjoyed them though as they are a little bit more colourful than most of the Germans I painted before.
The sculpting is also very different compared to the German ones. It is in parts rather flat and lacks the crisp details or folds in comparison to the Grenadiers I painted. Also the Faces or heads are a lot smaller and can also lack some details which can make it really difficult to paint.
I struggled a little bit with them at the beginning but got into the swing of things rather quickly once I got used to them. After painting for so many years, it does not always matter if sculpted details are showing you certain folds or creases on clothing, as your experience is taking over and lets you apply shading and highlights correctly, to increase the 3 Dimensional look of the figures. I really like the dynamic and poses of most of the figures though. I will look forward to start with the US Winter Infantry and Veteran Squads next.
I used Coat d'arms "Olive Green" Triad for the Uniform. For the Coats I used their "Horse Tone Brown" Triad. The light Brown trousers were painted with Foundry's "Rich Butternut" Triad with additional shading. The Webbing Gear was painted using Foundry's "Rawhide"
German Panzer Crew Dismounted:
This is a great looking Group. I love the dynamic sculpt of these and you can feel the desperation of the Crew, while fighting their way to safety after bailing out of their damaged or destroyed tank. These were pretty straight forward during painting and I used the same paint combination for the white and grey of the Uniform as I did for the Germans I painted last month. I only decided to paint a Splinter Camouflage onto the Crew Member, helping his Comrade to give it a bit of a variation. I really like the way it turned out.
Command of the 2nd Hussars:
These are the first three figures for a Unit of twelve. I will work on three figures at a time, as it will keep repetition to a minimum and I will see some results a little bit quicker. I also can get going on other Commissions, as I do work on multiple ones at the same time. The figures are the metal codes from Perry Miniatures. I have not painted Perry Miniatures in a while and was reminded straight away why I do not always enjoy painting them. The casting issue is really grinding on me and I do miss sometimes the lack of sharp and crips details I find with other manufacturers. I still love the realistic proportions and poses of them but most of the time I have to guess when painting some of the finer details of the figures.
I used Foundry's Tomb Blue for the Light Blue of the Hussars and Reapers "Ruddy Leather" Triad for the Brown Trousers and Jackets but with additional shading and used the third highlight only along the edges of the seams. I have decided to paint the Officers Horse Black to differentiate him a bit inside the Unit. His silver embellishment and laces were all painted with Andrea's Silver NMM set technique, as I do not really think that real metallics work on these Uniform parts. I quite like how it has turned out ;-) The trumpeter was placed on a speckled grey horse. I reversed the Uniform colours according to the references I found online. I love the way the blue really stands out on his jacket. The NCO is riding a little darker version of a Chestnut Horse, for which I used Coat d'arms "Hairy Brown" Triad.
AWI Continental Infantry Command
I have not painted a AWI themed figure in a while but I really enjoyed them. The Foundry sculpts are great and evenso they are a bit aged now, I still love them. Very clean detailing on them, which makes painting them a pleasure.
I used Foundry's "French Blue" for the Continental Uniforms and "Buff Leather" for the brown trousers. The red of the Drummer was painted using GW "Doombull Brown" as a base, followed by "Evil Sunz Scarlet" and "Troll Slayer Orange" successively. The sashes were painted using Foundry's "Wine Stain Red" but I used the third shade only very sparingly. The Flag is from GMB.
I have added the second Group of Frostgrave Barbarians onto my website. Some nice and also dynamic sculpts on these figures but the casting again was not as good as I expected. I tried to keep to a more muted and earthy palette. I also decided to give the War Hound some glowing red eyes to make him look more verocious or dangerous. I must admit that painting the Female Tracker face was a bit of a challenge as it ended up looking too manly first as it is really only the second female figure I ever painted. I ended up using a lot lighter base and used a few more layers to smoothen the transition on the skin.
After painting these nearly a year ago, the Perry Twins only recently released their Danish Landwehr Troops. I am now able to show you some more detailed pictures of the figures I painted for them. Apart from the usual casting issues, they were a pleasure to paint. Very colourful troops and the darker red was a nice change to the more muted one I use for my British or the Blue for the French.
I have finally some updates I am able to show.
I have finished the second part of the German Heer Winter Army. I cannot believe that after nearly 30 years I built my first plastic Tank again, in 28mm though but it was a nice trip down memory lane. The customer liked the look of all the figures so much that he wants me to expand on this Army with more Tanks & Armoured Vehicles and more Troops. That will keep me busy and out of trouble for a while ;-)
I also painted some Frostgrave Characters and Barbarians from North Star Military Figures. A nice change after all the historical figures from the months before. I like the sculpts but the casting is not as clean as I would have expected. There are a few more Characters to follow.
It is time to show you my latest Commissions. It is a bit of a varied collection this months.
The first ones are the initial Group of a German Heer Winter Army. The figures are from the Warlord Bolt Action Range. There is another Grenadier Squad, a HQ, a Mortar Team and a Panzer IV to follow. I really enjoyed my further dip into WWII after painting some figures a few months ago and look forward to finish the next lot. I also have been sent a Band of Brothers Box Set from the same customer to tackle as soon as time permits.
I also completed a second Version of the Roman General Maximus Miniature from Warlord Games. This is the later metal Version of the resing one I painted a few years ago. I must say that the detail on the resin one was a lot sharper but it is still one of my favourite character figures from the Warlords Ancient Roman Range. All metal Parts of the Armour were painted in the NMM technique using the Gold and Steel Paint Sets from Scale75, which are really brilliant. I quite like the way it turned out.
I decided to show you some WIP pictures of a Figure, which is part of another large Scale Miniature Commission I am tackling in the moment. These are the first bigger scale figures I painted in over 15 years. The first one is suppose to represent a Sergeant of the 79th Cameron Highlander during the Napleonic Wars in 75mm from Alexandros Models. A beautiful figure but I really have to adjust my painting techniques a little bit after painting so many smaller scale models over the years. There are some parts I would have prefered to have left of for the sake of access while painting but due the gluing and filling of gaps, I decided to assemble as much as possible of the figure. I did however cut and pinned the Spontoon as it would have been near impossible to paint with that pike sticking out. I will glue it back once the figure is mainly finished.
This is a very high quality sculpt and cast which is making painting it a lot easier but surprisingly not quicker, lol. Due to the size of the miniature every detail is so much more magnified that I need to apply a lot more care, using various smoother layers of highlights & shading but also washes and glazes.
I just added pictures of my first ever attempt painting some Victorian era Miniatures. I was given some Sets from Empress Miniatures depicting 1879 Anglo-Zulu War British. These were sculpted by the ever so talented Paul Hicks. Compared to the Front Rank Figures I painted in the last few months, they are really slight and a lot more realistic in regards to poses and facial expressions. I just loved painting them. In particular the "Heroes of Rorke's Drift" Group, which are loosely based on the main Characters of the Movie "Zulu", these were my favourites.
I wanted to create a small Group of stubbon looking Defenders of Rorke's Drift and these figures represent that perfectly, in my opinion.
I used for most parts the Foundry's Triads for the Uniform and painted the Tunics with "British Red Coat" but used additionally GW "Doombull Brown" as a base. The Red Triad is quite thin and transparent, the Base colour also provides me with an extra shading. I used GW "Blazing Orange" as a final Highlight along the edges and most prominent creases.
For the Trousers I used "French Blue", again using Black as an additional shade and "Tomb Blue A" mixed into the "C" colour as a further highlight.
For all the crossbelts and shoulder straps, I used "Canvas". The white Pith Helmets were painted with Reapers "Bone Triad", with an additional shading by mixing Vallejo "Burned Umber" into the "A" colour. The covered Helmets were painted with Foundrys "Buff Leather". For the shirts, I used Reapers "Midnight Blue" Triad.
I was finally able to upload some pictures of my latest Command Bases. These are supposed to depict Characters and Men of the High Command and other Officers of the Napoleonic Polish Army. They have been with me a while and were finished as part of the Commission as the French ones. I quite like the various colour combinations of the Polish Uniforms, as they are just a little bit different compared to the French ones.
Polish Command Base One:
The figures were based on a 80mm diameter MDF Base. The figures are supposed to represent Prince Josef Poniatowski, his ADC and General Dabrowski. I added a injured Fusilier of the Vistula Legion to give the impression of being on a Battlefield. I used Foundry's Wine Stain Red for the "Pink-ish" Trouser but started with a 1:1:2 mix of GW Rhinos Hide, Black and Shade A and stopped the highlighting after using only shade B, leaving C completely out. For the Blue Uniform I used Foundry's French Blue with additional shading by adding Black to A and also Foundry's Tomb Blue Shade C to the French Blue C colour.
Polish Command Base Two:
The General of Brigade is here accompanied by an ADC on foot, holding his Horse on a 80mm MDF Base. I actually used a French Grenadier Officer with Bicorne, pointing and painted him in colours to represent a Polish ADC. I also converted him slightly to make it look like he is holding the reigns of the Horse. I further added a Broken Austrian Gun and a Grenadier Casualty Figure to the Base.
Polish Command Base Three:
I based the next Groups on round 60mm MDF Bases. The base is showing a General of Division with a Grenadier Officer and a fallen Horse.
Polish Command Base Four:
This Base is depicting a Infantry General with an ADC on Horseback, accompanied by an Officer of the Vistula Legion on Foot.
Polish Command Base Five:
Here we have a Chief of Staff of a Legion, with his Aide de Camp and a Voltigeur of the Vistula Legion.
I have added pictures of my latest commission onto my website.
Calpe Foot Artillery loading Howitzer and Base with some Artillery Extras :
These were created to compliment the other Artillery Group I painted a few months ago. I made sure the base and colours I used reflected that. The customer also asked for a "Base Filler" to widen the frontage of the two Artillery bases, so we used a few extra Prussian Artillery Officers and NCO's to interact with the Guns if placed on either side. I really like Calpe Miniatures and they keep growing on me. The Casting and sculpts are so clean & crisp that painting these figures is so much easier compared to many other manufacturers.
Front Rank British Command Bases:
I was also asked to create two British Napoleonic Command Bases using Figures from Front Rank. The first was supposed to depict Lord Uxbridge with an ADC and Scot's Grey Trumpeter, the other should show the Duke of Wellington with some supporting Staff Officers and a Trooper from the Household Cavalry acting as a Messenger moving among the troops, passing some Guards and a wounded Soldier who is waving enthusiastically to his Commander.
I have finished the second batch of French Command Bases as a Commission which are part of the ones I did a month ago. I quite like Front Rank. They are a bit chunkier than some other manufacturers and on some of the casts you can really tell their age now but all of them were a real pleasure to paint.
For my next commission I will be tackling some Calpe Prussian Artillery and some British Front Rank Command Bases.
In the last few days I painted some Miniatures and Eras I have not done before, which was a nice change though.
Spartan Warrior (Unknown Manufacturer)
The first miniature is a ancient Spartan Warrior in 40mm. I am not so sure about the manufacturer as the Name on the bottom of the base was barely legible. I could only make out E...Casting (?) It is a nice sculpt and was so much easier to paint then the usual 28mm miniatures. I might go back and tackle some larger scale models in the near future.
I used Andrea's Red Paint set for the Cloak as it is a nice deep and little darker red as the one I wanted to use for the short Tunic or rather "Chiton" for which I used Reaper's Blood Red Triad with additional Highlighting using Reaper's Fire Red Triad.
I also wanted to try to recreate a different skin colour for the Spartan and used Foundry's Mediterranean Flesh Triad to give the figure a more tanned or olive looking complexion. I used GW Bestial Brown & Dark Flesh to deepen the shadows a little.
For the Cuirass, Helmet and other metal parts, I started with Basecolour of GW Balthasar Gold, followed by GW Gehennas Gold. As I found the result still a bit too dark I also used Foundry's Burning Gold B to drybrush all parts lightly and carefully. I added a final highlight with Andrea's Base Gold from the Gold Paint set as it is just slightly lighter than the Burning Gold one which provides a great transitition on the metal parts.
The next miniatures in that particular commission were some Native American Miniatures from various manufacturers. Believe it or not but I actually have not painted any American Indian's before but I really enjoyed it.
Foundry Native American Warriors:
I know the "Voice like Thunder" Warrior is defenitely a Foundry figure but the other one I am not sure about. It is slightly taller and has no metal base as such. They were both very clean sculpts and only a little amount of cleaning was required here.
I used Foundry's Native American Flesh Triad on these for the first time but also used GW Bestial Brown for some additional shading. To increase the highlights only a little bit more I mixed Foundry's Expert Flesh Shade C into the other C colour. I had to be careful to not overdo it as it could quite easily have become to pale but I really like how it turned out.
The War Bonnets were another challenge as I decided to handpaint every single Feather using Foundry's Arctic Grey Shading. They took me ages to complete. The end result is rather nice looking though ;-)
Thunderbolt's East Coast Woodland Indians:
These are some of the best sculpted "mini" Miniatures I have ever seen and I mean "mini" as they are so tiny and slender that I was pleased that I started recently using glasses for my painting. They are really fiddly to put together thoug and I decided therefore to pin all hands and paint them separately before attaching them to the figures to avoid any damages during the painting process.
I used the same Flesh recipe as above on these two warriors.
For the Red Warpaint I started with a base of Reapers "Gory Red", followed by "Fresh Blood" but used drops of GW Cadian Fleshtone to highlight the red now further to give it a more "skinny" appearance. I also added a tiny drop of GW Dwarf Flesh to the mix as a final highlight.
I done the same with the Black Warpaint on the other Warrior and also used only Flesh colours to highlight the paint.
The blue shirt was painted using Reaper's Midnight Blue Triad. The knee-high deer skin boots were painted using Foundry's Buff Leather Triad.
I just added some pictures of my new creation onto my website. It is an older Mark Coppleston Sculpt, which is suppose to represent Lieutenant-General Stapleton Cotton. I rather like the Miniature and the sculpt is nice and crips too.
I used the "sponge" technique to represent a "flea bitten" grey on the Horse. I started with a basecoat of light grey by mixing White with a little bit of MSP Shadowed Stone & Weathered Stone. With the sponge I added a darker shade using a mix of Black, Shadowed Stone and White. I added now the lighter specks by mixing more white to the Base Colour. I used a mix of pure White and Vallejo Retarder Medium in a Ratio of 4:1 to apply more highlights.
The Blue Uniform was painted using Foundry's French Blue Triad. I used Reaper's MSP Blood Red Triad for the red parts. The Brown Fur parts were painted using Coat d'arms Brown Leather Triad.
It has been a while since my last posting but due to the unusual dry and sunny weather here in Wales, my wife and I were able take advantage of the great weather and decided to tidy our garden a bit after the unforgiven weather conditions we had during the last few Winter Months and prepare it a bit for a hopefully nice summer.
Nevertheless, I was able to finish a Command Base with some French Figures from Calpe Miniatures. These figures are becoming slowly some of my favourites. The sculpts are very crisp and the casting is just brilliant which only needs very minimal cleaning. The figures represent 3 Officers of a French Regimental Command (a Colonel, a Major and an Adjutant NCO) and a Fusilier on guard.
I decided to base the figures individually but still wanted them to be grouped together to create a little Vignette which still can be used as a Command Base. Warbases helped to create a lovely unique Movement tray for me according to my design. The Base is 100mm in Diameter with two rectangular slots measuring 50x25mm and two circular Penny size slots.
I am also working on a big commission on various Front Rank Command Bases and finished the first batch of some French ones. I will concentrate in the next week on some more before moving onto Command Bases for a Polish Napoleonic Army. The Groups are placed on either 80mm (for three Miniatures) or 60mm (for two Miniatures) MDF bases, which the majority of figures will be on.
In addition we remembered this time to take various pictures during my painting sessions and my wife kept taking pictures of my Desk and the figures on it during the different stages of their completion. I hope you like them:
I was lucky enought to receive some of Warlords "Early Access" German Special Weapon Teams and fancied painting some more WWII figures after finishing the HQ Group a Week or so ago. The Set consists of a Sniper Team, a Flamethrower Team and a "Panzerschreck" Team and only 150 were available for a limited time until the General Release later in the Year. The sculpts are just beautiful, especially the Coats and the Teams in Gneral were a pleasure to paint. I painted them with the same colour combination as the ones used on my HQ Group but this time I used Reaper's "Camouflage Green" Triad for the Coats as I wanted a slighter darker finish.
After many years of abstinence from some WWII related subjects, I rather fancied painting some of Warlord's German Heer Figures in Wintergear. They were a nice change to the Napoleonic's I usually paint and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I painted the Anoraks again in my trusted and now well proven Foundry "Arctic Grey" 'Triad with additional deeper shading. The Officers Coat and the other Field Grey Uniform parts were painted with Reaper's "Olive Green" Triad, whereas the fur linig of the Officer was painted with Foundry's "Buff Leather" with a light was of GW Agrax Earthshake.
The Helmets, Caps and the Officers Tunic were painted with Coat d'Arms "Dark Grey" Triad. For the Bread Bag, Binoculars and various Magazine Pouches I used Coat d'Arms "Stone" Triad with additional shading using GW Agrax Earthshake by adding it to the "Mid Stone" colour.
For the Bases I used some "Golden Grass" Tufts from 'MiniNatur' to represent the Winter Vegetation and drybrushed the normal Grass Flock with GW "Desert Yellow" to dull down the green a bit. For the Snow I used a Mix of PVA Glue, AP Battlefields Snow and Andrea Artificial Snow Powder in a overall Ratio of 3:2:1. I applied the mix with a small brush in a couple of layers but also sprinkled some dry AP Snow on top of the mix to represent fresher Snow.
I just added pictures of my latest finished commission onto my website. I painted the Prussian High Command at Waterloo from Perry Miniatures. I rather like how they turned out.They will be on their way to Italy soon but I wanted to make sure I took plenty of pictures before sending them off.
Field-Marshal von Blücher
The Prussian Soldiers were not as colourful as their French counterparts and I was concerned that with all the grey's involved it would make the Figures look a bit bland but Blücher's heavily folded Grey Coat with its red lining is a real eye catcher. I really like how it turned out.
His Coat was painted using Reaper's "Stone Grey" Triad whereas the Trousers of all the Prussian Officers were painted using the "Neutral Grey" Triad also from Reaper. The Lining was painted using two Triads from Reaper which work very well in sequence: "Blood Red" and "Fire Red". Using these six paints will make mixing intermediate shades unnecessary as they can be used straight out of the Bottle. The Überrock and the Cap was painted using Foundry's "Prussian Blue" but I applied additional Highlights and Shading as I did for the Calpe ones below.
I used Foundry's "Arctic Grey" Triad for his Horse and Coat d'Arms "Dark Grey" Triad on the darker parts of the legs.
Lt-Gen. von Gneisenau
His Coat was painted using Foundry's "Granit". For the silver Sash I used for the first time Reapers "Shadowed Steal" Triad. I quite like how it turned out. I used Coat d'Arms "Leather Brown" for his Horse. the Blue collar was painted using Foundry's "Tomb Blue" Triad.
Maj-Gen. von Pirch
Pirch's Uniform was painted using the same combinations as above. I used GW Dark Flesh, Blood Red and Blazing Orange for the Red of his Collar and on the band around his cap. The Horse was painted using the Foundry's "Bay Brown" Triad but I added further highlights with "Chestnut" B.
The figures were all mounted on 2mm thick 25mm x 50mm MDF bases using sand, various grass tufts and a dusting of MIG pigments "Dark Mud".
I finished some Perry Miniatures again. They supposed to depict a Regimental Line Infantry Command during the Battle of Waterloo 1815. I decided to paint the Greatcoats in a variety of colours to give them more individuality. The majority of paints I used were from Foundry.
I used Foundry's French Blue for his Coat & Uniform. The shako cover was painted using Coat d'Arms Black Triad with Foundry's "Charcoal Black" as final highlight. The Flag is from GMB.
Eagle Guard 1:
I painted his Greatcoat with "Rawhide". I used GW Dark Flesh, Blood Red and Blazing Orange for the red parts, i.e. Epaulettes, Plume and Fanion.
Eagle Guard 2:
His Coat was painted using "Rich Butternut" but added deeper shadow with a mix of GW Rhinox Hide and Black.
I used Reaper's Neutral Grey Triad for the Officer's Greatcoat. The painted the shako with "Buff Leather" but again used additional shading with Brown / Black mix. I also highlighted it additionally with "Canvas C".
The coat was painted with "Drab Butternut" but I also used additional shading to intensify the rather flat transition of the three colours in that particular triad. His shako was painted with Reaper's "Bone Colour" Triad but added Vallejo "Burnt Umber" for deepening the Shadow.
I painted his Greatcoat with the French Blue Triad from Foundry. I decided to paint his Apron with Reaper's "Bone Colour" but added a little of Vallejo "Burnt Umber & Green Ochre" to keep the mix a little more on the warm brownish side. I also wanted to make sure there was a clear distinction between the "Arctic Grey" Trousers and the "Canvas" Belts I used.
Around 18 years ago I painted my one and only Unit of Flat tin soldiers and found them last week more by accident, nicely wrapped, in a box in the back of my Wardrobe which I had completely forgotten. During that time I used mostly Enamel Humbrol and Revell paints. They represent SYW Prussian Musketeers, 30mm tall. The manufacturer is Günther Scholz Studio in Berlin. I am quite impressed how well they survived the test of time and the painting is also quite acceptable albeit basic. I might add them to Ebay later this week.
This month I decided to tackle a few Miniatures that I have not used before. I painted some Calpe and Murawski Miniatures for the first time, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Calpe Artillery figures are destined for Ebay and the Murawski Officers were a commission.
Calpe Foot Artillery aiming Gun:
I had these figures for years lying in my cupboard, forgotten until I came across them again while looking through my lead pile. They were such a pleasure to paint. The Calpe sculpts are making it so easy to paint. I have a Unit of charging Landwehr Infantry here with me, which I will definitely tackle in the near future.
I used mostly Foundry paints for the figures. For the Uniform I used Foundry's Prussian Blue. I have not used that particular triad before but the transitions between the three shades were only minimal, so I added Black to Prussian Blue A, for additional shading and highlighted C with Foundry's Expert Flesh D, to increase its intensity. Slate Grey was used for the Trousers. The Gaiters were painted using Granite Grey. For the Black Leather items, i.e. Shako Covers, Shoes, Crossbelts and Pouches I used Coat d'Arms Black Triad but with a further highlight with Foundry's Charcoal Black C.
Calpe Mounted Artillery Officers:
Pretty much straight forward paint job but it took me a while to get some decent Uniform information about the "Überrock" (Sack Coat) and the right colour of the Officers Uniforms of the different Branches. They were also a "chunkier" sculpt typical for Calpe but that made painting them so easy. The cleaning up process was minimal as the casting quality is outstanding.
These figures were sculpted by the evertalented Paul Hicks. Nice clean sculpts and casting. They depict a Polish General and its ADC. The Basing will be completed by the Customer. Apart from the Red (Reaper's Blood Triad) the miniatures were mostly painted with Foundry again.
I used French Blue for the Uniform. I added black to the shade and Tomb Blue to C as an additional Highlight. I painted the Trousers with Wine Stain Red but added GW Rhinox Brown and Black to A as the Base colour. His Horse was painted using the Andrea's Black Paint set. I used Madder Red for the horse's tack.
I was not so sure about the colour of the Uniform before I started but I have found a reference and inspiration for the Chasseur Officer ADC in the "The French Imperial Guard Cavalry 1804-1815" Book by Andre Jouineau, so I took the liberty to base him on one of the illustrations shown in the this book. His coat was painted using Foundry's French Dragoon Green.
WOW, I can not believe it has been two months already with very little or no updates. We took some time out over Christmas and New Year, which we really enjoyed and just when I was ready and raring to go full steam ahead with my painting a flu bug caught up with me. I have not been ill for some years now but, oh my, that one really pulled the rug from underneath my feet. I was flat out for two weeks and it took me another week or so to feel one hundred percent again. Well, we all not getting any younger, lol.
Anyway, I was finally able to finish a commission for the Perry Miniatures which was released at the beginning of February, therefore I am now able to share some more pictures of the Napoleonic Danish / Norwegian figures with you. I painted one pack of the Musketeers for them but my Version depicts them as members of the Landwehr / Militia with black cross belts and green plumes. I also tackled a pack of the Norwegian and Danish Grenadiers.
I really enjoyed painting a different Napoleonic Nation for a change as the red on these figures were suppose to be a bit darker than the "Red Brick" of the British Uniforms. Only a little challenge as I used the first four shades of the Andrea Red Paint set but also added additional highlights with the last two colours of the Reaper's Blood Red Triad.
There is still one Group missing though which has not been released and I have to wait to share these with you.
My wife also loves to take secretely some WIP and Desk pictures when I am not around, lol. She took some of my Desk and the painting accessories while I was working through the Perry figures.
I also added some more pictures of figures I am working on at the moment. These are a nice ellective collection of a few different manufacturers and also Eras but that also offers me some Variety. I hope you like them so far.
may the lovely spirit of Christmas bring you lots of peace, joy and happiness. I wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
On to some hobby related news:
I am at the moment working my way through some bigger Commissions. One in particular is for Perry Miniatures themselves but I cannot share much about it yet apart from that it is Napoleonic.
I am now able to show you the Miniatures I painted for the Italian Wars contribution in the Wargames, Soldier and Strategie Magazine, Issue Number 81, which also included a "How to...." Article.
I quite enjoyed painting them as it offered a nice change from the usual Napoleonic figures which I am mainly painting these days. I have not painted any plated Armour on figure in a long time and it was nice to reacquaint myself again with the techniques for shading & highlighting bigger metal areas.
"So many Figures, so little time...."
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