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From the painting desk #47 – Governor’s retinue

January 23, 2017

Port George finally has a crown-appointed governor and I have my first painted minis of 2017! I finished painting a trio of miniatures I started in late 2016, representing the governor, his son and their manservant. All three are from different manufacturers, with the governor being a Front Rank gentleman, his son a Galloping Major sailor character and the manservant a Black Cat Bases bounty hunter.

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Governor Weatherby is a classic, stylish gentleman. I’ve yet to decide whether he’s a governor of the pirate hanging type or the pirate embracing type. The mini was good fun to paint. I went for a bright blue for the jacket, but otherwise kept the palette fairly muted. I wanted the governor to look well-off but not ostentatious, leaving the latter for his son. Being a Front Rank miniature, he is fairly small, but I think that actually works quite well here, as it does make him look a little older. That’s also why I decided to make his hair grey.

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I wanted the governor’s son to be something of a foppish dandy, so I gave him a purple jacket combined with a yellow waistcoat. The emerald green bows on his plait and hat add even more touches of colour, and obviously all of his button are bright brass. I botched painting his left eye, and decided to make it into an expression. I think the end result makes him quite characterful, as he is glancing sideways somewhat nervously and reaching for his sword. The expression, the large hands and smallis head make him look young and awkward, which is exactly what I wanted. Well, initially I didn’t know that it was exactly what I wanted, but I love the end result.

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Stylistically the manservant, Mitchell, is an entirely different case from his employers. “Manservant” is obviously just a polite expression for “bodyguard and muscle”, and the mini’s huge size (typical of Black Cat Bases sculpts) works in this regard. I’ve always loved the look of a greatcoat with the collar up, so this was a real treat. I wanted Mitchell to look properly badass, so I kept the colours dark with the exception of the boots and the pistols. For some extra diversity and to spark the imagination regarding his background, I gave him dark skin. I’m really happy with the greatcoat and the miniature in general, I think he looks hard as nails.

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I had a lot of fun painting these three, as they’re all very different both in style and colour scheme. While the governor and his son are really bright and colourful, their servant is dark and menacing. As it is, I think these three minis manage to create a nice little narrative. It’s stuff like this that really keeps up my enthusiasm and motivation for a project! These three have been waiting for me to finish them for a while, so finally getting them done is extra rewarding to boot.

I’ve been thinking that I need to improve my painting. While I’m fairly happy with my basic level, I tend to get lazy with thinning paint, layering and blending. I think there’s plenty of space for improvement there. Of course taking massive closeup photos of minis doesn’t help either! Feedback on this front much appreciated.

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From the painting desk #43 – Gentry

October 6, 2016

I’ve been painting a lot in recent weeks! We’ve managed to set up a semi-regular thing with my friend Joonas and his wife Mia, where they pop in for an evening or two per week to paint, build models, write and whatever we have at hand. This has been a huge production boost – setting aside 5-12 hours more time for painting than usual obviously pays off.

Some of the produce of these painting evenings are the couple shown below. The woman is from Front Rank’s line of 18th century civilians and the man is part of Redoubt’s excellent French and Indian War range.

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Yellow is a colour I’ve always disliked painting, so I made the conscious choice to try doing it properly for once. The lady’s dress seemed like the perfect chance, so I tried to create something eye-catching and bright. I’m fairly happy with how the dress turned out, although some of the blending could be a lot smoother and the undercoat should be a lot more even. It was an important step in reducing my dislike for yellow, though! I think I’ll paint some more in the future. I also dabbed some rouge on the lady’s cheeks, as that was in fashion back then.

With these, and a few other quick paintjobs that probably won’t find their way to the blog, my year’s painting total is up to a grand total of ten miniatures. I’m aiming for thirty by the end of the year, and it seems realistic at the moment.

I’m really happy that I’ve managed to attract a crowd of regular commenters. Your input makes blogging even more fun and worthwhile, so thanks everyone!

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From the painting desk #37 – 18th century townsfolk

November 13, 2015

With the Halloween game behind me, I figured I’d show off some of the miniatures used in more detail. An excellent thing about the whole Halloween game with a set deadline is that it really made me paint more than in a good long while, and now I have a solid group of townsfolk to fight off not only rampaging monsters, but pirates as well. I showed off the willage workers in an earlier post, here are some of the more well-off individuals. They were all quick paintjobs, but I’m reasonably happy with each and every one!

The Priest

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I love this model from Front Rank Figurines. He looks really stern, and is more priestly than the average Rick. He was very easy to paint, too! I’m not too fond of painting black, so pretty happy with how his clothes turned out.

The Young Man

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A Redoubt FIW miniature. Very, very simple paintjob with grey pants and a white shirt. I like the pose and the lack of vest, as he looks like he’s been forced to pick up the musket at a moment’s notice.

The Old Man

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Another Redoubt mini, I love this one’s face. He has an impressive nose, and overall looks almost like a Native American. I like the pose, he looks very alert and ready for action.

The Black Lady

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This is one of my favourites of the lot and another one by Redoubt. In my opinion the model’s face didn’t look Caucasian, so I decided to try something different. I’m really pleased with the end result, as both the skintone and the overall paint scheme turned out well. It also gave me a good chance to look into the history of black people.

The Redcoat

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I love painting red, and this mini was no exception. I think the red coat turned out fine and all in all I like the combination of colours. Can’t go wrong with a combination of bone white, muted red and khaki.

These minis as well as another villager bring my painting tally up to 31 for this year.  Comments welcome! As I’ve recently been fiddling with the photo setup, I was wondering whether I should keep the pure white background or go back to a coloured one. Opinions?

 

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