Friday, 20 December 2013

Started and first points.

 Well I am off the mark. As many of you will already know I have put my first submission in to Curt at analogue-hobbies and gained 48 points. 1 point for each of the 48 Ashigaru (Light feet). There are a total of 12 stands each of four figures in two different uniforms to represent two different armies. Regular reads will no doubt remember me starting these armies and yes I still have a lot more of these troops to paint. I have now filled one A4 box file and am starting to put figures in a second one. I estimate that I have about another 1/2 a box file of unpainted before I need to purchase any more. But they are on my list so I think a further purchase will be desirable

. As mentioned on Curts Challenge I use a very simple technique to paint 10mm figures. After a white undercoat I block in the base colours, then apply a heavy dark was and finally highlight the blocked colours to lift them and make them more vibrant. This Painting style is quick and effective, but will not win a painting competition. It does pass the 2 foot rule though and looks pretty good on the wargames table which is all you really want with 10mm figures.
 
 I am very happy to have made my first submission to the challenge and gotten off of the ZERO start level. I can now start to chip away at my 600 point total.

Work in progress for the challenge has me painting several things at once. Currently I am painting the figure for Curt's entry fee. Having said that I am about to start painting an alternative and make the final decision when they are both finished. The one I don't use will be given to the first of the 600 club to reach that lofty goal. Obviously should I reach the summit first it will go into my collection. (Very small chance of that).

I was going to paint some wild west Cancan dancers for the "Non Combatants" bonus round, but I am sorry to say I have changed my mind and am now going to do some Crooked Dice Astronoughts as they are unarmed apart from an offensive clipboard (the pen is mightier than the sword) and some device which bears a passing resemblance to a sonic screwdriver. I also have a donkey about to be primed which I rediscovered last night. Everyone needs a pack mule and as such it is a very versatile figure. Additionally I am about to prep some more 10mm Samurai (probably peasant archers, but not sure yet, Maybe more Ashigaru I will not know until I get to my work bench.)

I will also start painting some figures for the Arab Revolt. So as you can see there is a lot in progress, but not so much to show at the moment.

Finally before I go for today I am feeling like creating a colonial army (well 2 as they will need an opponent), so I am very open to suggestions as to what conflict to recreate. I will not be looking for a skirmish game but a big battle game, although not the Sudan. The reason not the Sudan is simply because another club member has already covered that quite extensively.

Anyway thanks for reading, I hope you found something of interest. I hope to post again on Sunday with any luck, so I had best get the brushes busy today. All the best Clint.





16 comments:

  1. I saw your entry over there and it was great.

    You're not doing the Can Can girls. I was looking forward to those, but you have to paint what feels best for you and what you'll enjoy the most.

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    1. I am sure I will do the girls sooner rather than later, I have realised that I need a different type of base for them. One with Floor boards and not grass or Desert. Hence the delay.

      I am painting one of the figures you gave me though! More will be revealed closer to the time of course. Possibly the Entrance fee for Curt.

      I saw your comment on Curt's blog and appreciate you also commenting here.

      Thank you Anne.

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  2. A very nice start out of the blocks Clint!!

    Colonial India has a nice flavour

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    1. Northwest Frontier is something I would be looking at as a possible game setting. It is definitely on my radar.

      Thank you Loki. I am glad to have made a start at least.

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  3. Well done Clint! 1 point for each hardly seems enough, but a fabulous start nonetheless! Hoping to get my first offerings off to Curt this afternoon.

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    1. 1 point each is enough after all only 5 of them make a 28mm figure so I think 1 point is reasonably generous. I have now prepped and Primed 32 peasant archers for the two Samurai armies.

      I very much look forward to seeing what you offer to the challenge this year. Last year your work was faultless.

      Thank you Michael.

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  4. The units look good and are a very useable boost to your forces, the strategy of quantity is admirable to the end product imo.
    Can-can girls - pah ! - Let's see some opposition for Tarzan !

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    1. Tar7an figures are all done for now. If I make another board (nothing planned at this stage, but I have pondered over it) Then and only then will I look at more Tar7an figures.

      I like the idea of Cancan figures. If just to do a google search to get inspiration!

      Thank you Jo.

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  5. Great looking army, nice colors!

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  6. Good looking bunch of minis.

    Not a scale for me, but work I can certainly admire! :)

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  7. Nice looking troops, Clint. Almost there for blue vs red!
    I myself have long wanted to do the Boxer Rebellion. The beauty of the project would be modest forces of Germans, Russians, Japanese, American, and British troops. A lot of Chinese plus various ciivilians. Not only Boxer Rebellion, but also pulp gaming, Cthullu, and Steampunk could be done from the same core of minis, not to mention interwar. I already have two pulp heroes painted and able to participate. Some Zulus, Indian, and Muslem troops would further add to the project. But first I better finish up what's already on my plate! ;)

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    1. Boxer rebellion does appeal due to the colours and the painting and how spectacular an army would be. I have looked and have not found Boxer figures that I particularly like in any scale though. I shall continue to look though.

      Thank you David I appreciate the comment on my colonial ambitions.

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  8. Well shoot, what a good start.

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    1. Thank you very much. I should have the next batch ready in a couple of days as well. (a smaller batch only 32)

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