Tuesday, 12 April 2016

28mm Gripping Beast Vikings

Currently on the painting table are these Griping Beast plastic Vikings that I'm doing for customer Steve. I've enjoyed doing these so far - possibly inspired by the fact that I've got Dan Snow's recent BBC programme on the subject playing in the background. The transfers are GB too and I'm highly in favour of using these on my own Dark Age figures. They fit in quite nicely with the battle worn look I'm going for.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Wellington in India - 28mm Redoubt Miniatures

These herald the beginnings of two Native units for a 'Wellington in India' collection. Here they are in their colourful finery, ready to give some trouble to the young Arthur Wellesley.

I started these with a grey spray primer, then did a base coat of GW Averland Sunset for the coats. This is ideal for a dull yellow on which you can build further highlights. It still takes a couple of layers in order to stop the underneath/primer showing through, but once you've got solid enough coverage you can add a 3/4 mix of Vallejo Flat Yellow and White. In my experience this really makes the colour 'pop'.

The skin I did with Vallejo Cavalry Brown, then highlighted half-and-half with Cav Brown and White. The Turbans and sashes were Carmine Red, inkwashed with Agrax Earthshade then highlighted with Carmine Red again (I sometimes prefer this rather than mixing red with white - which can give too much of a pink).

The models themselves are good to paint. They remind me a lot of AW Miniatures, in that they give nice bold surface areas on which to build up layers and create shadow.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

28mm Macedonian Cavalry

These were completed for a customer last week. Warlord Games Macedonian Cavalry. They were a pleasure to paint - particularly the long cloaks (which gave opportunity for lots of highlighting) and the white vest armour.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

'Garden of Morr' Terrain Project

This is my completed Games Workshop 'Garden of Morr'. It's a lovely kit with lots of fascinating detail that allows your imagination to run wild regarding colour schemes.

I've done all the stone walls in shades of green to give it an otherworldly glow!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

28mm Frostgrave Soldiers

The first of twenty Frostgrave Soldiers from Osprey/North Star Figures. Multi part plastics. These were great to paint. Lots of character and and the option of many varied poses. I love the 'loot bags' and other extras (especially the guy holding the lantern in the same box, plus a variation of the same holding a flaming torch). I noticed a player at the recent Lion Rampant Day at Wargames Illustrated HQ a few weeks back using these as part of his medieval retinue. A superb idea I think, and if you discard some of the larger fantasy swords etc and replace them with spears they'll fit right into any mid period medieval game.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

28mm Empress Miniatures US Navy SEAL Team

These were completed last week. The camo pattern was done using a Vallejo Khaki base, then highlighting with a mix of 50/50 Khaki and White. The pattern was then applied using Vallejo Flat Brown, US Olive Green and then a Stone Grey. I finally added a GW Agrax Earthshade Wash to help mute everything down into an appropriate worn uniform look.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Launch Time!

Simon De Montfort Mounted Retinue
28mm Crusader Miniatures
Painted by BFD

My inspiration for starting a painting service has to go to Wayne from Wargames Illustrated. Sometime last year he came along to our local Club (https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfSimonDeMontfort) with Editor Dan to play a 28mm Wars of the Roses game. Part way through he paused to hold aloft my Perry Miniatures Richard III model and exclaim "why on earth aren't you charging people to paint?".

After a few weeks of considering this I began my research into setting up a small side business, and questioning other established owners in the same sphere as to what the advantages and pitfalls are. I'd ran my own screen printing business for three years after I finished university, so I was aware of what mistakes to avoid in general terms.

Nevertheless other people have been really helpful, and one thing I've found is that once you announce you'll be offering a painting service all your Wargaming friends start digging out their mountains of unpainted lead and sending them your way - usually preceded by statements such as "I've got this unfinished 15mm Sudanese Ansar Army that's been sitting in my loft for twenty years....."

Anyway, I hope people continue to appreciate my work and I can provide all my future customers with some lovely painted miniatures which they'll enjoy for years to come.