Monday, 23 July 2012

28mm Perry Camel Corps


In a bid to clear up the confused mess that is my painting queue, these 'Perry Miniatures' Camel Corps are finally completed!  The camels, lovingly named Dune, Sandy and Gobi by the Saintly Mrs. Awdry back in May 2011 were one of last year's Salute purchases and are now finally reunited with their riders.  


As you can see when I started these last year I was favouring the lipped bases, but now a little older, if not necessarily wiser, I've decided to rebase them using a more standard 50mm x 25mm MDF base (once of course I'd finished dusting them!).  Very rewarding to work with, the 'Perry' sculpts have plenty of detail to keep your brush happy and, as always, I find myself rueing the decision not to have completed them sooner.

As a brief aside the 'recipe' for the camels can be found here in an earlier post.






I had hoped to have had a more prolonged run at all things Sudan, inspired as I am by the wonderful work on show at these two great blogs;  'One Man and his brushes' and 'The Wargame Shed', but   what with the now customary distractions and all matter of day to day issues contriving to slow progress, the Sudan will just have to wait a little longer.


  


49 comments:

  1. I'm tempted by many of the Perry ranges, and the Sudan more than most. For now though I'll have to enjoy them vicariously through wonderful samples offered by bloggers such as yourself! :)

    Nice work as always Michael.

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    1. That is very kind of you. They certainly have a wonderful range many of which are sitting in my 'to do' pile.

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  2. These are just beautiful... I could be tempted to use something similar as mounts for my VSF prussian Uhlans for VSF! Either that , or raptors ;-)
    I too prefer the slimmer base profile.
    Well done!

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    1. Thank you Scott and what a great idea for a desert planet; perhaps even combined with the raptors!

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  3. WOW!! Nicely done. They look like they could grace the pages of the Pery's own site. I do detest those large bases - a good base in my opinion should be almost "invisible".

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Very kind of you Frank, certainly glad that I've made the switch.

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  4. Wonderful work! Very shade of blue and really nice hitting the skin tone on the camels.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, really spent far too long on the camels!

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  5. Very nicely sir. The newer bases you have used do look far better. I'm intending on getting some Perry ACW rioters on payday for EotD a nice range of periods they have.

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    1. Thank you Sir, those rioters would be perfect for EotD; I certainly enjoyed doing mine.

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  6. Lovely work, Michael. I too have a few Sudan miniatures in the Lead Pile. One day.... one day....

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    1. Thank you Mark, they certainly are a wonderful group of miniatures, but as you say, one day...

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  7. Lovely. I don´t like painting camels but when they are finished they seem sort of calming somehow.
    Have you seen the new ones from Hinterland 'Victorian ladies riding on camels'? I´m sorely tempted to get me those.
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, but great when done. I did see those Hinterland ladies; as you say very tempting!

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  8. This is like Guinness... BRILLIANT! Really lovely work on the camels themselves, as well.

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    1. Why thank you sir, very kind of you.

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  9. Those are the nicest camels I've seen on the web (that almost sounds like a backhanded compliment).

    There's a excellent memorial to the Imperial Camel Corps on the Thames Embankment, worth seeing if you're ever in the area.

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. I shall take that as a very kind compliment, thank you; haven't seen the memorial, but will certainly be on the look out for it now.

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  10. These turned out just beautifully. The subtle color of those camels is really nice. Shame on you for waiting so long Michael!!!

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    1. Thank you Anne; I must try harder! ;)

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  11. Lovely job Michael ,, now all you have to do is do another 21 mounted , the 24 dismounted and i will let in to Sudan Game!

    cheers
    Dave .

    oh and by the way there is a small contribution to the Secret Project on the way...

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    1. Thank you Dave, that should take me about nine years at current rate of progress! I shall be looking out for the postman with some anticipation.

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  12. Great paintjob there Michael but I have to admit I like the lipped bases myself

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    1. Thank you Pete, I do like the lipped bases for one off miniatures, they just seem to give them a bit more gravitas.

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  13. These look wonderful Mr Awdry! As I have a couple of camels sitting here on my desk (for Napoleon in Egypt stuff) I was wondering if you'd share the recipe for their skin/fur?

    Cheers
    Dave

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    1. Thank you Dave and with regards to the 'recipe' for camel try the following - http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/so-what-do-you-know-about-camels.html

      I'll pop a link in the main body of the post as well.

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  14. Very nice and up to your fine standards of painting. "...can I really smell those camels from here?!"

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    1. Thank you very much and what a sensitive nose you have! ;)

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    1. Thank you; was that an Olympic moment?

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  16. They look great, glad you got round to finishing them

    Ian

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  17. I am another one with a lead/plastic pile of Sudan figures waiting to be painted. These wonderfully painted examples are just what the Doctor ordered to inspire us all to kick start are own. I second Dave Taylor with the camel recipe.

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    1. Thank you for the very kind words Pat and I would love to see what you do with the Sudan range; a truly mouthwatering prospect. I have popped a link in the reply to Dave and will do the same in the main body of the post.

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  18. Insanely good as ever Michael

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  19. Very pretty camels, nicely done! Always been a fan of camels in mini- someday I'll build an army just for the excuse of putting camels in it, just not sure which army & era yet.

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    1. Thank you and I'm sure it would be a wonderful army what ever you come up with. Perhaps some bizarre cross between camels and chickens!

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  20. Lovely figures again. I'll be coming back around to the Sudan once I've made some progress on my other projects - probably Khartoum first though - although you've got me thinking about the desert column now, blast you!

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  21. Thank you, I promise I don't do this on purpose! ;)

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  22. Great painting!!!! They do look better on the MDF bases.

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  23. Those camels are brilliant, Michael! I love the blending of the soft tones you've achieved; very lifelike!

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  24. Lovely job there! Really like the skin on the camels!

    I have to admit... I really do not find one way of basing the universal cure, but those lipped bases are one of the worst decisions one can take. I could kick myself for basing my moderns that way, but I am not going to rebase a couple 100 minis and will just have to base new ones that way, too. :-(

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  25. Beautiful work, Michael. I agree with your decision to abandon the lipped bases. I've never really taken to them. They often seem to dominate the figures, which seems defeats the purpose of bases.

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  26. These are quite excellent sir. I may have to get some for my not-so-secret project!

    I've also just left lipped bases. I like them for display miniatures, so will still use them for Pulp characters and the like. But historical miniatures I think are better suited on flat bases. Which is why my Sudan project uses them.

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