Back in July I had to put my normal painting on hold to undertake a "secret project". Today I can reveal that secret project. I was approached by the editor of "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy" magazine to paint up some figures for the front cover of issue 116 (Sept-Oct) that is now available. They have done a seamless job of matching a desert background to the photo of the figures. Two cars from the Light Car Patrol share intelligence on the Turkish retreat through northern Syria with two officers of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, 1918. Vehicles and crews from Empress Miniatures. Other figures from Copplestone Castings and Woodbine Designs.
Saturday, 11 September 2021
Sunday, 5 September 2021
Saturday, 28 August 2021
I am currently painting a number of Warlord Games 28mm French and Indian War French Infantry. These are the ex-Conquest Miniatures figures. Painted up as the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment de la Reine in the uniform issued prior to their departure to Canada. They would return to wearing their blue waistcoats some time later. Flags by GMB. I am currently working of the last eight figures of this unit. They are all in a firing pose. I am not a great fan of figures in such a pose so I don't think I shall photograph them. These are based individually as instructed by the owner.
Friday, 20 August 2021
Still playing about with new photo-lightbox. I have placed a graduated blue background into the box, just laying it on top of the foam sheet background that comes with the box. I also built up the base of the box by about three inches using some offcuts of timber....the foam background was then laid on top of this raised area. All I did after cropping these images was to hit the "Auto Adjust" function and this seems to have softened the harshness of the light. I am now happy with this as a way forward. These figures are converted Old Glory 28mm WW1 British Cavalry forming 1/1 Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars for my Palestine 1917 collection. These ten figures have been a very slow burn being over two years since the first figure was finished. These are not the best figures on the market but I do like the animation on the horses. Now for the dismounted unit!
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
I recently bought one those flat-pack plastic photo-light boxes for a few quid off Ebay. This is a post really to see how photos using this piece of kit come out online. I am using one of the foam backgrounds that come with the box but I think I may make up a graduated blue background to fit having seen the results. I will also need to tinker with things a bit to get used to the new method of photography having used three anglepoise lamps for years. I need to look at the brightness and contrast I think. The light is very harsh. So...to have look at what it does, here are some of my 1917 Palestine Tommies, 25th Bn. Welsh Regiment (Pembrokeshire and Glamorgan Yeomanry). These figures are "speed painted" using the block paint, wash and highlight method.
Monday, 2 August 2021
The last eighteen months have been difficult for all of us. I, like many, have found this period challenging both at work and at home. After a lot of thought I have come to the decision to no longer accept new commissions from new clients. I will still be accepting commissions from those clients with projects on my books to allow these to be completed, so please rest assured that my brush is still at your disposal.
I hope that in the fullness of time to be able to "open up" again, but I need to take a break for a while. How long that break will be is, as yet, unclear. I have also been asked to write another painting guide book. This one will take some time. PLUS, I still have my own projects to pursue as progress on these has been far too slow over the last year and a half due to all sorts of things.
I don't want painting little metal men to become a chore!
Thursday, 29 July 2021
What's this? The result of a recent campaign with friends set in 192? where a Hungarian Communist invasion of Austria was brutally crushed by a substantial force of German Freikorps coming to the aid of hard pressed Austrian regulars and Heimwehr. The end result of this chapter of the ongoing alternate reality was a closer alliance between Austria and Germany known as "die bindung" and Austrian Interior Minister Count Nikolaus von Esterhazy, being elected "Interior Minister for Life". So, to strengthen his grip on power, Esterhazy has begun to raise paramilitary troops that take their orders directly from the Interior Ministry, the "Esterhazy Heimatschutz". Eventually, there will be a small number of units to complete this force but here is the first courtesy of a permanent loan from his friends within Germany. This is the Panzer-Kraftwagen-Maschinengewehr Abteilung Esterhazy composed of a massive Büssing 5AP (Barrage Miniatures), an Ehrhardt e-v/4 (Barrage Miniatures) and a Daimler Sonderwagen 21 (Empress Miniatures). All now carry the simple markings of the Esterhazy Heimatschutz. The figure in the picture is just allow a sense of scale.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
The secret project is now complete so the Heavy Brigade returned to the table. Here we have the last of the twelve figures to represent 1st Dragoons (The Royals). Figures by Great War Miniatures to be based elsewhere.
Monday, 12 July 2021
More on the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. Figures, again, from Great War Miniatures and basing to be done elsewhere.. There will now be a pause for a short while before I finish off this job as I undertake a highly secret project that arrived out of the blue. Shhhhhhh.....tell no one.
Sunday, 4 July 2021
Continuing work on the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. 2nd Dragoons (Royal North British, "The Royal Scots Greys"). Figures from Great War Miniatures. These chaps will be based elsewhere. I tried to paint a dapple grey, I really did, but I just can't do them. Every time I try the result looks as if it has been done by a three year old. Next up, 5th Dragoon Guards.