Saturday 17 February 2024

Bloody Miniatures: The Gallant Ladies and Flying Picquets

 The first packs from Bloody Miniatures' wave 4 are The Gallant Ladies (BM 020):


And The Flying Picquets (BM 021):


I had a crack at painting yellow on this young woman...


Not entirely thrilled with how it turned out; getting the brightness and the shadows correct without it looking 'dirty' was a challenge.

The description of these ladies in the Bloody Miniatures catalogue lists several women, on both sides of the conflict that took charge of their castles and domains while their husbands were engaged elsewhere.



The sculpting of the dresses on these figures is superb.


Sadly, this young woman took a header off the painting table mid-paint job.



Even the scullery maid has been pulled into the defense of the Lord's home.





This batch, as a whole, may be my favourite of the range so far.


Their poses are perfect for skulking around, hiding in hedges....


....and scouting the enemy.


If they are lucky, they may find some unfortunate enemy person of consequence hiding in an outbuilding that they could ransom off.


These figures, like so many in the range, have just the right amount of detail.





Sunday 4 February 2024

Bloody Miniatires: All The King's Men and The Parliament Men

 With these last two packs painted, I have finished off wave 3 of Bloody Miniatures. BM 015 is All The King's Men:


BM 016 is The Parliament Men:


Some of these Royalists look a bit dandy...


This gentlemen finds war to be enjoyed with a nice goblet of cabernet sauvignon:


Not all the kings men are from the indulged upper class. Here we have a veteran; perhaps he fought  alongside Prince Rupert on the continent:


... as well as a distinguished swordsmen:


The Parliamentarian men are more dour, and dressed appropriately. This urban businessman doesn't care for taxes (and possibly kittens):


We also have a "plain russet-coated captain that knows he fights for, and loves what he knows...":



Next we have- according to the Bloody Miniatures catalog description- a 'Puritan Intelligencer'. A very serious man...



And finally, an sensible man of the land, who would rather be plowing his fields and harvesting crops than fighting to bring his king to his senses. 

    



Onto wave four... 
    



Saturday 27 January 2024

Bloody Miniatures: The Militant Tendency

Bloody Miniatures released it's third wave in April 2022; this the second pack of  that wave, BM 014 - The Militant Tendency.


The 17th century in England saw a rise in religious division and the birth of fringe movements such as the Levelers and Diggers.

Cromwell saw himself as an instrument of God's Will; many of his soldiers and followers believed it as well.

Having grown tired of Parliament's delinquency in addressing the soldiers concern's (and their backpay) an Army Council was formed consisting of  Officers and common soldiers- known as Agitators-  to lobby Parliament to meet their grievances. 


Driven by a desire for social, political and religious reform I imagine these young men might be perceived as radical, possibly as religious extremists.


This fellow above is one of my favourite figures of the range: fantastic pose and face. I think of him as staunch protestant clergyman, refusing the traditional vestment, preferring lay clothing of a suitable somber tone.



Next up on the work bench, All The Kings Men and The Parliament Men.

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Bloody Miniatures: The Looters

 Once again this winter I have enrolled in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, and my commitment this year is to get all my collection of Bloody Miniatures painted. I have competed the first two waves and this years first entry is the first pack of the third wave, the Looters (BM 013):


I am taking my time with this range, trying to do a tidier job, with an extra highlight or two.


These are such characterful sculpts; wonderful details and fantastic faces.


My goal is to have enough Bloody Miniatures painted and enough buildings for a little skirmish game.


Possibly a rescue/kidnapping/ransom scenario....


.... or maybe a looting mission in a ruined village with- you guessed it- zombies!


Currently on the paint desk, BM 014; The Militant Tendency.





Monday 23 October 2023

New Construction In Brewsterville

 Although I have been trundling along at a steady pace with my hobby these past five months, not much time has been dedicated to historical miniatures. I've been painting LoTR figures as well as a bit of SciFi. A game of What A Cowboy inspired me to get back to my small collection of western gaming items. Since I had already built the Perry Brothers' North American Store I picked up their North American Farmhouse and Renedra's North American church for my little western town of Brewsterville.


The farm house is identical to the store with the exception that it has a different front and a brick chimney instead of a porch.





The church is a great model but I found that both Tamiya and AK Interactive plastic glues struggled to get a good weld. I had to let them sit for a looong time before the bond was strong. 


I left the steeple loose so that the roof could come off to place models inside though I did not detail the insides of either building.




As we already have someone in our group who has an extensive collection of western buildings I will probably only add another couple of structures; a stable and another house possibly.


For now, I have the beginnings of a nice little town. 








Sunday 21 May 2023

A Scratch Built Cottage

 When our friend Blue Bear Jeff passed away I inherited his ECW army, his 18th century Blood Axe Miniatures collection and some other items including a small house he had made. I had forgotten all about it but it turned up when I was working in the basement this spring. I decided to enhance it a little with a new roof and textured walls as there were a couple of materials I wanted to try.


Jeff's cottage was a perfectly suitable but straight forward build; a foam core structure with balsa wood trim on a thin card base.


My first addition to it was a thatch roof. In the past I have tried teddy bear fur (which was OK) and dried grass for a south seas hut (which was too coarse) but I wanted to try toweling.


I think this will be my preferred method from now on. Although a little coarse it has a great texture and takes white glue and paint very well. 

I have been using wood filler to texture bases now for a while but I wanted to use it for creating texture on daub walls. For this I used LePages Wood Filler, smeared between the timber framing, textured with both a fine brush and a damp bit of sponge.


I think it requires a little more experimentation. The original colour of the filler was good, but bright and a bit too yellow. When I got to painting it I went little too dark and attempts at lightening it came out with it looking too "painted".


In the end, the finished colour is too orange (lets just say they mixed a lot of ox blood in for colour...). I will have another crack at it but I will try a different wood filler; something a little more creamy or light brown.