Friday, 30 January 2015

LoA 10s #2 - Austro/Swab/Franco/Sax Infantry - WIP 17h 45m

HI All,

Its been a long and colourful day today! With the exception of black and buff facing colours, I've basecoated and highlighted all the other colours(cuffs/officer colours/stockings). As a lot of new colours were added, I've taken more than the usual number of pics below to highlight them.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

LoA 10s #2 - Austro/Swab/Franco/Sax Infantry - WIP 12h 0m

Hi All,

Todays been a predominantly white day, with all the neck/officer scarfs, stockings & cuffs being painted white(sometimes with a Heavy Bluegrey(VGC) basecoat). The Pearl Grey colours were also added were needed.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

LoA 10s #2 - Austro/Swab/Franco/Sax Infantry - WIP 8h 35m

Hi All,

Its an easy update today as I've only used one colour(Heavy Sienna) on weapons, grenadier caps, apostles, drum stick & skins. With 399 minis at this scale I think I've done well to complete all this in a little over 3 hours.

Tomorrow i can start on the colourful task of painting regimental colours & the officers reverse uniforms.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

LoA 10s #2 - Austro/Swab/Franco/Sax Infantry - WIP 5h 15m

Hi All,

Its been a long day on the airbrush today and all the infantry are undercoated/basecoated/highlighted and gloss varnished in their main colours (see pics below - Pearl grey, blue, green, grey & red).

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Monday, 26 January 2015

LoA 10s #2 - Austro/Swab/Franco/Sax Infantry - Prep

Hi All,

Today I start a new project and bring news of a slightly new reporting format.

The project is a continuation of the ongoing League of Augsburg commission. This batch is primarily Infantry/cavalry with a few guns and covers several states (Austria, Swabia, Franconia and Saxony). This basically means that there will be a lot of colours included.

Ive chosen to start work on the infantry element (19 regiments in total). Today I have got all the preparation(clean-up, attaching to temp. bases and gluing on pikes) completed. (see pic below)

I also learned two valuable lessons when working with a bench grinder(I use this to quickly clean-up/flatten metal bases). Firstly, be mindful at all times of the fast spinning and potentially dangerous grinding discs. I stretched over the grinder to grab something and accidentally ground my thumb (which, hours later is still very sore)!

Secondly, be mindful that after hours of use the grinder's surface becomes very hot! I went to pick it up after completing work on the bases and singed the ends of three fingers. Thankfully these don't feel so bad now.

As for the new reporting format; Due to medical conditions I rarely complete a full eight hour day(six hours being a big day for me). However, my customers often note how fast I paint. To check this I've been recording how much time I spend painting my commissions(using an app - 'Hours Keeper'); I literally clock in and out for a running total.

Previously I would note my work in progress(WIP) in a running total days or half days(.5), half days being those times when, for whatever reason I hadn't dedicated my whole day to painting. So for example, the French artillery which were completed last week are noted as taking 4.5 days. However, when I check the actual hours worked on my app, it shows a total time less than 20 hours

Starting with the the painting of the LoA infantry(planned for tomorrow) I will not my WIP in actual hours.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Apoc 17th C. Gobbos #1 - Completed!

Hi All,

Although I have had a few days off to celebrate my 40th, I couldn't keep away from painting and have do a little each day to get these completed. In addition, some fantastic friends from my church had a whip-round and raised some money for me to buy a new camera! I couldn't wait to try this out, I think you will agree the picture quality has improved.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Apoc 17th C. Gobbos #1 - Clothing Cont.

Hi Ya'll,

With the French LoA minis completed yesterday, that free'd me up to work on these 17th C. Gobbos. I didn't have a full day sadly and therefore didn't complete them as planned; a couple more hours(maybe tomorrow) and these will be done!

I concentrated today on the leatherwork and the orange sashes/ribbons. I kept both these colours the same across all the minis as a point consistency, both working really well with the blue(another consistent colour.

The remaining colours are black/browns and metallics.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

LoA 10s #1 - French Artillery - Day 4.5

Hi All,

All French are now completed!

Due to an early finish, I spent a little quality time working with my camera to get better pics of these French beauties. Taking pics of minis is almost an art form in itself, especially ones this small. Today I introduced two new elements which made a big difference to the final results. Firstly, I used a small box to raise the minis up from the surface they were placed on. This had the effect of enabling me to get more light onto them from below, therefore better illuminating them. Secondly, I placed a black cloth(Apple iMac cleaning cloth to be precise) on the box the minis stood on. This really helped with the composition and white balance of the pic; so much so, that I didn't have to adjust the white balance of the pic during editing. I have ordered a grey card to help with this also and hope to use this later in the week(if it arrives).

In terms of work completed today, I painted all the metal areas, highlighted the white ones and black lined were needed. Finally I airbrushed a coat of matt varnish.

All being well the next batch of these League of Augsburg 10mm minis are on the way to me now. These include Austrian, Swabian, Franconian and Saxon Infantry/Cavalry/Artillery

As I have made a few changes to the painting guide, Ive added the update below.

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French Artillery
Clean the miniatures, superglue guns, limbers etc and 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 from a 45 degree angle the white coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the white coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Light Grey(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V) highlight the remaining minis’ tops with the leftover paint
Airbrush the dark brown horses with a 1:1 mix of Charred Brown(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the light brown horses with a 1:1 mix of Flat Brown(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the dark brown horses with 1:1 mix of Mahogany Brown(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the light brown horses with 1:1 mix of US Field Drab(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the red artillery & equipment with a 1:1 mix of Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the red artillery & equipment, using a 1:1 mix of Flat Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Paint the red limbers with a thinned coat of Red(VMC)
Highlight the red limbers with a thinned coat of Flat Red(VMC)
Paint the the Artillerymen’s cuffs & Officer’s coat with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC)
Highlight the the Artillerymen’s cuffs & Officer’s coat with a slightly thinned coat of Ultramarine(VMC)
Paint the the Artillerymen’s hat bags/lace, breeches & stockings with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Red(VMC)
Highlight the the Artillerymen’s hat bags, breeches & stockings with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Vermillion(VMC)
Paint the skin, hair, gloves, & belts with a thinned coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Highlight the gloves 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)
Paint the fur caps & brown equipment with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Highlight the fur caps & brown equipment with a slightly thinned coat of Zandri Dust(C)
Paint the black areas (horse equipment, hats, scabbards(inc. hilt), boots, sword blades, artillery equipment, gun/limber metal) with a coat of Black
Highlight the black areas with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
Re-paint the gun barrels with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
Highlight the gun barrels with a coat of Bright Bronze(VGC)
Re-paint the sword hilts, scabbard tips, spy-glasses, any gold lace/gorgets  & highlight the gun barrels with a coat of Glorious Gold(VGC)
Highlight the white lace and wooden hats with White
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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