Tuesday, 3 February 2015

From SidneyR: 28mm French Great War (100 Points)


There were times when I never thought I was going to get these chaps posted....but there you go, that's life!  I started these on the first week of the Challenge, and - oh look, its February!  About time for my first entry - sorry, that's very embarrassing to admit!  I feel I should offer everyone an apology for coming to the party late!

My way of trying to make up for being late, here's 8 French trench raiders, converted from the standard Brigade Games and First Corps figures with the addition of the new heads, and then, a couple of French 75mm artillery pieces which I enthusiastically prepared way back in 2013 (for an earlier Challenge).



When I finally got sorted painting, I found that they were as much fun to do as the rest of the French have been.  I also had fun messing around with the fallen leaves on the bases.





And, painted over this weekend, here's the first figure of the Tirailleurs Senegalais troops for my Force Noire project.  A bit of a test-figure (hence him being prone as a "wounds" or "shock" marker), I've struggled a bit with the skin tone.  Hopefully I'll get it right eventually.  There are another 80 of the chaps to do, so I should get plenty of practice!





From Curt:

The only way I could possibly forgive you Sidney is if you gave these figures to me. 

No, seriously, I'd be offended with anything less. ;P


It's wonderful to have you join us Mr. Roundwood - welcome aboard!! (I thought I'd pop you ahead of the cue in respect of your long absence from your friends.)  Your debut entry is an absolute scorcher. These are beautiful figures Sidney. I love the whole autumnal theme and your conversions of the Poilu are excellent. (Would it be possible to get some close-ups added in the next few days?) Are those the Scarab 75s? If they are I bow even lower as I found mine to be absolute swine to assemble, but yours look fabulous. Also, I think your skin-tone for the Senegalais Tirailleur is marvelous - please share the recipe with us if you can. 

Again, a stonking debut and welcome to the fun! I look forward to other 80 Poilu in the coming weeks.

And speaking of stonking. I must tell you Sidney, in the kindest possible terms, that I have completely obliterated you in our 750 point duel.  My Second will be in contact regarding the terms of honour... :)

19 comments:

  1. impressive work Sydney! congratulations!

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  2. Great stuff, your basing is superb.

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  3. Fantastic first entry Sidney. Great work on all of these :)

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  4. It may well have taken some time to get your first entry in, but let me assure you the result was well worth the wait. Your work on the guns is truly inspiring and that test figure is spot on. I'd also like to hear your recipe for the skin tones.

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  5. Great stuff, your collections must look great. Everything about them looks brilliant.

    John

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  6. Ahhhh.... How we miss you when you're not around Sidney and with good reason. Having just spent time with your WBQ article I've had a decent dose of loveliness of late but you know what? I just can't get enough. Wonderful, just wonderful!

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  7. Nice to see your first entry for this Challenge Sidney - and what an entry!

    Pip pip

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  8. Absolutely brilliant work! Very, very good. Looking forward to seeing more painted to this high standard. Good things can sometimes take time. Love the baseing as well. cheers

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  9. So glad you showed up Sidney as it is always a pleasure to view your work. I do hope you submit something for one of the remaining themes.

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  10. welcome along Sidney, thought you might have got stuck in a communication trench!

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  11. Such quality is always worth waiting for, what a great first entry.

    Ian

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  12. They are fabulous. Simply fabulous.

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  13. Another stunner, Sidney, amazing work.

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  14. Fantastic painting work, with really nice bases.

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  15. Gorgeous as always. Better late than never, truly!

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  16. Thanks everyone for the very kind words indeed. I can certainly add some close-ups - thanks for reminding me!

    I'll post the recipe for the skin tone on my blog and on one of the Google Drive documents - it took me ages to get it to where it felt "right", although I am very much open to suggestions regarding improvements. I shall also put the recipe for North African skin tone up there which I used for the Zouaves, in case that's helpful also.

    Thanks again!

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  17. Beautiful painting - these are really good

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