Sunday, 28 December 2014

Festive Painting

Merry Christmas readers, hope you are all having a great time, enjoying your holiday, family, presents or whatever else you get up to when the world closed down for a couple of days.

Now I realise it's a couple of weeks since I last posted and I did say I would paint every Wednesday but with the festive period, shopping, wrapping and visiting family I've not painted just once a week. I have however managed to get some painting in this week whilst I'm off work and at home.

So I've not managed to paint one, or even two figures but a group of eight, pretty impressive for my rates of painting, I've probably managed around 10 hours of painting in total across 3 nights.

The figures of choice have been sat in my painting box for at least a couple of years, pretty much since they were released. I spotted them at a con and instantly saw their potential as pulp miniatures. The figures are from Empress Miniatures Spanish Civil war range (not a period I know much about), from the Republican forces sold as Assault Troops and Command, to me they leapt out as some kind of border guards.

I've kept the colours fairly muted as usual, some semblance of a uniform but with some miniatures in jackets and trousers and others in overalls I thing they've got a lovely militia like feel to them. They're not meant for any country in particular and have a couple of different skin tones in there to add to their usefulness. 

Not going to be any Wednesday figures this week either, so I should next be painting on the 7th Jan, when it's likely going to be some Indian riflemen to add to my Kali Cult for some ranged firepower so I'll see you then.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Weekly Miniature - Part 2

Well it's a day late but I managed to fit in another couple of minis this week, only managed two as my wife and kids are away overnight and so I got a decent amount of painting time in tonight.

It's yet another set of Pulp miniatures for Pulp Alley.

A Flight captain, I used Cpt Jack Harkness ish colours for this one, in keeping with my other pulp miniatures I've kept the tones quite muted and used a limited pallet.

I also managed to finish another hound miniature I found laying around, this time painted up as a rottweiler, a fearsome opponent to be sure. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

It's been a while

Welcome back,

With a hiatus of nearly 18 months of no real miniature related hobby time I'm back, with the birth of my second daughter and much of the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 being taken up organising an annual LARP event I run my time has been seriously limited, I've managed a few games in this period but that's about it.

Last weekend my Brother was up and we dusted off Pulp Alley one night and managed to get a good couple of games in (see his blog for the write up shortly) They were really enjoyable and have given me back a bit of my hobby mojo.

Whilst chatting to my Bro after the games I set myself the challenge of putting aside one night a week for painting, Wednesday for me is a pretty good one and so Wednesday has been declared painting night, once the kids are in bed I've about 2 hours of painting time so I'm going to aim to paint at least 1 miniature in this time from start to finish.

This may not seem like much but since we mainly play pulp adventures with half a dozen miniatures a side this is more than enough to keep filling out the collection and start clearing through the unpainted miniature pile.

Saying that this week is a bit of a bumper start, I had a number of models part painted or started and so in little over 2 hours I managed to get 3 figures painted.

The first is an Indian fella in some kind of colonial-esque uniform, a miniature from Mutineer Miniatures Indian Mutiny range from a pack I picked up mainly for one miniature but this one seemed useful too. He'll be great for a pulp sidekick.

Next up are a pair of baggage camels, mounted up to be plot points for Pulp Alley. I think these are from Irregular miniatures, picked up at a show for about a pound each.

The bases are not quite finished but I'll likely do a larger batch of them together one night.

So until next week, have a good un.