Wednesday, 23 December 2009

First 8 figures completed!

Here they are, not too bad given the length of time since I last picked up a paintbrush, but its a bit like riding a bike I guess! The next 8 are undercoated and waiting for the first colours. I want to improve the faces slightly maybe. I have chosen not to line out all of the cross belts etc, the black ink wash over the white undercoat does at least give some depth and shadow. I'm starting to think about rules and basing now, I'm more a collector than a wargamer really so I like simple fast rule sets.... any suggestions? I still like the old WRG rules for the period and was looking through them last night.

I live in an area rich in Napoleonic military history, and will try to get some pics etc of whats around here as the blog progresses, Martello towers, forts, a Redoubt, the Royal Military Canal etc. I'm just a few miles from the Napoleonic musketry school grounds at Hythe, Kent and all along this stretch of coast you can see defensive walls of the period. In the village of Dymchurch where we live we have three surviving 'Martello' towers and one still retains original interior, musket racks etc and a cannon mounted on a swiveling carriage device up on the roof looking out across the expanse of flat sandy beach in the bay where Napoleon was expected to land his troops. Sir John Moore trained the Light Infantry down here too and there is a great life sized statue of 2 riflemen that I must photograph for the blog, they are incredibly accurate in detail.
I hope that this will make my blog more interesting to readers

Link to 'Martello Towers website' - You can take a virtual tour of a typical martello here!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Back in the swing!

Have almost finished the first 8 British infantry! Next 8 are assembled and ready for undercoating. Got my painting area set up now so I can just sit down and paint whenever I get the time. I think this is important to establish a place to work in comfort. Just need to add a 'daylight' spiral bulb to improve the quality of lighting a little but its OK.

Should have pics of the finished figures within next 24 hours, just metallics and detailing to finish them. I'm having to relearn how to paint over a white undercoat again! But its so much quicker and I'm enjoying being able to allow the brush to flow a little more with slightly thinned paints. I'll let the pics do the talking when they're finished.

Couple of pics of my painting table in the meantime.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Catching up! - Some old pics.

Well, its 6 months since I last updated this blog and I am surprised to see that it is still getting regular hits! I apologise for the lapse but to be honest I am still trying to find the motivation and inspiration to begin painting again! I WANT to build 2 Napoleonic armies and I want them to be the best painted figures I have ever produced and I definitely want them to be in 25mm this time. Its my goal for 2010 to do this project. I have finally picked up my paintbrush again.

In the meantime heres some more pics of figures that I have painted over the past few years, all now sold off to good homes :-) napoleonic 15mm, ECW 15mm and some redoubt 25mm ACW's.

Hope you like the pictures and I will get back on subject as soon as I have 1 completed Napoleonic unit to post here.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year :-)

Please click the image to enlarge:

Monday, 25 May 2009

"Make ready" !

Here is a shot of the first 8 figures ready for painting. White undercoat washed thinly with black to give me some definitition, I'm happy finally! Having tried the red it does cover far better than the black undercoat and I'm sure this will speed up painting.

Couple of days they will be finished so I'll update with new pics.

Click to enlarge. The Perry plastics are as good as any metal range I have seen.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Pondering undercoat colour and campaigns!

I have assembled the first of the Perry figures, bit fidly but they go together very well with no annoying gaps. Now my dilema begins!

Firstly, after much thought I have decided to go with the Waterloo campaign rather than Peninsular..... why the change of plan?..... well I do like those 'belgic' shakos for a start, and the Perry figures are modelled with oilskin covers which are accurate for the campaign. Also when I get round to the British Heavy cavalry I get to have my heavy Dragoon units in helmets rather than bicornes. So thats one decision made...100 days it is then.

Next is question of undercoat colour and painting style. As you can see from my 15mm examples earlier in this blog I have long been a fan of black undercoats. One problem I have always found though is that any troops in red uniforms take ages to build up the strength of colour to give a clean bright finish. So I have now undercoated the first 8 british line in a white undercoat as an experiment. I am thinking of trying a thin black ink wash over this undercoat just to add some definition and depth before going onto paint them. We shall judge by the results of the first 8 figures if this is a method worth continuing with. Horse when I get to that stage will be white undercoated also and painted in 'Peter Gilder' method style. This is a departure from my normal style but I'm keen to try it.

I'll add the first pics later today of the assembled and undercoated Brits, and the first colours will be going on today also.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

First figures have arrived!

The Perry Plastics have arrived and they are every bit as good as as thier fine metal figures. They represent great value for money, 40 figures for £15.00, every one in sensible poses that can be varied slightly and the detail is quite amazing. Having trimmed off the arms, heads, equipment etc from the sprues they go together very cleanly with no annoying gaps to be filled.

I plan to use exactly the same fast painting method as on the 15mm figures in the blog below, black undercoat and then the Foundry paint system. I find I can paint fairly quickly like this.

Having given unit size a thought I have decided upon:

British line: 20 figures, 2 per company, 10 companies including a light and grenadier co....all included as options in the Perry boxes.

French line: 24 figures in 6 companies of 4 including a voltiguer and grenadier co.

This is based on the organisation laid down in the old Terry Wise Airfix book 'Napoleonic Wargaming' a copy of which I have had for over 20 years I'm going back to basics with this project!

Pics to follow soon as I get started.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Here we go again!

Firstly I must apologise to anybody who had been following my blog before I ran out of inspiration! I found it hard to keep up the enthusiasm for painting 15mm figures and decided to sell off what had been painted so far in the project and begin again. I looked at 28mm and even looked into different eras such as the crimean war.
Having spent several months musing and looking at all of the ranges I have finally decided to basically re start this project BUT using Perry Miniatures 28mm Napoleonics. This will inlcude using the plastic British and French line infantry as well as the metal range that suppliments them. Perry are also curently working on plastic French cavalry and as usual the detail looks amazing. The use of plastics make the project far more affordable with no compromise on detail. I have ordered the first of the plastics and soon as they arrive I'll get this blog running again.
As a taster of the quality of the Perry plastics, heres the image from thier website. This time I'm going with the Peninsular war, inspired by the excellent blog and website of Rafael Pardo.
More to follow soon!