Monday, 2 September 2019

Painter's Miscellany #1

Here are a couple of things that have arisen recently as I work on my pile of unpainted figures.

[1] An Oldie but Goodie
This is partly a personal aide-mémoire and partly a general tip for users of brush on varnishes.

When I post pictures of my finished work in various forums I often receive comments about how flat my figures appear.  To be helpful, I often include a link in my reply with instructions on how to adapt commercial varnishes to improve their matting properties.  However, I've been doing this for so long that I have forgotten that this isn't the full story.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

18 mm ACW Confederate Generals

I've recently finished John Keegan's 2010 History of the American Civil War (ACW) which I picked up from one of my local charity shops.

I thoroughly enjoyed his approach once I'd got used to his somewhat tortured prose style. When I'd finished the book I felt I had a good grip on how the war was fought and it's unique characteristics. The only thing I found confusing was the geography but I sorted that by downloading a blank map from the American Battlefield Trust.

Needless to say the book inspired me to buy some figures. During my annual visit to Britcon (Manchester UK) I bought a partial pack of Confederate generals, there's a missing fourth figure, but they were cheap enough and I only wanted them to paint not lead an army.

Believe it or not, these are the first AB figures I have ever painted. They have such a stellar reputation I expected them to be joy to paint.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Book Shop Launched

If you look above this post, on the blog itself not the RSS feed, you'll see that the menu bar has a new item entitled Bookshop.

My intention is to feature my commercial books and publishing projects.  At the moment there are just two entries: the Poleaxed Sourcebooks for the War of the Roses and the Hobilar Archive CD.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

15 mm Medieval Russian Cavalry

Today I finished this mini-project which has been on my painting desk for quite some time.  My intention was to replace some older, more generic, eastern medieval medium cavalry with new figures representing Russian cavalry in Lithuanian service as per ADLG list 237: