Saturday, 22 February 2014

Huron wip... label me stupid

While waiting for glue/paint/some such to dry on some basing work I have been focused on of late I let my mind wander to painting one of my woodland Indians for official "2014 project yet to be numbered" FIW theme using Muskets and Thomashawks. These chaps are periphery figures meaning they are primed, situated for painting, on the desk but not currently front of house as far as painting is concerned. I have two of these "projects in waiting" ready for some change of pace ,should it be needed, whilst the focus project requires some breathing room.

OK well that explains the Huron bit, but what is this label me stupid? Well for the second time in 12 months I have painted a figure in metallic paint instead of what I believed was a tan colour, both in the wee hours, the first time on a horse. Because of the nature of those frosted plastic dropper bottles the metallic element wasn't apparent and I picked up the wrong bottle based on the colour not bothering to look at the label, derr. It was a lesson well learnt and not, or not likely, to be repeated until last night what makes last nights little blunder so galling is that I did read the label of the bottle yet did not connect the dots so to speak.

So how did the faux par come to pass if I was on my game (if you can call someone painting at 2am as being on their game), well quite simply I hadn't realised the need for a gold metallic wash! Still don't. I recently bought a job lot of Secret Weapon washes to try out and thought the "Golden Brown Wash" glazed would give a nice rich hue to my lil Huron Indians flesh, unfortunately "Golden Brown Wash" is a nice golden brown hue with gold flake in it and of course being a wash it is thinly distributed and not at all noticeable until you examine the recipient of said "Golden Brown Wash" the next morning in sunlight, even then it reads as something disturbing is going on but not plainly apparent.

Who in their right minds needs this wash, aaaargh, if it is used as a wash and not a glaze it will pool in the crevices as it should and distribute it's piffling amount of metal flake in said crevices, as it should, who, what, why and when is all I could think whilst repainting the flesh for another crack and suspecting a conspiracy. I now rate it as the most useless paint/wash/ink/medium out there and lordy I have come across a few I can tell you, it was all an evil plot I tells ya.

Anywho This is what I have come up with so far, just need to do a bit more research before I tackle the hair and warpaint. Damn nice figure too, very neatly sculptured.

Go away fairy!


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Republican Romans.... more painting and some green stuffing

Official Project #1

Nothing much other than a break from the paints and an excuse to blog off with a few photo's, helps with momentum...

The new plan was to finish off the triari this week and they were duly separated into two groups muscle cuirass and the plate style armour, but as is more often the case than not things went pear shaped. Simply put I spent waaaay too long painting one night, wandered off from the paint bench with the balance of the little beggars in a sleep deprived daze and now cant find them anywhere!  As they can not be located plans changed, instead I decided to work on some more of the command figures and the velites. 

The only problem, if you can call it that, with this ancients lark is painting the much larger areas of flesh, much more than I would normally find on 18th-19thC figures. Spending the time on arms and legs in the style I would normally paint faces alone was getting time consuming and a little annoying. I think I have found a fast and simple solution for painting flesh that will pass muster and relies on blocking in solid colour followed by some simple wash and glazing, nothing earth shattering there I know but it something different for me.

I'm trying to keep the flesh darker than I normally would to reflect a Southern Mediterranean peoples and of course they are soldiers that spend most of their time out of doors and see plenty of sun. I also mucked around with some muted colour for the tunics to break up the off white tones that I will be using for the bulk of the army, maybe some edge borders will give a sense of slight irregularity to the outfits as well.

My last trick for this week was to do a bit of conversion work or as I called it "green stuffing about", once again this was simply to add some variety and I'll admit I have been pretty keen to give it a go for some time. So, sucking it up like a good little princess I mixed up my green stuff, took a deep breath and with some tiny idea of what I wanted to do slapped that stuff right on there, it obviously not totally convincing but it was a reasonable start. Now that the first conversion is out of the way, and nothing cataclysmic befell Paintpig Towers in the process, I'll be looking for an opportunity to have another crack at green stuffing.

I will definitely need to plan the next conversion a little better, sketch out what I want to do, and make sure it is clear in my head. I will also need to modify my tools a little although on the surface they look right I found that in reality they are for the most part too big, you really do need some tiny shapers, itsy bitsy tiny! The clasp on the cloak for instance started as a ball of green stuff about the same diametre as a pin head and I had nothing that neatly fitted into the folds on the back of the cloak to smooth it out properly, lessons learnt the hard way are lessons well learnt and not soon forgotten.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Repulican Romans ... let the painting begin

 Official 2014 Project #1 ....and that is official!

Well the dust has settled from my Cancon weekend and the troops have been sorted, fist cab off the rank will be the Aventine Miniatures, mainly cause some had already been painted, and secondly, in fact most importantly, I have a rule set which is favourable to my strained sensitivities.

It seems more and more that the problem with me getting stuck into the pile of shame is finding rules that I can come at, Impetus seems to be a set of rules that I can live with comfortably and break my ancient and medieval duck on.

The Velites are nicely animated

So with a totally new period in mind the paint bench has been cleared of crisp packets, dead moths, old cups of tea and all that paraphernalia which seems to accumulate when it is not being used for it's prime purpose. There are a few  SYW Russian and French grenadiers hugging the side lines that need finishing off but having those type of hangers on floating about always makes for a nice change of pace while waiting for paint to dry on the main project.

He does look very nice, couldn't resist having a crack.

At the moment I'm working on two bases of velites and a signifier (he looked so damn good I have to throw him in the mix), I'll probably be putting four velites to a base but it is subject to change once they are painted and I start fiddling about, four seems about right. The nice thing about Impetus is that there are no hard and fast rules about the number of figures required per base for each troop type as long as the base represent the troop type appropriately your pretty free to dress them as you see fit, what a novel idea!

Just add javelin, shield and finish the fur trim

I have stuck with a pretty simple paint job for the Velites, off white (citadel dehneb stone) with a beige tone for shading, I'm liking this compared to the grey shading more often used for white. As an after thought I was going to put a broad red stripe down the font of the tunic but I think it would be wiser to start the figures off with that than add it in now, far too much faffing about.

 The tunic for the Signifier is as for the Velites but with less yellowing and I toned down the cloak a bit as I didn't want it too red. The cloak is the really old swamp brown from citadel (remember that one?) and I just toned it down a bit for the shade with  a very very little of a very dark blue for the shadows and lifted it with a tiny point of ivory for the highlights. The highlight colour was just about an exact match of Citadel tanned flesh so I'll go with that in the future

I'll need to check the shoulder strap on this 'un then finish the crest, add his lollypop and he can direct all the traffic he wants
Armour is a base of tin blitz applied in successive coats with a little burnished gold added each time. I give the armour a wash of very dark purple between each coat and finished up with a wash of dark brown just before a final highlight of shining gold with a tiny point (tinksy winsky bit) of tin blitz added (by the way I selectively apply the wash for the armour not slap it all over as is usually the case).

By the way the figures are from Aventine Miniatures (google it noob) :-)
thanks for looking