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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

Feeling bookish?

Posted by Martin on April 29, 2014

Sneak peek at the cover of Javi Gomez's forthcoming painting book.

Sneak peek at the cover of Javi Gomez’s forthcoming painting book.

I’d like to draw to your attention to a forthcoming volume from Pen and Sword Books. Javi Gomez, occasionally of this parish, has written a wargames figure painting book which is due for publication (as far as I can tell) in the third quarter of this year. The imaginatively titled Painting Wargaming Figures doesn’t yet show in the publisher’s Coming Soon page but other sources already have cover images and some blurb…

“Javier Gomez, a highly talented figure painter of long experience and excellent reputation, shares the secrets of his success in this accessible ‘how-to’ guide to painting miniatures. He takes the reader step-by-step through the whole process, from choice of materials (unlike other available guides it is not linked to any specific figure manufacturer) and preparation of the miniatures to basing and even advice on photographing the finished item. Techniques such as dry-brushing, ink-washing, shading and highlighting are all explained clearly with the help of step-by-step photographs and colour charts. Specific case studies tackle a variety of useful subjects across all periods, such as mixing realistic flesh tones for different races; painting horses; guns and limbers; Medieval heraldry; Napoleonic uniforms; WW2 and modern camouflage patterns. Javier also clearly explains how these techniques and processes can be applied to all the major wargaming scales, from 40mm down to 6mm. Whatever historical period (or Sci-fi/Fantasy) and whatever scale the reader is interested in, this book is an invaluable source of practical advice and inspiration.”

I’m a big fan of Javi’s painting style and I’m almost certain that this is £16.99 that I’ll be investing wisely. So, Javi, if you happen to read this, can you give us any inside information about the book?

Meanwhile, over at the Osprey Publishing blog, there’s an interesting piece entitled “What subjects should we revisit? We want to hear what you think!” Well, I could hardly resist an invitation like that, could I? It would almost be rude not to add my comments to the 20+ already there. Before you go there or read on here, take a moment to make your guesses about what suggestions I made.

Done? OK…

Award yourself zero points, if you guessed that I made Napoleonic suggestions – come on, even my wife and daughters would have got that much right 🙂 Ditto if you went for Prussians – I happen to think the Ospreys in this area don’t need much updating.

Award yourself one point if you guessed that I went for some Confederation of the Rhine stuff and give yourself a bonus of two more points if you correctly thought of Saxony.

Finally, for the big five point bonus, you will need to have come up with the slightly left-field answer of Italy. I’ve got an old second hand copy of the MAA on Napoleon’s Italian troops first published in the 1970s. While it’s been reprinted in a new livery since then, it’s fundamentally the same book inside the covers as that first edition.

How did you do? What suggestions would you make?


7 Responses to “Feeling bookish?”

  1. Rob Kenny said

    The miniatures paining book is an excellent find, and one that I hadnt seen before. Thanks for the heads up.

    As for the osprey, I’d love to see the saxon book get revisited (and im not sure if you saw, but the prussian army of 1815 is getting its own men at arms title in November of this year)


  2. Hi Martin

    This book was news to me as well so my thanks for the heads-up … as well!

    To test your book street cred a little more – Have you heard anything of Michael V. Leggiere’s second volume on the 1814 campaign? I have just discovered that his “Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon (Campaigns and Commanders Series)” was published earlier this year.

    von Peter himself

    • Martin said

      Leggiere is a very busy boy as far as my research tells me. The Blücher book you mention has recently been published with University of Oklahoma Press. Volume 2 of the Fall of Napoleon (The War in France, 1814) is under contract with Cambridge University Press and he also has a book under contract with Yale University Press about the 1815 campaign. I suspect we’ll have to wait a while for publication of both those, however, because his focus seems to have been on writing a two volume set entitled “Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813”. From what I can gather, both volumes have been delivered to Cambridge University Press but I’ve no idea when they’ll be published.

      • Hello Martin
        Thanks very much for the sleuth work.
        The two volume “Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813″ would be my personal pick out of that bunch so I will look forward them. In the interim I have a birthday in a couple of months so perhaps the Blücher book will form part of the material compensation for the ticking off of another year! 8O)
        von Peter himself

  3. Hello Martin
    FYI, Painting Wargaming Figures is now on the Pen & Sword Books coming soon page. Further details of the book at
    von Peter himself

  4. Javier Gomez said

    Hi Martin, sorry for my almost one year late reply, just saw your post! You can take a look to the index and some pages at

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