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.

Thursday 28 April 2011

Big Uns.

To make a change , some work in progress on some 120mm figures.

French Cuirassier by "Poste Militaire". Garde d'Honneur by "Poste Militaire" .What possessed me to buy an "Almond Sculptures" Black Watch highlander  in this scale - oh boy the tartan is gonna be a test - anyone make tartan paint yet?  Inpsiration for doing these came from looking at the modelmaking of Bill Horan and Shep Paine both outstanding masters of the art.

The cuirassier was finished 10 years back (and I won a couple of painting prizes with it), but was damaged in a house move and has been locked in the "stuff to do" drawer, so needs a little clean and touch up to some paint and repair work to his sword and belt at the back. The other two are fresh projects. They will be  completely painted in oils which gives you time to work on large areas and shade and highlight easily with plenty of time to work with the medium. Although to be correct the cuirass was not actually painted at all. The bare metal was burnished usng a hard pin by moving it in small circular motions around the area until it beomes very shiney. This was then sealed in using clear vanish before it oxidised again. It still looks good all this time later. At this scale you have to paint properly - no wargames quick fixes here! . This should all be fun and will be an occasional update for something different.

1 comment:

  1. Impressive (and i'm looking forward to the tartan). I did a Hinchliffe Stadden figure about 25 years ago but nothing since - anything over 30mm scares me.