Friday, 28 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 6.5

Hi All,

As I didn't work yesterday, I completed a full day and then some today(lots done)!

All the horse flesh & leatherwork is highlighted. The white & blue areas have been base coated.

To make work a little easier I've organised the minis on sticks, usually six per stick. A regiment would have a stick of six troopers and a second stick of three command(sharing with another regt's command). Ive noticed today however that on several of the sticks I've mixed up some of the command minis with troopers(Duh!) This has slowed things up a tad and will make the pics i little more interesting, lol. To help I've added painted dots to the sticks(next to the imposters).

If you like the sticks idea and would like to try it out, you can get them from hobby stores. Their available in the larger(tongue depressor size) I use; or the narrower(lolly stick) size. Their inexpensive(about a £1 for a pack of 50/100 respectfully), make painting this scale of mini so much more convenient and are reusable.

Pics:









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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 5.5

Hello All,
This afternoon I started work on the French. This meant preparing some painting guides first. See below for the cavalry guide(the other guides will be posted when used). I also completed the initial airbrushing of the cavalry(Infantry & Artillery to follow). The horses were painted in one of three colours(brown, dark brown, grey & black) to provide some variety. They were then varnished and black washed.

Pics(after airbrushing / after washing)



French Cavalry Painting Guide:

Clean the miniatures, attach to temporary bases
Apply an undercoat to the minis with the airbrush using a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush/dust the minis to create zenith highlights with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the brown horses (leaving the grey/black horses grey) with a 1:1 mix of Flat Brown(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the dark brown horses with a 1:1 mix of Charred Brown(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Wash the whole mini(apply further coats to the black horses) with Soft Black Wash(MM)
Highlight the grey horses with a slightly thinned coat of Light Grey(VMC)
Highlight the brown horses with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
Highlight the dark brown horses with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Fleshtone(VGC)
Highlight the black horses with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Charcoal(VGC)
Highlight the horses leather with an unthinned coat of Dark Fleshtone(C)(optional)
Paint the white lace, tunics, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Bluegrey(VGC)
Paint the Blue tunics, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Blue(VMC)
Paint the red tunics, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Red(VGC)
Highlight the white lace, tunics, breeches, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with White(VMC)
Highlight the blue tunics, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with Ultramarine(VMC)
Highlight the red tunics, breeches, horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with Flat Red(VMC)
Paint the green horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Green(VGC)
Highlight the green horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Sick Green(VGC)
Paint the yellow horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Goldbrown(VGC)
Highlight the yellow horse cloths, pistol covers & portmanteau tops with a slightly thinned 1:1 mix of Heavy Goldbrown:White
Paint the pale yellow breeches with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Ochre(VGC)
Highlight the pale yellow breeches with a slightly thinned coat of pale yellow(VGC)
Paint the muskets, flagpoles & spears with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Paint the hair, skin, gloves, breeches, cartridge pouch, belts & highlight the flagpoles & muskets with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Paint the black areas (hat, scabbard(inc. hilt), boots, horse leather and any flesh, gun barrels, sword blades & spear tips) with a coat of Black
Highlight the gloves, breeches, cartridge pouch and belts with a slightly thinned coat of Buff(VMC)
Highlight the hair with an unthinned coat of Bonewhite(VGC)
Highlight the black areas with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
Re-paint the gun barrels, sword blades, spear tips and any silver lace/gorgets with a coat of Chainmail Silver(VGC)
Re-paint the sword hilts, scabbard tips and any gold lace/gorgets with a coat of Glorious Gold(VGC)
Highlight the skin with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
Blackline with a 1:1 mix of Black Paint:Ink
Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 5

Hi Guys, A full days work in the studio has seen the Bavarians completed. Yes I've highlighted skin, painted all the metalwork, white lace and applied a coat of varnish.

Tomorrow I will start work on the French, beginning with their cavalry.

Pics:










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Monday, 24 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 4

Got a little more completed on the Bavarians this afternoon. The pistols/muskets and hair was highlighted and then all the black/metal areas were painted black. It may not be a favourite colour to use, but black does add a lot of realism to these minis. All being well the remaining highlights will be completed tomorrow, then its just the lining and varnishing to do before completion.

Pics:





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Friday, 21 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 3.5

Hi Y'all,

Another day in the studio has brought more colour to the Bavarians. The red areas are now complete, the light brown areas have been base coated, these include hair, belts, cartridge pouches, drum skins and gloves. the light brown buff areas have been highlighted, as have the remaining darker brown areas. Just a handful of stages remain before the Bavarians are completed.

Pics:






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Thursday, 20 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 3

Hi Guys, another busy afternoon in the studio with the Bavarians. The yellow facings were highlighted. Then the most time consuming work was on the white areas, base coating and highlighting; really brightens up the minis though. Finally base coated all the red areas(highlighting those tomorrow).

Here are a few pics:






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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 2.5

Hi Guys,

A short day/afternoon working on the Bavarian cavalry/infantry. Ive painted the skin, all the brown areas on the infantry(cavalry was done yesterday), all the infantries stockings/breeches(bar one) and yellow cuffs/officers coats(barring their highlights, which I'll do tomorrow).

Pics:





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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 2

Hi all, Today I started were I left off yesterday, in front of the spray booth. I completed the basic colours for the cavalry then applied a gloss varnish layer to all the Bavarians.

Then my first dilemma, do I work on all the Bavarians at once or concentrate on the cavalry or infantry first? If their colour schemes were the same or very similar then I would do them together. In the end I decided to work on the cavalry first and get the horses/equipment completed. This way the horse troopers and infantry should paint well together. Then I remembered that the cuirassiers have white tunics!

So, today I have concentrated my efforts on the cavalry. The horse flesh and equipment is completed, as are the blue and wood areas. I also couldn't resit dry brushing the infantry, this simple step really makes them pop.

Here are some pics(now in a new larger format), which due to there early stage are a little dark(except for the infantry, wow):






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Monday, 17 November 2014

LoA 10s #1 - Day 1

And so it begins! Today I started work on my largest commission to date.


Here it the bag of over 500 10mm minis, it must have weighed over two pounds

These are all Pendraken minis from the League of Augsburg(LoA) range, primarily French with a smattering of Bavarians. If you follow this blog you will have seen me complete some of the Bavarians as a sample order(see links for details).

Being as this is such a large commission I will be cutting it up into easier to manage parts, starting with the Bavarians.

I started my day in front of my bench grinder. I find this is a great time saver when you have a large amount of base bottoms to clean.
Then I got stuck in with side cutters, hobby knife
and files to complete the clean-up.
The minis where then white glued to hobby
sticks(to make painting easier).
While these were drying, I prepared a batch of
pikes(using paper clips) as the Bavarians
didn't bring their own(unlike the resourceful French).
These were attached to the minis with superglue.
Here are the Bavarian infantry, minus their pikes!
And the Bavarian cavalry!
All the Bavarians(including pikes awaiting paint!
While waiting for the white glue to dry on the Bavarians I prepped the French cavalry, there are quite a few of these!
The larger French cavalry force!
I had time to start airbrushing the Bavarians. The cavalry need a little more airbrushing and the infantry completed this stage and will be ready for some brush work tomorrow.
The loverly Deep Sky Blue(VMC) Bavarians!

A clearer view of a Bavarian regiment

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