Saturday, 31 December 2011

A Cherry Tart

Here is the third recent sketch in the series for the Somerset Freedom Fighters book. This time it is the Bishop of Bath of Wells Cherry Tart. I have painted one of these before, actually two if you court the Bishop, in the Anglican League book and was one of my first illustrations done for 1938 A Very British Civil War. So it was a nice return to doing another one. This time I have made him a middle aged chap ex teacher, choir master or something like that and I think I have got the look right.

Cherry Tart

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Another Sketch is Done

Yes while waiting for a reply another if any changes are required I have done another sketch. This time its the Royalist Catholic forces and they are based on the Carlist during the Spanish Civil War. I like the large cross on the right sleeve which is taken from Newcastle's Regiments in the English Civil War and I thinking of doing the jacket is a light straw or grey colour.

Royalist Catholic Regiment, Somerset, 1938

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

BUF Auxiliary

Well Xmas is over and the deadline for the book is drawing near and I still have five illustrations outstanding and a little over five weeks to get them done by, oops, lol. So without a further do I have finished the first of the sketches for these a British Union of Fascists Auxiliary. Mort, his blog is here, the fellow who has written the Somerset Freedom Fighters book for Solway, stated that he wanted a Black and Tan look to him and I have tried to capture that. I have given him the standard BUF uniform and to make him more Black and Tan and less regular BUF Legions I went for the Tam O'Shanty and the cross bandoliers. So here is a picture of the chap.

BUF Auxiliary, 1938

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

My Christmas Tin

Here lovely wife got me these wonderful figures by Soda Pop and they are lovely. Based on, well I'm not totally sure, but in a anime style, they are beautifully sculpted model but a pain in the back side to put together, to thin for pinning. Still they are now done.

Monday, 26 December 2011

The Finished Indian Elephant Command

Here he is folks the completed Indian Elephant Command from Mutineer Miniatures. It was a dream to put together and lovely to pain. I can also tell you that the father in law liked it and ii is sitting above the fireplace in his living room. Made one slight mistake, he like African not Indian elephants and was one of three elephants he got this year. Here are the pictures.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

I've finished it

Yahoo, I have finished the Indian Elephant just waiting for the PVA glue to dry then photos.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

A Little Bit More Elephant

Yes I have managed to a wee bit more, actually finished the last crew member off and I am rather pleased. I have even started on the canopy just got the highlight and pattern it and then it too is finished. Next I have to fix the crew in place, finish and fix the canopy and then turf the base and it is finished. Should shortly be done and would of been done if not for a bit of food shopping which was murder.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Another of the Indian Elephant crew Finished

Yes another crew member is complete and the Commander is mostly done too. Think leaves the commander and the canape to done and then turf the ground and then finish. Here they are the commander is the one in the pinkish top.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Indian Elephant get some Crew

Yes the saga of the Indian keeps going on. After finding an Asian skintone I am happy with for someone from the Madras area of Indian I have finished the Mahoot. I still have the two crew and the canape to do, but I can see an end and before xmas too :).

Sunday, 18 December 2011

I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday

A Christmas Card
Here is a Christmas Card from both Simon Douglas at Solway and me wishing everyone who has supported Solway and my blog over the last year. In fact its wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and Santa bring all your wishes this Christmas.

The Indian Elephant Again

Yes I cant believe it I have finished the elephant and now its the three crew and canape. I feel like at this rate it might be finished in time for Christmas. Here is the finished elephant.

Lord Winterfield of the BUF

Here is the first of the enemies of the SFF and its Lord Winterfield, commander of the BUF in Somerset. He is wearing a typical BUF officers uniform styled after the Italian fascists uniform and the BUF own Action Press uniform.

Lord Winterfield,
BUF Commander, 1938

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Somerset Freedom Fighter Late War

Yes I have should this before but I was requested to add a patch of the SFF on the sleeve. As I paint in Watercolours, this is quite a difficult thing to do but I have managed it and here is the result. I think it has worked out very well.

Somerset Freedom Fighter
Late 1938

SFF and Lord Winterfield

I have returned back to painting some more of the SFF book and now I have started of the enemies of the SFF starting with the BUF. Yes this is the BUF commander for the West Country, Lord Winterfield, a ex naval officer and now a foremost member of the British Union of Fascists, he is wearing the latest uniform of the BUF, the Action Press Uniform. The jacket is not finished and the shadowing and darkening still need to be done, but you get the general idea. You clearly can see the influence of the Italian Fascists in the uniform.

Lord Winterfield, BUF, 1938

Friday, 16 December 2011

Service Dress Uniform Outline

Yes I have finished, no I have not, but I have got of the Jackets, Trousers and Headgear sorted and I have started to build uniform ideas, It is actually surprising fun to do, not the outline drawing, hated that, lol. Here are a couple of examples.

BUF Action Press Uniform

British Army Service Dress.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Service Dress Line Drawing

Here is something that I have asked to do and that is clear line drawing of British Service Dress and other Inter War Uniforms. Gosh I have to say it has be hard, no colour, straight line, well also, but I have managed to do the jackets. Next is the trousers and breeches followed by the headgear. Here are the line drawings of the jackets.

Service Dress

Cavalry Service Dress

BUF Action Press Uniform

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Indian Elephants

I am trying and I mean trying to paint an Indian Elephant with crew for my Father in Law, who collects Elephants. The actually model comes from Mutiny Miniatures and is a very nice model and fits together rather well. I just hope that I can do the thing justice, so here it is. See I do paint miniatures too TGN, lol.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Its Xmas Tine at PanzerKaput

Yes Xmas has come to PanzerKaputLand. The bottle of port, okay glass has led to that Christmas feeling breaking out and changing the blog. So Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Back to the Somerset Freedom Fighters

Yes its back to the SFF and this time its the Villain of the piece, okay he might not be depending on your point of view. He is the local BUF commander and wears the latest Action Press Uniform. So here he is.

BUF Area Commander

Now for Something Scary

Yes I have been growing a MOV for Movember and now the question is "To Mov or Not to Mov?"

To Mov or Not To Mov

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Cyberpunk 2020 Chick

Well here she is in her full glory and someone is going to be very happy when they receive her, okay the illustration, for Xmas. I have to admit it has a pleasure painting her and feel a little sad for completing her. Now its back to more VBCW and the Somerset Freedom Fighters.


Cyber Chick

Well the young lady is slowly getting there and the realisation that I have to go back to VBCW, not thats a bad thing. But I still have a fair bit to do, so here is the latest stage.


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Cyber Chick is getting there

Oh Yes the Cyber Chick is getting there and coming to completion. I hoped to have her finished today but forgot I had a meeting this evening, Well should be tomorrow now. I have not finished the purple of the leggings yet but it gives an idea. I am really liking her.

Cyberpunk Chick

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Cyber Gal Gets Better

Yes the Cyberpunk girl is coming along well and I have to say I am really enjoying the change and break from bland 1930s clothing. I am not totally sure if it is one of my best pieces but I really like her and cant wait to have her finished shortly. So here she is.

Cyberpunk Gal

Monday, 5 December 2011

Day 5 on Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar

Today's door swings open on the Advent Calendar to reveal something rather special. 

Bob Minadeo, author of AA's Firefight 2.0 ruleset, has put together some rules for using your vast array of Flintloque miniatures with Two Hour Wargames' free Chain Reaction 3 rules. Chain Reaction 3 uses a unique Reaction System in favour of the more traditional IGO-UGO system found in most wargames. This system not only controls your enemy but also gives your troops, especially the less experienced ones, a mind of their own.

"Flintloques & Muskets" by Bob Minadeo

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Changing direction

Yes for this next illustration I am changing the direction I normal go is and venture out into something a little different. As Xmas is around the corner I have decided to paint a picture for a friend of my and as he is into Sci-Fi, Anime, Future Stuff I have decided to do this for him. I really like the pose and would love a manufacturer to make a mini of her.

Space Chick

Day 4 on Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar

From Craig over at Orcs in the Webbe
"One of the great things about running the advent calendar is that I get to ask people to do things I'd love to see. After submitting artwork for the last three years, Pete Barfield has once again created some amazing pictures to take our minds far away to the distant lands of Valon. This year he has turned his talents towards the Windy Isles with illustrations of two characters from the extremely popular Dreadloque setting."

"Glimpses of Valon 2011" by Pete Barfield

'Ere John Got a New Motor

Yes the last of the Somerset Freedom Fighters is completed and I am rather happy with the way he has come out. He is from the late part of the war and now they have a more military or para-military look and feel to them. The Browning Automatic Rifle, BAR, he has is the Model 1924 rifle produced under licence by FN and chambered in .303 caliber. Now to the enemy of the Somerset Freedom Fighters and there is a lot of them.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Last of the Somerset Freedom Fighters

Here is the last of the painting for the Somerset Freedom Fighters and this chap is from later in the conflict. You can see that they have turned a little more military or rather para military in look and a little more professional too. I am enjoying this one too.

SFF Late 1938

My Other Gaming Passion

Over on Orcs in the Webbe Craig is doing his annual Advent Calender. This is mainly for Black Power Fantasy type games but will worth having a look at. For those not familiar with the Advent Calendar each day from the 1st of December through to the 24th Orcs in the Webbe will be bringing you a gift in the form of a new piece of content. This year we have scenarios, mini-games, interviews and more ! So keep coming back to see what's on offer every day. I find it very entertaining and enjoyable. Here is today's offering.

Advent Calendar 2011 - Day Three
During the ill-fated "Forty-five" Rebellion, Jocccian patriots under Bob "Boy" Mc Groggy sought to secure their country's independencefrom the rule of their Orcish Overlords. Re-enact one of the battles with this classic Flintloque scenario updated with notes for use with 3rd Edition.

"Kraggy Tor" by Mike Baumann

The Next Completed SFFman

Yes indeed I have finished the second Somerset Freedom Fighter and happy with him I am. He is from the early part of the conflict with the government forces, hence why he is wearing civilian clothing. He is stand guard at a check point or something with his trusted Webley at the ready and shotgun across the back in case of trouble. I like the pose and really happy with the result.Next a SFFman from the late war and that the SFF completed and then its their enemies.

Somerset Freedom Fighter
 on Checkpoint Duty, 1938

Friday, 2 December 2011

Hello Hello Hello What 'ave we 'ere?

Here is the latest stage of the second SFF fighter. So far he is look quite good even if he has a gangster look and feel to he.He still has that IRA look to him and not a character you would want to meet in the dark. Still I like him and should have him finished soon.

SFF standing guard, 1938

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The final sketch of the Somerset Freedom Fighters

Yes indeed the final sketch of the trio and this one is from later in the war where they have picked up some military equipment and are more like a professional body of troops. So here he is in a tin hat, a warm leather jerkin and a Polish copy of the BAR.

SFF Late War, 1938

New Sketch for the SFF

Here is the secord illustration for the next book from Solway on the Somerset Campaign and the Somerset Freedom Fighters. As with the last one its from the start of the conflict and this time I have based him on a sort of IRA style. Cant wait to paint this chap up. I wonder if any figure making would like to so a range of figures based on my illustrations, lol?

SFF on guard at a road block, 1938

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Somerset Freedom Fighters First Field Agent

Yes he is his, the first of three SFF field agents with this one being form the start of the conflict with the government and BUF forces. As I have stated before this fellow is based or rather he has modelled himself on the Republican Spanish Civil War fighter fighting Franco and can see parallels here in Blighty and dress accordingly. Personally I think its a fashion thing. He is armed with a Colt M1911 pistol and a ERMA EMP35 sub machine gun.

Somerset Freedom Fighter, Early 1938

You Dirty Rat

Well maybe not but here the latest stage that Freedom Fighter is at. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourites and I am very happy with the leather look on the jacket.

SFF swinging pistol around. 1938

Somerset Freedom Fighters Start

Here is the actually start to the SFF troops. This chap is heavily influenced by the Spanish Civil War and also mobster movies too. Hopefully this will come out and show up as the painting evolves.

SFF Field Soldier

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Relaying Tales of Daring Do.

Yes he is the finished version of the intelligence officer retelling or reliving tales of past glories. I am rather happy with him as he has come out rather well. Next a SFF fighter.

Dick at the Bar retelling of his Adventures in 1938

Monday, 28 November 2011

So this is Intelligence Gathering then?

Here is the latest stage of Dick at the Bar, that is so wrong to write on so many different levels. I am going for the late 60s early 70s look and I think I have managed to capture it.

Intelligence Gathering Operation

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Painting the Old Man

Well I have started on the older version of Dick, the one who is relaying his tales and I am pleased so it so far. The tie still requires some work on and then the suit, possible in tweed, as was the style in the 60s, 70s or sports jacket and trousers. I'll have to think about that one. Here he is.

Dick enjoying a tale and a drink

A Somerset Freedom Fighter

Here is the first of three SFF field operatives or fighter to you and me. He is going to be wearing a black leather jacket over cord trousers and black boots, giving him as Spanish Civil War look, need to look the part. Couldn't decide on fag in the mouth or not. So here the chap it.

Somerset Freedom Fighter, 1938
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