The quiet before the storm

 

Yes, it was quiet around here. Too quiet indeed. But not in my painting cellar I can assure you, because there was feverish activity. Only a few days left and a big battle will take place, one which will see many figures of mine and which I’m very much looking forward to. Firstly it surely will be a great event all by itself. But it also is a big premiere for a lot of the figures involved. AND the figures involved are not your everday figures – at least not for me.

About 20 years ago I only painted 1/72 plastics and even if painting was among my favorite activities then I actually didn’t do it very often. You know – smelly humbrol colours that required braincell-killing chemicals to clean your brushes and provided great oppertunities to cover yourself in funny colors every time one of the paintpot-lids stuck to the pot and when confronted with a screwdriver would at first not move at all and than all at once… Well, you get the idea. Then two things happened: I was introduced to painting with acrylics by a long out of press booklet from a long out of business company (Hobby Products – whose miniature-range is now owned by Black Hat I  believe) AND I’ve discovered Wargames Foundry and it’s 28mm Romans in an also sadly long gone miniature shop in Augsburg, Germany. Of course the Romans were sculpted by the Perries, and of course I stuck with them.

The strange thing is that although since then I had bought many more Romans (first only from Foundry, but later also from Warlord Games) both painted and unpainted (I actually painted quite a lot of them myself), I really did not game with them. I now have many much newer armies which I’ve already campaigned with comparablyoften, but apart from the odd appearance as a DBA army and two DBMM240 battles with only a small part of the army involved my imperial Roman force only grew and grew and has not yet left its tents.

Many units were only partially finished, many of the figures were not based or varnished – things I had worked on for the last weeks and that is why it was so quiet around here. It simply is not fun to write twice a week “I have varnished and painted 5 figures”. In my one year blogging history I have discovered that I’m the “finished unit” or even “finished project” type.  There are two or three units that are not finished yet and hopefully will be finished one of theses days, but I don’t want to wait any longer to show them. So here they are.

 

My Imperial Roman Army

 

The big man in command:

The right wing…

…and the left wing.


The general waiting to give the signal.

And finally, last but defnitly not least, the first Perry figure I’ve ever painted, now signed by both hobby-giants.

I’ll keep you informed about the battle, you may expect a big battle-report. Have a good time until then, thanks for dropping by,

Tobi

Scenery

 

Well, it is about time for some news – I know. But I had to paint a sky, and that took some time. OK, let’s tell this one by one. First I’ve painted some beautiful Grand Manner buildings to act as scenery.

Grand Manner Cottage

Grand Manner Cottage

 

The buidlings are really exemplary – well defined, well proportioned and a breeze to paint. The little stone walls in front are my own design by the way, assembled with little stones on GW biker-bases. Back to the point – I took some pictures but wasn’t so happy with the calendar-background.

 

What I wanted was simply a large piece of sky, but I couldn’t find a fitting poster or calendar-picture. So I sat down, took some oilcolors and painted a sky.

 

The process of painting with oilcolors was very pleasant, the only problem was the enduring smell and the fact that the sky needed the better part of a week to dry up (same outside these days I’m afraid – the summer is quite apparently over). Today the canvas was reasonable dry, and so I fixed it on two stakes and attached them to my gaming table.

The fear of the sky falling on our heads becomes reasonable - at least for the people on the table...

 

And voilà, that’s how it looks on the front. Of course the sky will only be attached when I’m taking photos, but it can be rolled up (the bar holding the stakes apart and giving tension to the canvas is plastic and can quickly be removed) and won’t be on the way when the battles are raging over the table.

Grand Manner Village

Grand Manner Village

 

I’m planning to use the scenery for a variety of periods – and for me it fits the bill:

Gripping Beast Vikings in Grand Manner Village

Gripping Beast Vikings in Grand Manner Village

 

Perry WotR

Perry WotR

 

Perry Napoleonic Brunswickers in Grand Manner Village

Perry Napoleonic Brunswickers in Grand Manner Village

 

At the moment on my painting table are some Ancients. This may sound as a severe case of the “wargaming butterfly syndrom”, but it has a reasonable motive: I’m organizing a big DBA-Tournament in two weeks time and for this I need some armies to lend to others who don’t own a 28mm DBA army or simply want to play with another army for a change. And since last time the army of Ptolomy was quite successfull, everybody now wants to play with successor armies. I have quite a lot of figures for this period, but some need to be finished – and that’s what I’m doing right now.

Very best regards,
Tobi