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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

That’s wheely interesting

Posted by Martin on August 14, 2010

Close up of painted Prussian cannon wheel.

Close up of painted Prussian cannon wheel.

Whoa! That’s a huge close-up. It’s a Calpe Prussian cannon wheel and one of a pair that I’ve painted for the horse artillery I’m working on. I don’t usually like these extreme close ups – they tend to disappoint me, a bit like finding out how a magician does a great illusion – but the photo came out so well that I felt the urge to pull back the curtain for a change. To compensate, I’ve inset a smaller version of the picture to give you an impression of what the thing looks like at real-life size.

For those of you familiar with Calpe artillery pieces, this is one of the newer thinner wheels rather than the original old ones that were too thick and chunky. I’m painting the component parts of the cannon individually because it’s easier to get at all the nooks and crannies with the paintbrush. So this one is temporarily impaled on a cocktail stick which is, in turn, firmly skewered to a chunk of cork.

Yes, things are coming along nicely now.


2 Responses to “That’s wheely interesting”

  1. figvfig said


    Im with you Martin close ups can make an inspiring and satisfying paint job look like three kids let loose with a packet of crayons in a darkened room. having said that they are useful for taking a break and as you have illustrated getting an idea of what things look like before distance blurs the edges and merges the individual brush strokes, so to speak. I wonder, does this “table top” painting style put us in the impressionist school and “mini painters” (CMON/Golden Demon type variety) in the (photo) realism school?

    Enough of that thinking business. Quick take it away before I go off your magic tricks đŸ˜‰


  2. Malefric said

    Hi Martin,

    its been some time since this post went up, but just wanted to thank you for the close up! I’m rather new to miniatures and mimicked your style in painting up my Calpe artillery and it turned out well.

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