Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Back to the Brushes 140

The other night came to thinking about styles of painting and dragged out a memory of a Neoclassic painting by Jacques-Louis David

The Death of Marat

Can't recall the whole back story to this, something to do with post Revolutionary France and waiting on the "knock" on the door and Marat decided not to face Madame Guillotine. For a dark subject matter found this picture very peaceful with a strong sense of purpose/principle to it, 

Always liked the use of darkness in this picture, makes the other colours more vibrant and clearer.

This picture got me looking at how I paint miniatures or wee men as they are often called. David in his later life was a teacher too many painters and emphasised the contour in his teachings. In miniature painting the contour exists in the quality of the sculpting rather than the drawn line that David expressed in his teachings, both however are equally important and more so when colour is added. Whether layering, blending or blocking paint on a miniature the contours of the sculpt guide the painter in achieving the impression of tone and light on the miniature, in fact with some miniatures the quality of the sculpting is best seen once paint or undercoat has been applied. 

Next time you paint consider the not only the colours that you are using but the lines and contours the sculptor used to create the miniature you are painting before adding the paint. Perhaps that sense of peace and purpose I found in the picture above will be there too. 

I was asked by a friend the other day how many brushes are in the picture of the painting table, is it about fifty? The answer is 121 in varying states of use from virginal to well loved to totally fucked, with the oldest being approximately thirty-one years old and still serviceable. Shows you that if you look after somethings they will be there for a long time. 

Cheers for now

Monday, 16 October 2017

Back to the Brushes 139

Not much to report this month so far, in fact nothing has changed as the brushes have remained in the jar so far this month. Not due to lack of interest or motivation just that time has been spent on other things this last couple of weeks.

Took this picture as a snapshot in time on Saturday 14th October and never managed to post it, which about sums up everything at present.

The lack of order on the painting table shows a variety of different projects that have stalled this month. A reflection on the cluttered desk, cluttered mind statement perhaps?

On a side issue, was saddened to hear of Tom Petty's sudden death and here are some great tracks from the man.


 Cheers for now

Friday, 29 September 2017

Back to the Brushes 138

The Moors move slowly forward with some progress on the Warlord and Hearth Guard.
Both figures are from Gripping Beast and will be painted with a limited pallette for the riders of black and yellow. Hopefully this will be effective when completed. Both figures have progressed some more since the pictures were taken. The figures are from two very different periods of Gripping Beast's history and show the changes over the years in figure sculpting. Cheers for now

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

With a Rebel Yell 8

At long last this camp base of Basic Impetus Baroque has finally been flocked and pictured.
The figures are believed to be Minifigs and were part of a large collection that has been rebased, toned with Devlan Mud wash or equivalent and matt varnished. All that remains now is to sort out the surplus wagons and effects for sale and, oh, yeah paint the hundred plus foot and cavalry to complete the armies. Maybe next year? Cheers for now.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Back to the Brushes 137

Some work in progress on the 15mm Arab spearmen shown below front and rear. The first set are before the base wash for tone and the second set are after the wash has been applied and dried.
The figures are from Essex and there will be a second stand to follow. The other stand will be much darker in colour than this stand as they will be for the expanded army that will allow the Moors to be gamed.
Overall the wash has achieved look that was required and given some degree of shading without being overpowering. There will be some more work in progress pictures shortly from the same period however in a larger scale. Cheers for now.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Losing that Gaming Mojo 4

Recently, on the gaming front an introductory game of SAGA: Crescent and the Cross was played.

First thoughts are the Moors won't stand up against the Crusaders and Military Orders heavy cavalry. Perhaps this is won't be the case, perhaps it will and as the figures are "generic" they may morph into other factions in time.

There was a few raised eyes when Impaling Spears and The Moors Gold were used. Impaling Spears certainly stalled the Knights charge and took a few of them down too. However, the Crusaders and Military Orders had the edge on the night and the game was a victory for the Crusaders. There was a comment that the rules are written to favour the Christian factions, hopefully further games will show that there is balance within them and this is not the case.

During a conversation with a friend the other day the expression "there are gamers who paint and painters who game" was used. This got the grey matter turning round and the question is which are you? Here it is a painter who games.

Cheers for now.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Back to the Brushes 136

Working on Arabs and Moors in different scales and for different games at present.

First up are 15mm figures from Essex Miniatures for Basic Impetus. The plan with these figures is to allow the wash to do nearly all of the work, so white robes are the way forward here. 

There are another eight to be painted for this stand and these have just been undercoated.

Below shows the start of a Moorish Warband for SAGA: Cross and Crescent with the Warlord and his Hearth guard in the top picture and two warriors and a banner man below. All figures are from Gripping Beast. 

More from this and others to follow

Cheers for now