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Monday, March 28, 2016

Myrianna-Red Box Games, WIP 1

Although I rarely post WIP's, I always take test photo's as I work through the process of painting a miniature.  However, with this figure, I am making an exception.  I would like to show my dearest of friends Dez, from The Hollywood Spy the myriad of steps we go through in bringing a figure to life.

Thus far I have only begun working into the shadows using thin glazes. The only exception is her hair, which I am making red, something I have not tried before.  My next step will be to complete the face and then begin highlighting the rest of the figure.

This is Myrianna from Red Box Games, sculpted by Tre Manor.  She is beautifully sculpted, a delicate figure with crisp detail and the casting is superb.  A gorgeous figure and a real joy to paint.

There is a tiny dragon sitting on her shoulder and I have simply inked it so I can see the detail when I go to add paint.

Myrianna will be part of my first Frostgrave Warband.  It seems that I have been bitten by the Frostgrave bug and as there is no known cure, I am giving myself over to the disease.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Defenders of the Empire-Lead Adventures Miniatures

These figures were painted as part of a Themed Bonus Round in this years Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge.  I was quite surprised to learn that I had been awarded first place for the entry.

The sculpts are from Lead Adventures Miniatures.  They are beautifully sculpted, with crisp detail and no discernible mold lines.  Further they are loaded with character and a real joy to paint.

Along with these, I purchased two other Steampunk Ladies and three rather large Steam Robots.  They are on the painting table now along with my first Frostgrave Warband and some WWII figures. 

Generally speaking I have around 10 figures that I work on simultaneously and I post things in the order in which they come off the table.  I find this method keeps me excited about picking up the brush every day.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Deadlands Noir-Reaper Miniatures

Bob Ridolfi has long been one of my favourite sculptors as his display good knowledge of anatomy, have clean lines and great character.

This is a 28mm figure from Reaper Miniatures, was sculpted by Bob and is part of their limited Deadland Noir Pulp Collection.

This figure was a real pleasure to paint.

Over the next week I will be posting more frequently than normal so I apologize in advance for that.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Warlord British Paratroopers-Test Figures

One might expect that my continued interest in painting figures for Operation Market Garden is due to the work of Cornelius Ryan in A Bridge Too Far.  Admittedly, it is his work that introduced me to the historical events that took place in an operation that cost so many lives.  However, it is the work of Geoffrey Powell in his book Men At Arnhem, that has moved me the most and has convinced me that I must see this project through.

Because I have no experience in painting cammo, I chose to first complete three test figures  Although I am not entirely pleased with the results, it is a start and I know I can improve with practice.

Figures are 28mm and are from Warlord Games.

I shall paint a few more advancing figures to work out the bugs in my technique before tackling my PIAT and light mortar teams, the only defense these troops had against the might of German tanks.  

Just prior to the onset of the Analogue Winter Painting Challenge, I purchased It Never Snows In September by Robert J. Kershaw.   Please feel free to recommend any books that you feel might be of help to me.