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, 9 May 2012

Zulu Wars. British Artillery

It has been a productive weekend , with just varnishing and last touches to bases meaning a number of items are now finished!. I was suitably inspired after doing the Rorkes Drift characters that having found this set I got earlier in the year I decided to complete it. The gun model is a finely detailed piece of equipment - and a total pain to assemble! But once done it painted up nicely. I have gone for a double basing option with the gunners individually based , but  done so they can be put onto a a textured base which has wheel ruts etc for the gun, It gives different options. All figures etc by Empress Miniatures. The blues for the gunners is the ever reliable Andrea Color blue set..

7lb gun & crew



 



9lb gun & crew with base




 

 Or the option without the main base



 So it is back to cowboys and buildings next

31 comments:

  1. Nicely done Dave; a great bit of kit that. I had a go at the 7lb variant some time ago; lovely looking but very fiddly.

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    1. Cheers - yours IS very nice... and was an inspiration for this one as well

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  2. Superb! The hexagonal base is very effective as well...

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    1. Thanks - it is an octagon tho - for aesthetic reason , makes supporting units easier to butt up to it i think..

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  3. Very nice. Love the hex base.

    Cheers

    PD

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    1. aah its an octagon!! try drawing it out - it means infantry butt up against it 90 degress to make the gun form the angle of a square - and it still looks neat! - i will get a picture up when i get some infantry painted

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  4. Wonderful painting work. The blue of the uniforms is very nice.

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    1. thanks Juan - that good old Andrea set again - it really does take a lot of graft out of it

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  5. Fantastic grouping and photography. Well done! Dean

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    1. cheers - yes i think the photo is one of my best!

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  6. Awesome display and practical tabletop unit at the same time!

    BRAVO!

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  7. That is lovely painted. Well Done

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    1. thanks - they were fun to do too - that helps

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  8. These are nice and the canon is spectacular. Great that you can take them off the main base as well,

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    1. Thanks - It was a bit of an experimental basing arrangment - which i was pleased seemed to work

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  9. Really like the contrast between the dusty dull look of the gun and the colour of the men, really adds that bit more to the model

    Ian

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    1. cheers - it is a nice uniform to work with

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  10. Absolutely lovely work on this Dave.Well done.

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  11. Fantastic set. I like how the crew blends into the base. And yes, the Andrea colors really are fantastic.

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    1. cheers, yes i was pleased with the end result too

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  12. Wow, I thought there was some subtle dry brushing going on there Dave, but no! Just those lovely Andrea colours you advocate using.
    Great model......want one!

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    1. No mate, just good old fashioned painters skill! you know the way! bish bosh... does not take me long to do a 5 minute job, they will be alright when they are finished etc!

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  13. Very nice work, love the positions!

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  14. Superb painting and another great backdrop that really sets the scene.

    I was going to post my Zulu War British artillery on my blog tonight but I might have to hold off on this for a while, having seen yours.

    I was watching ebay with the Zulu War stuff you put on this week, congrats with the price you got for them, well deserved.

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    1. Thanks Pat, yes i am going to be looking for backdrops - the wonder of Google!

      Yes it's been a good week! just ordered up the replacements!

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  15. Fantastic. Great backdrop, lovely painting Dave and I love that octagonal base and the reasoning behind it!

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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