Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Onward and Upwards.


Picking up the brushes has been a bit problematical of late. The garden has needed a lot of attention given how the weather has set things back somewhat. My wife's fitness drive has also eaten into the time and finally we have the World Cup. I must admit I have a love/hate relationship with football
[ that's the REAL football] and once professed to follow my local side Sunderland, but we dont talk of that sad event too often. I really dont know how I managed to find time to actually go to work AND fit in everything else that takes up one's attention.
  Anyway I have managed to complete a couple of Parliamentarian units for my ECW 'old school' project. I have now accepted that it is definitely old school simply because of the style of painting I have used. Hinchliffe figures lend themselves to a certain style of painting and wouldn't look right with any other style, including the three layer, washes etc. Best of all they cry out for a good dollop of gloss varnish. Ah it takes one back to the early 1980's. The one thing I have held back from is black lining as I simply was never able to master the art, the lines I applied always looked like road markings and were just too clumsy.
 On to the Napoleonic challenge as I have now called my decision to attend the Waterloo event next year. I have bought myself a box of Victrix plastic Middle Guard and begun sticking them together. The smell of glue filled the wargames room as I managed to put more glue on my fingers than the actual figures. It did make for some pleasant dreams later when I was certain England finally played some exciting football and Sunderland signed Ronaldo. Sadly I then woke up to reality and the pile of plastic pieces stuck to my fingers. Anyway, onward and upwards.............












17 comments:

  1. Nice sized units, practical for my world and the second flag does look great. At the moment, I am mainly gluing outdoors :-)

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    1. Norm I should definitely do the same thing but its been a tad chilly up here in the North East even though it is June.

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    1. Thank you. I know Hinchliffe are no longer in vogue but I love them personally. I cound never afford them when I was much much younger so somehow they are now a secret pleasure, sad really.

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  3. Very nice Robbie.
    Black lining - get a kuretake brush pen (available from Amazon). Use like a brush but paints like a pen. Marvellous.

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    1. Paul, I've seen the great results you have done with these pens. Truth be told I just couldnt face the extra touch although it always looked great on Hinchliffe and Mini Figs.Hope you have recovered from the Blackpowder epsiode.

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  4. Fantastic figures and some very nice brushwork.

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  5. Very handsome Hinchliffe figures!

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Thanks Stokes,appreciate the encouragement.

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  6. Lovely ECW figures and your usual excellent basing!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks for that Iain, I will keep plugging away.

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  7. Well done Robbie. I don't like gloss on modern figures but have to agree it suits this painting style - 1960s I'd have said; I remember MInifigs selling ready painted figures back then ,all shiny and we did not know any better. Let's hope England don't have to resort to sniffing glue to win!

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    1. I know Im a throwback Chris, but they look right with gloss somehow.

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  8. Some fine work there on those units! While Hinchliffe are not to my taste you have made a very good job of those.

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    1. Good to hear from you David and nice to see you are recuperating well.I could never afford Hinchliffe when I first started wargaming and 'had to make do' with Minifigs. Its only when you have time to think about things you realise that it doesnt really matter what figures you use as long as you enjoy the experience. I now wish I had kept all my Minifigs and Garrison figures because I now appreciate them for what they are. As for Hinchliffe well they are my treat to myself. I do buy newer ranges and have been painting the wonderful Crann Tara musketeers sculpted by one of the Stadden family so I am down with the kids as it were.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

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