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    As I have just opened up as a professional painter to all (not just work for friends/Wargames club) I thought it apt to start a thread of my own for my personal projects for which I will (as I always have) experiment with different effects.

    My personal preference for wargamining is in the smaller scales (but I also have 28mm WW2 and Konflict 47 armies – more to follow on that). I think 10/12mm is an excellent scale for war gaming especially with the ranges now available from people like Pendraken, Kallistra, Newline, Lancer, Minifigs, and Lancashire/Blaze Away to name but a few. And with ever increasing smaller wars and conflicts being covered there isn’t a lot you can’t recreate these days – we truly are blessed.
    My personal period preference is 19th century and by that I mean from 1848 to 1914 specifically – worldwide, from Risorgimento, to Anglo-Sikh wars, to the Pacific War, and the Russo-Turkish war and everything in between. This is the birth of the modern geo-political world and sets the stage for the ever burgeoning conflicts of the 20th century. Therefore I have a good and growing reference library for this particular person as well as WW2 which I am also fascinated by.
    My current personal project is ACW using Kallistra 12mm figures. An excellent range which paint up very nicely.

    I would also like to take the opportunity to say a big hats 🎩 off and deep bow to Pendraken for covering and producing figures for, obscure, or minor 19th century wars/battles and troops also. Making figures for Brunswick infantry for the Franco-Prussian war denotes crazy dedication to providing a complete range that I and I am sure many others, appreciate.

    So, on to my painting style (the only style I have as you can see from my profile photograph!), in the smaller scales, I believe, and other notable figure painters advocated this long before me, think that smaller scales need stark/bright contrast, painting a figure nicely in “correct colours” (I’ll come to this in a mo) is all well and good, but on the Wargames table en mass, at Wargames distance, they will look dull, however, if you use stark contrast to exaggerate raised detail, your troops will stand out and at distance, blend in the light to look like little works of art. Now, the problem with this is that up close, particularly in photographs of extreme up close, such as for websites, the contrasting can make the individual figures look a bit messy. Also it doesn’t help if you are using a phone camera without sufficient lighting (new light box on the way, and my D-SLR camera which I lent my sister some time ago, will be back with me soon!).
    Now, uniform colour matches. A controversial subject, as on other sites and Facebook pages, I always see people posting requests for the best colour match for say German WW2 standard uniforms and what Vallejo number people use for an exact match. I always have a little wry smile on my face. I understand that people enjoy being historically accurate and I applaud this as there needs to be more of it. But up until fairly recently most of us understand that the dyes used in uniforms were from uniform (I’m a laugh 🤭). We all know German and Soviet uniforms had massive colour variations throughout the Second World War as uniforms were produced in different factories and shops, using different, whatever was available/ersatz dyes. I am a painter that like to research this kind of thing and experiment with creating the different colours and effects on both small and large scale miniatures. Specific to my current ACW project, I am painting up the Confederate infantry, which were hugely varied in appearance, especially in the western theatre if they were wearing regulation uniform at all (western Confederate volunteers and cavalry). So I, for my personal project want to reflect this. And I now will be documenting this in between commissions, here for you to judge and comment as you see fit and I especially welcome constructive criticism – would you pay for an army to be painted thusly?
    So, this post, from here on in, will document my own painting, experiments, and also commission work.
    Now for yesterday’s experiments – at last – some photos!








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    28mm WW2 & Konflict ‘47 photos.






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    #140224

    A 15mm WW2 British NWE commission – I didn’t take very good photos before it left – nuts!





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    #140225
    Thomaston
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    Interesting painting/weathering on the middle Konflict 47 pic.

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

    #140226

    If you mean the walker with white dapping that’s to represent a whitewash dappling for winter/snow camo.

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    15mm Sci-Fi from Alternative Armies




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    20mm Mexican Revolution – Villistas from Shellhole Scenics.



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    #140251
    Thomaston
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    That’s the one, it loks very well used.

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    #140315

    The experiments in butternut continue with Kalliatra 12mm ACW confederates.

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    #140335

    Another little butternut experiment.









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