Wednesday, 26 September 2012

58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment


I've managed to complete another four of these splendid miniatures form 'Empress Miniatures' and what a joy they were to paint.  There is something about Paul Hicks' work, particulalry his recent work, that really does eleviate him into the top bracket of historical miniature sculptors - in my humble opinion anyway.


Tried a couple of new things out on these, the first a slightly different palette for the trousers, in this case Vallejo Dark Sea Blue, followed by Dark Prussian Blue and finally Prussian Blue for the highlights.  The second being a little distressing on the black leather ammunition pouch.  There were some reenactors at Euro Militaire the other day and I noticed that where the black leather was worn and cracked it appeared to have a light brown tinge to it - yes I know this is sad, but I couldn't help but wonder if this could be achieved in paint.  The pouch was given a liberal coating with the wonderful Vallejo Black Brown, then I just highlighted the edges first with Foundry Spearshaft Shade then Spearshaft Light.  Not sure it is completely there yet, but it might be worth persevering with.



Finally a group shot, showing progress to date; I might even have to think about rules soon!

52 comments:

  1. Very nice work again, the shading on the trousers looks excellent

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, definitely wort sticking with the new blue palette.

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  2. These look smart Michael. I would think that things like pouches would look weathered though when being used by an active soldier. Nicely painted!!

    I do hope you get to play a game with these soon. Then you'll have to do a batrep for us!!

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    1. Thank you Anne, really must do something about getting a game organised.

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  3. Very nice scene figurine very expressive, I like your way of working the red.

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  4. Spectacular sir!

    Love the attention to detail (definitely not sad!).

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  5. Impressive work Michael. I'm wondering if you might achieve the effect on the ammunition pouches better by doing a brown basecoat then a very thin coat (or two) of black?

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, I must admit the black/brown does the job, but it is when you see the lighter areas around the sides that I was after.

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  6. As sad as it may be, the brown on black looks very much like weathered leather. Well Done!!
    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you Frank, I'll persevere a little more with the effect.

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  7. Brilliant work Michael. The weathering really looks good. Not sad at all!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, that is very kind of you.

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  8. Looking good to me. Leather stuff I have seen (mostly belts and my dad's leather side-bag from when he was an NCO at Border Guard) used to 'age' like that, very well captured.

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    1. Thank you Andrew, that is very encouraging.

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  9. Very nice work and the ageing of the leather is really working for you.

    Christopher

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  10. They look really good Michael the leather pouch distressing worked really well. Great job sir

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  11. Very nice...I really like the distressed leather effect as well.
    Cheers
    paul

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  12. I have to totally agree with you on Mr Hick's sculpts there are some of the best out there and have full character, rather like a good port. Now you have done these rather lovely figures a excellence paintjob and the bases finished them off. Also good to see the Rutlandshire's being done.

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    1. Thank you Pete, he certainly is a very talented sculptor.

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  13. Stunning work Michael, they really are great figures though!

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  14. Excellent work on the black (worn) satchels sir, recipe stolen!

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    1. Thank you and you are more than welcome. I am wondering if a wash of Devlan Mud might help?

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  15. Positively stellar work, withthe standout bits for me being the trousers and weathered leather pouches, and I will echo the many comments above and say: not sad at all!

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    1. Why thank you Sir, I'm quite pleased with the leather effect and will definitely have another go with it.

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    1. Thank you, but don't get too excited as I'm sure that I'll get distracted again before too long!

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  17. Damn fine work Michael! Keep 'em coming!!!

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  18. Superb stuff mate. The faces are wonderfully characterful.

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    1. Many thank; he can certainly sculpt faces that Mr Hicks.

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  19. Fine work Michael, they look delightful.

    Rutland, now where did I hear that before... Black Adder... something about up a tree in Rutland?

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    1. Thank you Scott and my word what an encyclopaedic knowledge of Blackadder you have!

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  20. Lovely work (again!), Michael.

    Where are these chaps going to be deployed? Crimea, or chasing various benighted savages in the corners of the Empire?

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    1. Thank you Sir, these chaps are supposed to heading your way and then some. They are part of Empress Miniatures New Zealand Wars range.

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    1. Thank you Captain, that is very kind of you.

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  22. Would you please stop posting pictures of beautifully painted figures in periods I should not be thinking about starting!! Only kidding - lovely work as usual!

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    1. Now you know I don't do it on purpose... thank you by the way. ;)

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  23. That's a fine looking unit Michael!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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