Monday, December 21, 2015

Gone Painting

Once again I have decided to join in the madness that is The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, which has become the biggest online painting event of the year.  Eighty-eight painters from around the globe come together to revel in this hobby of ours, to encourage one another and to paint a staggering amount of lead.  

This year I plan on painting units and teams rather than painting singles figures  My two main foci will be World War II and Hasslefree Moderns.  At the moment I have 100 points worth primed, based and ready to go.

Unlike previous years I have decided to shut the blog down completely until the Challenge ends in March.  It is not unusual for me to spend 2 to 4 hours a day reading and commenting on blogs and there is no way I can manage that and turn out well painted figures. 

Because I spent so few days posting in 2015 (only 14) and so many days reading and commenting on blogs (nearly 200), I am contemplating  leaving blogger next year.  I may just set up an Artist's page on Facebook in order to track my progress as a painter.  By March I will have made my decision and will let you all know.

Because I will not be out reading blogs, comments are disabled for this post.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Pulp and Weird Wars

I completed the Jazz Musicians a few months ago, but have not had time to do a post.  So after another three month long absence, I thought it might be time to share my work again.

These figures are by Bob Murch and are 28mm.

Although I have never painted any figures for Weird Wars, I decided to see what I could put together just for fun.  This is Meinrad Moldenhauser and his zombie cat.  Figures are from Warlord and Reaper, respectively.

After completing this figure, I can understand why people become addicted to Weird Wars.  At the moment I can't afford to be distracted by a new genre, but it did get me to begin painting again and one day I may delve a little deeper.

I am participating in this years Analogue Paint Challenge and will discuss my plans in a future post.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hasslefree Moderns-Widow

I actually finished and photographed this figure some time ago and then forgot all about it.  So I thought that before I take off again I'd post the figure lest she disappear into the mist of my feeble memory.

This is Widow from Hasslefree's Modern collection.  She is 28mm and was sculpted by Kev White. The base is from Bombshell Babe, is cast in resin and was sculpted by Patrick Keith.

This was a very nice sculpt with clean lines and she was a real pleasure to paint.  

I spent much of the weekend doing research for my 101st Airborne figures and found myself gripped by the story of Operation Market Garden.  There is a lot of research readily available, a lot of action, some spectacularly bad decisions and a lot of brave men to learn about.

So I think I've made my decision on what to focus on.  Rather than paint just one army, I would like to focus on these series of battles which will allow me to paint American, British, Polish and German troops.  And yes, I will rewatch "A Bridge Too Far" with Michael Caine and Sean Connery.  

This makes two posts in a row for me and that's my limit.  I hope to post again by the end of September. However, take that promise with a grain of salt as we all know I can go without posting for much longer than that.  I will pop in from time to time to read blogs, but I won't be in every day.

I hope you all enjoy the last dregs of Summer.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Warlord British Forward Observation Officers

I recently painted up two of the British Forward Observation Officers from Warlord and I very much enjoyed the experience.  The sculpts were solid and had good detail.  I chose the FOO's as they were less stressful for a first attempt.

My main concern at the outset is simply getting the colours of the uniforms and webbing right.  

Yes, the lips are too red and they look silly, but as these are just toss off figures, I'm not worried about it.  What I want to know is what you think of the uniforms and the webbing.  Did I make any glaring errors?

My next WWII figures will be Warlord US Airborne Bazooka &80mm Light Mortar Teams.  I'm going to paint them as members of the 101st Airborne Division as I can easily find reliable information about them.  

I also have an Afrika Korps Kradschutzen Motorcycle and Sidecar.  I intend to paint the one I have by copying Leif   at The Figure Fanatic method for doing his Afrika Corps vehicles. Then I'll have to buy another one and try to copy Nicks dark version recently posted at Moiterei's bunte Welt.

I'm going to take my time before settling into one thing as reference books are expensive and I can't afford to buy loads of them.  There's no point in painting historical figures if I'm not willing to invest in learning the history.  I'm torn between German Afrika Corps, British Desert Rats, British Eastern Front and US Pacific Theatre. I can only pick one and that's not going to be an easy choice to make. 

Along with this new interest I will continue to paint Moderns and Pulp as I've no intention of giving those up. I've still to post my Jazz figures and I've a Hasslefree Modern War figure to post as well. I just had to get these up and approved of before I move onto anything new.

While I was away I noticed that I gained some new followers.  I want to let those people know that when I click on their icon in the follow box, I can't locate a link to their blogs.  If any of you are reading this, please give me a link in the comment section and I will return your follow.  

The weather here has been wretched last week so I was able to find time to post today.  I hope to post again next week, but if the weather improves, I'll put that off until things turn to crap again and I'm forced inside. 

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