Saturday, 28 March 2015

Paint Table Saturday#73

A huge thank you to all those that continue to leave comments on these posts; they are gratefully received. There has been a little bit of progress this week with the completion of General Tor and the first few passes at a couple of Zombicide walkers. Given that these are plastic miniatures, mass produced for their respective board games there is still plenty of detail to keep me interested.   

In other news, I have also been fiddling around with a couple of penguins just for fun.  Burtonesque armaments, scavenged from a variety of sources, have now been fastened to the flightless felons' backs!  I just wish I had a modicum of skill when it came to putty pushing; the ubiquitous greenstuff once again adhering to everything but its intended target.  Still with a bit of luck it will come together when painted.

Finally an image of all that I managed for the 'Vth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge'.  This meagre* collection represents just shy of four months work, but did achieve a total of 1040 points, thanks manly to the very supportive voting of my fellow challengers when it came to the bonus themed rounds.  

*Take a look a what others managed to achieve in the time and you will understand why I use the word meagre; simply staggering amounts of work here.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Paint Table Saturday#72

The first Paint Table post, post 'Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' and this is what is left.  I managed to reach my target score thanks mainly to the generous voting of my fellow challengers in the bonus theme rounds.  The curious remnants have all got paint on them to a greater or lesser degree so my current plan is to quietly work my way through them.

That said, there is always room for a distraction and so I'm not altogether surprised to see this character slip on to the table!

Plenty more pain tables to admire here.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Happy Birthday '28mm Victorian Warfare'...

…4 today!

Today marks the 4th anniversary of '28mm Victorian Warfare', but sadly 2015 continues to prove difficult with regards to my blogging exploits.  I'm afraid in light of a healthy dose of 'real life' I have had to reassess my priorities and currently posting on progress has become an unfortunate casualty of the current situation.

I still continue to paint, model and collect when I can and many a waking moment is devoted to all things hobby related, but sadly I just don't have the time to maintain the blog to the level that I would like.

That said, I have no intention of abandoning this labour of love, apart from the time and effort already invested in '28mm Victorian Warfare', I have come to value the friendships and sense of community that were a wonderful by-product of its creation too much to turn my back on it entirely.  I have no idea when I will be able to return to more regular posting, but in the interim I have decided to quietly continue to post as part of 'Paint Table Saturday' for no other reason than to maintain some semblance of life and to prevent the dust from building up!  Please don't feel the need to comment on these posts as there are purely for my own self gratification, but I hope to be back amongst you all soon.

On the table this week, clockwork chimps! 

On a brighter note, tickets for 'Salute 2015' have been bought! 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Burnaby & Fiends! (sic.)

Firstly, I must make yet another apology!  I am afraid that life here at 'Awdry Towers' has been turned upside down of late!  We are all well, but having made the decision to have some much needed decorating done a rather alarming structural fault has been discovered!  Subsequently the 'Saintly Mrs. Awdry' and myself have been confined to the back room, surrounded by many of our possessions, now boxed, with everything else that we own covered in a film of plaster dust!

I had hoped to try and find a way through to the painting table this morning, but alas no.  Due to the unexpected discovery earlier in the week, I am now joined, on this somewhat grey and damp Saturday morning, by a couple of plasterers keen to push the job on.  All of this upheaval has meant that I am woefully behind on my correspondence, my apologies.  

That said, I did manage to post my first entry in the Challenge proper on Thursday!  For someone who rarely plays a game, I seem to be amassing a decent collection of skirmish rules and so when 'Warlord Games' released 'Blood On The Nile', a Sudan Black Powder supplement, I just had to have a copy.  To sweeten the pill somewhat this splendid edition came with a rather wonderful free miniature representing that quintessential Victorian hero, Frederick Gustavus Burnaby.  The Colonel, perhaps not unsurprisingly, has been mentioned in dispatches here at '28mm Victorian Warfare' before - The Man, the Legend, the Title Banner!  A splendid chap in many ways and a fellow Old Oswestrian, but alas the  similarities end here.

Having painted the man himself it seemed only right and proper to give him something to scare with that shotgun of his and so five 'Perry Miniatures' plastic Mahdists were hurriedly assembled and painted.  For those of you following the progress David Docherty Esq. in the 'Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' will understand why I was somewhat embarrassed to submit such a paltry few,  but they were part of an entry that I’m pleased to see finally posted.

Just from a technical point of view this was the first time that I had painted 28mm troops on a stick, often working on all three at once.  I appreciate that this is nothing new, but was quite a revelation for me, especially when I compare this latest stand of five with the previous efforts and of course from an arm's length there was no disc enable difference in quality!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Somebody give that man a hand!

The penultimate bonus theme round of the 'Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' saw me scrabbling around the lead hillock for something vaguely 'Comedic'.  Bag after bag of shiny loveliness was rediscovered and just as quickly dismissed - why have I got a set of roller-skate wearing waitresses?  After a couple of abortive ideas my mind turned to those halcyon days of summer when, with the release of 'Osprey Publishing's' On the Seven Seas, it seemed that all the hobby community chatter was of a piratical nature.

Not really looking to start yet another period, I did, briefly, dip my toe into the salty brine of the seven seas and plundered a box of Captain Hood's crew, for no other reason than they bore a striking resemblance to famous pirates of literature and stage.  The miniatures duly docked at 'Awdry Towers', but have since laid abandoned - until now!

What could be more comedic then a grown man, a pirate captain at that, being relentlessly pursued by a crocodile, whilst his first mate, a man so wonderful kind and yet completely incompetent looks idly on?  Yes, Disney's vision of Captain Hook was to create an archenemy for our ever youthful hero, Peter Pan that had the potential for menace, but ultimately, the inability to scare the children!  This, then, was to become my inspiration for the 'Comedic' round - an encounter between Captain Hook and he is nemesis, the crocodile.  Taking  a 'Warbases' 120mm MDF disc as a starting point, I set about trying to conjure up a possible scenario for my players to act out.  I have to confess that I really enjoy this process and in the back of my mind I am always considering that the area itself should go on to form a piece of terrain or become a 'set' for future painted miniatures*

*Given that I backed the 'Rum & Bones' Kickstarter this is likely to become a real possibility!

So to the build, I was channeling shoreline meets hideaway and combined some stone slabs with my usual pumice gel and some miniature seashells to get me underway.  To this a rather splendid set piece, in the form of a 'Reaper Miniatures' Dead Man's Chest sculpted by Kevin Williams, was added along with other bits of flotsam and jetsam to create some depth.  

The rest of the miniatures were all from 'North Star Military Figures' with the 'not' Hook and Smee from the aforementioned 'Captain Hood's Crew' and a the crocodile from their African range.  Working on miniatures of this quality is a joy, the sculpts and casting just make the whole process thoroughly good fun and I hope that this sense of fun is apparent in the final creation.

So in numbers the entry consists of four 28mm miniatures, two very much prone, a ship's cannon and a crocodile!  

Just as an aside, was Captain Hook's lot always to be be the comedic interlude to Peter Pan's adventures in the Neverlands?  Apparently not, J. M. Barrie's creation didn't appear in the early drafts of the play, but was added as a front-cloth scene depicting the children's journey home.  This was later expanded with Gerald du Maurier, already playing George Darling, taking the role.  With the character now established, Barrie was able to flesh out his creation a little more stating that, "Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze."  

An Old Etonian, James Hook is described as "cadaverous" and "blackavised", with blue eyes and long dark curls resembling "black candles".  Known as the "boatswain to Blackbeard", his two principal fears were the sight of his own blood and the crocodile who relentlessly pursued him after eating the hand cut off by Peter.  A callous and bloodthirsty pirate, Barrie makes it clear that these qualities are "not wholly unheroic", but are a far cry from the cowardly and comedic traits that the Disney animated film of 1953 imposed on our luckless seafarer - "Bad Form".

Do take the opportunity to see the latest submissions, perhaps even vote for your favourites entries, by visiting  the bonus theme round page here; once again there are some stunning entries, and certainly worth a look.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Paint Table Saturday#68

Sadly no painting today as domestic chores beckon, but I thought I would just take stock of where my 'Challenge' is at the moment.  With the bonus theme rounds all but done, what remains on the table are the miniatures required to reach my target of a 1000 points!  This doesn't look good, with only twenty something days remaining it is now highly unlikely that I'm going to achieve that, but not to worry.  'The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' remains a wonderful incentive to get things done over the winter months and although I toyed with the idea of a 'Plan B' in order to amass quick points this has been subsequently dismissed on the grounds that it doesn't seem in the spirit of the event - I'm happy to pootle along and see just how close I get.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Jailer's Van

Having made it to another half term break, I have trawling through some of the splendid weblogs that I enjoy to follow.  Just in the small time that I have had away there has been a massive amount of work done and I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with all the hobby progress, furiously scribbling down some new ideas to try and projects to investigate - top of that list seems to be some shiny new Batman toys!  

I was just reviewing what I have managed to achieve to date this year and noticed that I had not posted my Jailer's Van that accompanied my 'Victorian' themed entry to the 'Annologue Hobbies Painting Challenge', and so to complete the entry, have included it here.  This then, a ‘Warbases’ Jailer’s Van, was one of those silly impulse buys that seemed to have inadvertently jumped into my virtual shopping trolley when last  picking up some MDF discs.  A relatively simple kit to put together* this Jailer's Van is a truly versatile kit, based on 'Warbases' original horse drawn van it could work equally well in the Wild West, stirring fond memories of my 'Timpo Jail Wagon'.  The website also suggests that it might prove just the ticket as an appropriate transport for that most wonderfully camp villain, the Child Catcher, played by Robert Helpmann in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.**

*Which is fortunate as there were no instructions.
**Now there's an idea for a project!

Deciding against the more traditional colour scheme for the 'Black Maria'*** I opted for a dark blue colour.  With a touch of weathering, some rust on the bars and a suitable base, this little MDF model soon sprang to life and I have to confess, I pretty pleased with it.  The theme rounds have been a wonderful distraction for me this year and allowed me some sort of continued presence in the challenge whilst I struggle to make an impact on my target points tally - still plenty of time to go yet!

***Well this is supposed to be a painting contest!
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