Monday, 15 June 2015

Victrix Athenian Hoplites

I've been super busy lately (just bought an apartment) so I haven't had a chance to really paint much up lately. I thought I'd post a few bits and pieces that I have sitting in my finished box so here they are. I was looking at buying a whole box of these but couldn't really justify needing all of them and an ebay auction came up for a 12 of them including the LBMS transfers and I jumped on it

They're quite nice figures and I enjoyed the painting of them. The white areas taught me the importance of a grey underlayer to avoid having to paint over black a million times.

The faces and skin areas all had pretty good detail which was nice to see and makes my job a whole lot easier so I don't have to make them up 

Not really sure what I'll do with them but I've been eyeing off spartans and some of the nice new carthaginian boxes too....

On the table and getting pretty close to done are my Perry Miniatures British Hussars that I've painted up as the 2nd KGL Hussars. Very nice figures. Just the last 5 riders to do and they're all done. I've been at it forever...

Monday, 8 June 2015

Haradrim Raiders

Mixing it up a bit because I got sick of the drab uniforms of WW1 (didn't take long). I bought these a few months back relatively cheap, well as cheap as GW stuff comes really. They haven't been based or matt varnished yet so they will dull down a little and get rid of the nasty camera shine.

This was the first time I'd painted finecast and to be honest I wasn't impressed with the quality. I'd heard some bad press about it but decided to reserve judgment until I had done some up myself. The beige horse was a real pest to get through but came up alright in the end.

The last two were definitely better than the first and rolled off the production line a little quicker

I'll probably keep these for a little while and finish off the bases then flog them off when I have to much stuff to keep as I can't really do much with them and someone out there may enjoy using them as they were designed.

Questions, comments and critiques all welcome!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

So I may have run amok...Painting War Reviews

Yeh...I got a little carried away. But hey its all good fun.

Having seen a little about these I quickly wanted to get them for myself and see if I couldn't make all my figures look as good as the pictures. After trawling the internet aimlessly for a while I managed to grab them all relatively cheaply at about $31 AUD each including shipping.

And they're well worth it.

What's great about these books is that it saves hours trawling the internet looking for help on how to paint your figures up to a pretty darn good standard by providing help on many different techniques, styles and all the colours that went into making them. I know I've spent ages hunting through the google machine to find painting guides for all my different figures.

I apologise for the crappy photos, I was trying not to burn dinner at the same time

These are the current 3 books that have been released, and it looks like two more will shortly follow (being Napoleonic British Infantry and the Spanish Civil War)

The first issue (and probably my favourite period) is the WW2 German army done by "Heresybrush"

It's a quality production with nice paper and stacks of high resolution photos to show off the work. It includes a step by step guide of virtually everything you need from painting faces to individual insignia for rank within the branches of the Wermacht. It also includes the guides for all those painfully difficult camo and non camo uniforms including the relatively common splintermusters, various SS and even Italian camouflage used by the germans. It also details how to paint winter figures.

It contains about 36 individually painted figures (mostly from artizan designs along with a few warlord figures) which cover a large range of german forces.

I'd highly reccommend this book for anyone interested in painting up German figures to a decent standard.

The second issue is the Napoleonic French Army by Archiduque. Again a very nicely produced product with plenty to offer from the French Army. What's interesting when reading this compared to the previous issue is the different styles employed by the different artists and all three are fairly unique. 

I've only included a few (poor) photos for the sake of brevity but you get the general idea. The book covers all different types of infantry, cavalry and even how to paint french artillery. Both Line and Guard figures are covered. Most of the figures are Foundry ( I was hoping for a couple more of the Perry Miniatures figures but I'm biased towards them)

There are a whole bunch of useful horse painting guides for those of you who are stuck looking for colours to add depth to the cavalry

The only annoyance I found in this particular issue (and to a much smaller extent in the other two) is that it lacked a little proof reading, meaning that several phrases didn't quite convert well from Spanish to English and some of the colour recommendations had actually been left in Spanish entirely (all colour references provide the Vallejo number as well so its not a big deal). I now know how to translate shadow, base and highlight in Spanish. Win. I think a proof read by a few native English speakers would've ironed out the kinks and definitely improved the feel of the publication.

 Despite this I'd still heartily recommend the book for painters and enthusiasts alike.

Last up is the latest release being the Japanese and US forces. Done by Claudia Zuminich it once again provides an excellent resource on uniforms and painting the period. Claudia's style is quite different to the other two in that she tends to blend and glaze far more which produces more subtle colour transitions and slightly more realistic looking models.

As with the other two there are plenty of guides on painting individual pieces of kit and uniform, including webbing, jackets, helmets, Japanese cloth etc etc. It shows off some pretty impressive techniques to really dirty up your figure and give it some real battlefield personality using materials from AK interactive like rust streaks to simulate dried blood.

So after a fairly long winded but hopefully helpful post I'd thoroughly recommend these 3 books to anyone who's considering churning out figures of these periods and wants a little bit of help and guidance of the spoon feeding variety to get them on their way.

I'll certainly be looking at these publications in the future when they bring them out. By the looks of it they have a lot planned covering most major and several minor conflicts.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

WW1 Woodbine Designs Australians

Hey guys,

Here's my latest installment: 7 Woodbine Designs British infantry painted up as Aussies. I've done them up as the 22nd Infantry Brigade. These guys served at Gallipoli, Poziers, Ypres and the Somme Valley just to name a few. These were the tester figures and I've got another 15 or so to do, there are about 5 with slouch hats just to mix it up.

You can just see the divisional patch on the shoulder, and I've tried to put a gold Anzac symbol in the middle but the camera tends to make them a little shiny.

I'm still deciding what I'll do for basing so I've left them until I get a little inspiration. Let me know what you think as always