Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Farmers Section, Nearly finished.

With the Xmas break and all I thought that I would take some time to try and finish the last section and standard bearers for the Humberstone Militia. Well I am about half way through, which is a kind of a record for me and the others are half painted, so I am please with myself. Here's a few photos of them.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Cigarette Cards Ideas

Here's a couple of images from an idea I was working on of turning the plates in the books into cigarette cards. Hope you like them

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Flags of the Humberstone Militia

Taking a bit of time off from painting the farmer section, the brigands sets from Musketeer, of the HM, I have decided to finish off the flags for the HM. I think they have worked out pretty well and here they are.

Back to painting the farm workers section, pictures of them coming up soon.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Nearly Finished it

Just a few things to do to it now and it will be completed. Here's the latest stage of development.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Are things becoming clearer?

I think this one will give it away to what it is.

Sir Maurice Levy, 1st Baronet, MP for Loughbough, Lord Lieutenant of Leicester

I have finished Sir Maurice Levy, 1st Baronet, MP for Loughbough, Lord Lieutenant of Leicester, banker and owner of Humberstone Hall and thus commander of the Humberstone Militia and have included it here for you to look at. It is a lovely figure sculpted by Paul Hicks and a good cause to help a fellow human with helping with the cost of the funeral. I hope Drew like this and I wish him all the best.

You can get this lovely fellow here.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Slowly coming along

Well here's the second part of the painting WIP. Can you guess what it is yet?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

I said something new was about to come out

Well here a start of something new that I am doing and by gosh it is seasonal too. Stepping away from the historical for a moment and producing something for 1938VBCW. Here's the first glimpse of it for you to enjoy and guess what it is going to be.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Looks out for a new seasonal Project

In the next few days there should be a new seasonal project coming. Based on VBCW it should be good, okay it should be fun. Gosh I hope so now ;)

Its finished, John Bright's Regiment of Foote Musketeer

I've finished the painting of John Bright's Regiment of Foote Musketeer with doglock musketeer. I have to say it was really nice to paint something very historial for once and I have to admit I think I have done a pretty good job on it. Here is the finished painting.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Almost there

Well I'm on the final home leg with just the cuffs and metals to paint and then this will be finished. Here's the latest pciture of it.

Friday, 3 December 2010

On the final stage

Well I'm on the final parts of the Bright's fellow and it is nearly completed. I hopefully will have the whole thing finished by tomorrow. Already thinking about whats next, its for VBCW and it has a rather season theme, More on that soon. Here's the latest stage the painting is out.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Things are looking up

Today I have done so more of the painting, finished the jacket, trousers and socking. Next id the facings, the monmuth cap and the equipment and gun. Might even have the fellow finished within the next few days.  Silly thing is while painting this I got to thinking I wonder if anyone has based a VBCW unit on a ECW unit?Here's the latest picture of the soldier.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Its getting Brighter all the time

Yeah I know, but here is the next stage of the painting. I have finished the fresh and I am very happy with the few days growth on the face. Next now is the tunic and trousers, grey for the tunic and I think maybe brown for the trouser. Anyway here is the latest stage of the picture for you.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Starting on Bright's

Well I am starting with the painting for my friend, this time its someone from Bright's Regiment of Foot from the ECW. She is an re-enactor in the regiment and I thought it would be nice to do her this painting for Christmas. Brights Regiment was formed in 1643 around the shefield area. There is no hard evidence to what there uniform was but todays regiment wears grey, so I am painting him in grey. Also the kine eyed of you will notice that he has a firelock.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Reinforcements Have Arrived

Yesterday when I arrived home from a hard days work sitting in front of a computer I had two parcels waiting for me. The one was from Orkdung, which contained a Paul Hick's sculpted figure of his old man. Its bloody nice too and the money I paid for it or going to help with the funeral costs. I'm going to be painting him up as Levy MP for Loughbough, Lord Lieutenant of Leicester, banker and owner of Humberstone Hall and thus commander of the Humberstone Militia. Here's a photo of the old gentleman.

Now if that was not enough I also was very surprised to find my order, which I order on Tuesday late evening, from Musketeer, the boys at Gripping Beast are so good.. Again Paul Hicks sculpts, as are most of my stuff for VBCW, I got the standard bearers, lovely figures, the Workers Militia Vickers, again very nice and both packs of the brigands. This pack has some lovely characters and I am planning on using them for farm hands. Here are some photos of them.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Love a duck, I've finished the Shoe Workers Section

At least I have finished the shoe workers section of the Humberstone Militia. Its strange when you look into the past a little and you find all manner of things. The area of Humberstone is a strange mix of Posh landed banker gents and their workers, farms and a part built in the 30s for the workers of a local shoe factory. This has given me a very nice mix of units to play with. Shortly I shall have a proper write up for the Militia but until then here is a few photos of the shoe workers section.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Militia close to being finished

I have finished painting the workers section of the Humberstone Militia and here is a photo for you all to enjoy.

Just got to finished the bases and then add so weapong section and then I might have a good force. Some it will be time to do a hyistory and write for the Militia.

Monday, 22 November 2010

The Finished Saxon Warrior

I have finished the warrior, yippee and I rather like him. I hope that the person I have painted it for does too. Anyway here is the finished painting.

Saxon Chieftan

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Anglican League Cigarette Cards

Worker Section Humberstone Milita Another one done

As the title suggests I have finished another one of the Humberstone Militia Workers Section. Now that makes four and I my half way though them. Just four to go, yippee. This time I have finished the petrol bomber and I given him a lovely summer checked jacket. Must get around to finishing the bases but I will wait until all of them are finished before then. Here is a couple of photos of them.

Saxon Warrior nearly finished

Its like painting by numbers in a way, the method that I use to paint, but the painting of the Saxon Warrior is nearly finished. Just got the gold to paint and tidy it up and then its done. Here is a picture of the stage it is at now. After this is finished then its another pianting for a friend for christmas but this time its a ECW soldier. Just got to get some information on them.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

The Humberstone Militia

I have been thinking about my 1938VBCW force based on where I live. The area has changed alot from then and I have been very lucky in that my father in law as a book about the history of the area since the beginning of the century but maninly the 30s, 40s and 50s. Coupled with seeing some of the needlepoint pictures that my wife's mother has done on the local area and a picture produced by the WI of the village with all the old landmarks on it got me thinking why dont I base my VBCW force on my local area and the Humberstone Militia was born.

So far I have done a little research on the area and know that there used to be a Hall that was owned by a banking family and an MP. This has and in fact even in 1938 had gone, but I thought what the heck I am going to keep it. The family that owned the hall and the land around was the Pagets and the Levys. So using that as my basis I am visioning a small militia group and of three to four sections from the local area. There was some housing for a shoe factory, so a workers section is there, and a section from the village and farms and grounds workers. Of course there is the family and the loacl church of St Mary's with a section of uniformed troopers.

I am going to flesh out more on each section as I get them painted, at the moment I have finished the farm/ground workers and working on the shoe workers. Hopefully I should have them finished for 38fest in Jan 11.

Here's a couple of pictures of the ones I have finished.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Saxon Warrior

Here's my first real post and it is the latest painting that I am completing. This is for my wife's friend for Christmas, a bit of a surprise as she is a Anglo-Saxon reenactor, not a sword weilding one but one who is into the living history part. She enjoy's it and I thought it would be nice. This is an early saxon warrior, a high status one. As you can see its a work in progress and here are a few images showing the workings, as they say. I hope you enjoy it.

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