Monday, 31 January 2011


Just finished painting this guy, my last fantasy figure for a while I think. He joins the other fantasy figures I've painted on a shelf probably never to be used for anything other than looking at.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Helmet or Skull?

Painted up another fantasy figure. Bits from a couple of different sets so I can add this guy to my small (and slightly mental looking) Mordheim warband. I decided to paint the whole helmet to look like bone.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A not so loyal retainer

I spent this evening painting up this model. He comes with the Games Workshop Giant model. I added the sword and bags to the belt and he will eventually end up as part of a small Diorama that I'm working on.

He's painted up as the peasant retainer of a knight or similarly important individual. I was really pleased with how he turned out as I do not paint fantasy models very often. I was particularly pleased with the face as I took the time to paint the little boil on his face and had a bash at the eyes, which turned out okay if I do say so my self. Although my rather shoddy camera work doesn't really do the model justice.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Bromhead, sort of.

Painted up the cinematic figure of Michel Cain as Bromhead, from the Empress Anglo-Zulu range this evening. I decided to paint him up to fit in with the regular/royalist elements of my VBCW force. Top model and I think he looks just like for a royalist force.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

A few more men

I Painted up these four guys to add to my VBCW force this afternoon, despite some camera problems I manged to finally get some decent pictures. These guys finish off another 10 man VBCW Squad.

Had a good result today though, I popped into Hobby Craft and found they had a 70% sale on. I picked up two big 225ml tubes of brown Daler-Rowney Acrylic paint for 89p each! not bad considering that they usually cost £7.50 each. Top savings and they will be very useful for groundwork etc on terrain.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Not really suitable for chopping wood

I was going to paint up four more WW1 infantry figures for my VBCW force but I got a bit distracted when I  found this model in a cupboard. I knocked him together a year or so ago, undercoated him and never got round to painting this model up. 

So like yesterdays model I decided to paint him up to fit in with my Mordheim Warband. He's a conversion of a GW Empire bowman and some High Elf parts. All in all I like the look, especially the rather large Axe which I doubt is designed for chopping fire wood.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

An old sword

I was at a bit of a loss this afternoon and put this guy together from some bits in my modelling cupboard. I wanted this guy to look like a grizzled fighter so he's got a badly notched sword and a shield taken from a fallen enemy. This guy will go in well with another 5 guys I have previously painted up in a similar style as part of a Mordheim Warband.
Back to painting up WW1/VBCW figures on Monday as I have another 4 guys to paint up as part of my force.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

A change from our scheduled viewing

I found this guy at the back of my miniatures drawer. I think I painted him in a moment of boredom a while back. For some reason this little snotling always makes me laugh, I have some more of these tiny fellows in my model box I might have to paint up another couple even though I have no real use for the models.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Flying the Colours

As a meeting finished earlier than I thought it would I was home nice and early and managed to finish of this standard bearer from Musketeer.

I went for a colour scheme that would make him fit in nicely with my other WW1 infantry figures. The flag is from a Victrix set of Napoleonic figures that I never quite got round to painting. I think it works okay as a royalist VBCW regiments flag.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

A few more men

Just spent the evening painting up these four chaps as part of a new squad for my VBCW force. Pictures are a bit dark as it was late and I was having a bit of a fight with the angle poise daylight lamp I use.

Monday, 10 January 2011

There can be only one!

This is one of the Musketeer WW1 Highland Officers. The tartan was an absolute sod to paint, if I paint up the other three in this pack I will not be doing tartan, unless I have a lot of spare time. Still a nice model and the tartan detail was a good challenge.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Not exactly tactical

I had this chap from Artizan Design knocking around in the cupboard and as I don't need another LMG gunner for my regular army squads I thought I would do something a bit different. I have a bit of an obsession with the whole Zulu war period, hence I thought what if the British army hadn't changed their uniforms for something more tactically sound like say...Green.

I am really very pleased with how this model turned out to the point that I think I might have to order a squad or two of British infantry from Artizan and paint them up in the same way as the private army of some mad royalist or disposed Baron!

Thursday, 6 January 2011


I spent the evening painting up these two trench raiders from Musketeer Miniatures. I really like how the guy with the furry cloak turned out, although the picture doesn't really do him justice. I have one more fellow from this set of four to paint up and then I might (depending on my mood) have a go at painting up some WW1 Highland infantry which the wife kindly bought me at Xmas.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A bright light

Painted up this lantern wielding (is that the right word, can one really wield a lantern) old boy from Artizan Designs. I really struggled to get a good picture of this and I'm still not hugely pleased with the above photo, but there he is none the less.

I still need to shade off the white stripe around his hat a bit, but other than that he is finished. I am considering having a go at some Object Source Lighting on this model, it's not something I've ever really done properly before but I am familiar with the technique, I shall mull this over tomorrow and perhaps in the evening have at this model, and try my hand at OSL.

Monday, 3 January 2011

A couple of chaps

Just a couple of models I painted up this evening.

The first model is one of Musketeer Miniatures early WW1 trench raiders. A great model to paint as usual and I'm quite pleased with the result. I went for mainly uniform colours but decided his balaclava could be light green for a little splash of colour on the model.

The second model is one of Artizan Designs German officers. I'm really pleased with how he turned out particularly the light grey I chose for the majority of his uniform. I may actually have to paint up a squad or two of regular Jerry infantry for this splendid fellow to command.

Saturday, 1 January 2011


I've always had a passing interest in the Vietnam war era, and had this guy along with another 8 or so infantry figures knocking around. I just fancied painting something simple tonight, and it does not get much simpler than green trousers and flesh (and some gun metal of course).