Sunday, 20 December 2015

Miners from Sloppy Jalopy Painting Log, Part Two

Well what with work, lucky enough to be temporary promoted to team leader, Mrs PK trying her best to fill every second of the day with going here and there I have managed to progress these Miners along a wee bit. What we are going to see is the stages on how I painted the fresh tones. Now I am no expert painter, no matter how I kid myself, but I have found, possibly the longer way to paint skin ever and you will see what I mean.

The Finished Skin
Now as I have said I am no expert when it comes to painting and I paint figures rather like I paint my illustrations which means you can see the brush strokes of the paint that I have laid down. Also I do water/thin down my paints a fair bit which allows me to layer paint on top of other to try and give it a more natural feel, not really sure that it is worth the enough though.


First off I applied a thin coat of Vallejo's Model Colour, Hull Red as the base for the skin as I want the feel of tough, hard working men with that weathered, ruddy look to the skin. I have found this to be a great colour as it keeps the luminosity of the layer that are laid down on top of it within making the other paints fight and jar against it.

Next a mixed Vallejo Game Colour, Tan, I use this colour as I cannot find a suitable colour close to tan in the Model Colour range, with the Hull Red that I used previously, and painted that over most of the skin leaving the recesses between the fingers, the eras, around the nose, the mouth in the darker base colour so to forum shadows. After this I painted the next layer using the Tan colour again on the top must areas so building the skin tone up.

The next layer I painted using Vallejo's Model Colour, Sunny Skin, mixed with a little tan and applied this to the nose, chin, cheek bones, the eye brows, ears, basically all the areas where light would hit it and then I washed the whole skin area down using Vallejo's Model Colour, Burnt Cadmium Red, to basically use the skin that glow that skin has.I have to admit I love the Burnt Cadmium Red colour as it is great for this as it gives a slight glaze to the figure.

After this I paint another layer of Sunny Skin mixed with a little Tan on top of this along the nose, cheek bones, eye brows, ears, all the areas where light hits the skin and then I highlight where pure Sunny Skin on all the above again but it lesser amounts. Once this is all done I simply paint the lips in Tan to finish off the figure.

I am not totally sure it is worth all the effort to paint the skin this way but I think that is gives a good naturally feel to the skin and in my opinion it is the part of the model that you should work the hardest on as it is the part most people look at first.

Well I hope you like that next with the painting of the clothes before I go onto the weapons and all the other bits and pieces.

Have a nice day.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Miners from Sloppy Jalopy Painting Log, Part One

I have never done one of these before so please bare with me on this as I am not totally sure how this will work out. Its might actually be a little boring but hopefully not and it will be of interest to someone. So without further to do the painting log for Sloppy Jalopy's new Very British Civil War miners.

The figures as I have said before in the previous post are very nicely done and sculpted by Mr Matt Bickley and Mr Bill Thornhill. The casting is very sharp and clean with few mold lines which can be easily files away. The actually figures are now that I have had a good old chance to look at them up close and personally are very nice, well detailed and have a very naturally posed. 

The nice thing about them, besides the look of them and there versatility is the fact that they have separate heads. Now I know that some of you will think that separate heads is a pain and figures look better with the heads sculpted with them on but these are actually very good and actually work very well. There is a nice range of different heads from Miners Hats, naturally, wouldn't be miners without Miners Hats, but also bowlers, bare heads and flat caps. I know that Sloppy Jalopy with be doing other heads including helmets, straw hats and other head wear which means that you can have a good number of variations with these and if Sloppy do other militia types, like urban wear and rural wear militias, you could have a wonderful range.

All I have done with these chaps is to pose the heads and place them on the bodies, cleaned up the old mold line or two and then glues that to bases, in my case 2 pence pieces, I love them as they have the right height and add a little weight, especially to plastic miniatures. Then I added the mixed gravelly sand mix and undercoated them in matt black spray paint, I used Wilko's BBQ and Woodstove spray paint, which is quite cheap but it does give a good finish if when you first spray it it looks to thick and all the detail has been covered and lost but once it is dried in looks rather neat.

Well thats enough of me rambling and hopefully I will have the next step, painting the skin shortly.

Have a nice day.


Friday, 11 December 2015

New Miners from Sloppy Japoly

Hi chaps

New Miner chaps from Sloppy Jalopy and actually a bit of my thoughts on them. Firstly I would like to say a big thanks to Sloppy Jalopy for these as they are rather special and something that the world of VBCW has been looking for a wee while, a set of decent, militia types that can be used for a number of different worker and non worker types, let me explain. 


Yes these militiamen have been designed to be miners, with miners helmets and lamps but there also as separate heads which means that with a little bit thought and very little conversion, actually none, just head swaps, these chaps can double up as a Local Defence Militia or a Workers Defence Committee to a regular, generic civilian militia to a trade union militia. In fact they can be used for about just anything you can imagine for VBCW and also other civilian unit for different periods like a Home Guard unit for WW2 or a workers militia for SCW to a civilian unit for RCW or the German Civil War not to mention being used for more modern periods and Spy-Fi.

The actual pack has a good mix of poses and is very characterful.There are eleven figures in the pack which includes a commander holding a Miner's Lamp, a lewis gunner and number two, two banner bearers for those large union banners or you could have two banner bearers, and a mix of six rifle and shotgun armed men, one throwing some dynamite, all wearing civilian clothing, suits, jacket and trousers, jumpers or shirts. Added to the mix of bodies are the mix of different heads where you get bowler hats, flat caps, bare heads and of course miner's hats. I am told by Sloppy Jalopy that they will be doing the head separately as well as other types of heads in the future which means that you can get even more from this unit, straw hats anyone?

Now you would of thought that all this would cost you at least the same price of Empress or Footsore but you would be wrong as they only cost £15.00 for eleven figures, thats a real bargain, so pop over to Sloppy Jalopy and arm yourself with these, thats what I say.

Have a nice day


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