Saturday, 7 June 2014

Pearls before swine!


Once again these Iron Age Pigs proved too hard to resist after seeing them expertly painted by the talented Andrew Saunders on his weblog.  I had toyed with the idea of painting them in a more commonly recognised pig pink, but the adorable stripes down the back of the piglets just had to be done – streaky bacon anyone?


  I have to say that of the new ‘Warbases’ range that I’ve tried, these have been the best realised sculpts so far.  That’s not to suggest that the others have been poor, far from it, in fact given the scale of the individual pieces ‘Warbases’ should be justly proud of the range, it was just that these stood out as been that bit better than the others.  


Once again based on a variety of sizes of MDF discs and a little less static grass was used to give the illusion of mud for them to root in.


82 comments:

  1. Michael once again you have captured the feeling of these wonderful creatures and also I have these too, are you my brother from another mother? I was thinking of painting them in a more piggy colour but like a rare breed but I have to say the stripy piglets, you are changing my mind

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    1. Ha ha told you it was all about the piglets Pete

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    2. Thank you Pete, we certainly share a few things in common, not sure about a father though. ;) We'll just have to get some more to paint in a piggy colour.

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  2. This little piggy went to market...

    So full of character and your painting really brings that out. Excellent work!

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  3. Wonderful, just edded to my shopping list, so useful in so many scenarios.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Absolutely Stuaurt and reasonably priced too.

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  4. I am doing my best to avoid livestock in 28mm but my resolve ids Crumbling! These are excellent.

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    1. Thank you Clint, certainly worth a look and I understand the range is growing.

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  5. Sooooooooo cute!! Love them Michael, excellent work!

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  6. Great stuff Michael! Almost taste the bacon from here!

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    1. Now that's a jolly good idea Rodger.

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  7. wonderful as usual, you are growing up a nice farm!
    probably we'll have to call you "Old Mc Donald"!
    bye

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    1. Thank you Luca, I better get my walls finished soon!

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  8. It would be rather boarish to continue with my puns. Whoops! I already have *grin*

    Lovely looking future butties Michael.

    Hmmmm, I'm hungry now....

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    1. Too good for me, I'd only end up making a pig's ear of a response this morning!

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  9. Those are fantastic, nice work!

    FMB

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you FMB, thank you.

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  10. Great paint as always Michael .
    Cheers .

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  11. OMG! Now even your pigs put a lot of my work to shame.

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    1. Nonsense Mark, but I appreciate the sentiment - thank you.

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  12. I'll save my half-assed puns for another time and just say that these are very nice indeed.

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    1. "Half-assed" would work better with donkeys anyway.

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    2. Thank you Finch and that reminds me I have a donkey somewhere!

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  13. Great call on the striped piglets, that puts the set over the top!

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    1. They are adorable and thank you Monty, very kind.

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  14. Truly amazing painting on these - as mentioned previously, the stripes on the piglets are superbly done. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, I just had to try having seen Andrew's so credit to him.

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  15. Fantastic work Michael love there markings.

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  16. Ahh...pigs to make my day special. Thank you for care and concern for these porkers. You shall be generously rewarded for your poignancy.

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    1. Thank you Jay, I had forgotten that these intelligent and sensitive creatures have a special place in your heart; I glad you approve.

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  17. Very nice work! Those piglets are stunning.

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

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  18. Superb and very realistic painting on these Michael. Top quality as always.

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  19. Great work as usual Michael.
    The piglets look amazing. Top marks dude.

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  20. Wonderful work on something so small.

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    1. Thank you, they were rather fiddly!

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  21. Top work Michael, your basing is also excellent on these.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, I can't help thinking that they should have their own sty though.

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  22. The way you've painted them makes them look more feral, more like what one would come across in the woods on a hike. Nicely done Michael.

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    1. Thank you Anne, these rare breeds are certainly closer to their original ancestors, probably why the piglets retain the camouflage early on. Warbases do a rather lovely wild boar set that I have my eyes on though!

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  23. Your on an animal roll Michael! They do look really good!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, nearly done for the moment though.

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    1. Thank you so much Captain, I wanted to give it that freshly rooted feel.

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  25. Now they are nice..breakfast on the hoof!

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    1. Thank you Dave, now feeling peckish!

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  26. Great porkers, making me hungry

    ian

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  27. Hola
    Que buenos esos jabalís y los jabatos pequeños me encantan
    JAJAJA no te lo crearas pero me imaginado a Obelix detrás jajaja
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Hello J.D. thank you for your kind comments and I love the idea of Obelix - I wonder if anyone does a 28mm version?

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  28. These are quite exceptional.

    Making me hungry though!

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    1. Thank you Phil, I'm thinking two slices of bread and some sauce - brown or red?

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  29. Excellent porcine renditions and they look so much better for not being 'pink'.

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    1. Thank you, but I am going to need some pink ones sooner or later though.

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  30. Excellent job on these Michael! All your livestock comes at the right time as I was just looking for stuff to use for Saga.

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    1. Thank you Jason, I think it was Warbases had SAGA in mind when they committed the series. I believe the introductory price offer is coming to a close soon though.

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  31. hehehehehe feeling hungry!!!

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  32. The strippy piglets are adorable!

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  33. Great painted animals! Are you starting a zoo?

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you Peter, I think that will do for the animals for the moment back to humans next.

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    1. It's the stripes right? I knew I should have painted the pink!

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  35. Piglet-tastic - not sure if that's a real word but it seems appropriate.

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    1. Thank you Matt, it certainly seems to fit.

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  36. Superb and love the detailing on the base too

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  37. Loving your recent livestock posts! Lovely figs and very nice paintwork on them.
    Things like livestock and civilians just add so much to a game.

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    1. Thank you, I'm hoping they will become actual objectives if I ever get round to playing the game.

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  38. Wonderful, Sir Michael!
    I can't wait to lay my hands on a set of these.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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