Friday, 31 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (3) - WIP 8h 15m

Hi All,

Vee Dutch are completed! The French Imperialists are on their way.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (3) - WIP 6h 05m

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I got a good deal of work completed on this the third & final Dutch Cavalry group. They are made up of Cuirassiers & command (including the General). There was a point in the day when I thought I might get them completed today, but alas there is still a couple of hours work left in these.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (2) - Completed 8h 15m

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Thats the second group of Dutch horse completed. I've just checked back at the finish time for the first group & their identical! As for the results I would have to say that theres no clear difference between the styles. In conclusion, I have to say that where there is a clear majority of one colour on a mini (such as the coat colours of the LoA Infantry) I would use the airbrush to apply this, then re-paint the remaining areas with black paint. The Cavalry is a little more difficult, but I'm leaning more towards working with brush after an airbrushed black undercoat.

*Edit - Having just walked back into my office & saw all the horse together as a group, I had to add an extra group shot!

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (2) - WIP 5h 15m

Hi All,

Not really a work day today with other stuff taking precedence, but I did manage to squeeze in just over an hour, which I'd like to share.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (2) - WIP 4h 0m

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I bit later update today, as my cameras battery needed a charge before I could use it.

Using the new process for painting these cavalry, I started the brush-work. This consisted mainly with painting all the non-horseflesh areas black. I started with a large brush, thinned paint & concentrated on the larger areas. I then swapped in a smaller brush, used a slightly thicker mix of paint & worked on the true black, as well as the remaining black areas. Its not a process I really enjoy which gave me pause to think about the pros & cons of the various processes Ive recently used, which are a little more complex with cavalry. I will leave final judgement to the paralleled finishing times & results of these first two Dutch Cavalry regiments.

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (2) - WIP 0h 45m

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Though not a usual work day, I wanted to get the airbrush work on this next group of horse completed; that way I can dive into the brush-work next week. I also felt I had time to make up after being ill a couple of days. I also get the opportunity to show the minis from the start of the new process.

Ive worked on 6 sticks, 3 regiments (as before). This time I airbrushed a black undercoat over the whole surface of the minis. Once dry I applied zenithal highlights with grey primer, again with the airbrush. Finally, the horseflesh colours were added from no lower than 45° to the minis. This ensures that the undersides remain black & therefore naturally shaded. The horseflesh colours I used were Flat Brown & Flat Earth.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (1) - Completed 8h 15m

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I dragged myself out of bed this afternoon (I've not been well) & completed work on this first group of Dutch Cavalry. Im happy with the results & new painting style, which should see full use on the 2nd group of these horsemen.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Dutch Cavalry (1) - WIP 6h 30m

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Yesterday wasn't a great day for me health wise, which impacted my work & prevented my update. I'm on the mend today & most the cylinders are firing! The majority of work on this first group of Dutch Cavalry is now done & all being well they will be completed tomorrow!

On the productiveness front I've made a few adjustments/improvements. Number of sticks I'm working with for cavalry is six, which works out to four regiments. Moral/productiveness is at a premium here. I've also realised one mistake, that is not using my airbrush to apply the main colour to the minis, in this case their horseflesh. Airbrushing is such an efficient way to get paint on minis, I'd be daft not to use it. This means cleaning-up the black (non-horseflesh) areas with a brush afterwards, but this will prove to be higher on my moral/productiveness level.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Dutch Artillery - Completed 7h 0m

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Despite a poor nights sleep, I rallied round this morning & starter work early, determined to completed work on the Dutch Artillery. This I did, using a new process, taken from my personal painting. I basecoated all areas of the minis (except for the previously airbrushed coats) with black. This meant that so long as I was careful with the remaining coats of paint, I wouldn't need to blackline.

This raised two questions for me!

  1. Do I return to a black undercoat without basecoating the minis using the airbrush, just getting to work with the brush? I think at my 'Tabletop' level, where no highlights are used, the simple answer is yes. I will use this method on the Dutch Cavalry.
  2. My second question; was my previous thought about twenty sticks being optimum (see previous post on 'Productiveness') correct? After all I've completed a group of 13 (half of which was guns/equipment) in seven hours & more importantly it feels great to finish units. Comparing previous performance, doing some simple maths I think that theres not much in it time wise, or is there? I felt like I was painting faster today, there was a drive to get the unit completed. Whereas painting a group of 20+ sticks can feel like factory style work, with the drive being to complete one colour at a time. This leads inevitably to another colour & so on until completion; problem is, in the back of your mind you know you won't be completing that day (day 1 at least). Using smaller numbers, easier goals can be met, which mentally drives you forward. Again, I can try this out with the Dutch cavalry, painting as two, rather than one group.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Dutch Artillery - WIP 2h 30m

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Artillery today! Having completed their undercoating yesterday, I airbrushed the basecoats this morning, then set to work this afternoon with the brush. I've completed the guns/equipment/horses (except for a coat of varnish). Next week I will finish the Artillerymen & start on the Cavalry.

Painting aside, those of you who follow my personal blog (link on the right of your screen), will have seen the work I've been doing on my 'Open Fire' Germans & the great (IMHO) pics I took last night. This was achieved by ignoring the best advice from my camera & changing the settings. It appears it wasn't a fluke & I've been able to recreate the 'better pics' seen below, which are as close to the originals as I can get (long may they continue).

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Dutch Infantry (2) - Completed 26h 30m

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Huzzah! The Dutch Infantry are finished. Blacklining & varnishing completed today.

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