Monday 27 February 2012

WARNING! This post contains nudity.

The desire to venture deeper into the depths of uncharted territory continues unabated with yet more goodness from the very talented Mark Copplestone.  

These 'little chaps' are from the Botocudo Indian Archers pack and were a delight to do once I had settled on a palette for the skin.  In this case I ended up using a combination of Foundry and Vallejo Model Colour.  So from shadow to highlight the skin was represented thus;

Foundry Musket Stock Brown (Light), Vallejo Red Leather and finally Foundry Conker Brown (Light)

Several Amazonian tribes are mentioned in 'The Lost City of Z' some feared to have cannibalistic tendencies, others proved to be helpful to Colonel Fawcett on his exhibitions, but all have a mysterious quality that I wanted to achieve  with these miniatures.  To that end they were given black, face paint blindfolds based on photographs that I had seen of actual Amazonian tribes.  

It seemed only right and proper to have a go at stringing the bows.  Paul, of 'Paul's Bods', manages to do this with 1/72 miniatures to great effect (A fabulous blog, that I would recommend to anyone), so surely I must be able to achieve the same with a 28mm figure...  Oh my goodness!  There was cotton thread and superglue everywhere, but in the end we managed to get a passable result.


  1. Nicely done, very ethnic!
    I must warn you these will be the ones your kids will always remember and be at pains to show off to every visitor... "look what dad painted, they've got todgers!"... I get that everytime some one new has a look in my gamesroom and my six year old daughter points excitedly at the naked germanic barbarians I did ages ago...

  2. Oo-er matron!

    Lovely work, Michael. They look straight out of National Geographic.

  3. Very nice work Michael. You may want to keep them in a warm place, don't want things getting too cold!

  4. Great work and the bowstrings are brilliant but bad nudity as it was male nudity as I had a nasty surprise at Cavalier yesterday......

  5. That really IS a cracking paintjob. Apart from everything else, you´ve got the skin tones spot on!!!

    Are they actually ...:-X circumcised?
    Bit of a pain the bowstrings eh? My first attempts ended with me throwing a wobbler, and it still can be a bit "toe curling" when the glue "strings" and ends up all over the place!! :-D

  6. Very nicely done sir. I just love Copplestone stuff

  7. Very nice painting and I agree excellent job on the bow strings!


  8. I've got some of these I want to do for my Lost World game. I did bowstrings once on some Darkest Africa figures. Never again!

    Excellent work!

  9. Lovely work there and the South American skintone is spot on. Great one

  10. Re: the bow strings - I wonder if it might be easier using fine wire (fuse wire or the fine copper wire from electrical flex) which could be wound round a couple of times to grip while glue sets, then string it down to other end of bow and repeat. No doubt still fiddly non the less... not so bad on a few skirmish figures but I wouldnt want to try it on a whole 'unit'.

    1. That's a great idea Scott, as you said although fiddly I was prepared to invest the time for five figures but not sure I could face an army!

  11. Looking good Michael the colour scheme looks great!

  12. These turned out very nice. Thanks for the skin recipe, looks spot on.

  13. The skin tone, the bowstrings, everything turned out excellent!


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