Saturday, 28 February 2015

From RichardC - It ain't half hot Mum! (12 Points)


I'€™ve finally get around to posting something for the challenge, and it was inspired by Curt himself. Once I'd decided on Napoleon and Ozymandias, I had some bits left over from the other two figures from the Brigade Games pack, and the obelisk from Element Games. I then saw Curt's (well deserved) 2nd place entry for the Hot bonus round, and was inspired to pick up my brushes. 




So here's my interpretation of that figure. I painted him as a General de Brigade (red sash, red panache and a blue and white plume). It was a really nice casting. I wish I could say the same for his camel – there was a really large mould-line which took ages to reduce (in fact it never totally disappeared).


As usual, the paints are Vallejo, brushes from Rosemary & Co, the base from the good folk at Warbases, and the sand from Tim Primrose's garage floor!!!




Here is a photo of yours truly on board a ship of the desert (albeit nearly 15 years ago). It'€™s a pity the French Army in Egypt didn't have colourful woolly muzzles for their camels like this chap as it would have made it even more fun to paint.




From Curt:

A wonderful vignette Richard! I really like the varied colours you've chosen for the saddlery and tack (if camel accoutrements are even called that) - my version seems frightfully pedestrian in comparison! :)

I had the same problems with the casting line running across the camel's body and blankets but you did a great job in cleaning it up. Also, the shading on the camel is excellent (I particularly like it's dusty muzzle). 

Mr. Primrose's sand was a great touch! If I could give one suggestion that would be to try some diluted brown inks mixed with a touch of thinned-down white glue in order to give the sand a 'wash' (an old eydropper works for this if the sand is unstable) - When I've done this I find it binds the surface texture together and gives the pale sand greater depth of colour.

I also really like the half-buried obelisk, though the inscribed pattern on it seems (disturbingly) more Cthulhuesque than Egyptian! The Old Ones are everywhere...

Lovely work Richard!

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  1. Nice brushwork on that camel. I like the subtle use of colour on the obelisk as well.

    You rode a camel-seriously cool dude!

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    1. I didn't look that cool while riding it. The closest feeling is akin to staggering home after three pints too many of the Black Stuff!

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  2. Great entry, I really like the obelisk. Camels are cool they are easily the most uncomfortable animal in the world and definitely the most furious

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    1. Cheers martin. My camel was pretty well natured, but I did think I was going to go over his head when he stopped and went down on his knees front-end first.

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  3. Having been on a camel in Egypt I can really relate to this vignette great stuff indeed!

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    1. Not the prettiest of animals I think you'll agree.

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  4. That is wonderful. Camel looks great

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  5. There has been a distinct lack of camels in the challenge this year so it is good to see another one. I so much like the obelisk. Top work all round.

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    1. Thanks Clint. Check out the Element Games website for bases - most is fantasy, so not really my bag, but some have great conversion potential http://elementgames.co.uk/paints-hobby-and-scenery/bases-for-miniatures

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  6. It really goes well together, you made a great job of it

    Ian

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    1. That' very kind of you to say so Ian.

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  7. An excellent looking figure, love the obelisk as well.

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    1. Thanks Ray. This and the Hot round entry were the first camels I've painted since the Airfix Arabs back in the 70s!!!

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    1. Merci Mon ami. It was fun to do.

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  9. Great job, I really like all the detail. For me the addition of the obelisk makes it greater than the sum of its parts.

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    1. Much appreciated Sean. Once I'd decided not to use the obelisk in the Hot round, I knew it would come in handy for something else.

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  10. Really nice. The obelisk looks really mysterious. cheers

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