“A roll of the die” (week 31)

Well much as I like spending time in the company of leather clad, zombie fighting “Uber vixens”, sadly this doesn’t do a lot to reduce the lead mountain that is sagging the rafters in my loft! So after last week’s self-indulgence I thought I’d better get the old nose back to the grindstone and do a “Roll of the die” posting this week, and as so often seems to be the case… a head and a tail popped into view after my tossing of the coins of fate. This meant of course, yet another pick from “Merlin” my “Very British Civil War” list, and the number that came up on the roll of the D20?vbcw-2-unpaint

Box 2– (5x 28mm Civilian Riflemen)

I only have one more group of these to do after this lot, and only six more boxes to be crossed out on “Merlins” list altoether, so the end is really beginning to loom into sight now. But anyway, that won’t get paint onto this lot so it was back to it, and after they were glued to card spacers and then to tuppences, they had their bases blended in with filler before they were sprayed matt black, and away I went with the painting proper.

As usual I began with their weapons which were dry-brushed with chainmail, then I painted an undercoat over their trousers/jacket of either, chocolate brown and khaki, dark grey and light grey or deep bronze green. These were then highlighted with either vbcw-2-paint-akhaki, light blue or a mix of khaki and deep bronze green. Next I painted in the shirts in coffee and cream and a couple of them had stripes added, one in pink burgundy and the other in light blue to add a little colour. Flesh next this was undercoated in European flesh and then after the eyes were added this was highlighted in a mix of continental flesh and pale flesh. The stocks of their rifles, the shoulder bags and their boots were then painted chocolate brown, the rifles highlighted with butternut and the bags and boots in leather brown. They all have neckerchiefs so these came next, royal blue with porcelain blue highlights, deep bronze green with stone green or dark red with pink burgundy taking care of these. I added the caps next these were either painted dark grey or chocolate brown then dry-brushed with light grey or butternut, then the checksvbcw-2-paint-b were added in light blue or coffee. That just left the hair on the figures to be added, now as I have done quite a few of these chaps before I decided to limit their hair colour to either “brown” this was done in chocolate brown highlighted with chestnut brown or “Blonde” this was my two shades of sand (colour party and miniature paints), and they were ready to be quickshaded and based in my usual manner.

Probably not the most exciting post I’ve ever posted, but as I say we are now getting through these VBCW figures. Now as “Zomtober” is beginning to creep up on us again, I’ll probably just do another “Roll of the die” post next week before I immerse myself in the rising tide of the undead, for the weeks to follow.

So till next week, cheers Roger.

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10 Responses to “A roll of the die” (week 31)

  1. Very nice minis Roger, I like the roll a dice method of choosing minis to paint, keeps the interest v much alive I’m sure.

    I’d forgotten about Zombtober, better dig out some ATZ figs in preperation might have to be a bit of a bare minimum effort from me this year sadly 😦

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Andy, I have to admit that I stole the “random paint generator” idea off of Simon, it is quite fun though as you never know what it’s going to throw at you from week to week (this week a case in point, but you’ll have to wait to see what that is!).

      Last year was a bit of a disaster “Zomtober” wise as the mini’s I’d ordered never turned up, so had to get a bit creative. this year I stocked up at Salute, so I’m hoping my effort levels too, should be well down on last year!

      Cheers Roger.

  2. vampifan says:

    You have developed a very random way of deciding what to paint next. Whilst not my cup of tea, I do like how you have painted these. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Zomtober.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Bryan, it works quite well when I run out of steam on a project and gets me moving (however slowly)on clearing some of my metal backlog.

      I hope my “Zomtober” entries live up to your expectations.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. “Probably not the most exciting post I’ve ever posted” – I personally really enjoy these VBCW articles Roger, and love the way you make the same posed sculpts different with your colourfully contrasting paint-jobs. As a group I think these are terrific, with the chap all in blue-grey proving particularly impressive imho.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Simon, I have to admit, I will be glad to see the end of this project myself now, there’s only so many times you can paint the same figures before they start to get you down (I guess this is why I never got that big into Napoleonic’s of ACW!).

      Cheers Roger.

  4. Carrion Crow says:

    Very nice, Roger. As you’ve probably guessed from my lack of post last weekend, real life got in the way…again. I am hoping to have something posted before the end of the weekend, but need to offset this against the list of jobs i have been assigned.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Cheers Jez, real life is a bummer, the sooner they just plug us all into VR the better, then we can paint all day!

      Have missed your particular breed of madness, but as and when mate is all you can do.

      Cheers Roger.

  5. gisby says:

    Great work, as always: I always find your VBCW posts inspiring, So much so that wish I actually gamed the period. (I mail all my VBCW efforts off to a friend in the UK) Bravo!

    • Roger Webb says:

      Many thanks Gisby, I’m now starting to get towards the end of what has seemed like an endless amount of Irregulars VBCW fig’s, the trouble with buying them in their 100 piece army deals is that they look a little daunting when you lay them all out unpainted!

      Cheers Roger.

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