Thursday, 31 July 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #2 - Day 3

Today was dominated by the painting of red, especially on those Artillerymen. Heavy Red(VGC) was used to basecoat any red cloth or feathers not including piping, this is added later. A few purple pom-poms were basecoated Heavy Violet(VGC). Then all the steal areas were basecoated with Chainmail Silver(VGC). Next came a wash (Soft Body Black, my own recipe), this was applied to the whole mini using the airbrush. Once this was dry, flesh was added to the hands and faces with Heavy Skintone(VGC). Closing-out the day was Heavy Brown(VGC), this was painted on the knapsacks, light brown cloth (campaign style) and hair.

Here are your daily pics






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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #2 - Day 2

Today was dominated by the colours Charred Brown(VGC) and Heavy Bluegrey(VGC). The brown was used to basecoat the muskets, water gourds and buckets (oh, and the officers horse). The Bluegrey basecoated all the white/light grey cloth/webbing. I'm really enjoying using the Heavy opaques, I think I may have mentioned this before, but they are fantastic paints.

Here are some daily pics.






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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #2 - Day 1

Today I received a new commission in the post. I don't know if I was more excited to see the minis or all the lovely packing material they came with (I use a lot of packing) LOL. Joking aside the minis are fantastic, as expected from AB Miniatures. I have a line infantry regiment and four guns for this commission and a Light infantry regiment for the next commission.

The minis were already cleaned-up by the customer (I appreciate that), so I got straight to work sorting out and gluing them to wooden sticks (this makes painting them easier). After I completed the weekly grocery shop they where dry enough to start painting.

Let the airbrushing commence! Black undercoat was my starting point, followed by a dusting of grey from above to bring out the highlights. The infantry and artillerymen were then given two coats of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC) and the guns received two coats of Heavy Grey(VGC). All the black areas on the artillery were painted with Heavy Charcoal(VGC) and the guns, Brassy Brass(VGC).

Back to the Airbrush and all the minis had a coat of Gloss varnish in preparation for their first wash and to provide some added protection to their initial coat of paint. Once dry the wash (Hard Body Black, which is my own make) was airbrushed over the whole of the minis. That brings me to 5pm and the pics you see below.

The infantry/gunners look almost black, but from up close they are very dark blue. Tomorrow I can start adding more colours and they should start to come to life.






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Monday, 28 July 2014

New Home for Mickey's Minis

Hi all, and welcome to the new home for my work (Mickey's Minis) blog. This has replaced my personal blog (as I like the URL for work). I have created a new personal blog which can be found at http://mickeysminishome.blogspot.co.uk/ As yet, I've yet to add anything of significance, but I plan to keep it updated when work demands allow.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Eye Candy, Napoleonic - French Infantry

This is my latest commission a group of 18mm AB Miniatures French Napoleonic Infantry. Firstly, for 18mm these minis have lots of wonderful detail which looks great when finished (does make production line painting a little more 'interesting'). I have more of these on the way, so watch this space. These haven't been based (customer will do this), so their still on the stick I painted them on (and will post on).











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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Eye Candy - Bolt Action - Soviet Infantry and Gun plus an Announcement!

Here are more Soviets for the every growing Bolt Action commission work. Couple of things to note before the pics. Firstly, they look different (hopefully better). I've done a little work on Photoshop to whiten the background and I've also added my company logo. That's right the painting business (Mickey's Minis) is up and running. I am currently working on the website (www.mickeysminis.com) and will announce when this is live. I'm also starting a YouTube channel soon with painting guides etc. This should bring to life the sort of things I do on here.



















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