Sunday, 28 July 2013

New Sketch for New Book

New Cover is on the way for Winter of Discontent, a new book coming out shortly. This time after illustrating so many Royalists I am addressing the balance and illustrating Socialists. Basically I have given one chap a military uniform, one a semi military uniform and the other is on civvies. When here is the sketch.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Finished Scouts

Well I say finished actually half finished as here are the first five that have been finished, I have go for the traditional scout uniform and given them a red scarf so that I can use them for my Socialist forces too maybe as a Youth Socialist/Communist Party section. They are Perry's plastic 8th Army chaps with Gripping Beasts Lemon Squeezers heads with a bit of green stuff for the scarves. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Facebook Page for my Illustrations

Yes i have entered the world of Facebook and have done a page for my illustrations both past and present. Now I done this for a number of reasons, but mainly as a platform to get my artwork out there for people to enjoy and maybe even get some work from it, well one can dream, lol. This page will be updated semi regularly, okay when I get around to doing it and will have not only have work from Very British Civil War but also other projects that I have done, both in the past and also in the present. I hope that you will on to it and like the page and here is the link, Pete Barfield Illustrator

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A Businessman and a Officer

Well have finished the latest book cover for Si at Solway and I have to say I am a little bit pleased with it. This will be for the second Brigadier 38 Army List book that Solway are planning and this time I have followed the same vain of the other covers of Brigadier 38. One the original cover I had an old general in his Great War Uniform and the first army list book I had a Yeomanry Officer with a Militia batman so for this book I have gone more civvie on this with a businessman/civil servant/government official and officer in a home made uniform to represent the civilian forces that make one the majority of the forces in Very British Civil War. As I have said already I am chuffed with the results.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Here is the Next Sketch for Solway, Gosh I even surprising myself with the output.

Today's drawing is a sketch for my latest illustration which will be a book cover for Solway Crafts and Miniatures the latest in the series of books for 1938, A Very British Civil War. These are a couple of civilian commanders with one in his civvies and the other in a home made uniform. As is the nature of VBCW, most of the combatants are rather like a Dad's Army rather actually soldiers and that is what I aiming with this. I hope you like it.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Yet Another Book Cover for Solway, Is it getting boring yet?

I hopefully not boring you all with these book covers for the up coming books from Si at Solway. Again its for another Very British Civil War book which I cannot tell you much about but what I can say it is part one of Army Lists for Brigadier 38. There is a wee bit more about this on Solway's website. I am working on the second cover for the lists today and will hopefully get that up either this evening or tomorrow, allowing I stop playing X-Com that it,lol. I have actually gone for a Yeomanry and Militia look this time and the yeomanry uniform is based upon the Bedfordshire Yeomanry and the Militia uniform of the batman as from the Bedfordshire Militia. I rather like them and I am very happy with the results.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Scouts Still a Work in Progress

I have started to assemble my Scouts using the Perry's 8th Army figures with head swaps using Gripping Beast's Lemon Squeezer hats. I have green stuffed the neck scarf and thought I would get some feedback from you nice chaps.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Man Himself, A New Book Cover is Finished and a New Book out from Solway

Here is the finished book cover for Si at Solway for a book that will be out shortly. I cannot tell you much about which book it is going to be or what the book is about, but it does actually feature the chap in this picture. I have to say that I have enjoyed painting this as have tried to bring in some of the elements this chap is associated with like the broom handled Mauser, the Oxford Yeomanry uniform and the famous cigar. I hope that you like him and I hope I have captured the chap well.

While on the subjects of new books from Solway, a new sourcebook is available from them. Called Tales from the Fall of the Empire,Part one Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this Volume, reprinting and updating material in the original fall of the Empire includes an outline of Foreign policy for the VBCW factions and world great power. There is a new piece on the Central European War of September 1938, The Middle East and the second battle of the Nile, Colonial and faction rivalry in East Africa, The Curious British Expedition to Belgium and we have included all the daring do adventures of Wynd Grator and Joshua force. Sorry for the plug but needs must, etc, etc.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Blog Con 13, Bavarians and SAGA

Firstly I would like to bring to your attention this event which I have to see I will be at, maybe with a VBCW game, if I can get my arse in gear. Pop over to here for more details but basically its two day event for chaps to chat who blog to meet up and play games. Top Draw, What?

Secondly, here are the last of the Bavarians that I never got around to finishing in time for Partizan. These are the last pack that I needed and it contained the SMGs chaps, which I am using for section NCOs and a flamethrower, which I am going to be using as an LMG. Again they are wonderful sculpts from Paul Hicks and Tsuba Miniatures range is great and I can see these being used for all manner of VBCW goodness. I have to admit I cant wait to the opposition are done and more is added to this range. Anyway I hope that you like them.

And I have added the shields for the painted figures that I have done and I am amazed with just how good the transfers for LBM are. They are a little bit of a paint to use at first but it is better than trying to paint the blooming shields by hand, lol. I can total recommend them. Anyway here are the figures with shields.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Blog Pimping

As most of you know I love Very British Civil War and enjoying playing the odd game or two too. There are many reasons for this but mainly it fills that gap I have in my hobby and combines my hobby of local history coupled with my imagination, allowing me to create some interesting storylines and back stories for what I model. I am lucky also into doing the illustrations for the period too and a great chap in Simon Douglas, who lets me do what I want with it.

But enough of me, lol and  time to pimp a couple of blogs. Firstly I would like to shout out for Mort's 1938 Scrapbook. Now this chap Mort is one of the people well in fact was the person, coupled with a friend of his, who actually created the idea that is Very British Civil War. He created the Somerset Freedom Fighters and even has written a book/guide on them for Solway. Not only that he creates rules, ideas and travels to games all over the shop to play VBCW. A top bloke and I think that you should check out his blog. It has all manner of pictures, conversion and tips of VBCW and RCW.

The second blog I would like to shout about is JP's Hereford 1938 blog. Now JP's blog too is about VBCW, strangely enough and it is a nice look of VBCW from one person area. Again it is a mix of photo's, battle reports and modelling tips and I think it is a very easy read. Also If that is not enough JP has also done a very handle miniatures guide for VBCW called The VBCW Minis Guide which is a great resource. Please also check his blog out too.

Also if you want to know more about VBCW you can check at Solway Crafts and Miniatures or visit The Very British Civil Forum where you can find all manner of VBCW and Interwar related discussions.

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