Thursday, 2 February 2017

New Zealand Wars Naval Brigade



These are from ‘Empress Miniatures’ New Zealand Wars range representing Royal Naval command and personalities.  They are, as with my previous experience of this range, nicely cast and have been languishing in the lead pile for far too long. 
Before I was once again seduced by the bonus rounds, I was hoping to use this year’s challenge to find a way back to my beloved Victorian era and these would certainly be a step in the right direction.  Alas it would seem that I have already been distracted, but I am hopeful to add to my Crimean War and Indian Mutiny collections before the end of proceedings – time will tell if I have the stamina and willpower to achieve my goal.




56 comments:

  1. Lovely stuff. Does this mean we can expect Maoris and maybe even you doing the Hakka!? Ok maybe not you doing the Hakka!

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    1. Thank you Clint, certainly some Maoris on the way, but perhaps not the Hakka.

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    2. Blast, of course it is, thank you.

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  2. Wonderful looking figures Michael. Great work!

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  3. Those look great. I like the dirt on the trouser legs.

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  4. > Alas it would seem that I have already been distracted
    I can totally sympathise! :-)

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  5. Ooh! They really are superb figs and beautifully painted.

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    1. Thank you Gordon, great characterful sculpts always help I find.

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  6. Love these ones, splendid job Michael!

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  7. What lovely pieces Michael, fit for many genres I'm sure

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    1. Thank you Andy, certainly good for a few adventures I would think.

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  8. Excellent looking figures Micheal!

    Christopher

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  9. Distracted by the bonus rounds? You? Never! ;)

    Lovely work on these chappies :)

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    1. I know, I know, it just keeps happening! :D

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  10. Cracking work Michael! Any plans on doing a Maori contingent then? :)

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    1. Thank you and yes definitely some Maoris on the horizon.

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  11. They ae rather nice figures Sir M! Painted very nicely I might add!

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  12. Lovely looking figures beautifully painted as always.
    Best Iain

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  13. Great stuff. Plus it's always good to get a few of the long term residents out of your lead pile.

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    1. Thank you Mike and absolutely right, that way it doesn't feel so bad when you add more. ;)

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  14. Outstanding artwork, Michael! Cheers!

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  15. Beautifully done. And you've achieved the holy grail of photographing a dark blue and it still looking dark blue rather than bright blue! What paint colours did you use for your dark blue, by the way?

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    1. Thank you Roly, obviously thrilled you like them. The colours used were a mix of Vallejo Dark Sea Blue and Dark Prussian Blue with a single highlight. As for the photography I have recently treated myself to one of those foldable light box studios, still getting to grips with it, but it certainly helps.

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  16. Rather nice, those! The period has a distinct look of its own.

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    1. Thank you A.J. this is one of those projects that has been on a very, very slow burner!

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  17. Lovely work Michael! Victorian era normally isn't really my cup of tea, but your enthusiasm and ingenuity always makes me come back for more ;-)

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    1. Thank you Nick, you are very kind and I hope to keep finding things to entice you back.

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  18. Awesome work Michael! once again You did it!

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  19. Nice job....not a period I have really explored for gaming ?

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    1. Thank you Matt, I quite fancy adding some of the Perry Intervention Force to the collection.

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  20. Corking stuff, Sir Awdry. Really like the dark shade of clothing you've attained.

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    1. Thank you Simon, I've been tinkering around to find a suitable mix for a while now and this seems to be getting close to what I want.

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  21. Excellent work once again Michael. So when used in a game are these gents turn order based on Tails & Top Hats?

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  22. another smashing post Michael, love the colour you attained for the dark suits.

    Cheers Roger.

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  23. Excellent work, Michael - very characterful!

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  24. You've hit your stride, sir, and can't be beat!

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  25. Great work Michael cracking figures.

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  26. Nice contrast work between the blacks and whites with a dash of blue and green grass thrown in to make the simple colour scheme work.

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