Sunday, 22 September 2013

Euro Militaire 2013


Just the briefest of posts to share with you all some outstanding examples of model making and painting; yes it’s Euro Militaire time again!  This annual showcase is a wonderful opportunity, for myself and the ‘Provost Marshal’, to travel to sunny Folkestone and witness the handiwork of some of the finest artisans in the world.

With both of us frantically busy at our respective work places it was a wonderful treat to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before attending the show, this year on the Sunday.  As in previous years the standard of the competition entries in simply humbling and while many of the entries are at the larger scale, preferred by modellers rather than wargamers it was impossible not to be inspired by what we saw. 

With the competition entries successfully viewed* it was time to ‘get amongst it’ with the throngs of visitors all looking for a bargain on the main floor.   Not planning on a purchase per se, I did manage to snaffle some goodies including a replenishing of tufts and a rather splendid new lamp.

*One year we did actually manage to miss them due to an over indulgence of liquid refreshment in the bar!
Another fabulous day out and my thanks, once again, to the ‘Provost Marshal’ for getting us safely there and back.  Sadly this does not signal a full return to blogging as yet, but I offer this post of proof of life; one hopes to be back with you shortly! 



47 comments:

  1. WOW... That is painting at a level that I can only dream of. Just amazing!!!

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    1. They really were stunning, so inspirational.

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  2. "Always with these negative waves Moriarty!"

    Great pics of some lovely paint jobs Michael - thanks for sharing

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    1. "Woof, woof, woof" - certainly a great day out.

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    1. What do you think I feel then LOL

      Thanks for reminding us mortals how far we need to do

      Ian

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    2. Me as well!!! They're some beautiful models!!

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    3. Very inadequate but not as much as Ray, beautiful pictures Michael.

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    4. Nobody is as inadequate as Ray, but I thought we all decided to keep that information on the QT.

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    5. Poor Ray! They had that effect on me too!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, those are some amazing models.

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    1. You are more than welcome, the standard was particularly high this year.

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    1. This is just a small selection Willie, so many to chose from.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous Michael. Thank you for sharing these with us.

    I hope you are doing well and having some good times with family. Take care Sir Michael!

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    1. You are more than welcome Anne; All well and hope to back blogging more regularly soon.

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  7. Fantastic pics mate. Love that Bill Sykes figure!

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    1. That was certainly one of my favourites too.

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  8. I´ve looked lately, kept thinkinf I must be missing you on the blog roll ..
    Bloody lovely minis..

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    1. Still around, but lying low - hope to be back to normal soon though.

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  9. Fantastic painted models! Looks like a great show! Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  10. Alot of hours went into those pieces....great stuff

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  11. Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing. Makes my own humble attempts at painting look ridiculous awful.

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  12. Thanks, Mr. Awdry. What I'll probably remember from all of the fine model painting is the "bad doggies!"

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  13. So much talent and beauty here! And quite humbling indeed.

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  14. An impressive array of work, thanks for sharing.

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  15. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Thank you very much for sharing Greate pictures of lovely minis!!!

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  17. Brilliant work. I keep missing EM as I am invariably on holiday. Must try and get there again .

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  18. Insane quality here.. thanks for sharing!

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  19. Lovely photos - those models are a class apart especially that 'Sherlock and Watson' set. Fantastic standards.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  20. Hi Michael,

    it's nice to hear something from you. And you provided some excellent pictures of those stunning pieces of art.

    Thanks & Cheers
    Stefan

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  21. Unreal brushwork on display there!! Thanks Michael.

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  22. That looks like a great show, so many oil painters what can be said.

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  23. What can I say Michael, always a pleasure to take the drive along the coast, have a full English fry-up, a couple of shandys and then strain my eyes thinking "How can anyone paint THAT much detail?" Glad you got the Donald "Odball" Sutherland from Kelly's Heroes bust photo. I have to admit, the Salute freebie Aztec does look superb. The French Revolutionary standard bearers won Best of Show - all that freehand painting.....

    Pip pip

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    1. It was certainly a great day out and once again a huge thank you; difficult to believe that another year has come and gone already.

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  24. Hey Michael, thanks for posting those, they certainly are humbling! But I can say that knowing they shant ever see a gaming table or have an errant die strike them in their shins. Beautiful works of art none-the-less.

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  25. Truly breathtaking work on display. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

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  26. Fantastic. Thank you so much for posting these images.

    Tony

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  27. Just amazing! I wonder how many figures a year these chaps manage?

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  28. Amazing artistry - both the sculptures and the brushwork. Truly talented artists! Dean

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  29. Some bloody lovely work their. I'm envious of them all and wish my talents came even remotely close to theirs. The piece that really left me gob smacked was the Saracen/Turk/Indian? with the tiger skin. The texture of the fur was beyond belief.

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