Tuesday, 22 November 2016


A Lahmian Vampire I painted at the weekend.  I was going to enter it into the Oldhammer Forum Deadcember 2016 Painting Challenge but decided against it.  I do however plan to paint  the mounted version for the challenge.  A couple of painting firsts for me with this figure, the first vampire and the first time I've tried to paint sheer fabric.  I'm pretty happy with the way that it's turned out, but I think I can improve on the sheer fabric, and the snake looks a bit flat.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Leopold's Leopard Company

The first 6 figures painted for The Dogs of War, Leopold's Leopard Company, these are for the rear ranks. The next batch which I'm painting at the minute are a lot "cleaner" and look better, even though they are only about 50% complete.
I've painted these the same as the Napoleonic's, white undercoat, block paint, wash, more block paint, wash, and highlight and it's not working on these figures, so for the next DoW unit I'll be taking Amy Winehouse's advice and going back to black for the undercoat.

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Kislev Kossars

Back to the land of the ice and snow of the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow...*
The first five Kossars which I started about 6 weeks ago, but were shelved due to the Napoleonic itch, which has been scratched, for the time being, anyway.   
As with all of my vintage GW figures, I've painted these in the classic GW livery.

The Kislevites are an anachronistic bunch of figures, which I suppose is also true of a lot of fantasy races. The Winged Lancers are a homage to the Polish Winged Hussars of the 16th-18th century, while the Kossars with their bows and axes hark back to the 15th century, around the time of the Battle of Grunwald when the Teutonic Knights allegedly called some of the Polish-Lithuanian contingent "Murderous Rustics with axes".  Murderous Rustics with axes is a scary proposition and I think that the Kossars fit the bill perfectly. 
I have 30 Kossars to paint in total and I've cleaned up the second batch ready to undercoat.  I must admit I'm not entirely happy with the paint job on these, lots of fiddly detail which took a while and a bit of repainting to work out exactly what was what but I think I've got it now so the next batch will be better.
I've also started work on Leopold's Leopard Company and I really should start work on a command group for my Dogs of War.


* Apologies to Led Zepplin for paraphrasing The Immigrant Song 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016


I painted up a few Highlanders in full Highland dress yesterday, they are the figures in action pose from  the pack "B66 Highlander Flank Company Assorted" that I got from my trip to the Foundry shop a few weeks ago and a pre-owned mounted officer that I bought at Boarder Riever from Colonel Bill.

I've kept the remaining marching and advancing figures that were in the pack which include a Grenadier carrying an axe and sporting a magnificent moustache to serve as Grenadiers in Line Regiments I also wanted to get the figures done in a day and was a little concerned about the time it would take to paint the tartan, diced hat bands and plaid socks!  I've painted these figures as the Light Coy of 92nd Gordon Highlanders and while I think the hat bands and socks are okay, I'm not so sure about the tartan, but it's close enough for jazz.

92nd Gordon Highlanders Tartan, from Steven's Balagan Spanish and Portuguese Military History, Wargaming, and other stuff website.

I mentioned recently what the prospect of a game can do for your painting mojo, in the past month I've painted 38 foot, 1 gun and 1 mounted officer and while they are an eclectic mix, a little rough around the edges, I now have enough figures painted for the game this Thursday evening.  I had hoped to have 3 Perry Miniatures French Hussars painted as well, but due to real life commitments I doubt I'll have time to paint these before Thursday.  
Depending on how the game looks and plays I may post an AAR, but while I'm looking forward to getting the toys on the table I don't want to build it up to much.
This was the second time I've painted Napoleonic Highlanders the first lot were 15mm AB's, there's a photo of them on the 15mm archive page (picture 36 of 75) for anyone interested. 
So there it is, thanks for looking.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Foundry 95th Rifles

Some Foundry 95th Rifles.  Nice figures and easy to paint.
Once again I slapped on the paint in a selection of mid price hotels on various A roads around the North West this time.  You may have noticed that I have stepped up production lately, it's amazing what the prospect of a game can do to your productivity.  I'm back around Nottingham the week after next so it looks like another trip to Foundry is on the cards, I'll probably make a start on the Line Regiments, both British and French.