Thursday, 29 December 2011

Rackham Mercenary Ogre Limited Edition Confrontation 32mm

Hello again, I hope you all had a good Xmas and will have an even better New Year.
Thanks again to anyone that takes time to look at my blog and to leave comments.

As for this figure its a change away from historical, but might still interest some of you?
The figure is from Rackham and represents a Mercenary Ogre, I picked this one up at the Claymore bring and buy stall and liked it mainly because of the Elephant head, which I think looks great.
As for building it and painting it, it was not an easy task, as you can probably tell. There are quite a few bits and bobs on the model and very nicely detailed.

I am back on the historical trail again and will be posting some new stuff soon.
Any comments welcome.  Again thanks for looking.  Michael

Monday, 19 December 2011

Drabant Miniatures 40mm Mounted British Officer 1701

Hello again to one and all.
A change of period again and manufacturer but still a 40mm figure.
This is a mounted British officer from 1701 by Drabant miniatures.  These are lovely sculpted models but not the cheapest, I managed to pick this one up on Ebay, as you do. Only problem with it was that the stirrups and straps were missing as well as pistols and holders, so out with greenstuff and paper clips and new ones were sculpted by myself.
End result is comparable to originals so I am happy with outcome.
I am now running out of space in my display cabinets so it might be time to have a clearout of my painted figures.  I might make an effort in the New Year to Ebay some of my older figures and make space for newer ones.
Anyone reading this who fancies making an offer for any of the figures on my blog, please do let me know, as they must go to a good home.
Thanks again for looking and any comments welcome.


Friday, 18 November 2011

Mexican Spy company 40mm Vignette Gringo40s

Here at last are the 40mm Mexican Spy Company figures based and as a vignette.  I did think of different options to base them but ended up with this, which I think works okay.
These are nice sculpts from  and I am looking forward to some new releases from them.

Thanks for looking and any comments welcome.

The map is of Mexico for anyone that is interested.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Geronimo 54mm Apache Warrior Indian

Well here we go for another post after a break for going on holiday.  I have painted a few more figures but not got back to the 40mm Old Glory Sioux, always got easily distracted written on my report card at school, you all know what its like?
Anyhow this is a lovely but tricky model to build as its made of  brittle resin, it has several pins in it and a few camouflaged breaks, but I am happy with result.
The model is of an Apache Warrior in 54mm from a Polish company called MModels, I decided to base him on Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: Goyaałé [kòjàːɬɛ́] "one who yawns"; June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Allegedly, "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a Mexican incident. His Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla[2][3] in English.
I entered this model at Targe 2011 in Kirriemuir and won best single figure with it.
Thanks for looking and any comments welcome.  Michael

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Redoubt Enterprises 28mm Turkish Kettle drummer Rennaissance

Hello again to whoever takes time to look at my work and thank you.
Here is a change from the O.G. Sioux I have been painting, its a Turkish Kettle Drummer from Redoubt Enterprise miniatures in 28mm.
I picked up this figure 2nd hand for a £1 at the Falkirk wargames show from Phil Olley, new its £5, not sure if its worth that?
Anyhow the Camel is spot on and a really nice sculpt the Turkish rider is a bit stiff and not the best but does a job.
I painted this reasonably quickly and will be getting back to the 40mm O.G. Sioux as soon as I am back from Gran Canaria.  So anyone waiting to see more Injuns will have to wait a couple of weeks.

Thanks again for looking and any comments welcome.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

40mm Mounted Indian Old Glory - Sash and Sabre Roan

Hello again to one and all, here again is a mounted 40mm O.G. Indian.  This time the horse I tried for is a Blue Roan, and I am reasonably happy with the way it turned out.  I asked my wife for a type of horse colour for a change and this is what she said, I had never heard of it before, to be honest.  It was not the easiest colour to paint and I am not even sure that a Sioux warrior would have had one, unless he borrowed one from someone.
The horses head and lower legs needed to be black and the rest a mottled grey/blue, with a black mane and tail.
A note for some people including my son, the horse is not wearing spectacles.

Any comments are welcome and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

40mm Old Glory Sioux warrior Indian Sash and Sabre

Here is another Old Glory 40mm Sioux warrior.
I have managed to pick up another 7 of these in a trade for some 28mm Indian Mutiny  Mutineer Highlanders.  I still would like more or again some of the US Cavalry figures.  Not much more to say really, any questions will be answered and any comments are welcome.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Old Glory 40mm Sioux Indian {Sash and Sabre}

Here as promised is a second 40mm OG Sioux Indian.  Again its a very nice sculpt and enjoyable to paint.  This time I tried for a Piebald horse, its seems to have worked.
More of these to come, again if anyone out there has any of these spare or US. Cavalry for trade or swap please let me know.

Any comments welcome, thanks for looking.


Friday, 9 September 2011

Old Glory 40mm Sioux War chief {Sash and Sabre}

The figure this time is an Old Glory  or Sash and Sabre for some people, 40mm Sioux War chief on a Palomino.  I never thought much of these figures before,  never actually getting one in my hand, but now I have and have painted it, they are excellent sculpts.
I am on the lookout for more of these, so if anyone has any spare for trade or sale please let me know.
There will be more of these to come, so keep checking for updates.
Again thanks for looking and any comments welcome.  Michael

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Perry Miniatures 28mm Picton Uxbridge Wellington Mounted

Here for who is interested are some more pictures of my latest figures painted.  They are of the British Commanders Wellington, Picton and Uxbridge from Perry miniatures.  Again they are unbased as I am unsure what to do with these figures, they may end up on Ebay.  Unless anyone reading this fancies them?
They are lovely sculpts especially the horses.

I painted these using an undercoat of black rather than my usual white undercoat and feel I shall stick to a white undercoat from now on.  It was a test to see how they would turn out with a black undercoat.  The end result is okay and does make it easier to paint figures quicker, but its white for me from now on.
Thanks for looking and any comments welcome.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

STAKEOUT 28mm Dixon Miniatures Apaches

Back again with another couple of pictures.  This is a set that Dixons sell called,  Stakeout, all I added was an Indian pony from Dixons and a hat also. Dixons in their day were about the most poular and largest company, but seem to have fallen away of late.  I always rated and still do their horses as the best on the market.
As for the figures themselves they are okay, not as bad as some.  They always tended to have pumpkin heads, but these are more in proportion. I hope you enjoy looking at these, any comments welcome, thanks for looking.

Friday, 22 July 2011

28mm French Officer 7th Hussars Trent Miniatures Wargames figure

Hello again, after another long wait I have eventually got around to photograph some of my latest work.
This is a 28mm model from Trent miniatures of a mounted Officer of the 7th Hussars.  I am guessing its been sculpted by Copplestone but not 100% sure.
Anyhow its a lovely model and I enjoyed painting it.  Trent have some nice stuff if you trawl through their pages. Although the pictures they have of their models are not great and some of their models are not of a high standard like this one.  You are best to look at their models in the flesh so as to speak.
I did try NMM for the Gold on this model, not too successfully but it looks okay, practice makes perfect as they say.
Again thanks for looking,  more to come.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Mexican Spy Company 40mm. GRINGO40s

As promised I have finished painting the Gringo40s Spy company vignette, not 100% as I am not sure how I am going to base them yet.
Thanks to Ged at Gringo40s for helping with colours of uniforms etc.
As you can see from photos these are 40mm figures, solid and well sculpted.
The history of this unit is quite interesting as they fought for the U.S. and not Mexico as I first thought. Mainly made up of Ex Jailbirds and the like but led by proper Officers, a kind of early Dirty Dozen if you like. As you can see from the bands on their hats, they actually wore these! they were called the Spy Company.
Go to Ged's page for further details etc.
Any comments are welcome. Thanks for looking

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Reb artillery 40mm Wargames Foundry

Well here we go again with a long awaited post.

I went to Salute in London and entered a couple of my painted pieces. The picture seen here is of my 40mm Reb artillery piece which came first in the Wargames other category. A pleasant surprise to win with this as I actually thought my other entries had more of a chance.

Anyhow I had a really good time and managed not to spend too much on figures to add to the ever increasing lead pile!

The picture shown is straight from the Salute webpage as I have not had time to photograph my newer painted figures.

The figures I used are 40mm Wargames Foundry that I bought when they were first released and sat unused for about 15 years! They have now been rereleased and are nice solid sculpts.

One purchase that I did make was of a couple of figures from Gringo40's of a Mexican spy Vignette, a mounted trooper and a Officer with spyglass. I am not sure of uniform colours for these but will have to start hunting for info, unless anyone reading this knows?

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Custers Last Stand 54mm Andrea Miniatures

I decided to take a break from painting to again photograph some of my older painted stuff.

This is 2 of Andrea Miniatures kits joined to make a decent representation of the well known Last stand, Heroic or stupid? We all have our own opinions.

I painted this a couple of years back but it always had a sheen to it when photographing it. So I gave it a quick spray with the Army painters anti-shine varnish, as recommended by Dave Imrie. I would also now highly recommend this spray varnish to people as I have tried almost every matt varnish on the market, I dont do shiny figures!

Anyhow I hope you like it and any comments welcome, thanks for looking

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Artizan Mexican Infantry 28mm

Well hello again to anyone that has a look at my blog.

The Painters block has now gone and I am back to painting! The fact that I booked to go to Salute this year was the only thing that got me painting again, I always need a deadline or one almighty kick up the back end!

I will be staying at the Crowne Plaza for the weekend and hopefully have a couple of figures to enter into the Painting competition done by then.

The figures shown are Artizan Mexican Infantry that I painted about 3 or 4 years ago, I did intend to do more and obviously Crocket and the boys but you all know what our projects end up like!

Anyone fancying a blether whilst at Salute about painting figures etc please let me know?