So the plan, (my god you have a plan! I hear you cry), so the plan, was to paint up one or two individual troop types or “elements” each week, breaking the army down into manageable (I thought) pieces, then “Quickshade” and base the lot at the end, however I hadn’t realized just how unfit I had become over the “Lockdown” and therefore how bloody knackered I’d be by the time I got home from work. So here we are over two weeks in and I’ve just about got the first two “elements” up to the “Quickshade” stage, so that’s any chance of getting the whole army done by the end of the month down the toilet. I do have a revised plan but I’ll share that if and when that comes into effect.
Now the worst part of any figure painting in my opinion is the cleaning up of the casts and base coating them, so when I have a few figures to do like now I tend to do that part all at once to get it out of the way. As I stated last time I love Mark Copplestone’s figures and these are no exception, what I wasn’t quite so impressed with however was the casting on these figures, though the detail was pretty clear where was quite a lot of flash and visible mould lines in evidence that needed tidying up with a scalpel and needle file so a not so pleasant hour was spent cleaning the castings up before they were glued to various bases of lumps of wood ready for painting, that is except the cavalry figures, as I have a couple of issues with them that I’ll detail in a later post.
Anyway everything was then given a coat of matt black and tucked away in readiness for their days under the brush. I pulled out the command/hero base and the magician base first, each of these contains three figures, the Magic user, a drum player (to accompany her mystic chanting?) and a bodyguard on one, and Conan, Valeria and Red Sonja on the other (well that’s who I’m calling them!). Now looking at the large array of paint pots strewn across my table I have decided against going into the individual painting of each figure (as it would stretch to several pages!) and instead I’ll just outline some of the more interesting (well to me anyway) bits.
All the flesh was undercoated in either flesh tone 7 (dark flesh), European flesh, Eurasian flesh or a mix of these and highlighted with a lighter tonal mix of the former. Chocolate brown was as usual predominantly used on the wood and leather parts with leather brown and butternut used for the highlights. The non-chainmail metallic’s were copper highlighted with either bronze or shinning gold and my bodyguards trousers were coffee and cream with deep bronze green stripes. Everything else is pretty self-evident I think.
On an unrelated note, have you ever wondered what it would be like if an Australian were to talk to an idiot? Well wonder no more because as of Friday you will be able to find out as the conversation I had with the talented and charismatic “IRO” or Luke to his friends (so IRO to me!) last Sunday morning will be released (escaped more like) as the latest in his excellent (till now) “Imperial Rebel Ork Podcasts” (Episode 34 I think). If you don’t already listen to these, (and you should) they are the perfect accompaniment to a painting session and really did help me get through the “lockdown”. Lord knows what we said, I remember laughing a lot but whether anything makes any sense I really don’t know, I do know that I got the link to my blog wrong (I did say I wasn’t tech savvy!), but do please give it a listen he deserves the support (I do hope I haven’t done too much damage to his reputation). Anyway all the episodes are well worth a listen I think they are available on most music streaming formats just search for “Imperial Rebel Ork Podcast”.
Stay safe, and cheers Roger.