Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Been a while since the last update...

Lots of stuff been painted, most of it commission stuff that I can't really show off, but there are a few things I can put on here.

First off, the cover to this month's Wargames Soldiers and Strategy magazine. Theme is the thirty years war. In the magazine I wax lyrical about how I made it. And also manage to sneak in the phrases "bang tidy" and "oosh". Well done me. And well done Editor Guy for letting me.

Next is a figure bought from the Ainsty stand at a show a while back. It is a Kevin White(Hasslefree) sculpt for the Frothers Unite website's charity. Great figure, great cause. I painted her up as a John Carter on Mars-esque warrior princess. Hence the red skintone.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Recent Painting


Heresy Miniatures Not The War Doctor.

Infinty. Some sort of pilot.

Statuesque. Resistance Officer.

These are all the products of me testing out brushes. Rosemary & Co series 33 are the winners, with an honorable mention for Escoda 1212. Though if you want to spend the money a good Windsor & Newton series 7 beats them all.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Guards Guards...

My most recent commission. Terry Pratchett's Ankh Morpork City Watch. Figures and bases are from Micro Arts studio.

Captain Vimes



Sgt Colon

Nobby Nobbs

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Gendarmes d'Elite

I did these for Perry Miniatures and they have just released them in their web shop if you need to buy them.

Loved painting these. Fantastic Uniforms the Gendarmerie.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Back in the game...

Harold and his bros.


Taking painting commissions again...This lot was done for the lovely Gripping Beast boys.

8th Army Group Shot

Perry plastic 8th army. Four down, lots to go.....

A Better Picture of the Agema Roman

Had a play with the camera and I'm not going to pretend it was anything I didn't read on the internet but I found that lighting the figure with a daylight desk lamp from the front (and not using the flash), and keeping a decent distance away from the figure and using the macro setting but not zooming gives a crisper, better depth of field.

Rather than replace the old picture I have left it on to show the difference.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Agema Romans

Agema Republican Romans. The figures that made me like Romans.


Lovely delicate little fellow this. Looks almost like a fantasy figure but that is how the Republican Romans looked. He is from the time that Rome was kicking in Greece, the Successors and Hannibal. So the battles can look fantastic.

This is a resin velite officer. The white caused me all sorts of trouble to photograph.

Plastic Velite.

The plastic rank and file are nice too.

Few pics of Perry Miniatures stuff

Been painting Perry stuff on and off for a while. Thought I might as well put some pictures up of the last few things I've painted. The Perry miniatures projects are as follows. 8th Army. Italian desert war. War of the roses. American Civil War(both sides). Napoleonics(everyone, both scales they do) Samurai. Koreans. English Civil War(Cavaliers). And crusades. And got bits of AWI. Like Perry.

Plastic 8th Army.
Started painting these guys and they all look different. Been experimenting with different techniques cos I need to get lots done. Purely for the table top. This one has a nice face so I've done a picture of him. Technique wise I did him from a Vallejo English Uniform base. Seems like a nice colour to build all the khaki and sand on but also dark enough to define the figure without looking too stark which my usual black or dark brown would be.

Scots Grenadier Officer 1860s.
This chap is from the British Intervention range, a sort of what if Britain got involved in the American Civil War. Very pleased with the trousers. Far too bright to be accurate(should be virtually black) but for fictitious ACW battles and the occasional Martian incursion he is just right for me.

Plastic Zouave Command.

Rebels by choice. Wheat's Tiger Zouaves. The masochist's ACW unit of choice. Doing a 24 man unit. Got 6 left to do. Each one takes ages cos of all those stripes, jackets with piping, fezes... Worth it in the end though.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Saga of Saga

Thought I would do a bit of painting of Saga things. But couldn't really stick to one force thus explaining the unit of viking hearthguard and a Skraeling chief.

Also painted a Rus archer but the pictures are really awful.

Technically this guy is a Romano Britain from Musketeer Miniatures.

And here he is with his technically early Saxon friends. Also Musketee.r

Skraeling Chief from Gripping Beast.

Big Jenny

Awesome figure from Freebooter. Got this at Salute this year and already painted. Some kind of record. This is probably the first figure I have painted in ages that I am not totally disappointed with. Lots of bits I would do better if I did it again but not too disgusted with myself. :)

More 15mm

Next Northlander character done. Big dude on a stag.

Monday, 17 March 2014

I am bad at updating blogs

It is now next year. Last post was in October. I will put it down to the perfect shit storm life throws at me and leave it at that.

It isn't that I have not been painting anything since last time. I just have not mentioned it. For the record the projects since the last 7TV stuff have been The Trojan War(even sculpted a tolerable Helen and an execrable amazon), pictures may follow. WW2 Italians, been playing Bolt Action. The American Civil War(Perrys and I have discovered the secret of painting all those plastic figures).

And. Screw you English teachers I just started a sentence with AND. And it was a one word sentence....15mm Barbarians!

Yes. 15mm. Anyone who knows me or has heard me saying horrible things about the hideousness of 15mm over the years may be surprised. Very surprised if they are the Redditch Pimpernel. Private joke. Sorry. My real world friends will get the reference and the internet blog is the most self indulgent of all written media so forgive me if I self indulge. I know how bad that sounds but I am leaving it in anyway.


See. Look at him. He's lovely and it's not his fault he's only 15mm tall(to be technical about 18mm).

The Great Mark Copplestone is the one to blame. He has done a range called Barbarica and they are the sort of Conany barbarians I have always wanted. The 15mm thing was a bit of a downer at first but I gave it a try. And I liked it.

These are fantastic figures despite being 15mm.

Now this is not going to send me running towards the expensive if you think about it, bags of shrapnel that most people call 15mm and shuffle around a table while gloomily playing some game with DB in the title. Never!

What it has made me do is utterly overpaint tiny little barbarians. The detail is the same as regular Copplestone 28mm man sized figures. He is so clever.

These are the Characters pack so I have gone a bit mad on the painting. I think the regulars will get a more basic paint. Not sure if I would ever complete the army if I NMMed the lot.

This is an ice troll. Not sure who's side he is meant to be on but in my head the trolls are friendly with the Conans.

Currently working on some big bugger on a horse. Pictures whenever.