Wednesday, 17 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 5

Hi All,

Painting has been tough over the past couple of days due to having pain in my left side(neck-hand). Even with painkillers working on overtime my time in the studio has been sporadic, which is very frustrating. However, I have been able to complete the light brown work that I started earlier this week. This brings me closer to my target of completing these infantry before Christmas.

Pics: (is it me or do the guys at the end look very Christmassy? LOL)






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Monday, 15 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 4.5

Hi All,

After a tough weekend(health wise, hence no updates) I only worked this afternoon on these French. I also employed a new strategy; using my wet pallet I applied three colours to each stick rather than the usual one, before moving onto the next. Painting one colour continuously to the same areas on several minis can be tough and lead to mistakes which have to be picked later and corrected. I have therefore found that this new technique is faster, more thorough and enjoyable. In the short time I worked this afternoon I painted half the sticks with all three colours. This was probably achieved in the same time it would have taken me to paint all the sicks in 1.5-2 of the same colours.

Pics:





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Friday, 12 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 4

Hi All,

Ive had a late start/finish today, but I've got the light brown areas completed.

Pics:





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Thursday, 11 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 3.5

Hi All,

Today, as promised I completed work on the  a single black coated regiment, then all the highlighting on the facing colours. I also started the large task of painting/highlighting the light brown areas including skin, hair and leather(this will take some time).

I also had an exciting delivery today, as my new Sparmax compressor and H&S Infinity CRplus airbrush arrived. Ive had a short play(to make sure all is in order) and the results so far have been impressive. I will have to make time over the weekend to spend more time using them. In the meantime I will concentrate my efforts on getting the light brown completed on the French infantry.

Pics:





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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 3

Hi Guys,

Todays has been a colourful one, as I have been base coating the various cuffs/turnbacks and officer coats; these include blue, red, purple, black and light/dark green. The dark green I also highlighted.  Whilst taking pics i did notice that I had missed out a single black coated regiment(finish these first thing tomorrow), otherwise all the facing colours are ready for highlights(again work for tomorrow). Before I could do this I had to complete work with white, and there is lots of it. Overall they are looking great, lots of colour variation but with a strong white theme, can't waint to see them completed an d based.

Pics:







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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry - Day 2

Hi all,

Firstly I've got to say that I'm loving working with these French infantry, the airbrushed finish(rather than dry brushed) makes such a positive difference).

Today I started by applying a gloss varnish(with the airbrush) to all the minis. Next, I started with the brush work, painting all the brown and wood areas. Finally I completed half the minis with white; this includes all the lace(except on the hats), some cuffs/turnbacks, breeches/stockings and reverse colours for officers.

Pics:





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Monday, 8 December 2014

Apoc 17th C. Gobbos #1 - Faces

Good evening, Tonight I've been working on the faces of these Gobbos. Its times like this when I would like a better camera to help me show off parts of a mini more clearly; the pics below don't do them justice.

They have all been highlighted individualy to give them slightly different tones of green skin. Their beady red eyes with extreme highlights really bring them to life(all be it a menacing one).

I plan to work inside-out on these, so the clothing under their buff coats will be next. I will get my inspiration from real ECW period figures.

Pics:




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LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry Airbrushing

It's been an exciting day today, This morning(with the money I made on my recent hobby clear-out) I ordered a new airbrush and compressor which should hopefully be with me before the end of the week. Im hoping this will help to improve the quality of my work.

Also exciting are the results I've had airbrushing the French infantry. Normally(for this level of painting) I would airbrush the minis with a shade colour then drybrush with a highlight(as I did with the Bavarians). with the French I have applied both the base and highlight with the airbrush. I used a black undercoat, then applied the base colour at a 45 degree angle, this left some black shading underneath the minis. Next I applied the highlight from a 33 degree angle, this left the black untouched, and some of the basecoat showing and all the upper surfaces highlighted. Its a technique I've used often on larger pieces and Im pleased to see it working well with these 10mm minis.

The French mainly wore a white coat in this period, the definition of white varied with many shades; I have therefore completed white in blue/white, light grey and cream. We also have a mid blue coated regiment in the mix. I mixed these various colours amongst the regiments to try and ensure no two are the same(once cooler/cuffs etc. are painted).

Once I have added a glass varnish coat to protect the airbrush work, I will start on the brushwork.

Here's a copy of the painting guide I plan to use on the minis, followed by some initial pics:

Clean the miniatures, attach to temporary bases
Superglue any pikes to hands & feet
Apply an undercoat to the minis with the airbrush using a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the white coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Steel Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the grey coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the cream coated minis with a 1:1 mix of German Camo. Beige(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the mid blue coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the white coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of White(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the grey coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Light Grey(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the cream coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Off White(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the mid blue coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Paint the muskets (including stand), 12 apostles, flagpoles, pikes, drumsticks & spears with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Paint the facing/clothing colours:(this is a table in my original guide, I will update the colours as I use them)
Paint the skin, hair, gloves, cartridge pouch, belts, drum skins, highlight the flagpoles, pikes, drumsticks, muskets& spears with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Highlight the gloves, cartridge pouch and belts with a slightly thinned coat of Buff(VMC)
Highlight the skin with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
Highlight the hair with an unthinned coat of Bonewhite(VGC)
Highlight the 12 apostles with an unthinned overbrush of Zandri Dust(C)
Paint the black areas (cuffs, hat, scabbard(inc. hilt), boots, gun barrels, sword blades & spear/pike tips), blackline the cuffs/lace with a coat of Black
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)
Blackline with a 1:1 mix of Black Paint:Ink
Highlight the white lace with White
Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)







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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Apoc 17th C. Gobbos #1 - Prep

Having recently visited a local wargames show I met a great guy, who bought a lot of my minis. We got chatting, as you do and it turns out he has a new minis company(Apocalypse Miniatures - http://berenzed.wix.com/apocalypseminiatures). Long story short he wants me to start working for him, painting his miniature range. As this is a small but growing niche range of great minis I agreed to do these in my spare time(along with my various other projects).

The first range I will be working on are from the 17th century fantasy offering, initially Gobbos. Here are some pics of the four minis I have. They have been cleaned-up(minimal flashing), undercoated black, then zenithal highlights added in grey, then white. This will provide me with my basic canvas to work from.


















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