Monday, 26 January 2015

Busy day

Busy day at my secret base in the Forest of Dean. Having based up the fantasy figures for Tim and the Italians in Africa for Jeremy, the rest of the morning was undercoating Crooked Dice figures, North Star pirates and Foundry early ww2 Germans. 

Painted the pirates and the Germans this afternoon/evening. They'll be varnished and based tomorrow. Here's some spoilers. 

I always like a bit of late night basing action so have nearly finished Richards French and British Napoleonic battalions. Another Austrian SYW has snuck into the production line ahead of my February all dayer! 

Other stuff finished off tonight are the black tree medievals. 

And the Fireforge Crusader infantry. 

Off to bed!

Latest fantasy batch for Tim

Latest of an ongoing fantasy commission for Tim. A real mixed bag this time. 


Lion cat people. 


Rogue between two mages. 

Another Mage. 

10 very elderly Citadel Kobolds. 

Cheetah girl. 


Italians in Abyssinia

Latest batch of colonials for Jeremy who uses them for Very British Civil War but in an African setting. Jeremy and his gang use the bolt action rules as a basis for their games which often appear at shows around the southwest and always seem a lot of fun. 

Command stand. Nice flag supplied by Jeremy. I'm guessing its a flag dude one?

Somali Askari. One of three sections. 

Italian MVSN section. 

Italian mortar team. 

I've never come across these before. Casualty carrying camels. 

Three very relaxed looking camels. 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

2015 blog - a New Years resolution

Hi all,

I've realised that my blog has, over recent months, become little more than a collection of pictures of my painting projects for commissions and myself. This is all well and good but I've decided that 2015 will see some different stuff on the blog. More battle reports, a few painting guides and above all an insight into the crazed world of a full time professional figure painter.



The painting table

Today my current projects and commissions. 

An ongoing project here. SYW Austrians from front rank and crusader are being prepared for a game with my old Dorset gaming chums on the 7th Feb. Four completed battalions and two commanders await a suitable box.

Undercoated and started SYW Austrians here. I'm fitting these in around my commissions. Three more battalions hope to get themselves painted in time. The figures that will form the front ranks are painted in situ on their MDF bases. The rear rank figures are attached to craft lolly sticks. I find it slightly faster to do figures on these strips rather than on individual temporary bases especially when the bulk of the figures are in a similar pose. 

This is a mixed fantasy commission for Tim including some very old citadel kobolds. These are at the first basing stage having had sand and cork 'rocks' glued to the bases. 

At the same basing stage, 8 SYW Austrian gunners. Also in the picture is a german 37mm at gun and crew which I'm painting for Ellen and Gary at sgts mess. This needs finishing in time for Crusade next Saturday (30th Jan at Penarth). 

Pack and casualty carrying camels. Part of a large Abysinnian colonial order for Jeremy. Also half based and to be collected at Crusade. Italians and Somali Askaris in the next photo. 

Not great pics, but these are the last two 36 man napoleonic battalions for Richard. One french and one british. Just awaiting some MDF Warbases so I can get these finished off. All Front Rank figures. 

Fireforge plastic Templar infantry. These are to restock my trade stand for next weekends aptly named Crusade show. Awaiting the first sand stage on the bases. 

Just the final flesh tones to be done on these black tree design medievals. Also for stock on the trade stand. Ideal for cross and crescent or Lion Rampant. 

Peasants from black tree. These are at the undercoat and flat brown base coat stage. Should be ready for Crusade too.

Three sets of not ghostbusters and a bunch of villains from Karl and Graeme at Crooked Dice. One set of gbs and the villains are for use on the CD participation games at this years salute. The other two sets of gbs will hopefully end up on the trade stand. These are all assembled and next up for undercoating. 

Lastly we have a mass of troops and a monster from Andrew Mays recent Meridian Miniatures Kickstarter. These are all for my own VSF use and will also be slotted in between commission work.