Friday, 26 August 2016

Pirates & other 18th Century Characters...


18th Century pirates and other persons of interest...all 28mm metal miniatures recently painted by me.
The first figure is a "NOT Jack Sparrow", made by Footsore Miniatures and cunningly named "John Finch" on their website. I'm not sure on the make of all the others but I believe there are figures from North Star & Wargames Foundry in the mix.













I hope you like them.

All the Best,
John.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Red Knights!


A brief interlude from the nautical theme...
Three sets of knights from Curteys range of 28mm Tournament Knights. Each set has sheets of decals for shields, horses & tabards. Some of the tabards I painted freehand as the decals were just too fiddly to apply due to crossbelts & creases. My friend Barrie is doing his own basing for these.








All the best,

John.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

"Hold Fast Lads!!!"


More of the characterful miniatures in 28mm from North Star - "Royal Navy Crew" boxed set. These were great fun to paint, and I'm sure they will give pirates a run for their money. The  "AR" on the marine's mitres puts them in the time of Queen Anne. I like the spiffy outfit of Marine Lieutenant John Wittington and his wig. Huzzah!




I have a special new camera on the way that my wife has purchased for me, it looks ideal for showcasing  miniatures and sharing what I'm painting & how I paint it. Who knows, I may even end up making YouTube videos, and it should be useful for Google Hangouts. The camera can be found here: https://huehd.com/pro/
I first saw it on James Wappel's blog, he was going to use it to give online painting tutorials - Mr Wappel knows his stuff.
Stay tuned....:-)

All the best,

John.

Monday, 15 August 2016

18th Century Sailors


Salty Sea Dogs! 28mm metal miniatures from North Star, one of the sets designed to be used with Osprey's "On the Seven Seas" rules. I recently finished two of these sets and some other 18th Century types which will appear in a future post.
I used a bronzed flesh triad on these figures to show that they had been out in the sun for a while. A fun thing about commissions is that I get to paint so many different kinds of figures from a variety of historical periods - always something new to learn in the process too.



I purchased and assembled a new paint rack from Ammo MiG recently. It holds 60 paints, and after some rearranging of my work space, has helped me get to my paints more efficiently - mind you I still have three plastic cases of colours which have to sit on the floor :-)

All the best,
John.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Command Figures & Group Shot of Connaught Rangers


 G'day all!
This is the last of the Connaught Rangers pictures. You may notice the distinct difference in appearance between the Command figures and the "Rank & File". I have tried to give the command group a brighter & less shabby look to them, so as to provide an interesting contrast.
I hope you like them.









 The plan is to post some pictures of some interesting characters from the time of Queen Anne next....there will be some salty sea dogs amongst them ;-)

All the best,
John.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Light Company Men of the Connaught Rangers


 Following on from my last post....These are the Light Company men of the 88th. The first picture are all Perry plastics, the marching poses and skirmishers are from the Perry metals range.
Thanks to everyone for their kind and encouraging words about this project, both here & on the forums. I'm planning one more post on this project which will feature the command figures & a group shot.








I hope you enjoyed the pictures of this scruffy bunch! :-)

All the best,
John.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

88th Foot (Connaught Rangers) - Centre Company Men


These are the first pictures of a recently finished commission for fellow Australian wargamer & blogger. They are intended to represent men of the 88th Foot, Connaught Rangers during the Peninsular Campaigns, for use in games of "Sharp Practice 2". There were 52 miniatures in total, all from Perry Miniatures & a combination of their plastic & metal 28mm ranges. These pictures are of Centre Company men. Light Company & Command figures - as well as a group shot - will follow in due course.
I was asked to give the figures a campaign look, which I have done with giving them stubble, faded uniforms, an assortment of trousers, and a coating of dust to knees, elbows & feet. The Perry metals have a campaign look with patches, tears, creases & holes already on the sculpts.
My customer will be doing his own basing to match in with the excellent French force he has already painted.
I had forgotten just how much work painting Napoleonics can be - all those straps, lace & piping... Phew!










I hope you enjoyed these shabby veterans, there will be more to follow....
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