Saturday, 5 December 2015

Alas Pike and Jones!

 Firstly let me say I have has internet problems. But now I have had a visit from Virgin Media Engineer and a new Modem and as far as I am concerned am back to normal. The Engineer thinks it is probably faster now, but in truth I see no change of speed.

So Today I thought I should give you 2 figures to make up for my few days of no blog posts. I will Do one more tomorrow as well trying to catch up with where I think I should be!

Firstly we have Corporal Jack Jones who does have a number of catch phrases so feel free to put them in the comments and get them out of your system. As a veteran of the Sudan wars Jonesy carries both a rifle and a spear ( queue the famous quote!) Yes we all know what they don't like!

The addition of the rifle is another Matt special but I do think it helps the character and will be definitely useful in table games. And you can hardly see the join. Looking at the figure again I should have painted the apron dark blue THEN added the "white" stripes. As It would have given a better effect, still you live and learn. So Next time. I am not saying it is a disaster at all but would have looked better the other way around! Other than the apron I am quite happy with the figure so no real gripes.

 And then we have the young Private Pike armed with a cricket bat. I am sure he would have been a menace with that weapon. The bat shows many red and white cricket ball marks as it I always better to add a few extra colours on the model. Likewise the West Ham Scarf has also allowed me to introduce another colour.

The face was touched up AFTER seeing this Photo and the darker skin tone is less prominent now. It is always worth seeing the figure with fresh eyes or in this case lens  as I quite often see things with a second look that I might otherwise miss.

While in Bank Clerk suit he also carries a civilian gas mask in a card board box. These cardboard boxes soon got decorated by family members, either kids with paint or more often a wife with some material so by 1942 few looked like the brown cardboard that was issued. My Grandfathers (I am told) was covered in an old rug! While my mother and sister would no doubt have used ribbons! But I have kept it plain as it is easier to identify.

Overall another splendid Warlord Games figure from the Dad's army box set.

20 comments:

  1. I'll be the first to not resist the invitation:
    "We're very good with the old cold steal sir. They don't like it up 'em you know sir?"

    Great job once again Clint

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    1. Thanks Paul. It is very hard not to say the catch phrases even while painting them. And you can bet your life as soon as they take the table in the club someone will.... EVEN if you put a charity box there and ask people to contribute if they do!

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  2. More nice work, Clint.
    Here's a more obscure 'Jones' quote, for you;
    "Permission to speak, sir?"
    Less memorable, but likely the line uttered most.

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    1. Thank you Roy. All I have to say to that is "Don't Panic, don't Panic!"

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  3. Brilliant, the title alone was superb, but these two have rather made my day.

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    1. Thank you Michael Captain Mainwaring Tomorrow. And yes it is true he has a command style very much like my own.

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  4. "Don't tell them your name Pike!"

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    1. Thank you Fran. It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? But I was thinking Tamsin, Lee or Ray not you!

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  5. You've outdone yourself with these two. Bloody excellent!

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    1. Thanks Lee. Personally I think Cpt Mainwaring looks better! But you will have to wait for that one!!

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  6. Excellent again Clint! Lovely touch with the ball marks on the bat.

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    1. thanks Roger. I am glad you approve of the ball marks on the bat.

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  7. Cracking paintwork mate. The striper apron is super.

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    1. Thanks Milsey. To be honest I am a little disappointed in the apron. I should have painted the white onto the blue for a neater effect.

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  8. More good work, Clint. I like them both.

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  9. Haha "Alas Pike and Jones", I see what you did there...
    Jones has to be the best sculp of the lot and the rifle is a great touch too, but Pike's pose is a bit too static for my tastes - great brushwork and choice of colours, as always

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    1. Thank you Joe. I always find it hard to title blog posts so it is very rewarding that someone appreciates it. Captain Mainwaring later this day and I like how he has turned out.

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