Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Egyptian Chariot



This 25mm Egyptian Chariot believed to from Hinchcliffe formed part of my final entry for the 'The 3rd Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' and was a complete 'pig' to paint!  It found its way into Awdry Towers with a little assistance from that rapscallion, the 'Provost Marshal' who delights in depositing little bags of lead loveliness around the homestead, determined to widen my miniature painting oeuvre!




All looked fairly innocuous at first glance, true I would need to assemble it when the time came, but that didn't seem to be a problem.  Someone had had a stab at painting the horses previously and other areas displayed signs of been perhaps a little too familiar with paint stripper, but again not a problem thought I.


In the end, it was the lack of surface detail that was to prove my Achilles heel; I have become so used to the  fine detailing on the likes of 'Empress' and 'Perry' miniatures that the apparent like of sculpting on this chariot completely threw me.  I had decided upon a fairly lurid paint scheme and part of the fun came from picking out what detail I did find.




I am certainly pleased to have completed the thing, but probably won't be rushing to paint any more any time soon, that said a big thank you to the 'Provost Marshal' for the opportunity.

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37 comments:

  1. till, lokks good to me.
    Cheers.

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  2. I think you have done a good job on it Michael , and its certainly divergent from your usual fare.
    I know what you mean by older models and less detail, we are quite spoiled these days!

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    1. Thank you Scott, the challenge certainly helped to clear out a few oddities that had been building up on the side of the lead pile.

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  3. It turned out very nicely Michael.

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  4. That's a nicely done job Michael :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, probably more your cup of tea than mine though.

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  5. Very nice considering the lack of detail mate.

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  6. Your choice of colours make the piece. Like you, I'm used to an enormous amount of sculpted detail. When it's not there, I rely heavily on washes-something I almost always avoid.

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    1. Too kind Anne, but you are absolutely right I needed the colours to lift the experience.

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  7. Rapscallion? Moi? I think you made a great job of it Michael (and it got you past the 500 points marker for the challenge - so my work is complete. This was actually part of a very large lot I bought at auction back in the stone age (or should that be lead age?).

    I will persuade you to add reins and a bow-string at some point (probably in the local at about 9.45 on Saturday night!)

    Just wait until you see the hoplites and ECW currently secreted in small bags around Awdry Towers.

    Pip pip

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    1. Mmmm, those blasted bow stings again! That said you can certainly try bribery at the local and the less said of your secret packages around the homestead the better!

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  8. I say Michael old chap those look rather good and I think that you have done a sterling job there

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    1. Pete you are a gentlemen Sir, thank you.

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  9. I think I'll have to leave some odd figures around your place!! Nice work Sir!

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    1. Now there is an image to conjure with, but thank you Ray.

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  10. It turned out great! Classic figs!

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    1. They certainly were classics, thank you Cory.

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  11. Fine work. Nice touch on the Cheetah faux finished quiver(?)>

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    1. Now that's not as easy to say as it might have been to write down, but it certainly made me chuckle! Thank you.

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  12. Hi Michael,

    don't worry it turned out really well.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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

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  13. Nice. Looks complicated to do. Are you going to do a roundup post of what you did for the challenge?

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    1. Thank you Sean and great idea, I must see to that.

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  14. That's a nicely done job Michael
    Greetings

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    1. Incredibly generous of you Vincent, thank you.

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  15. Very nice looking chariot, I do like colours!
    Phil.

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    1. Thank you Phil, just thought the blue had a real Egyptian feel to it.

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  16. Goog work!
    a very nice chariot!
    I second Phil about the colours: good choice!

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  17. I have so many little bags of lead stashed around the place. I dare not start to paint them it would be the end of the world I'm sure. Nicely painted chariot, but the question is what can you use it for.... Maybe it's for your secret project and the servants of Ra!!

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  18. Thank you Clint, you are absolutely right with it not been the usual fodder; more of an experiment than for any real purpose.

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  20. Beautiful piece; you certainly brought out the very best of this sculpture with your wonderful painting skills. Best, Dean

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