Thursday, 5 June 2014

28mm Sheep


More from the ‘Warbases’ menagerie, this time their Soay Sheep.  Now I’d not heard of Soay sheep before now, but I’m reliably informed that they a primitive breed of domestic sheep descended from a population of feral sheep on the 250-acre island of Soay in the St. Kilda Archipelago, about 65 kilometres from the Western Isles of Scotland.*  Perfect, one imagines, for all those Viking raiding parties that seem to be very popular in our miniature world at the moment.**  
*isn’t Google wonderful?
**Every time I hear SAGA mentioned now, I think of elderly Norsemen on a cruise liner!




With the ‘Witchfinder General’ rules not set in medieval Scotland, I decided mine would be Jacob’s sheep, albeit missing a couple of horns!  These are lovely little additions to the growing livestock collection and bizarrely firm favourites of the Saintly Mrs. Awdry.






62 comments:

  1. I know I used the baaaaadass thing on the chickens post, but I feel it has to be used again.

    These sheep are most definitely baaaaaadass. Even more so if they are the bird-killing-and-eating sheep from Foula (or should that be Fowla?).

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    1. You just can't help yourself, can EWE Miss Piper!

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    2. I should have thought that was bleatin' obvious to anyone who knows me :)

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  2. Great eye candy and very useful as markers, loot etc.

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    1. Thank you, that sounds like a good plan.

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  3. Looking great, nice on a table!

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  4. All livestock add a certain something to the table. These look great I can already see a Donnybrook scenario where they have to raid Spain to get a sample of the sheep for the British wool trade.

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    1. Thank you Clint and that sounds like a good idea. I've picked up a copy of Donnybrook now, but have to confess I've only really looked at the pictures at the moment.

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  5. Well done , great vignettes .
    Cheers .

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    1. Thank you my good man, more to come!

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  7. Very very nice work Michael!

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    1. That is really kind of you Rodger, thank you.

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  8. Nice one Michael, glad the other half is enjoying your smallholding residents too

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    1. Thank you, if it's cute and fluffy then it is normally a winner!

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  9. Lovely models and a great paintjob as usual.

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  10. Quite the collection you've got going there Noah :-)

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    1. Thank you, let's just hope this hasn't cursed the English summer!

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  11. Another excellent addition to your zoo.
    Well done, Sir Michael!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan, some more animals to come by the end of the week.

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  12. B ewe tiful sheep dude. I should know being Welsh. I'll let you in on a national secret, we only fuck them because you guys eat them.
    "Vikings" on the History channel could change your mind about elderly norsemen on cruise liners.

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    1. Thank you Bob for that disturbing image, I shall not look on mint sauce in the same way again! As for Viking, I'll defiantly have to check that out.

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  13. Mrs. Awdry has great taste. You're becoming a livestock painting expert. Can we expect some bovine next?

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    1. Thank you Brian, pigs are nest on the agenda!

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  14. Excellent sheep just keep them away from Scooby!

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  15. Bizarre synchronicity!!! I´ve been researching the colour of sheep (got to paint 50 of the blightersfor a 1646 dio ) and nearly settled on jacobs sheep as a colour scheme...turns out off White was more popular at the time in central europe ....small world eh?

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    1. Not sure I'm up for painting another 46 so I wish you the best of luck! As for synchronicity, I love the idea of the pair of use searching the infoweb for pictures of sheep, whilst the respective partners tut quietly to themselves!

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    2. She doesn´t tut anymore..just raises her eyebrows when I start going on about the new bit of "historical info" I´ve learnt.

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    3. Oh yes, that sounds familiar. ;)

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  16. Very nice looking animals. One can't ever have enough of this non combatant stuff.

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    1. Thank you, they should certainly add something to the table.

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  17. You can't raise a little Hell without the sacrificial lamb. Well done Sir!

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    1. Oh Robert that's brilliant! Thank you.

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  18. Great work Michael, also lol at elderly Norse raiders on a cruise liner.

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    1. Thank you Mr Smillie, sadly it may take a while to shift that mental image now! :)

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  19. very nice addition!
    waiting for more animals!
    bye

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    1. Thank you Luca, some more due on Saturday.

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  20. Some great looking animals Michael!

    Christopher

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  21. Another batch of wonderful miniatures Michael. I will hold off the puns not wanting to pull the wool over your eyes....err, nevermind.

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  22. Somethings are just too hard to resist eh! Thank you Terry.

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    1. Thank you Ray, plenty more to come this month.

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  24. 'Shear' excellence! As ever.

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    1. Very good Kieron, I like it and thank you.

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  25. Very nice! You can really never have enough animals and odds and ends. All the little details really make a scenario come to life!

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    1. Thank you Cory, I couldn't agree more.

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  26. Wonderful painting there Michael and like you I have found the delights of warbases' animals too. I have to say you have done them great justice

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    1. Thank you Pete, they keep bringing out more and more that I feel the need for - the pheasants look tempting.

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    2. They are and I feel the need too

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  27. I don't know why (could it be a combination of sheep and tabletop gaming?) but the phrase leading 'lambs to slaughter' keeps popping up in my head as I look at the pictures. :)

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    1. Now funnily enough I was thinking of that as the title, but went for the incredibly dull '28mm sheep'!

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  28. Exellent!!
    I really enjoy reading your blogg, Michael.

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    1. Thank you so much, that is very kind of you.

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  29. Hola
    Como molan,me gusta el carnero con esos cuernos,es de 10
    un saludo

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    1. Thank you J.D., they were my favourite bit to paint.

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