Thursday, 12 February 2015

From PhilH: 28mm SCW Carabineros Officers (15 Points)

Blimey is it two weeks since I posted? I'd better post up the mountains of lead that I've finished, hadn't I?!

First up, three officers for my Spanish a Civil War Carabineros. They are well scrubbed in their 'pea green' tunics.



Those of you concerned about my 'eight highlight' sanity, rest assured I've made efficiency savings on the green: I think these had six. I often find that I take the first attempt at a colour slowly, big once I'm happy with the look, I can usually take bigger jumps. Still, the green is quite... laborious, hence why I've only got these three of seven finished.



Taking inspiration from Curt's idea of different base shapes for different roles/weapons, you may notice that I've based these three on 30mm rather than 25mm round bases. This should help identify the leaders, oh so important for Chain of Command, on the tabletop. Many weapon teams will be on 40mm-50mm bases I think.

The platoon is led by the Teniente (pimped with extra gold on his lapel and markings on his cuffs)



His second, Sargento Primero



And the Section leader, a Sargento, with SMG



All three from Empress a Miniatures.

Next up....no, wait, that's it. Sorry!

I have, however spent quite a lot of time prepping a mountain of miniatures: another SCW section plus supports and more lead for the Sudan project, inspired by others' Sudan projects.

It has been great seeing everyone's painting areas, so here are the places where I do most of my work. First up, the 'painting hole' in the guest room. The corner desk was bought for this rather odd cubby hole under the stairs to the loft, and serves as a dedicated painting desk and storage area. It does mean that when guests are staying everything needs tidying away, but other than that it serves my purposes well. there isn't much natural light as its a fair way from the window, but I've a lamp with a decent daylight bulb to compensate.



I do most of my prepping in the living room, so I can spend the evening with the missus, watching sport, TV or films (the rather unexciting Hull vs Newcastle on in this shot). She got me a rather snazzy mdf paint station from Poland-based 'Hobby Zone' at Christmas, which is great as I can leave half-prepped minis out on it and just shove the whole station on top of a sideboard at the end of an evening. It is designed to hold paint pots and I imagine that I could do basecoating downstairs, but more precise work I'd save for the hole.



Next time, the last four of the damn carabineros (they're nearly done), then either Requetes or new Sudan units.

From Curt:

Beautiful work on these officers Phil. You can definitely tell the care you've taken into achieving the smooth blending. Wonderful to see. I look forward the the last of the Cambelleros and the upcoming Requetes.


24 comments:

  1. Superb work - the shading is exceptional well done!

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  2. Fantastic painting work in those Carabineros; very nice their green uniform. You can put, if you wish, the rank ribbons of the NCO´s on the front of their caps.
    Very nice too your painting station!

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    1. Yes, I had read that on Balagan. But I struggle to visualise how they should look - all those chevrons, bars and stars in different combinations and colours! I would like to do the markings correctly but strangely, one of the NCOs has them sculpted onto his cap, the rest not.

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  3. Beautiful. I use 3 shades max and you can tell. 6 is beyond me

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    1. Thanks Martin. Three or four shades often does the job very well, but I wanted to go the extra mile as this colour is essentially a 'paint conversion' of the Assault Guards minis.

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  4. Excellent work, extremely subtle!

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    1. Thank you, I'm very pleased with them.

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    1. Thank you kindly Ray. Their tunics are very smart, not like those ruffian ps in overalls!

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  7. Yes, fantastic shading. Top stuff.

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    1. Thank you Iannick, it means a lot from a gentleman of your skills

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  8. They look truly amazing. That transition in shade is incredible and they pop of the screen. cheers and thanks for the eye candy.

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    1. Thank you Brendon, I'm glad you liked them.

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  9. Stunning painting. A real showcase

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    1. Ah, it is such a great thing that the Challenge enables such a showcase, and a pleasure to be involved in in my small way.

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  10. I can't even imagine how to start on these fine fellows never mind carry it through to such excellent finish. Bravo

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian - if I am honest it is much easier to get this effect on such excellent sculpts - the detail is easier to pick out and lots of good areas for my habit of smooth transitions.

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  11. Impressive work on layering the green. Thanks for showing us where the magic happens.

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    1. Thanks Sean! Lots of magic in the challenge, and lots for all of us to learn from each other.

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