Wednesday, 4 January 2017

WEDNESDAY - A Beginning from RossM (12 points)

In comparison to some of the first entries seen so far in this year's challenge below is somewhat smaller than others.

The entry has two parts to it, firstly a command stand for ADG or DBA with 6mm Rapier Macedonians.


This is the second command stand that has been recently completed for these games although the other can't be shown here as it was pre-challenge painting.


6mm is a new scale here and still trying to workout the best way of painting the little chaps for me. This stand started off with a white undercoat and then blocked in the main colours before washing with a certain earth coloured wash. On this occasion the mounted character's leg has blended in with the animal skin on the horse, so perhaps less is more on this colour scheme.

From the 6mm specialists on the challenge any hints and tips would be appreciated.


Next is a 28mm water wagon from 4Ground. A good model that was easily assembled - watch the axles as they are bit fragile once out of the frame - and very easy to paint.


The painting involved a base coat of Khemri Brown, followed by washing with that certain earth colour and then dry brushing up to the finish you see here.


Felt that the barrel needed more colour to it hence the coloured barrel lid, no branding intended.



So, there you have it the first entry from here for this year

6mm Infantry x 2 = 1 pt
6mm Cavalry x 1 = 1 pt
28mm limber x 1 = 10 pts

Total for entry: 12 pts

Cheers for now

ByronM:  A really nice first entry into the challenge Ross!  I can sympathize with the new to 6mm scale thing as I only painted my first 6mm figs about 2 years ago (in a previous challenge).  You are completely correct in the "less is more" statement as you really end up painting for effect more than detail. 

Others can voice in, but with 6mm I find the best thing to do is base black then work up, so that you leave really hard shadows that can be seen at that scale, to each their own though.  I tried working from white down and found it didn't have enough contrast.  Your results are really good though, so whatever works!

The water wagon is a wonderful little kit and you really brought it to life with your paint job, excellent work!  It would be a shame to haul water in there though, it really should be beer or whisky!


42 comments:

  1. Nice start - love the IPA barrel

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  2. Great start Ross and a personal thank you for reminding me I have a 6mm Macedonian Rapier Miniatures army stashed away. I must get it out and paint them! Love the barrel :-)

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    1. Your welcome Richard, not so sure about painting the phalanxes though.

      Cheers Ross

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  3. The 6mm look excellent to my eye, but I've only went down to 15mm a few years ago and that was a mental twist in painting style!
    I really like the IPA barrel, your troops better get more involved in concealment though, even a fresh butter bar would notice that wagon! ;)

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    1. I agree it has identified the target area clearly. Finding my way with the 6mm is going to be harder than initially thought.

      Cheers, Ross

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  4. Love the Barrel but I hope I can get mine filled with Stout.

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  5. I must say I like BOTH the water cart and the command stand. Welcome to the Joy of 6. ^mm has a huge appeal when you see all the troops on the table.

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    1. Can already see the joy of 6mm in the massed effect when prepping the figures for the challenge.

      Cheers, Ross

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  6. Nice starter for 12 Ross :)

    With 6mm, you really need to go a shade or two brighter than you would for 15s or 28s and try to avoid similar colours close together

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    1. Thanks for the tip Tamsin and have notice the similar colours effect on these figures.

      Cheers, Ross

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  7. Nice 1st entry, as for 6mm it is totally beyond me, buy a bigger house and stick to 28mm

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    1. If only that was a possibility :)

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  8. Very nice! I've only done epic 40k at 6mm scale but these boys are far more detailed. Every entry would be improved by a barrel of IPA....

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    1. Its scarey how much detail there is on so small a figure.

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  9. Very nice! I do like that wagon/barrel.

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  10. Love the wagon, and a do like a nice pint of IPA too!

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  11. Great work Ross! I like your 6mm but you're going to go crazy if you try to pack too much detail in. I'm with Byron an Tamsin: keep it simple and bold.

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    1. Thanks Curt. Will take the advice offered by Byron, Tamsin and yourself for the next 6mm figures painted.

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  12. That barrel will clearly be a critical objective in every game it appears in - pursue or defend it accordingly! Nice work Ross :-)

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    1. Games need clear objectives and what better than a barrel of fine IPA.

      Cheers, Ross

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  13. Well done Ross - as others have said, with my 6mm I start with black base and look for higher contrasts than you would normally use on a larger scale figure. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Greg will look into a black base coat for other stands. The brighter colours will take a bit of getting use to as drawn to more muted tones, that said I can see how it would work.

      Cheers, Ross

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  14. Both sets look great. As for 6mm I use Winsor & Newton Nutbrown Ink for my wash. Does not sit well on white! As mentioned above, go bold and step back on the detailing. The wash actually helps with the detail work

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian your advice is appreciated.

      Cheers, Ross

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  15. Great looking entries. I love the Greeks, more please!

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    1. If everything goes to plan there will be more by the end of the challenge.

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  16. Great start, Ross - that water cart is really well finished.

    The tiny Greeks - well, how do you do it? They're beyond my capabilities!

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    1. Evan, they are beyond me too but will give it a go!

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  17. Nice start .. and the red colour a grand idea .. duly nicked

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  18. Great work I love the wood tones on the cart very well done and the 6mm command is a great looking base

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    1. Thanks James, rather enjoyed painting the cart especially once the IPA idea came to the fore.

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  19. A good start Ross and more points then me so far.;-)

    Christopher

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    1. Cheers Christopher, looking forward to seeing your work soon

      Ross

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  20. Nice work and an excellent foray into 6mm, something I am slowly learning myself. Byron and the others have given you good advice.
    The beer wagon is a terrific objective marker! I would fight for it!

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  21. Thanks Michael, I intend to take up on the advice given for the next 6mm work for the challenge.

    Cheers, Ross

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  22. 12 points is 12 points! You're on the board Ross and I love your command stand.

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  23. Good wood tones, and I love the commanders! Good advice about going for contrast and brightness- stand back and see how it looks on a tabletop under normal lighting.

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