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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

All thawed out

Posted by Martin on January 20, 2010

At last, all the snow that’s hit Wiltshire over the last week or two has melted away at the study here at BfK HQ is warm enough to work in again. And that means it’s been time to start my assault on some of Peter F’s finest figures with the putty and sculpting tools. So far I’ve picked out some figures that look well-suited to modifications and made a list of the painful indignities I’m going to inflict on them. Better still, a couple have already been on the operating table. Once I’ve got a critical mass of work completed, I’ll take some snaps and share more details with you.

While I’ve been shivering lately, I’ve also hoovered up links to a few more interesting and useful sites.

The first of these is Clarence Harrison’s new blog where he plans to recount the tale of building his collection of figures for playing the Republic to Empire ruleset. Clarence did the artwork and design layout for the rulebook so if anybody’s collection is worth watching grow, it’ll be his.

Next up is another painting blog, this time that belonging to Toby Thornton who paints for Artmaster Studio. Now that’s a commercial painting service so I have to quickly clarify that this isn’t a product endorsement slot. Rather, I like the cut of Toby’s painting jib and if you scroll down a few postings you’ll find some Foundry French artillery figures that he’s done very nicely. The only thing I’ve found a bit odd is his choice of the Foundry figures. If he can do such a good job, I wonder why he didn’t opt for more modern sculpts from the Perrys. Still, there’s a little nostalgia there for me because some of those French artillery crew figures were among the first I purchased when I returned to the hobby about ten years ago.

Lastly, we travel to Spain for another commercial painter with a wide range of tastes in different periods and scales. “Archiduque” Rafa is another painter who works commercially and looking at his work I can see a definite Spanish school emerging with notable stylistic similarities to my online friend Javi Gomez.

All three sites are well worth a browse for eye-candy and painting inspiriation and I’ll add them to the links in the right hand column when I get a spare moment or three. And talking of having time to post more – I’ve just acquired a copy of a secondhand book I’ve been hunting down for ages. It’s the Arms and Armour Press version of the Blandford title Uniforms of the Retreat from Moscow. Over the weekend I’ll aim to say more about this acquisition and, in particular, why I prize this paperback edition more highly than the original Blandford hardback.

And I’ll leave you tonight with a stop press announcement from Alan Perry, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

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8 Responses to “All thawed out”

  1. Rafa said

    Thanks Martin for the comments of the painting of the figures of my blog, and thanks also to compare my style with my friend Javi,
    are very similar in some respects.
    I add your blog on mine?.
    Cheers.
    Rafa.

  2. Rafa said

    I’ve added the banner mate.

  3. Rob said

    Martin,

    Can you outline if there is anything of interest to Saxon or Prussian fans in the Uniforms from the Retreat book? I was wondering if it was worth tracking down.

    Thanks,

    Rob

    • Martin said

      I’m planning a full review of the book soon but here’s a brief answer to your question. There are three colour plates illustrating seven Saxon uniforms and just one colour plate illstrating one Prussian uniform. There are a further two black and white plates that illustrate three more Prussian uniforms. I’ll try to remember to list the specific uniforms when I post the full review.

      In addition, there are a lot of French plates. You always need French! The quality and feel of all Michael Chappell’s is terrific throughout.

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