“Well Julius, don’t just stand there gawking, give the man our card!”
“The Brothers Carnidge, Bodyguards, Bounty Hunters, Hit men, Repossessions and all types of Demolition work considered”
“It’s pronounced Car’nage”.
“You two are brothers?”
“We’re not just brothers, we’re twins, you know like them cheeky girls’ I like the fat one!”
“Julius, do shut up!”
Right well I suppose I should begin this post with an apology for it’s severe lateness, though I can categorically state that I have been spending much of the last week or so painting, I have to add however that the items in question were sadly not figures, but rather doors/walls and ceilings, as the bane of all wargamers lives has reared it’s ugly head around here in the form of “DECORATING!!!”. I would like to report that it is now all finished and normal service can be resumed, but it would appear that unbeknownst to me we appear to have moved into the “Forth bridge” at some point (for any foreign readers, the Forth bridge is famous for being continually painted, as when they reach the end, it needs starting again!). I do hope to be back on schedule “blog” wise ASAP but please excuse me if I am a little sporadic over the next few weeks. Anywhoo, on to the two figures I have managed to sneak through, as stated above Vincent and Julius are twins, with Vincent being the elder by fifteen minutes, a fact he likes to lord over his less intelligent brother (though trust me neither of these two is “rocket scientist” material!) At this point I would like to point out that any similarity to characters in nineteen eighties comedy movies, staring Austrian bodybuilders and American sitcom taxi cab company employees is purely deliberate, in truth the idea of using them as a “couple” came about purely by accident, as somehow they just ended up in a bag together and while looking for figures to paint up for this post, I just saw them and thought “hello’ that reminds me of something…”.
Both figures were based up upon “tuppences” in my usual fashion, and then given a coat of matt black (though for some reason “Julius”, had already been primed in grey when he arrived from “Moonraker Miniatures”. Then both figures were dry-brushed in chainmail over any “metallic” bits, and their shirts were added with a base of coffee, with subsequent highlights of cream and white. The legends “Big Bruv” and “Little Bruv” were added next in black (for some reason I see them as cockneys, and frankly this was easier than writing “Brother” to be honest!). Flesh came next and both were given an undercoat of European flesh, followed (after their eyes were painted in of course) by a highlight of the same with a little pale flesh added. The rest of the painting then differed on each figure so I will cover this separately.
I decided that the no-nonsense Vincent would need an appropriate pair of trousers, so camouflage seemed to be the order of the day, so a base of deep bronze green was laid down first. Then splodges of the same mixed with a brighter green (imaginatively called “green” on the pot) were added, then more in light khaki, and finally yet more in olive green. His belt and boots came next, these were chocolate brown with leather brown highlights, and he was just about done.
Julius, on the other hand, with his childlike demeanor needed something a bit more flamboyant, so his Bermuda’s were first painted porcelain blue which was highlighted with pale blue. Then I added the flowers petals in orange, which were then highlighted in citrus orange, lastly dots of white were added to their centres. His trainers were painted cream, highlighted with white and then details were added to these in bright red. Bright red was also used on his wrist/sweatband this time highlighted with some Polish crimson (pink). I added a dot of dayglow green to the face of his watch, and then his hair and the stock of his machinegun were added in chocolate brown with butternut highlights. Finally I noticed a circular “badge” (it might not be a badge, but that’s what I’m taking it as), on the stock of his gun, so after painting this citrus orange with a highlight of old gold (yellow believe it or not), I added a smiley face to it, as it seemed appropriate, and he too was ready for the old “Quickshade” treatment.
That is of course what I did next, before they had their bases painted in my usual style and got a coat of matt varnish to finish. All in all not too bad considering I had to grab a moment here and there while coats of emulsion were drying on the walls to get them done.
So till next time, cheers Roger.