Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Euro Militaire 2014

As a tentative first post after my self imposed exile, I thought I would share some of these amazing examples of model painting that the 'Provost Marshall' and I witnessed at this Year's Euro Militaire.  By tradition, this is an event that leaves me humbled and inspired in equal measure and this year was no different.



This has to be the work of our very own Mr. Lee, of Mr. Lee's Painting Emporium fame.


Things continue to be incredibly busy at work, but I am determined to get back into my hobby routine and what better way than to launch oneself into 'Zomtober 2014'.  For full details and rules, such as they are head over to 'Brummie's Wargaming Blog' and register your interest.




Finally, I would just like to say a huge thank you for all the kinds words of support - it's great to be back!





78 comments:

  1. Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing these. People sure can achieve amazing things with paint and brushes. Would be nice to come even close to some of those.

    Euro Militaire is definately something that I have to visit someday. I've been drooling over images from there for years. Never ceases to amaze. And I guess they are even more amazing when you see them live and not just from pics.

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    1. You are more than welcome and they really were amazing - so good to see the skill with my own eyes.

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  2. These are some highly inspirational images. Thanks for sharing and welcome back.

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    1. Thank you and you are welcome - it's good to be back.

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  3. Cheers for sharing the E.M. pics. I love that Soviet tank being lifted from out the water.
    I was lucky enough to be taken to a E.M. show in the mid-90s, by my parent's during a school holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I only wish that digital cameras had been invented back then :)
    Roy

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    1. That tank was amazing, how they managed to get so much movement from that water effect was just superb.

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  4. They're all stunning examples of talent, my jaw dropped a multitude of times. Thanks for sharing (and making me feel even more inadequate at my own meagre efforts).

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    1. If it's any consequence I felt the same way. I had to go back and look at some of them again as I couldn't believe what I was seeing!

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  5. Good to have you back old chap - missed the blogs. Great start with such amazing pictures, Some very talentet artists.
    Cheers
    Dan

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    1. That's incredibly kind of you Dan, thank you.

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  6. Some amazing models there Sir M, my fav for some weird reason is the Werewolf licking his chops!

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    1. He suddenly appeared as we were leaving - the faux fur was very strange, but great fun.

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  7. What an incredible assemblage of talent! I'll never do anything that cool, but that doesn't mean I'm not inspired to try and extend myself as a painter.

    Thanks for the great pics, Michael!

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    1. Certainly had the same thoughts Evan, plus I'd get bored working on anything bigger than 28mm - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

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    1. I certainly said that a few times over the course of the morning!

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  9. "leaves me humbled and inspired in equal measure"

    Now you know how most of us feel when we see your fine work here Michael!

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  10. Hola
    GRACIAS por estas Fotos
    Se ven grandes trabajos
    Un saludo

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  11. Good to have you back on deck sir and what a post to kick things off!

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    1. Great to hear from you Millsy, looking forward to catching up with what you have been up to.

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  12. Welcome back, Michael. Great selection of eye-candy.

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  13. That dio of the little girl with the bunny. All that blood, oh my! Such great sculpts and brushwork. I saw Mr. Lee's dio over at Massive Voodoo. He certainly has skyrocketed to the top.

    Welcome back Michael!

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    1. That grisly dio was, to all extents and purposes, 28mm in scale! As for Mr. Lee, I couldn't agree more, he is always jetting off to see the voodoo boys and it really does show.

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  14. Just fantastic! Thanks for sharing....

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  15. Very very impressive - personally favorite would be that vignette of Gustavus Adolphus death at Lützen, just amazing!

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  16. Very impressive work. Can't actually pick a favourite, though do like the Alice Diorama and the Knight Hospitaller. Nice to have you back.

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    1. I was having the same problem, the free painted details on the fabrics just captivated me.

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  17. That's an impressive come-back post! Fantastic photos, the standard of painting/modelling is scary.

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    1. It could easily have become quite overwhelming, but there was so much to enjoy and celebrate that it simply became an inspiring day out.

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  18. Fabulous modelling, super pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Superb models on display there! Thanks Michael!

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  20. Heeeey thanks for the link back. Great to see you back on this, and also wish I had a chance to chat with you at the show! Would have been great to meet up! Maybe next year? Welcome back to the blog-o-sphere once more!

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    1. As soon as I saw it, I was looking out for you - tall Canadian gentlemen with facial hair! I'm afraid, we spent far too long sitting on the balcony with a beer, but next time...

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    2. You didn't complain about the beer at the time Old Boy!

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  21. Always love these shots, if I only had a bit of their skill.

    Really glad to see you coming back to the blogging world again

    Ian

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    1. They never fail to inspire me too Ian and thank you for those kind words.

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  22. Amazing pics.... but if you paint that good you never get a army ready ;)

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    1. They certainly are, but I can't get an army ready as it is!

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  23. A very warm welcome back dude! You were sorely missed.
    Thanks for sharing the spectacular images. They are truly inspiring and at the same time incredibly humbling. My first benchmark was to try and emulate your amazing standards, now I feel almost broken. Absolutely incredible!

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    1. Thank you my good man and for the kind words too, if it's any consolation they sometimes have the same effect on me.

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  24. Quite the amazing & definately inspiring work. Thanks for sharing the photo's with us Michael. As well glad to see you back.

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  25. Truly wonderful pics and welcome back old boy!

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    1. Thank you my good man, I'm glad to be back.

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  26. As general once said (well one impersonating in the Dirty Dozen), "They sure look pretty, but can they fight?" Actually, some serious eye-candy.

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    1. I certainly wouldn't want to paint an army ip to this standard - not that I could you understand.

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  27. Thanks for posting these, Michael. Serious inspirational for someone trying to get back into the swing of painting and modelling. As an aside, your blog has been a major inspiration in proving to me that I can find time between Ofsted inspections to pick up the brush again!

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    1. Thank you so much Herbert, those are incredibly kind words and I do hope the Ofsted inspections aren't too frequent!

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  28. Firstly, welcome back. Secondly, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures. If we could only bottle up all these talent and trade it for world peace ... what an utopia we would live in. ^_^

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    1. Now there's a thought, world peace brought about by modellers and painters - sounds good to me!

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  29. Stunning paint work ! Love the Gustav II Adolf at Lytzen 1632 viginett the best;)

    Thank you very much for sharing.

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    1. That was certainly one of the stand out pieces for me too Michael - it was just stunning.

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  30. Awesome pieces of work in there!

    Christopher

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    1. They really were something special Christopher.

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    1. There certainly is Captain, some of the best in Europe in display here.

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  32. A great day which started, as usual, with far too big a breakfast at Django's cafe in Folkestone. The outstanding paint-work for me is on the sash of the Indian cavalry Officer.

    Pip pip

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    1. I still can't get over that one, truly remarkable - just like the breakfast! :)

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    1. They were certainly something to behold Willie.

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  34. images are good and attractive. looks awesome.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, it was a great day out.

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  35. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.
    cheers

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  36. Great photos. That Gustav diorama is an absolute corker...

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  37. Amazing pictures! They spark the imagination. Thanks for sharing these.

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  38. Wonderfull work! It gives a lot of inspiration indeed! Thanks for sharing Michael!

    Greetings
    Peter

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