Tuesday, 31 July 2018

One down and 11 to go.

 Like most wargamers I hit a painting wall these last few weeks. Between watching virtually every minute of the football World Cup, coupled  to the unseasonable tropical weather and general ennui painting has taken a back seat. Strangely I have felt guilty about the lack of actual painting especially as I have signed up to next years Waterloo event in Glasgow.
 I have managed to sneak up to my painting desk when I was between matches or when it was cooler late at night.It could explain the standard of painting as I struggled to do my figures a service they deserved.I have completed one battalion of Garde Voltigeurs for the Waterloo project which is already looking like a pressure project. Only? 11 battalions left to paint.
 One problem I have found these last few weeks due in the main to the heat is how quickly my paints were drying both in their bottles and on the palate. It isnt really a palate but is in fact a plastic dish filled with kitchen towel and covered by grease proof paper which I soak with clean water. In the weather even this was drying too quickly. Quite a challange.
 Still I have managed to complete a couple of ECW royalist regiments including the Kings Lifeguard [mounted] and a regiment of Newcastle's army which was made up of in the main of men from Northumberland and Durham. What I really need is a period of crap weather to get back into the groove, typical British, never satisfied with the weather.




20 comments:

  1. Considering what has been going on you aint done bad Robbie, pull your finger out and get the 11 battalions done - if only it was that easy!
    Dave.

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    1. It has been very very hard Dave. I partly blame our lass she is a football nut amongst other things.

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  2. Well, the figures show with this post look exquisite to me. That two-figure vignette at the top is amazing!

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Thanks Stokes. I really have been struggling honest. I dont know about you but sometimes the mojo slips away and painting looses its sparkle. The two musketeers are from Crann Tara. Graham has obtained some wonderful figures.

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  3. Very nice and a lot of work considering you haven't been active:-)

    I have a little dropper bottle that I have mixed 80% water and 20% artist acrylic flow improver - just a drop nearby your overheating acrylics will keep them flowing. I add a couple of drops into each paint pot after painting and shake and that seems to keep everything tip-top.

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    1. Good tip Norm. I follow Tony Runkee's sage like advice of a damp palate. The grease proof paper being damp is usually a good way to keep the paint flowing. Except when the weather goes mad.

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  4. Robbie,
    Pretty good production for a go slow period.
    First class job on the vignette
    Graham

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    1. Thanks Graham. Its a lovely set, you should be very proud.

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  5. Excellent mounted command vignette, Robbie. Looks like fine productivity from you despite weather, World Cup, and weather.

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    1. Jonathan,
      The vignette was a delight to paint, the rest I truly struggled with.

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  6. Wow, fantastic painting work! I adore the French Mousquetaires!
    Peter

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    1. Peter, the new sculpts from Crann Tara are excellent. Graham has been lucky enough to obtain the Stadden talents and the new figures are brilliant.

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  7. Nice brushwork on the Mousqueteers. They are one of my favorite units in history.

    Jim

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    1. Thanks Jim, they had quite a history. Of course helped by the Dumas books.

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  8. Great looking musketeers and two ECW units isn't a bad output in my book! All I've done is prep figures for priming.
    Best Iain

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    1. Its been a struggle Iain. I think I need some inspiration and retail therapy to gee myself up. Luckily there is Partizan this month.

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  9. Beautiful figures, Robbie. A period with lavish uniforms, and well represented here.

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    1. Thanks very much, its very kind of you. Im not certain if I will do the planned regiment justice.

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  10. For not doing much you’ve been surprisingly productive. Some fine additions to the collection there.

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    1. Thanks David, but I did struggle somewhat for a man of leisure.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
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