Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Chinese Civilians


As we move into October and with the end of the year just a hop, skip and a jump away, I have one eye well and truly fixed on those self-imposed targets that were 'oh so en vogue' back in January.  I’ve been trying to readdress the shortfall in historic posts of late, but in many ways my love for this most wholesome of hobbies is still very much in its infancy and all too often I find myself darting between projects with the focus of a... oh look more shiny things to buy!

So it was that whilst painting up these rather lovely Chinese Civilians as part of the ‘secret project' it occurred to me that they could be used, albeit at a pinch, in other theatres such as the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, thus killing two birds with one stone as it were - cunning eh.


Civilians in wargames seem to spark much debate and often court controversy, but I envisaged these being used very much as 'set dressing'.  They were originally part of the 'Black Cat Bases' Chinese Tong and merchants sets.  They are rather lovely, characterful sculpts, but lack some of the definition say of the 'Empress Miniatures' range that I'm more familiar with.  Just as with the recent Boers, I wanted to create a unifying palette, in this case blue, and hope to carry it on with the second batch that are currently awaiting my attention on the painting queue; provided of course that I'm not distracted between writing this and getting back to the painting table... must just add those to basket!







55 comments:

  1. Lots of blue, but very very nicely done. Clever how figures can have a mind of their own: such as choosing which arid base they want to stand on.

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    1. Thank you Jay and yes a mind of his own that one!

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  2. I feel your pain buddy. I'm ping-ponging around so much I have to write a bloody book just to justify the figures I'm buying.

    These sculpts do have character and the color scheme is a good one. Keep telling yourself, "these are historical pieces" over and over again until you believe it!

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    1. These are historical pieces, these are historical pieces; no it's not working just going to have to buy more! ;)

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  3. I like the blue, looks nice. Maybe lacks some detail,but still have a nice characterful impression about them

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    1. Thank you Sir, I've got to say that I'm really rather warming to them.

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  4. Nice mini , i like much ,is so funny , good job .

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  5. Michael, they're splendid. They look really characterful -and the palette looks terrific.

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    1. Thank you Sidney, I've managed to carry the palette through to the others that I'm hoping to post in a day or two.

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  6. Looking good, I don't mind the uniform color.

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  7. Nice work as always Michael. I think civvies like these do add something to a table

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, I hope that they will add a little something to the table.

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  8. Full of character - lovely!!

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

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  9. Nice minis and well painted to boot. I also have no issues with civi's on the table. In fact with FoG the baggage camp (there to be sacked) tends to be full of them

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, always uncomfortable having one's baggage sacked! ;)

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  10. What a lovely set and lovely painting!! I´d love to have these in 20mm!
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thank you Paul, they certainly are great fun.

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  11. Lovely work there sir. I'm much the same I lurch from project to project and lately feel myself drawn to zombie/modern figures over historical periods.

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    1. Thank you Sir, I've got to confess that I'm also drawn to all things Zombie! Brains, Brains, Brains!

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  12. They look great and I really like the guy smoking the cigar!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, he is my favourite too.

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  13. Nice painting and what excellent looking figures, I love the kids all on one base, top work Sir!

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    1. Thank you Ray, but those pesky kids never stay where they are put!

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  14. Nicely done. I considered getting some of the fighters from the Obelisk range to use in Empire of The Dead, have resisted so far whilst I catch up on the stuff I already own lol.

    Look forward to seeing the next batch

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    1. Thank you Sir, I've got some of the fighters to do to, they would be perfect for the Empire of the Dead; go on you know you want to...

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  15. very nice figures !
    I'd never seen chinese figures and those ones are very good, I like especially the children : very funny and lifeful.

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    1. Thank you and they certainly are great fun, I've got great plans for them.

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  16. Great work Michael, I love the trio of little kids, very cute!

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    1. Thanks Scott, but they are a nightmare to keep in one place! ;)

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  17. Wow, nicely painted and useful figures. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, much appreciated Sir.

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  18. These are also some very nice painted figures! The adults ones look like Chinese maffia! :-D

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

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  19. You have painted well Grasshopper!

    Pip pip

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  20. Excellent stuff Michael , well done

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  21. Very nice!! I was thinking about buying these for my Strange Aeons Lengmen band.

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