“Like two peas in a pod”

“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!”

“Sorry Vincent”

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.

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26 Responses to “Like two peas in a pod”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Like the idea of them being twins, and the painting is excellent Roger. I remember the barbarian twins in the 90’s weren’t great movies but had the odd laugh in them

    • Thanks Dave,I remember the barbarian brothers, I seem to think they were wrestlers (but I could be wrong), as you say now great movies but good for a laugh or two.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Terrific late night posting, Roger, with some very nice paint-jobs indeed. Good to see you being inspired with this range of minis – lovely stuff 🙂

  3. I love those Bermuda shorts, brilliant! Great job on these minis

  4. Brilliant as always sir. Love Vincent

  5. vampifan says:

    The naming of your twins really made me smile. I well remember the film in question. Brilliant paintwork. I particularly like the smiley face badge on the SMG butt.

    • Thanks Bryan, it wasn’t a particularly good film, though better than the one where Arnie gets pregnant! God used to have to see anything with Arnie in back in the day, but now some of them are just dreadful.

      Cheers Roger.

  6. Cracking paint jobs Roger. The little touches you’ve added really bring the two ‘Bruvs’ alive.

    Regarding painting with a much larger brush; I detest decorating, or painting of any description when it comes to the real world. Back when I worked as a carpenter/joiner’s -mate (read ‘for my father’) I loathed having to do such tasks. Bored me to tears. Only time I enjoyed myself was working in a pub in Stockton-on-Tees, for Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, left alone in the private dwelling, upstairs, and the landlord’s Alsatian took a shine to me and wouldn’t leave my side. Dog hairs in the newly done white gloss paint. Funny, but a pain to tease out and then put right. Luckily the dog was moulting and he didn’t brush against the wet paint. Thankfully there was no disastrous instances of painted dog prints across the carpet.

    • Thanks Roy, don’t talk to me about hairs in the paintwork, as we share our house (sometimes I think they allow us to stay with them!) with two dogs and seven cats there is more hair on the walls than there is on the pets!

      Cjheers Roger.

  7. Fun pair Roger. I suspect Arnold and Devito would be honored. I love the small details like the cut on the leg and of course the John-Daleyesque shorts. As for the smiley face, a bit of trivia for you. The original smiley face was a creation of Harvey Ball from Worcester, Massachusetts. He was a graphic artist for Hanover Insurance (where my wife used to work as well though not at the same time). He made the smiley as part of a campaign to boost morale at work. He got $45, and never registered it so missed out on millions. I digress, but did really enjoy these two, very fun. Here’s the Harvey Ball link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Ball Enjoy!

    • Thanks Mark, I’m very pleased that you approve, had to smile though at the mention of the “leg cut”, as it wasn’t a deliberate addition on my part but is in fact a hair that has come out of the brush I used to apply the “Quicksade” with and I didn’t notice, (in fact I didn’t see it myself until I did the photo’s). The shorts and smiley face are all mine though. Very interesting background on the face, Harvey must have been so pee’d off whenever he saw that image plastered everywhere. I love stories like that.

      Cheers Roger.

      • Actually Harvey did not have a lot of angst – was an interesting guy. Said he could only drive one car at a time or eat one steak at a time. He was also a WWII vet rising to BG in the National Guard (retired as a full colonel).

      • Great men often are, similar thing (only worse in a way) happened to Kalashnikov, invented the rifle that helped save his country, and sold millions worldwide and he never saw a penny for it.

  8. borderguy190 says:

    Great post. The painting go-by is always helpful when i am looking for a color or scheme for a particular model. Nicely done!

  9. Carrion Crow says:

    I have both these figures, but my ‘Arnie’ proxy got turned into my version of Shaggy (Scooby Snacks apparently contain steroids) and the other figure is going to be converted into Nardole, one of the Tweflth Doctor’s companions. Love what you’ve done with them, Roger.

    • Yep remember “steroid shaggy”, from your Scooby doo AAR, way back when, however I have no idea who “Nardole” is I’m afraid, unless it’s what’s his name from “little Britain”, now I’ve thought of that I wish I’d painted him up as “David, the only gay in the wasteland!”.

      Cheers Roger,

  10. These are brilliant Roger, both cracking sculpts and you have brought them to life perfectly.

  11. angrypiper says:

    I agree with da Gobbo Grotto: great work on those shorts. Hard to believe those were once in style (when I was in high school, right around the time the movie came out). Love the red sneakers, too!

    • Thanks Keith, as I said I wouldn’t wear them myself (if fact I don’t own a pair of shorts, if you saw my legs you’d understand why!). the eighties really was the style capitol decade wise wasn’t it!

      Cheers Roger.

  12. Joshua Page says:

    Hi Roger,

    Sorry that my question is unrelated to this post. But is there a way I can still get hold of your Dick Garrison range? I’m dying to get my hands on some. DYING!! Do you really want that on your conscience?!

    Cheers Josh.

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