Saturday 30 May 2015

Completed Re-based and the Converted Archer Stands


Here are the finished pics from the re-based and the converted Archer mini's that I completed yesterday. There is a bit of a yellow cast on the pics as i had my camera on the wrong setting without realizing. Rather then take all the pics again I decided that I'd just post up the pics as they are because I'll be taking more later when the bases with the stakes are completed and of course, when I've painted more up.

First off we have some pics of the bases doubled up followed by the single bases (all the images are "clickable"):

Doubled Up:

Single Bases:

Next up.... some NWF Brits and then back to either the Sudan of the Battle of Verneuil (or maybe the Indian Mutiny/first War of Independence if I can find the correct size washers!)

Bye for now.

Friday 29 May 2015

Basing Part IV- Finis!

The final part of my basing articles. Really the last part is just about adding static grass and/or grass tufts or putting any very thin washes down on the dry brushed earth. Washes are sometimes a good idea to vary the tonality of the soil slightly as occurs in nature where certain sections of soil might have a higher clay content etc.

In my case I chose not to add any washes, in all truthfulness because I haven't put a brush to a mini all day and i'm getting rather impatient to get to it! :>)

Really adding static grass and grass tufts is a matter of taste. However here are two extra points that I think are worth considering. In place of static grass I've started using the 2mm tall grass tufts. Why? Well, it simply stands more erect than static grass and is easier to dry brush if necessary. Which brings me on to point two; dry brushing the grass tufts.

In general I'd mix up a light yellowy green colour (make sure that it is light). I would then mix a further light by adding Vallejo Ivory. Then it's really just a case of lightly dry brushing the tops of the tufts but with a slightly less dry mix of paint. why? Well, the static grass is obviously not as hard a surface as a miniature and will take less pressure to add the paint.

And that's really about it.

I hope that you found something useful in these basing articles(?).

Bye for now.

Basing Part III


Here's the next part of the basing article that I've been doing. This section of the little adventure deals solely with adding the paint to the base.

Here's a pictorial view of the paints involved:

GW, Graveyard Earth or Steel Legion:

Vallejo Desert Yellow:

Vallejo Iraqui Sand:

Vallejo Pale Sand:

One question that I have been asked again and again is are these colours suitable for the HYW? Well, not all of the battles were fought in harsh encumbering muddy conditions (indeed the only famous battle fought in these conditions was Agincourt). My army is based on the Battle of Verneuil (a battle of equal importance to Agincourt for many reasons) and it was fought in august under a baking sun. Much of the earth in Northern France has a high clay content giving the soil an almost orange look and that is why I have chosen this palette for the basing.The fact that a lighter base helps reflect the light around a miniature is an added bonus of course.

OK then, down to business. The whole base is given a wash of GW Graveyard Earth and left to dry. As I undercoated the bases black i allow for another such wash and then paint around the edges with the same paint but slightly thicker in consistency. 

This is all then given a heavy dry brush of Vallejo Desert Yellow like so:

 Next another dry brush of Vallejo Iraqi Sand:

This is then followed by a much lighter highlight of Vallejo Light Sand:

If you happen to accidentally dry brush any of the shoes on the mini's don't worry, it would have been a dusty day on the day of the battle. If you're not going for a dry day, then you have simply wet the end of an old brush with saliva and gently brush away the offending paint. Likewise, some areas may be hard to reach on the base. This is not a problem as the this can be dealt with in the next section- Making the bases Pretty! That will be taken care of today and the pics posted up later.

Bye for now.

Thursday 28 May 2015

Variety is the Spice of Life

Had a bit of fun recently painting up these mini's that are destined to adorn the pages of a certain future Fantasy Rules publication. Surprisingly, for me, they turned out to be great fun to paint as the rules, uniforms etc went out of the window and I was able to choose what sort of palette I wanted.

I'm pleased with the results. I hope the author of the rule set will be just as pleased.

Without further ado.....

Bye for now.

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Basing Parts I and II

The subject of basing mini's is of course a very subjective thing. everyone has their own preferences and style.

As I'm working on re-basing my HYW Verneuil English whilst painting up more of the lovely Perry Miniatures HYW English Plastics, I decided to put together a small series of articles that some may find helpful. I've juxtaposed some of the Perry Miniatures conversions with some of the beautifully crafted Claymore Castings as 'period' wise they are not that far apart and armour was a very valuable commodity and often passed down from generation to generation even as late as the latter stages of the HYW.

The first stage is to glue the miniatures to the bases. This sounds pretty straight forward but over the years I've found myself changing the glue that I use several times. I started with two part epoxy, moved onto superglue (of varying thickness) and have finally settled upon good old PVA! Why? Well, it seems almost inevitable that one is going to re-base and the miniatures is much easier to pry off the base if one uses PVA than any of the other options!

The second part is to add spackling/Pollyfiller etc. This should be applied very carefully as it can stick to the miniatures. If this does happen it's easily remedied by getting and old wet brush and simply wiping away the filler when it is wet and before it has dried. I've given my filler a fairly thick wash of Vallejo Matt Black to aid the illustration but also to act as a sealant.

So, I've got some very fine Tallus, easily bought from a model shop, and this is applied by adding neat PVA to the desired areas and then sprinkling on the Tallus. Easy.

The next stage is to add some larger grains of sand. i tend to leave areas of the spackling/filler completely bare as this dry brushes up very realistically and adds more variation to the base. so, it's on with the neat PVA and on with the sand.

That's about it. The next article will be looking at painting the bases and the following one will be looking at adding static grass and grass tufts.

Bye for now.