For my final Mo’vember blog posting I decided to return to my “Very British Civil War” collection, this seem quite apt as “Black Friday” seems to have caused a bit of a civil war around the shops yesterday! I decided to paint up a few more character figures (I really must crack on with the rank and file stuff in the new year!) as this also gave me the chance to add “two” more figures to my Mo’vember honour roll, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
So for my first Mo’vember entry this week I give you “Lord Archibald Luvvitt”, member of parliament and local magistrate, this ex-general tries to keep out of the conflict as much as possible but often sides with the forces of law and order (when he’s not busy trying to control his wayward daughter). Another “Black Pyramid” figure I added his moustache with “greenstuff” to give him more of the “stuffy old appearance” I was after, then working up from the black undercoat his smoking jacket and “fez” were first painted royal purple before being highlighted in plum, his trousers (and later his hair) were dark grey highlighted with light grey, a khaki/coffee collar was then added as was a cream shirt. Then after his flesh, eyes, hair etc.. were applied I added the chain-mail dry-brushing on his revolver and the gold braid on his jacket hat and watch, he was then finished off in my usual manner as detailed below.
My second Mo’venber entry is “Wellesley” his lordships faithful Bearded collie (see I don’t just throw these ideas together you know!). Taking one of the pack of four Boarder collie figures I acquired from “Warbases” at fiasco the other week I added shaggy fur with “greenstuff” turning him into a (probably not so) faithful representation of this breed, I have been assured by my better half (who used to have a bearded collie) that it “looks a bit like one now it’s painted”. That painting was actually pretty simple as I just had to add cream with highlights of white at the front, lower legs and tip of his tail and then do the rest in very dark grey highlighted with a lighter grey, simple really.
“Miss Virginia Luvvitt” is his lordships daughter and a hopeless romantic, when she is not reading “soppy” love stories and poems she is throwing herself into one ridiculous campaign after another (she even supports votes for women, god forbid!!), So when the latest unrest began she immediately pulled down one of the swords from above the fireplace and began charging around the countryside In her underwear like some romantic heroine in support of “the down trodden working classes”, much to her fathers despair and the local male inhabitants delight! The figure (and inspiration) for Virginia came from the pirates I ordered from “Irregular miniatures” a little while back, I hadn’t actually see this figure until they arrived and was immediately struck with the idea of adding her to my VBCW stuff and the idea and her back story grew from there. Painting wise she was again pretty simple, her dress was just painted coffee, highlighted with cream and after her copious amounts of flesh were applied it was just a case of some blonde tresses and chain-mail and gold on her sword.
Finally we have “Arthur Brimstage” the local works manager, who sick of the amount of lost orders he has had due to the civil unrest (and the impact on his pocket therein!) has decided to take matters into his own hands and try to assassinate the leaders of this “dammed stupid campaign, of destruction” and get his workers (hopefully without more of these silly union ideas in their heads) back to work and making him money. Another pretty simple paintjob I started by mixing chocolate brown with a little black and heavily dry-brushing the whole figure with the resultant very dark brown, then highlighted this with a similar slightly lighter mix and finally again with chocolate brown. Flesh, cream for his collar and chain-mail on his revolver completed him.
All of the above were finished off with a coat of “Quickshade”, before their bases were first painted chocolate brown and dry-brushed with khaki and coffee, then patches of the bases were painted with grass green and these areas were flocked with autumn mix hairy grass, lastly a coat of matt varnished was sprayed over them. I’m pretty happy with my little group, and have enjoyed Mo’vember as a whole, thanks too to “Blax the Cleric” http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk/ for tagging along (I don’t know quite what happened to Jon Lundberg, but his blog is well worth checking out anyway http://henriettagames.blogspot.com/ ).
Roll on Mo’vember 2015, I say, Cheers Roger.