The day job is proving relentless at the moment; nothing too onerous you understand, just the incessant reports, meetings and work scrutinies that it has been decreed must be completed before the half term break. Unfortunately this has contrived to reduce the hobby time to a few precious hours on a Sunday morning. I am, of course, grateful for that time, but I am starting to feel like I am letting the side down somewhat as James ploughs on, realising more and more of our idle conversations in freshly cut MDF!
Looking for a quick win at the weekend, I happened across this set of miniatures. Now I am not suggesting for one moment that teaching is akin to commanding a tank, but I did suddenly feel an affinity for these most beleaguered of troops, whose only option was to ‘button down’ and plough on into the face of adversary.
These four are from 'Artizan Designs' and sold through the ever reliable 'North Star Military Figures'. I have noticed over the years that my painting style has simplified. I have stopped trying to paint eyes, to layer three colours or add numerous washes often giving as much time to one miniature as I would now give to whole unit; seemingly with little discernible difference! I am attributing this change in style to my ever failing eyesight, but it could equally be my impatience to get the miniatures to the table. This is certainly the case here, especially as James is racing ahead with all manner of structures that we are both looking forward to sharing with you in due course.
Given the aforementioned simplification of painting style, I found the the 'Artizan Designs' sculpts to be wonderfully forgiving. I thoroughly enjoyed working on these, trying to find subtle variations in the greens to make them stand out; I was even brave enough to attempt the Divisional Insignia on some of them!
On refection I probably should have attempted to give them a little bit more of a worn look, as these chaps look incredibly pristine given their recent action. Six crewmen in total took part in the defence of the castle, five from ‘Besotted Jenny’, Commanded by Capt. John C. Lee Jnr. and Commander of the ‘Boche Buster’, Harry J. Basse, Lee’s second in command and lifelong friend.