Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

French Line Lancer - a change of scale

It's been a productive Easter break - mainly with the weather being bad I have been able to focus on clearing off the table with a number of items coming to completion.

I showed you the 18mm AB trumpeters last time , well they have now be joined by their mates. I have been really impressed with the quality of the casting - really makes the painters job easier.

Basically exactly the same colour mix for the greens as the Chasseurs - Vallejo Military Green , and Flat Green. The horses were done in oils bar the trumpeter and the officers. I undercoated the bays in Humbrol 62 Leather and painted on the furniture in black Vallejo - I highlighted some of the flanks with a little Dark Flesh or Ochre , just to give a little variation as well. After 24 hours they were given an oil rub using Burnt Umber , Burnt Sienna , and mixing some black in on some. I did use my more expensive better quality oils for this as the pigment is finer and given the actual size of the figure it was needed to give a fine finish.






For the basing I used Minatur moss tufts due to size required - these were fairly dark so i gave them a light drybrush of a yellow ochre just to lighten them slightly while they were still attached to sticky sheet.

Time for a bit of something not green based i think.

21 comments:

  1. Exceptional !! These are just beautiful Dave. Really like the colour combo of the 5th, the sky blue looks great with the green.

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    1. yeah I was impressed with that one too It is Vallejo Andrea blue , and highlight mix of sky blue

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  2. Lovely figures and great painting :)


    *must**resist**temptation**to**do**Napoleonics*

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    1. don;t go there - you will be lost in lead for years

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  3. Lovely stuff. They could pass as 28mms, which is always a sign of well painted miniatures.

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    1. Thanks - good base castings do help

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  4. These are nicely done. I like what you guys do with the oil, you get such subtle variations in color on the coats of the horses. I think my favorite in this one is the gray in the lead.

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    1. Anne, the oil technique is incredibly easy to do, and achieves a great result. Also if you then feel like doing extra you can work the oil in a more traditional method and it works too.

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  5. Ranks are nice n' tight as they should be. Certainly not as characterful in the hand as the old 25'ers but certainly an excellent view.

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    1. oh yes . massed ranks - the whole look of napoleonics , thats why i love it

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  6. They turned out lovely Dave,
    If mine turn out half as good as yours I will be very pleased with them!!!

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    1. thanks ,sure yours will be excellent as always

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  7. Great looking mass of lancers! Those are wonderful figures and you've painted them superbly. Dean

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  8. My word you have been busy! What a fantastic result, great work sir!

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    1. Amazing what no day job and wet bank holiday weekend can achieve eh!

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  9. Wow! Simply WOW Dave, the faces look absolutely brilliant and the colour combo's are fantastic.

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Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
10mm ACW

On the PREPATION table.
10mm Mamelukes

In the PLANNING
Death in the Dark continent stuff