Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Last Covenanter

Here is the last of the Covenanters and this chap is wearing the traditional Scottish Highland infantry uniform. Again he has the Hodden Grey jacket and blue Tam of the Covenanters but he is wear a kilt of the Covenanter tartan pattern. He has Pattern 14 leather webbing and I think this this has worked out way and I rather like the look. Next up are the leaders of the Scottish Republic. So here is the chap.

Scottish Covenanter, 1938

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Mov is Back

For the past 25 days or so or more correctly for the month of Movember I have, along with tens of thousands of other chaps across the world for been growing a Mov in an effort to bring awareness to men's health issues. In fact this year about dozen or more fellas in the office have all bring growing these arranging from the neat upper lip affairs to the styles that have been based on 70s porn film styles, from gingos to streampunk. Well it has been fun and there is even an competition, well it is chaps and what do you except, so lots of personally grooming is the order of the day. Well here is my effort and I am hoping for a prize as the most Victorian looking, lol. So to all you chaps out there who are growing a Mov well done and to the chaps who have gone to the doctors recently a bigger well done.

Scary isnt it?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Prinz Rupprecht Volunteers

This is the next in the series and he is one of the Covenanter's German Volunteers that has come over with Prinz Rupprecht. Their will be more on the German Prince in another post but this chap came over will him as one of his loyal supporters and joined with the forces of the Covenant. Operating mainly in the highlands and islands of the north of Scotland, this chap wears the uniform of the German Army from the Great War. These volunteers are not supports of the current leadership in German and have come to the UK to fight the BUF and the Edwardites here so they dont get a foothold here.So here is the chap.

Covenant's German Volunteers, 1938

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

One Finished Covenanter

Here is the first of the finished Covenanters for you. This chap, as stated before, is wearing a uniform influenced by the standard British uniform of the day, the Service Dress, but where the earthy, khaki colours are the order of the day for the standard British infantryman here the colours have somewhat changed. Looking back to a time when the Covenanters held influence and power in Scotland, the time of the English Civl War, here they are revived the colours of old and updated it for the modern day. So the Hodden Grey of the  old Covenanters have been reborn in his jacket with a slate grey used for the trousers. In keeping for the Covenanters his Tam O Shaner is in the traditional blue colour with a ECW Covenanter flag being used as a flag and his webbing is the standard Pattern 08 Webbing, armed with an SMLE rifle. His armband reads "One Religion, One God". I hope you like him.

Scottish Covenanter, 1938

50000 hits, Second Year Anniversary and Stuff

Blow me after the last couple of days what with being awarded the Liebster Blog Award, my birthday and what not, I forgot that my blog has reached its second year anniversary, something that I never thought I would reach and something that I am very happy to reach. Not only that I also reached another milestone too and that is hitting the 50000 view mark. So to all of you out in the bloggisphere and especially to the chaps and chapettes who follow and visit this blog, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

I started this as somewhere to show my painted figures and works in progress for the books I have been illustrating and I have to say that I have totally enjoyed the experience.  Not only that I have enjoyed many other blogs that I in truth would of never got around to reading. There are so many intelligence, funny and character individuals with their blogs that are a delight to read and these have propelled myself to even higher standards on my blog. I know I have been, at time a little whiny, ranty and more than a little self indulgence, but whats a blog for if not to do those things, lol.  So thanks you all for letting me enjoy the wonderful world and people that fill it, So I raise a glass of Port and salute you all.

Sliocht sleachta ar shliocht bhur sleachta

Which translates to Blessings on your posterity.

And to the Irish in you

Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Eirinn
(Long life to you, a wet mouth, and death in Ireland)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A Surprise Present from my Better Half

Yesterday I was bloody surprised as my lovely wife got me a wonderful present that was related in a way to VBCW. It is a cup from 1936, the year of the three Kings, celebrating this fact and I was very pleasantly surprised. So here is a couple of photo of it.

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Winners of the Liebster Award Goes to..............

I have to say I am rather shocked and pleased to have been given this award from Michael at 28mm Victorian Warfare for a number of reasons. Firstly, Michael's blog is a wonderful blog to read that is both intelligence and witty but also Michael is a gifted miniature painter whom I have many times enjoyed and marvelled at his skills and knowledge. I fully hearted recommend that you have a look at his blog, if you have not done so already and Michael thank you very much for this award.

Now down to the second of the award. Now following the rules as laid out below I have to nominate five fellow blogger for this award. So firstly the rules as laid down of 28mm Victorian warfare:

  1. Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.
  2. Pass the award to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
  3. Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!
  4. There is no obligation to pass this on to anyone else but it is nice if you do. 

Now here comes the hardest part on deciding who gets the award.

  • My first choice has to go to a good friend of my and a paint who skills surpass my in every work. This chap has helped me for the running and planning of the Partizan game for the last two years and even though he lives up in the North of Scotland he stills travels south for them. So I am very happy to award this to my fellow VBCWer Mr Smillie at Painting Diary

  • My second choice for this award also goes to another fellow VBCWer as this fellow has an amazing and clever blog. Mainly it deals with his adventures in his 18th century Imaginations it is a clever and intelligence read. But what is truly stunning is his idea of a portable wargame and is a winner in my eyes. So I am happy to award this to The Duchy of Tradgardland

  • My third choice for this award goes to a blog that I have only recently started to follow and I love the post apocalyptic feel to this. This chap is a great paint and after realising that we both enjoy the world of 7Tv and 7ombieTv how could I not award this to him? His Zombie survivors that he has been painting recently are truly amazing.  So with great pleasure I award this to Brummie's Wargamming Blog

  • My fourth choice is to a chap who has amazed me with both his knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars and his skill at converting 20mm plastic soldiers. Added to this is the fact he is a wonderfully decent chap to boot the award had to go to him. So with great pleasure my fourth award goes to  Monsieur le Rosbif & Johnny Frog

  • My last award goes to a fellow illustrator and a very gifted one at that. He also like so many of so on the bloggersphere paints wee toy soldiers and there are a delight to look at. So I am happy to award this to Iron Mitten

Another Scottish Covenanter

Here is the second Scottish Covenanter for the Armies and Enemies of the Scottish Republic book by Solway and I have gone for a more highlander look for this one. Again I am going to do a Grey jacket and blue tam but the kilt is going to in Covenanter tartan which is a rather simple tartan pattern which suits these rather God fearing gents.

Highland Covenanter, 1938

Covenanter Tartan

Sunday, 18 November 2012

After the Royalists What's Next?

After finishing the Royalist plate the next plate is the Covenanters. Now the original ones which from the time of The War in the Three Kingdoms, The English Civil War, and were Scottish worn sworn the Solemn League and Covenant. Now that is back in the ECW and the these are for the VBCW so I have updated them, so keeping the idea of the uniform being the same colour, grey jacket, dark grey trouser, blue beret, I have updated the uniform to a service style uniform with a Tam. Here is the result.

Scottish Covenanter, 1938

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Last of the Royalists

Here is the last of the Royalists that I am doing for Solway's latest book Armies and Enemies of the Scottish Republic. This chap is actually the commander of the British Union of Fascists for Scotland, 2nd Commander Ernest Smallbottom. Being a ex bank manager type, drawn your own conclusions there, I have aimed for the arrogant, pompous look, associated with a man who thinks he has more power than he actually has. He is wearing the Action Press Uniform of the BUF and piped dark blue as identification  for Scotland. If anyone can think of a good name for the dog I would be chuffed as I am thinking "Mosley".

2nd Commander Ernest Smallbottom
Commander of BUF in Scotland, 1938

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Finished Troon Volunteer

Here is the finished Troon Volunteer. Based on Highland Regiments Full Dress uniforms and various Victorian Militias and I happy with it. I have used the Royal Troon tartan pattern for two results, firstly the name and secondly the sett just looks the part. He has a Glengarry on and those fancy Argylls the Highland Regiments wear and looks better than plain red socks.

Troon Volunteer, 1938

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Finished Royalist Officer

Here is the finished Scottish Royalist Officer and I Have to say that I am rather pleased with him. I think he is the very model of a posh officer from the King's Own Scottish Boarders and i have given him some rather natty tartan beeches. He is wearing a standard Service Dress uniform and the standard Sam Brown belts, which where common at the time and the tartan beeches which are in Royal Stewart tartan which are one of the tartan patterns worn by the regiment.

Royalist Officer, KOSB, 1938

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Win your own sculpt by Paul Hicks

Hello Everyone

Paul Hicks, the amazing sculptor wants to help raise some money for his Rugby club. They are having a raffle on the 8/12/2012. The tickets are £5 and the prize is cheque for half the money taken for the tickets and last year it was £1145.

Also as an incentive for members Paul Hicks will hold a mini raffle for members to win a figure of you choice to be sculpted by him. You will also be entered into the main draw for the main prize. This means even if you do not win the miniature prize you could win the money which will help pay for Christmas!

The draw for the sculpt will be on Friday 7/12/2012. If you wish to purchase a ticket you will need to send Paul an email to phicks1@mac.com with a contact phone number and an address. Paul will take payment via Paypal (paypal address is phicks1@mac.com) and it will need to be made as gift payment that way the Rugby club will get all the money.

Any questions please PM more or send an email to phicks1@mac.com

Here is a selection of some of his scuplts.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Scottish British Union of Fascists

Here is the last sketch of the Royalists for the Armies and Enemies of the Scottish Republic and this chap is a rare member of the British Union of Fascists in Scotland. I have gone for the more civvie look with this chap and envisioned him to be a bank manager type from a rather well heelled family and have tried to capture this. The uniform is an actually copy of a BUF Action Press uniform and   I am looking forward to painting this one. Here is the chap.

Ernest Smallbottom, BUF Commander,
Scotland, 1938

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Next Scottish Royalist Illustration

This illustration for the new Scottish book from Solway is the Troon Volunteers. I have based him on partly the Atholl Highlanders and a Victorian Highland Militia. I am not totally sure what colour I am going to the jacket, there is a part of me that says Dark or Royal Blue and a part that says Kharki, but I am going to do the tartan is Royal Troon tatran. I think it will look either great is a blooming mess, being really busy but I guess that I will only know once I have done it. So here is the sketch.

Troon Volunteer, 1938

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Yet more Test photos

Yes here are some more test photo of some figures that I have painted. I think I have started to understand how to take photos with it not and after finding the white balance I have managed to get rid of the problem of my photo being yellow when taken indoors. The next thing to work out is the distance and lighting  but I'm slowly getting there. Here are the latest examples.

First up is Snake sorry I mean Cobra from Hasslefree. A wonderful sculpt by Kev White and is good to see someone escape from New York and then LA.

Next up is Lara Croft sorry I mean Eve again from Hasslefree. This is a lovely sculpt.

Next up is Pantsman okay Mad Dog again but this time with the yellowish look to him.

Lastly are a couple of Mark Copplestone's Future Wars range now sold by eM-4-Miniatures which are lovely to paint and again these were painted some 15 years ago.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

New Illustration for Scottish Book

Here is the latest illustration for the Scottish book from Solway. I am now doing a plate for the Royalist forces in Scotland and first off is a Officer in a Scottish regiment. I have gone for that very "British" gentleman and officer look with pipe and service dress uniform but I have given the chap tartan trews. I am going to use Royal Stewart tartan for the beeches and a greenish khaki jacket. Hopefully it should look quite striking and work well.

Scottish Royalist Officer, 1938

And More photos of Painted Things

As the title says here are a couple more photos of some painted figures that I have done. The first one is a banker/civil servant survivor, complete with umbrella and gas mask. This is sculpted but Mark Copplestone from his Future Wars  range he did for Grenadier is the past and is still available from eM-4-Miniatures. Its a lovely figure and something I painted over fifteen years ago. The next one is from Hasslefree and it is a great sculpt by Kev White. Know simply as pants man by my wife and Mad Dog on the Hasslefree website, it is a wonderful sculpt. Full of detail and a joy to paint. He is one of my latest figures I have painted and you can see,hopefully, that my style has somewhat changed over the years. Here there are.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Some painted Figures

I have been messing around with lightboxes, actually a cheap, clear plastic box, and taking better pictures of my figures. The first lot of photos I did were all yellow, for some reason so I moved the spotlights and put some tissue paper over the light to diffuse the light and it has worked more better. Now I have my little photo studio set up, the plastic box I mention before, I have to work out how to use my blooming camera. Here are a couple of test shots and hopefully they will get better.

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