Monday, 31 August 2015
So back to posting again. Today we have more figures for my good friend Matt and his ever growing VBCW collection. When I asked how he wanted these painted he just said "I trust you so do what you think's best and take the colours from the flag!"
I hope he will still trust me after this! I think he'll like them though (Fingers crossed).
The figures are by "Sloppy Jalopy" (LINK!) and represent a fine English Cricket team (with very loud blazers). There are 18 figures painted in all including a couple of head swaps and other conversions. All of which Matt has done and I just slap paint on them. A typical selection of "Gentlemen and Players" including bowlers, fielders wicket keeper umpire and of course batsman.
The figures are sculpted by Bill Thornhill I believe and have a very nice feel to them. Very fitting to a summer sport! And possibly one of Britain's best exports ever! A game for gentlemen so not something played very much in less civilised countries like America, France, Spain or Germany. If you have never played cricket you just do not know the social importance of the game and that how after 5 days it can still be a draw!
I did try something slightly different with the bases, as I did not want any tufts. (There is a famous one at Canterbury Cricket ground, but I digress). So I tried to create the mown lawn effect by dry brushing a lighter shade of green in one direction on each base. I think it has worked and has saved me putting on tufts and fluff which in turn has saved me a little time and money! But you may note some grass stains on a few figures as well as where the bowlers have been "Polishing" their balls!
The Flag is by Pete Barfield. known as Panzerkaput aka "Petal" on his very own blog .
And the final picture is a group shot of them all together!
Bank holiday today so get some painting done if you can.
All the best from Kent!