Friday, 19 April 2013

One More Wake Up Until Salute

Image credit : South London Warlords:
We're off to Salute tomorrow morning, this year I don't really have a shopping list. I am pleased to say most of last year’s purchases have been painted and deployed in some sense or other.

The reason I am informing you of this is to allow myself guilt free purchases tomorrow in the knowledge I have a minimal wargames painting back log.  I want to pick up some rules and some gaming aids this year. Nevertheless, no doubt I'll be bemoaning my impulse buys by Sunday. Thankfully my friend Phil* and my daughter will be accompanying me and they are both immensely more sensible than I.
*I don't think Phil has even started to work on his purchases from last year's show!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

'Malatesta' Continued ...

…Using acrylics I've attempted to create a fine leather, but worn doublet with a golden silk lying over a pair of red hose. I've attempted to build the colour up in repeated coats of glazes.

I feel that the creases would benefit from a slight darkening of the recesses. I am hopeful this would add to the contrast particularly on his trousers.

 Additionally I feel the lining of the sleeves would benefit from a touch more depth to illustrate   this part is almost totally in shade. Shadows on light colours can be challenging in many respects.

Anyhow I am enjoying this project. Do let me know what you think.

Knocking Teeth (Off)

Unbelievably, I successfully attached the tracks to my North Irish Horse Sherman earlier this week. In the process I managed to knock off some of the track teeth and bust a few bits and pieces no serious damage thought.  In case anyone doesn't believe me here are a couple of pictures to prove it !

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Has you've possibly gathered I am much better at starting projects than I am at finishing them. Well with predictable constancy here's another start , in fact truth be told  its a restart.

Image from Elite Miniatures via Historex Agents

When Elite Miniatures ceased production I rushed to buy this figure, being enamored by the fluid all action pose.

Last week while away I had a second go at painting him. It is my first attempt at a 70mm figure. Although I've had plenty of practice with 1/35 and a bit with 120mm figures.   In any case I am really enjoying giving this guy a lick of paint. I used acrylic to paint the face and feel that I could do with a couple of fresh glazes over the face to bring the various shades together.