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Hobby Roundup. Spring Clean 2024.

Hobby Roundup. Spring Clean 2024.

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About the Project

The project will feature pieces I am finishing for Salute's painting competition and lots of miniatures in my pile of opportunity. This will include warlord Games's Epic Pike and Shotte, Perry Napoleonics,and a variety of other fantasy sci-fi and historical figures.

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Warlord Games Epic Cuirsssiers

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The Pike and Shotte cavalry box set comes with six cuirassier models. Looking at the cavalry as a whole if I take some of the other mounted figures I should be able to make a small unit of ten models. I have already painted 5 cuirassiers so if I add in the other one, a standard bearer and 4 harquebusier models that will give me enough . The unit will represent Haselrigge’s lobsters. The models will I think not look out of place as a unit as in the actual regiment cuirassier armour became increasingly less common as the war progressed. The lobster pot helmet would also have been commonly worn even at the start of the war. As you can see in the photo the cuirassiers are all on one base. They aren’t however stuck on and I will spread them out across the unit.

Warlord Games Epic Cuirsssiers

Perry Miniatures French Carabiniers.

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The finished half unit. The flag is by GMB Designs. With my painting for wargames figures I am now trying to make it less ‘fussy’ and concentrate on cleanliness. The horses for these (apart from the trumpeter) were all painted as blacks. The regiment ideally used black horses if possible. My method was the same for these. The base is black and is then highlighted with Scale 75 Petroleum Grey, Graphene Grey, GW Dawnstone and final highlights with GW Administratum Grey.

Perry Miniatures French Carabiniers.

Perry Miniatures French Carabiniers.

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I actually painted the trumpeter and officer for the last Spring Clean and did one of the troopers after. The officer was never based and I had started on the horses. I wanted to finish at least a small unit before the end of the Spring Clean. One of the problems faced I think by many of us is that our pile of things to do can increase and not decrease over the course of the challenge and certain things get bumped further down the list. I was determined however to do something with this unit. I will add to it later and bring its strength up to twelve.

I wasn’t happy with the sky blue on the saddle cloth and trim on the riders and repainted it using GW Caledor Sky, shaded with GW Macragge Blue and highlighted with Calgor Blue. I had not realised that the collars and turnbacks should be a light blue and the blue part of the trim around the cuirass should be a dark blue. I painted the latter Vallejo Game Color Dark Blue. I aslo tidied up the figures and reinforced the white edging to the blue cloth for a cleaner finish. The plastic pole on the Eagle Bearer was replaced with a section of paper clip. This was for two reasons: firstly for durability and secondly as is it is not long enough to fit a GMB flag.

Perry Miniatures French Carabiniers.

Victrix Old Guard Grenadier Eagle Bearer

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This is actually a conversion using a body from the Guard Chasseur set and adding a Perry head. I used the Mont St Jean site as a uniform reference and saw that like the rest of the troops apart from officers he should have a moustache. Therefore I sculpted one using green stuff. I then learned that he was actually an officer so should be clean shaven. So I carved my hard work off and stripped the head with IPA. This was a complete faff to get the face ready to be repainted. I used my usual display level recipe for this. Start with Army Painter Barbarian Flesh. Wash with a flesh wash (old Citadel) mixed with Seraphim Sepia. Highlight again with base colour. Highlight with this mixed with Vallejo Pale Flesh. This is done with an almost glaze consistency. Shade with a glaze of Screamer Pink around the cheeks and nose. Paint lower lip with Tuskgor Fur. Add a little highlight to the lip with your flesh highlight mix. Put a line of Rhinox Hide between the lips and in the eye sockets. Do the whites of the eyes with Ulthuan grey and add black pupils to finish.

The completed figure. The gallery shows the initial conversion. I also replaced the plastic pole with a metal one. The painted figure with the offending moustache. and the last three French I have painted in a group shot. This means that all my French Napoleonic Infantry in my pile of shame are completed.The completed figure. The gallery shows the initial conversion. I also replaced the plastic pole with a metal one. The painted figure with the offending moustache. and the last three French I have painted in a group shot. This means that all my French Napoleonic Infantry in my pile of shame are completed.

Perry Miniatures General Kellerman

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For the gold cloth, saddle cloth trim, details on sash and bicorne etc I used a more sophisticated paint recipe, which while it is more time consuming than the contrast method I shared previously on L’Heritier, does result in a cleaner and more controlled finish. Start with two thin coats of Vallejo Scrofulous Brown. Then highlight with Vallejo Ice Yellow. Apply a tghinned glaze with GW Iyanden Yellow. Shade with very thin Doombull Brown. Then line and selectively shade with GW Rhinox Hide. Highlight again with Ice Yellow and finally with Vallejo Ivory. The red weave that can be seen in the rear shot of the sash is done with thinned GW Evil Sunz Scarlet.

Perry Miniatures General Kellerman

Perry French Line Infantry

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These were painted in a very similar fashion to the Warlord Games figures that I have previously posted. I have used the same colour palette for these and also for the Perry figures that I have also posted i.e. the ones wearing greatcoats. This completes all the French line infantry that were in my pile of shame.

Perry French Line Infantry

Perry French Heavy Cavalry General L'Heritier.

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Did a fair bit of tidy up on this Perry sculpt. The face was miscast and the hair had a casting fault. Part of the rear cuirass was missing too. I corrected these faults with modelling putty and also drilled out the reins with a wow stick. As I was going to start the figure with contrast paints as a base coat I also smoothed all the pitting out with milliput.

As this is more of a display level mini I added a lot more highlight stages across the miniature. For the coat for example I again started with two thin coats of Leviadon Blue and then highlighted with Caledor Sky, Calgar Blue, Fenrisian Grey and Blue Horror. The latter is applied extremely sparingly. All of these are GW paints.

For the gold sash and saddle cloth etc I used a NMM method . I do not personally like gold cloth etc painted with metallic metal paints as to me it reads as solid metal rather than gold wire or cloth . Sticking to a contrast theme I had a go at a recipe I came up with. Two thin coats of Nazdreg Yellow as a base coat. Highlight with Vallejo Ice Yellow. Glaze with thinned Iyanden Yellow Contrast. Shade with Snakebite Leather. Highlight with Ice Yellow and finally with Vallejo Ivory.

Perry French Heavy Cavalry General L'Heritier.

Victrix Miniatures Old guard Chasseurs

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Again all done with GW contrast paints. I slightly converted these. The models tassels on their bearskins are moulded as one tassel whereas in reality they should be two. I altered these so they were more historically accurate by cutting them in two and carefully manipulating them so they looked correct. The bearskins are highlighted with Vallejo Brown Grey. All other colours and methods used I have already described on my previous posts .

Victrix Miniatures Old guard Chasseurs

Perry French line infantry wearing greatcoats.

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Again I have used contrast paints exclusively for these figures base coats. This is a guide to how I have painted the coats on these miniatures.  The darker brown is Garaghak’s Sewer highlighted with Vallejo Ivory and the contrast paint mixed equally. The lighter brown is Gore Grunta Fur highlighted in the same way but this time use any ochre  colour. The Grey is Space Wolves Grey highlighted with GW Administratum Grey . All of the figures are then glazed with a heavily diluted ( I use matt medium mixed with water) application of the original contrast paint.

The two varieties of brown and grey greatcoated wearing figures.The two varieties of brown and grey greatcoated wearing figures.
This picture shows the rest of the models. You can see a variety of grey colours this is achieved by making the initial application of the grey more pigment heavy or by painting it over a grey rather than a white undercoat. Also you can see that the brown colours I have described are also used on some of the models shakos, and trousers.This picture shows the rest of the models. You can see a variety of grey colours this is achieved by making the initial application of the grey more pigment heavy or by painting it over a grey rather than a white undercoat. Also you can see that the brown colours I have described are also used on some of the models shakos, and trousers.

Warlord Games French line infantry

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As I said below I wanted to paint all these with contrast paint from Citadel base coats. The blue jacket is Leviadon Blue highlighted with Calgar Blue. The white trousers or gaiters are either Soulblight Grey Shade or Apothecary White Contrast. In both cases highlighted with Vallejo Off White. The black parts of the miniature are painted with Black Templar which is highlighted with Dawnstone. The contrast paints have all been thinned with matt medium mixed with water. A couple of coats will give you a much better result than with it applied straight from the pot.

These miniatures were free in a recent issue of WI magazine.These miniatures were free in a recent issue of WI magazine.
Warlord Games French line infantry

Painting Wars of the Roses Armour.

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Sir Robert Whittingham.Sir Robert Whittingham.

Both the two miniatures armour was  painted from a black under coat. Sir Robert was base coated with Grey Knights Steel by GW. This paint has a blue tone to it which works very well with the blue wash which is then applied. The wash is made with Scale 75 Inktense Blue and Liquitex Carbon Black in about a fifty/fifty mix. It is very important to heavily dilute this as the pigments in the ink are very strong. Several applications work much better and you can by doing this apply it in a more controlled way. You can also ensure that it does not pool where you do not want it to.  Highlights are then applied with the original metallic. I do this by looking at the figure and seeing where the light reflects off the shiny metal paint. Selective highlights were then done with Vallejo Model Air Chrome. Use this sparingly. You may be surprised how judicious use of this at this stage really makes the miniature pop! Very much a less is more technique.

This knight is wearing blackened armour. I have deliberately painted him to look as if he is wearing armour that is less fine than his lord.  The figure is base coated with GW Iron Hands Steel. The wash this time is several applications of very thinned Carbon Black. Pin washes are also used to bring out the detail. Highlights were then done with the base colour and chrome paint. As the armour is darker the chrome paint will stand out even more than it does on the previous figure.

One of Sir Robert's retainers.One of Sir Robert's retainers.

Making Winter Bases

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The prepared base.The prepared base.

The base is coconut fibre glued on with PVA glue. More PVA which is heavily diluted with water is then washed onto the coconut fibre. This is then washed with Liquitex Raw Umber ink.  Various tufts were then applied.

With scenic products applied.With scenic products applied.

All the products used are by AK. I was going for a melting snow effect. Snow Sprinkles is the ideal product for this. I used Ice Sparkles around this to get a melting freezing effect. Snow Microballons is a fine powder and this gives a great effect of freshly fallen snow. The last two products were applied with diluted PVA. Finally Terrains Snow gives a thicker snow effect and is a paste. I applied this in small clumps and also brushed it over the vegetation.

Here I have added the figures and more of the basing effects to make the vignette look more realistic. Here I have added the figures and more of the basing effects to make the vignette look more realistic.

The scene depicts the eve of the Battle of Towton 1461. Sir Robert Whittingham ponders the question from one of his retainers, ‘How do you think the battle will go on the morrow?’ Robert would have been about 40 years of age at the time of the battle. His effigy shows him as being clean shaven. Perhaps because of the cold weather and him being on campaign excuses him having a beard in my representation. I took inspiration from Graham Turner’s beautiful painting of Robert. The figures are shortly to be released by Ragged Staff MInis and are available on Etsy.

Warlord French Napoleonic Line grenadier.

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One of the problems I have found with my hobby projects is that I have been painting more or less everything to what I would call a good tabletop or display/competition standard. This is obviously not helping me to get through army projects quickly. What I am going to do with most of the French infantry that I have featured in my previous post is paint them to a nice standard but quickly. I intend to start all of them from a contrast paint base coat. This is the first test model that I have completed and I was pleased with how it came out.

Warlord French Napoleonic Line grenadier.

Perry, Victrix and Warlord French Napoleonics

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I put together 14 Perry, 4 Warlord French line and 4 Victrix Guard Chasseurs. It has been quite a while since I have assembled these so I made the mistake of adding some of the packs with greatcoats to the ones wearing them and also packs without them to figures not wearing them. While it was relatively easy to swap them over with careful use of a scalpel this was annoying! I assembled them and cleaned them up with a scalpel and tidied up with running Tamiya extra thin cement over areas that I had cleaned up to make the figures smooth and tidy before they were undercoated with a cheap White Primer. A couple of the greatcoat figures were primed with Halford’s Grey. I will explain the difference between my priming choices in a later post. I did two minor conversions. I added epaulets to one of the Warlord figures to make him into a voltigeur and I added a Perry bare head to the standard bearer of the guards unit.

As you can see the underecoat looks a mess I rectified this with a judicious wet brush of off white paint. That will teach me to not use cheap rattle cans!As you can see the underecoat looks a mess I rectified this with a judicious wet brush of off white paint. That will teach me to not use cheap rattle cans!

Horatius.

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Sculpted by Talos Miniatures for famous By Your Sword by EoinmcminisSculpted by Talos Miniatures for famous By Your Sword by Eoinmcminis
Rear View of the miniature better illustrates the work on the red cloak and hair.Rear View of the miniature better illustrates the work on the red cloak and hair.

All the gold on the miniature has been done with GW paint. Starting from a brown undercoat I based the metal with Retributor Armour. This was then washed with undiluted Liquitex Burnt Umber Ink. I prefer the reddish hue of this over Raw Umber for gold effects. This was then highlighted with Liberator Gold and Auric Armour Gold before final highlights were added with Vallejo Model Air Chrome.

The silver parts of the helmet were (over a black base)  painted with Vallejo Metal Color Duraluminium. This was then washed with a very dilute mix of Liquitex Carbon Black ink. Final highlights were added with the base colour and finally the aforementioned Chrome.

The pteruges and cloth were based with Vallejo Ivory and the breastplate with Vallejo Off White. The cloth and breastplate were washed with GW Soulblight Grey and the pteruges with Space Wolves Grey. Finer shading was then glazed into the cloth with Grey Seer. The ‘white’ areas of the model were then highlighted with Off White and very selectively pure white.

The red areas of the model were (over a white undercoat) base painted with Flesh Tearers Red. More of this was painted into the deepest recesses of the cloth. This was then highlighted with heavy glaze applications of the following GW reds: Mephiston Red, Evil Sunz Scarlet, and Wild Rider Red. Finally a few dots of Fire Dragon Bright were applied at the highest points or ‘ends’ of the material to make the ‘red’ pop.

The blonde hair is base coayed with GW Zandri Dust and highlighted with GW Ushbati Bone. At this stage it is washed with GW Seraphim Seoia before final highlights are done with GW Flayed One Flesh and finally Vallejo Ivory.

The sun in the middle of the breast plate was base coated with Vallejo Scrofulous Brown and shaded with glazes of GW Doombull Brown and Rhinox Hide. It was then highlighted with the base colour mixed with Vallejo Ice Yellow, pure Ice Yellow, Off White and finally white. The same palette was used for the belt around the model’s waist.

The sword was also painted with an NMM technique. Starting from a base of GW Thunderhawk Blue it was highlighted with GW Administratum Grey, Ulthuan Grey, Off White and finally white. The darker parts of the blade were done with GW Incubi Darkness and a black paint.

Blood and gore effects were done with either Blood For The Blood God or the same technical paint mixed with black ink.

Cecathach

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Sculpted by Talos miniatures for Famous By Your Sword by Eoinmcminis.Sculpted by Talos miniatures for Famous By Your Sword by Eoinmcminis.

Okay with Salute out of the way I can concentrate on painting completely new minis!

This is quite a large model being over 54mm. The metallics were painted with Vallejo Duraliminium. This was then washed with a blue/black ink mix. Make sure this is very diluted I used a water and matt medium mix for this. I then glazed this more carefully in certain areas and highlighted with glazes of the original colour and Vallejo Chrome was used for more extreme highlights. The eye was done with glazes of GW Warpstone Glow (this was also used for the OSL) with Moot Green in the centre and a touch of pure white in the middle. The socket was then shaded with Liquitex Sap Green Ink.

The skin was painted with Army Painter Glistening Blood. I then washed and glazed Liquitex Burnt Umber ink into the recesses before highlighting with various reds from the GW range. Finally I glazed the entire arm with the Glistening Blood. This was to blend things more smoothly and to unify the finish.

The spear was done with a mix of TMM and NMM. Often people can say you cannot combine the two techniques on the same miniature but I think it can work successfully. I used GW paints for this. For the ‘sharp’ end I used Stormvermin Fur as a base highlighting with Dawnstone, Administratum Grey, Grey Seer,  Ivory ( Vallejo) and then finally pure white. It was shaded ( all of these are glaze applications) with Skavenblight Dinge and black (any black). The metal parts of the shaft is simply Blathasar Gold shaded with Liquitex Burnt Umber ( the red in the ink works better I think than Raw Umber with ‘golds’). This is then highlighted with a Balthasar Gold/silver mix. The wood is painted Mournfang Brown and washed with Raw Umber Ink . This is then highlighted with Zandri Dust. Scale 75 Inktense Wood is then glazed over all of the wood.

Blood and gore effects are simply Blood For The Blood God applied over either the white undercoat or GW Xereus Purple ( the intestines of the unfortunate victim).

Eversor Assassin

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Another of my minis I entered at Hammerhead at the start of March. What I want to do here is highlight the amount of work I have done between then and now on my minis. A before and after if you like. This is for two reasons: one to show the amount of work I have done in visual form and two to show I am not just sticking up images of work that have not been significantly altered over the time period of the challenge. I have also improved a Ney’s Charge vignette and a unit of GW Howling Banshees but not significantly enough I feel to showcase them as part of the Spring Clean.

I have worked on all the metal areas improving especially the highlights on the silver. The leather has all been distressed with GW Steel Legion Drab and Zandri Dust. The skull mask has had all the blends smoothed out with Vallejo Ivory, Off White, White and glazes of Liquitex White Ink. The targeter has been ‘sharpened’, and the edge highlights on the red and black areas have been worked on. It was on the ‘black’ suit that I mainly worked on however. I worked on all the transitions and used Liquitex black ink more to improve the shading. This was then highlighted in this order: GW Dark Reaper, Thunderhawk Blue, Russ Grey, Fenrisian Grey and finally Blue Horror. Then the ‘black’ is glazed with a heavily diluted GW Contrast Terradon Turquoise. Final highlights are then achieved with Vallejo Ivory and any white. I also added more detail to the base and a couple of tiny tufts from Gamers Grass. If anyone is interested the rust effects on the metal part of the base have been done with Dirty Down Rust and Yellow Rust. I also used their Moss on this project which I also used to tint the tiny bit of cotton wool that can be seen oozing from one of the pipes. The toxic waste drip and pools are Vallejo Still Water mixed with Liquitex Green Ink.

BeforeBefore
AfterAfter

The Battle of Fulford Gate

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I've reworked this vignette quite a bit from the piece I took to Hammerhead. Key areas are the base and shields and shoes where I added some Vallejo thick mud which I later tinted with Liquitex Burnt Umber Ink. I worked on most of the armour, helmets and shields redifining shadows with blue/black ink and highlighting with Vallejo Model Air Chrome.I also added more highlights to the cloth areas and improved the look of the leather. The base was improved by adding a blood drop and ripples on the water whilst I also deepened the depth of the ditch. I used Vallejo Still Water, AK Water Gell Transparent and GW Blood For The Blood God to achieve these 'water' effects.   I've reworked this vignette quite a bit from the piece I took to Hammerhead. Key areas are the base and shields and shoes where I added some Vallejo thick mud which I later tinted with Liquitex Burnt Umber Ink. I worked on most of the armour, helmets and shields redifining shadows with blue/black ink and highlighting with Vallejo Model Air Chrome.I also added more highlights to the cloth areas and improved the look of the leather. The base was improved by adding a blood drop and ripples on the water whilst I also deepened the depth of the ditch. I used Vallejo Still Water, AK Water Gell Transparent and GW Blood For The Blood God to achieve these 'water' effects.

The figures are all by Victrix Miniatures. I converted the Saxon floundering in the ditch and the Viking with two axes.

Warlord Games Napoleon

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Again I have attempted today to improve on my original piece. I am going to enter this at Salute in the Single Historical Figure category. I painted this for Warlord’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ competition and I was a little disappointed that it could not even make commended entry level. However I think the piece is not without merit and features for example 46 bees that I have free handed across the miniature. Improvements I have made include : increasing the directional lighting on the face, smoothing out the blends on the cloak, adding more NMM to the metal parts of the staff and improving the volumes on the carpet.

Postscript : This mini took Silver at Salute in the Historical Single Figure Category.

Warlord Games Napoleon
Warlord Games Napoleon

Perry Miniatures French Line Horse Artillery

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This would have to fit in the ‘dust off’ category. With Salute’s painting competition now being just round the corner I wanted to enter as many categories as possible. With London being so far away and quite expensive to get there I thought I would have a once in a lifetime trip. Hence my wanting to enter as many categories as possible. I picked something I had already completed and had a go at adding to it. As it turned out this was a great deal more arduous than I thought. I added more shading into the blue uniform with Wargames Foundry French Blue Shade. This I then highlighted with firstly GW Calgar Blue and Fenrisian Grey. For the black overalls I added further highlights with GW Dawnstone then Administratum Grey. The reds were made to pop with further highlights of GW Evil Sunz Scarlet and Wild Rider Red. I then reworked any areas that were clumsily finished and added GW Auric Gold  and Vallejo Chrome ( the latter very selectively) to all the ‘gold’areas including the buttons.

The gun carriage received selective shading with GW Agrax Earthshade and was highlighted with the base colour ( which I think was GW Goblin Green) and then edge highlighted (where possible) with GW Moot Green mixed with Vallejo Ice Yellow. The metal areas were washed with very thinned black ink ( the base being Vallejo Gunmetal). This was then highlighted with GW Iron Hands Silver and very careful spit highlights with Chrome. The barrel was repainted with GW Retributor Armour washed with heavily diluted Burnt Umber Ink. The original colour is then glazed over where the light would reflect off the metal and again tiny highlights were applied with chrome to really make the metal pop!

Perry Miniatures French Line Horse Artillery

This rear view shows more clearly how I improved the base. I added some tiny tufts and shrubs from Gamer’s Grass. I also highlighted these and all the original tufts with GW Ushbati bone and added GW Agrax in the recesses and around the rocks on the base. I made wheel tracks with Vallejo thick mud and applied this sparingly also on the wheel rims. The water effect is Vallejo Still Water mixed with a tiny amount of Burnt Umber ink. I used various weathering  powders from Vallejo to add ‘dirt’ to the figures shoes and lower parts of their trousers and to blend the figures into their environment. I also ( not shown in photo) added Liquitex Burnt Umber Ink to the ‘mud’ which made it,I think, look better. I also added some Dirt Down Moss to the rocks on the base.

Perry Miniatures French Line Horse Artillery

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