Friday, 6 March 2020

Painting Time

As my retail business winds down I have started painting a few display samples for Ian at Fighting15. I'm now on my fourth batch. Here's a sample from the first batch:



As these are commissions pieces I decided to fill in a time sheet every time I worked on them. I was really curious to see exactly how long it took me to paint a batch.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Henry Tudor's Retinue Men at Arms

It's funny how projects grow. In April last year I completed a set of Tudor Commanders for Bosworth but they only came about because I decided to replace my venerable retinue billmen.

I'd settled on the Roundway late medieval range and had started painting the foot when I was "seduced" by the mounted command and sidetracked by making my own livery & heraldic flags.

Since I finished the command bases I've been chipping away at the pile of foot figures and here's the first completed retinue:





Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Northern League - 2019 Review

It’s that time again. Time to review the state of the Northern League; the wargames competition scene in the North of England. I'm sad to say that this year I did not participate in any of the rounds. Perhaps next year. Who knows?

Compared to 2018, the key features are the continued growth of Art de la Guerre (ADLG) and the complete absence of Field of Glory (FOG). Most importantly the average number of players has risen for the second year in succession and is now at its highest since 2015.

For those of you who'd like even more data there's always the national picture provided by Tim Porter.



Monday, 25 November 2019

Painter's Miscellany #3

Adding Sand To Bases
The short version is simple: sprinkle don't dunk and use two thin layers.

To hide figures bases I use the tried and tested method of sand and PVA glue.  I used to just shake the glue coated base in my pot of sand.  However I stopped doing this after a disastrous run of using too much glue: the bases came out with far too much sand on them.

The cause of this was a slightly thinner brand of PVA.  The excess glue wicked through the sand in the pot by capillary action creating a far thicker layer than I'd planned.  Worse still, when dry the surface was much smoother and didn't dry brush well at all.

I needed a method that provided more control.