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Thursday, 31 January 2013

January 2013 Progress

Well, sticking to my plan of painting in very small batches in my spare time (around 4-6 figures a week) I'm very pleased to say that I've managed to complete two 12 figure units of French Grenadiers. Nothing to shout about I know but for me this is progress indeed compared to the second half of last year when my painting and gaming mojo's both decided to take a holiday!

Italeri French Grenadiers

So far so good then. Plans for February? ... Hopefully some French heavy cavalry and more Russian line infantry..... Fingers crossed that the painting urge stays with me!

Steve

12 comments:

  1. Very nice looking figures (I was going to say 'mini's but at 1/72nd they aren't that mini. Very nice though.

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    1. Thanks Lee. Not exactly 'mini's but bloody small enough for my eyes mate!

      Cheers,

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  2. Hi Steve,

    I am fast coming to the conclusion that for me 20mm is the ideal scale for figures and seeing this kind of finish only serves to reinforce the idea!

    Lovely looking figures old chap! That is a painting style I can relate to - simple, elegant and very effective.

    Very well done that man - more of the same please!

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. Thanks David. Hopefully more newly painted goodies to show here soon and yes, 20mm is by far my favourite scale to both paint and game with.

      Steve

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  3. Hi Steve - those look great, and its so good to see you back painting again, especially after all of the work you put into that loft gaming room of yours ..... it has to used! As for small batches, well I paint all day long now as you know, but I can only paint 20mm figures in batches of 6!... I could never do that production line thing, I have to break things up, I don't understand how others do like 30 figures or so at a time.Might be more costly in paint, but it keeps up motivation.

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    1. Hi Lee,
      Thanks for your kind words mate, much appreciated. The small batch approach is definitely working for me. I've learned not to put pressure on myself by overloading my painting table with too many figures. I agree with you on the production line approach.... That way madness lies!

      All the best,
      Steve

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    2. Conversely, I usually paint in large batches - up to 72 infantry or 24 cavalry (28mm) at a time; but whatever works best for you. The gratification of seeing new figures weekly sounds kike it keeps you going - which is great!

      Troops look good; you might consider applying "Magic Wash" as a fast, cheap extra step if so desired.

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    3. Wow! I think I'd have a breakdown if I was faced with 72 infantry figures in one go Peter!
      I may get around to applying some kind of wash in the future but as for now I think I'll just get as much painted as possible while 'the force' is with me!

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  4. very nice. Not a nap person but I can imagine the excitement of seeing that lot all painted up and bunched up in bases.

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    1. Thanks. Yes it does inspire you to paint more when you see the numbers of troops increasing on the tabletop.

      All the best,
      Steve

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  5. Nice work Steve, I hope so too!

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