Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Empress Maria Theresa

 Well something a little different, not a leather stocking in sight. Nor a gun, sword axe or other weapon of war. Back in 2013 when I entered the Analogue Painting Challenge, Kawe of Westfalia Miniatures offered each participant a limited edition figure. And here is mine painted up. I received it during the Salute show and at the time though "I have no use for this!" But then I got thinking. Yeah I know It's dangerous. Now I don't know who this figure was in real life, I am sure I could do the research but lets be blunt I am just too lazy to do so!

The figure is 25mm and not 28mm but that is not an issue because people all come in different sizes in real life and it is not uncommon to see people of 5 feet tall and those of 6 feet tall stood in close proximity. So undaunted I set about splashing some colour on her! Given that modern dying techniques were not used prior to 1846 I went for a Peach or coral pink for her gown with lighter pink for the lace and trimmings. Simply because I saw this shade of pink on "Poldark TV Series" worn by "Verity" in one episode, and if the colour was acceptable for the BBC I knew it would be OK for me as well. That may sound like a weak solution but it works for me.

So what will I use the figure for? Well I think it will go in my 3 Musketeer collection, but it could equally well go in with Settlers in the Americas used against my French Indian wars Indians. So not of the greatest use to me but another figure done and dusted, varnished and put away.

I did find here hard to paint but that is probably just my ineptitude and a better painter may have no problems at all. I found the face in particular a challenge but I think it came out OK so I am not displeased at all.

And finally my cousin has returned this week from a vacation in Australia. As such I was given a packet od Australian sweets to try. The chocolate outside was nice but I did not like the interior. I thought looking at the packet that it might be soft and chewy, but it was hard instead. And while I am delighted to have tried them I don't think I will ever again.

So that's a late post for me today as to be honest I was not expecting to finish the figure today at all. I am not sure what will be finished just yet but with luck I should have something finished in a couple more days. So until next time., take care, slap some paint on a figure or two or maybe play a game. All the Best from Kent, England>

Cheers Clint



19 comments:

  1. Thanks a nice little mini there Clint, and hopefully you'll find some use for it on the tabletop. A nice generous offer by "Westfalia" too. Your lady does look like she's missing a base though - and one of your wonderfully lush green with flowers would really help set off her pink dress imho.

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    1. I still could base her I was thinking flowers and grass might look wrong though. I will sleep on it.
      Thanks Simon.

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  2. I'm sure she'll make some settler a lovely wife. Great job Clint!

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    1. I could see her in the 3 Musketeers just as easily. But the sceptre might be wrong for the colonies! Thanks Bob.

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  3. Thinking can be very dangerous Clint, you should know that by now! Great looking figure, mine will no doubt like yours become a civvie in some Donnybrook extravaganza!!

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    1. I like the sound on a "Donnybrook extravaganza!" I am not sure what exactly I can use her for at this stage but I am sure she will make the table at some point.
      Thanks Ray.

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  4. I think the dress would be wrong for the colonies too - or at least, highly impractical! But she would fit right in with musketeers, wouldn't she?

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    1. I can even see her in a "Back of beyond" scenario. But for now she will live in my 3 Musketeer box.

      Thank you C6

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  5. She's a nifty little figure. The town I'm living in isn't far from it's colonial roots and she looks very much like the people round here. They are of hardy German farm stock and that's how she looks to me. But you're right about the sceptre. Now if you modified that into a large wooden spoon, she'd fit right in round here.

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    1. Thanks Anne but I think she'll join my 3 musketeer figures. It's just easier. Besiges the musketeers can always have an extra lady to fight for or over, even if they are from German farming stock!

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    2. One must be careful of those women as they won't tolerate being messed with. Whack a man right over the head they will :0)

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  6. good work and I think she will be a great damsel for 3 Musketeer games.

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    1. Maybe a damsel, maybe a queen that need rescuing! It works either way. Thanks Adam

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  7. I was wondering why Loki was dishing these out on the day and now I know. Love what you've done with yours Clint.

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    1. At least I think that's the reason Loki was passing them out. It's what I was told. I shall look forward to your painting of the figure and they I might know what I should have done.
      Thanks Michael.

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  8. A very nice mini and I like how you've painted her up. Perhaps for musketeers she might make a fine looking mage or witch perhaps as well.

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    1. Thanks Simon. I am not a fan of supernatural in the 3 musketeers. But she could be a fortune teller or psychic medium who is really a fake.

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