Friday, 25 December 2015

From PhilH - SCW Nationalist Officers (15 Points)

Each Challenge, I try to get an entry in before the Christmas festivities, and family scheduling has been accommodating this year. I've had loads of painting time in fact, but haven't been able to capitalize fully because I had a few bits to finish off from before the Challenge. 

First off my painting desk is this trio of Nationalist officers for my Spanish Civil War project. First, a figure of unknown provenance in a Germanic uniform, that I did in the khaki of the Condor Legion. Not someone who would usually grace a platoon level action in Chain of Command, though perhaps he might stray too close to the front while surveying the abilities of the Nationalist forces or the effects of experimental tactics by the Condor Legion. The uniform isn't strictly right, I think, as the tunic should be open necked and worn with a shirt and tie. But never mind. As a corpulent fellow, I couldn't resist giving him the flushed look of a man who loves his Riesling and Rioja. 



Next, a Nationalist officer who was actually was the show freebie from Partizan this year, meant to represent the actor and producer Sir Donald Wolfit in 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Sculpted by Bill Thornhill. This seemed my best use for him, as he looks a bit like he is giving a facist salute.


Finally, a third hurried through in a day to try to match Juan's swift pace, a Carlist Requete officer from Empress Miniatures. Yup, I'm still chugging through my Carlist forces! 






And as a group:





And that's my first broadside in the clash with Juan's Armada, while also scoring for the Pulp side-challenge and taking the lead against Ian - though this latter is almost certain to be a fleeting lead, knowing the rate he can paint!

Wishing all administrators, challengers and observers a very Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a happy festive season.

I find it poignant that your first entry has a Spanish theme - it is proper fitting for your opening volley with our Iberian friend Juan.  I must say that Condo Legion officer is brilliant. I love the touch of Mencia you've put in his cheeks and on his nose.  I have so many projects on the go right now, but I have to admit when I saw these, I wanted to pull out some unloved SCW metal for some attention. I must remain strong!
Phil, this trio of Nationalists will give you 15 points in your duel with Juan.

46 comments:

  1. Good start bro, I'm still working on my first entry.

    Flushed face on the first officer looks great, really good effect, I'll badger you later for how you did it.

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  2. Good start bro, I'm still working on my first entry.

    Flushed face on the first officer looks great, really good effect, I'll badger you later for how you did it.

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    1. Simples - heavily watered Vallejo 'woodgrain' wash. It's a red-brown that I also use to do leather sometimes. I did a few layers until I was satisfied. Too much, and I just softened the effect with the appropriate watered down flesh tone.

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  3. Great looking first entry. I've always been fascinated by the SCW but never came round to do it. Well, maybe next challenge...

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    1. Thank you - I would look forward to your take on it.

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  4. Great entry, Phil, really nice. I like a lot the characters you have chosen to reply my first salvo and their fantastic painting work. Of course, I´m going to reply you soon (I hope).
    Wonderful faces!

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    1. Cheers Juan, I'm glad you liked them.

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  5. Three splendid figures that you've managed to tie together nicely. I really like the way you do flesh tones.

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    1. Thanks - After many different tones, I've settled on:
      Paint VGC scorched brown
      Pick out mouth black
      Pick out raised areas in VMC medium fleshtone mixed with a little VGC leather brown
      Highlights VMC Fleshtone then further mixed with GW elf flesh

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  6. Great job Phil. I love the faces.

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  7. These are great, love the Condor officer

    Ian

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    1. He was fun to do - wish I knew the manufacturer!

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  8. Excellent painting with a real cartoon feel to it. I so admire it!

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  9. Really nice Phil.. My favourite entry so far

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    1. Thank you Dave - very kind in such esteemed company

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  10. Wonderfully smooth brushwork Phil. I really like your style and always look forward to your entries.

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  11. They look stunning! Well done on some beautiful figures!

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    1. Cheers Steve - you're right they are exquisite figures

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  12. That Condor Legion officer really is quite wonderful. They all look great!

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  13. Excellent work, I'm fond of the husky sized fellow. His face shows the effort of standing! ;)

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    1. Yes, quite! Still in sure after his work is done he can retire to a villa and crack open another bottle of Rioja to calm his nerves...

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  14. Beautiful work as always Phil :)

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  15. That are some seriously good looking miniatures! Great job

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  16. These are excellent. I will check your blog for more on this project.

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    1. Thank you Jonathan. It's been my main project for a year - and still plenty to do!

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