Saturday, 6 August 2016

Perry Miniatures British WW2 Pack WW37 Yeomanry Cavalry Command Patrolling

The other three mounted packs will follow in due course.

Eagle-eyed regular visitors may notice a couple of subtle differences in these three figures. I have changed my palette for white european flesh. Having used the Foundry Expert Flesh set for a number of years I found it was time to replenish the three darkest shades. At £3.50 a pot  plus shipping, the Foundry Paints are a bit steep price wise. So I thought it was time for a change. These chaps are done with the Scale 75 Scale Color (sic) flesh set.  The Scale 75s taste different. Having had a major reorganisation of the painting station (or "studio" as a friend was kind enough to refer to it) most of my Foundry Paints have been retired to a storage drawer with the exception of a few trusty triads. I don't expect to be replacing these when they run out.

The re-organised painting station. I recently found an offcut of a piece of marble kitchen worktop in a skip. I asked nicely if I could have it and it now sits under the foam block. I now have a wipe clean surface to work on... that is a first.

I have also started NOT to paint eyes on certain figures. These WW2 Perry figures are some of the ranges onto which I will no longer paint eyes. I have had difficulty with some of the these recently, much to my own frustration, and I will be looking carefully at the quality of facial sculpting of other miniatures in future. My eyesight may be part of the issue here as well as some stiffness in the joints of my right hand. This has made me look around for pointers on how others paint faces and I must recommend the YouTube tutorials on the "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy" YouTube Channel. 

I have also started to use a wet palette. I think it gives a much smoother end result.


Michael Awdry said...

Gorgeous Mark, you are certainly having a productive break.

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Sidney Roundwood said...

Fantastic work, Mark. I really love these - the painting is immaculate and really smooth. The wet palette (especially with some acrylic flow-improver).

As for eyes, well done - good decision! I stopped painting eyes about 8 years ago apart from on a few command figures. I've not regretted this decision. I don't think that on the tabletop it makes any difference. Eyes are really hard to spot in natural light on 28mm figures. Of course, you can tell the difference in a close up photo - which is fine, if that's what you want. But if the figures are heading for the tabletop (and not the modelling studio), why bother with eyes? It's a personal choice, but pretty much a no-brainer, I think.