Thursday, 19 February 2015

From PhilH -The Last of the 'Campbelleros' (20 points)

Evening all,

Thursday once again, and surprise surprise I bring you more Spanish Civil War 'Campbelleros'. There isn't much more to day about these: the last four troopers in their rather dapper tunics. These join the sixteen already completed to make 20: a full section of eighteen plus two officers.





With the officers that were finished last week.



And I couldn't resist once last shot of the whole section: a fine display of green caps. Getting a bit crowded!



Those of you that are sick of seeing these guys will be pleased to hear that this is the last of them. Well, for now at least!

And that, I believe is 20shiney points which drags me over the 100 point line for Curt and I's 'Duel so Civil'. Better late than never, eh?

Love and kisses (is how all the cool kids sign off these days, I gather?)


From Curt:

Oh stop, you're making me blush...

This, dear sir, is A Triumph of  the Phil!  (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) Seriously, I'm delighted to see these fellows completed and arrayed in all their martial glory. 

As I had mentioned from your first test models earlier in the Challenge I'm amazed at the smoothness of your blending of the uniforms' colours - it's very impressive brushwork.

I especially like the leftmost fellow with his 5 o'clock shadow (or perhaps it's 10:15 with some of these swarthy Peninsular fellows). Are you planning to give them a Hotchkiss gun down the road or keep them as straight-up infantry? What will be next up for this project?

Again, great work Mr. Hawkins.

25 comments:

  1. Fantastic addition to your squad. I'd second Curt's comment about the painting, it's really smooth

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    1. Cheers Clint - let's hope they don't suffer from newly painted miniatures syndrome on their first outing...

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  3. Keeping the quality and look consistent is an art all of it's own.

    Great work

    Ian

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    1. Slow and steady wins...well not a lot at all. But to each their own!

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  4. Lovely, subtle tones on the figures. The leatherwork is really sharp too.
    Cheers, PD

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    1. Thank you Peter, they've been worthy the effort

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  5. Lovely additions to your force! It might be growing slowly but steadily.

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    1. Thanks what the challenge is all about!

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  6. Great work, the faces are extremely expressive.

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    1. Why thank you, the Paul Hicks sculpts suit the way I paint faces I think.

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  7. Very fine brushwork! I'm not tired of these fellows at all! How about some crew served weapons and more infantry....you always need more! ;)

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    1. Ah isn't that a fine idea. I was going to have these supported by either Militia or Army sections as the other half of the platoon, who would supply they crewed weapons. But they may well get a Hotchkiss converted for them eventually...

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  8. I just love your stuff Phil. You have a wonderful style. Would you mind sharing the colours for the bases, they're spot on for something I'm doing soon.

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    1. Of course - these have been done over bare sand with:
      -emulsion with the name 'stone dark warm' or some such (exact tone shouldn't matter too much)
      -wash with heavily watered VGC earth
      -a few dabs of wash with watered VGC charred brown - just around the rocks or crevacies from the sand.
      -drybrush 50/50 VGC earth and VMC Iraqi sand
      -highlight to VMC Iraqi sand
      -one last highlight with VMC Iraqi sand with a bit of white added

      I've just changed to Iraqi sand for bases, prefer it to the 'buff' I used to use.

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  9. Fantastic painting work, really fine and clean. I like a lot the mix of colours in their webbing and the wonderful bases.
    Really nice all of them!

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    1. Thank you Juan, they have been really fun to paint. On to some Nationalists next!

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  10. Thanks Curt. The bearded look was added to a couple was added as a final whim, to add to the rag-tag luck of these hardened fighters.

    I may add a hotchkiss eventually - I was going to do them an LMG but they aren't offered in the CoC list (boo!). Crewed support is mostly going to be army units - I've an army hotchkiss and mortar on the prep table.

    Next for painting will be 25 or so Requetes.

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  11. Just stunning painting! Beautiful.

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