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 â 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.
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!