Monday, 25 January 2016

Vote for me and my book at Beast of War Awards, PLEASE!!!!

Hi there chaps and chapettes

You never believe this but the last VBCW book, Factions, Flags and Formations has been nominated for Best Game Expansion on the Beast of War 2015 Annual Awards which is amazing as it looks like Very British Civil War is slowly making it way into mainstream gaming at long last. What this means for gaming I really dont know but I am riding the joy of the nomination as it means so much.

So if you all dont mind could you pop over to Beast of War and vote for this I would be very grateful as it is very nice to see a VBCW book be nominated in the first place and be blooming amazing to see it win the award, dont you think?

The link for the site is here and once there simple click on the Beast of War 2015 Gaming Awards its in the Best Game Expansion Category

Do this for me as I missed out on the nomination for Best Artwork and it would be cool to see the hard work for my illustrations and flag designs win something. I know I am a bit bias but I think these are the best flags I have done. Here is some examples of the flags in the book. 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Sloppy Jalopy's Miners, WIP, Part Seven, Basing.

Well I am close and I mean very close to the end on this and really all I have to do is to finish the basing and add the banner for the Colliery workers and bingo they are finished. So this post is going to be mainly on how I do my basing and I hope it is going to be of use to some of you.

Firstly I think that the base is just as important element as the figure as a well painted figure can be ruined by a poor base and a good base can help raise an average painted figure. Now this is different to the basing tutorial I did a couple of years back as I have refined it a bit and actually produced a more natural look to the base. Please remember that these bases are rural bases for British countryside as I play Very British Civil War but they should work for any green and pleasure land around the world.

So the actual bases and what I use. I actually use 2 pence pieces for the base for a number of reasons but mainly I like the weight the 2 pence adds to the figure, which can be very useful with plastic miniatures. Then a simple PVA glue sand, one medium coarse and one fine coarse which I mixed together to give a good, nice ground mix and I set to dry for 24 hours. After this I undercoat the figure and base black and then I drybrush, actually it is more a wetbrush, like a drybrush but not all the paint is wiped off the base using Vallejo Model Colour, Flat Earth. After this I drybrush Vallejo Model Colour US Tan Earth to give it that more earthy colour and a final dusting of Vallejo Model Colour Iraqi Sand for the highest highlights. I finish the base by painting the outer edge of the base with Vallejo's Flat Earth to tidy up the base.

Now once the base has dried fully, I usually wait two hours or more before I start on the next stage of adding the basing materials. I now that I could probably get away with doing less stages than what I use but I think that since you have spent the time and enough paint the figure nicely you should do the same with the base.

So the first stage I do is quite simple and that is to build up the feel of the base and I do this by using Army Painter's Battlefields Moss Green flock. I dab PVA glue randomly on the base to form large areas of dark green flock to give the impression of different colours and patterning.

Once this has dried I apply another level of flocking but this time I use Army Painter's Battlefield Grass Green flock. Again I dab PVA glue on the base randomly but this time I aim to cover most but not all of the bare area and also go over the darker green flock that has been already applied. I am aiming for that two tone grassy effect that you see in nature. Now you can leave the base there and it will be serviceable but if you want to take you base to the next level read on.

Now remember I said it about levels and you have created a good grassy, mossy base and now it is time to add to this. So the first level I add is not really needed but I like the look to the base with this added and it uses the base a bit of height and texture.

I add clump foliage to the base is a couple of areas to break on the flatness of the base. Now only do this is one or two areas as it can overpower the base, which you do not want and remember that this is only the first level. So I superglue to glue down these tiny bits of clump foliage as the make then hard which is needed and once the superglue has completely dried I drybrush the foliage with Vallejo Model Colour Yellow Green to highlight it and make it more natural.

After this the next thing I add is some static grass. The first colour I add is Army Painters Battlefields Steppe Grass, static grass to give that feel of grass. I again dab PVA glue in small little blobs between six and eight of them and then I apply the dark green grass to the base. This should give the feeling of a grass field and actually you could stop now as the base looks natural and effective but I add more levels to it.

I add another level of static grass this time a light colour, Army Painters Battlefield Field Grass, static grass to give that real feel of grass as grass is never uniformly one colour. I dab PVA glue around the base in the same way as the dark green grass but this time I only have between four and six blobs. The gives a very natural effect and you could leave the base as finished here but there is a couple of more things that I add to the bases.

The final stages I add to the bases are things that give height and colour to it. The first thing that I add is some tall grass and I usually only one clump of it. Now I use one of two colours for it either Noch Rough Grass Beige or Noch Rough Grass Dark Green and I only use the one type and clump as I usually add something else to the base to even things out, but I am not adding anything else then I would consider adding two clumps of either the same colour or one of each.

I apply these grass clumps using PVA glue and once they are dried I gently drybrush them to highlight them and to make then more natural. If I have using the Noch Rough Grass Beige I usually highlight this with Vallejo Model Colour Sand Yellow and if it is Noch Rough Grass Dark Green I highlight this using Vallejo Model Colour Yellow Green. I aim to highlight more towards the top of the grass leaving the bottom in the dark colour.

The other piece I add to the base is flowers. Now you can get them for all other the place now but I tend to use either Army Painters Battlefield Meadow Flowers or Mininatur flower range. I find that adding flowers to the base just lifts the base and adds some colour to it without it feel unnatural and false. I other add a single clump of flowers to balance the tall grass clump and finish of the base.

I hope that you find this very helpful and useful and breaks away the mystery on how I do my basing. As you can see that it is not very difficult, it is simply just adding levels to achieve that natural look and feel.

Have a great day.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sloppy Jalopy's Miners WIP, Part Six

I am not totally sure if this is Work in Progress or finished as i still have the bases to do but I guess until the bases are finished it is still a WIP.

Well I have actually finished all the painting on the miners and I have to say it has been a very enjoyable project to do. Now this does mean that the Snibston Miners Militia is finished, no not at all. I still have the banner to do and mount and the bases to finish but in general they are finished.

I have kept with the muted, natural tones throughout the unit with just the hint of colour to make the unit stand out and I really think that the unit works well together. I think I have managed to capture that 1930s working men look and because of the limited(ish) palette it has unified the whole unit together.

I think the sculpts have helped and added some of the character to the unit and I have to say it have been one of my most enjoyable units to paint for a long time.

Now you can see the bare bases before I add my things to it and they are simply a 2 pence piece with some fine and mid coarse sand glued to it. After that it is primed black and then base coated Vallejo's Model Colour Flat Earth. Then a light drybrush of Vallejo's Model Colour Tan Earth is applied and then Vallejo's Model Colour Iraqi Sand is light dusted on top as a final highlight.

Next up with be the bases, so until then have a nice day.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sloppy Jalopy's Miners, WIP, Part 5, Nearly There

Yes indeed I am nearly at the end of painting my miners I have got from Sloppy Jalopy, with now only one left to paint and then its the metalwork and bases to do.

The more I have painted these boys the more I have enjoyed it and now I have been working on there characters and personalities in my head as I have painted them. Please tell me that someone does this too because if not then I am a right nutter.

So first up is the "Old Man". Actually when I first this the sculpt I thought that this was the weakest of all them as it didnt shout out to me as the others did but once a suit was done it popped, strange when that happens isnt it? I again went for the sober suit colour with this dark prussian blue colour. I was thinking of having a simple check patterning to it but decided against it as it would taken away from the figure. The accents of colour with the strap for the rifle and the sticks of dynamite set the figure off.

Next is the "young chap" who is the youngest member of the mining team and is wearing a hand me down suit. I really like the pose of this figure and besides having the bandoleers, which I like as I like that would be the most common bit of webbing, is the fact that he has a jumper on under the suit. I have painted him is a sober bluish grey colour, like it is his best.

Lastly here is the "Pretty Boy", in his working coveralls, bandoleer of shotgun shell and armed with a shotgun. I really like this figure as it ouses character. In my mind he is a more political member of the militia, having missed out on fighting in the Spanish Civil War for the Republicans, took up the trade union banner and joined the local Independent Labour Party. Always fighting for his Brothers rights and the rights of the working man, he is always the first into a fight.

Even though these figures are for Very British Civil War I can see these being used for other periods like a workers militia for the SCW or the German Civil War, 1919 to 1921. I can being used in a Peaky Blinders, 1920s style game to be being used in a Spy Fi game like James Bond.

Anyway enough of my ramblings and hav a nice day.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Sloppy's Miners, WIP, Part 4

This is just a quick update on the progress of the miners by Sloppy Jalopy that I am slowly working on.

I have finished another two of the miners leaving just four to go and I am still loving painting these figures as they have bags of character and a real pleasure to paint. I am still keeping with the muted tones but this time I thought I would add a little variation in the mix by giving one of them pin strips trousers.

I have to admit that painting the pin strips, the first time I have done it in a very long time, with a right pain, but these sculpts have lovely flat areas which helped to make it easier and I think that it has come out rather nicely. I was thinking of painting his tank top in a fair isle pattern but I thought that would be a little too much but I might come back to it later.

The other chap I have painted I have gone for the muted, sober tones of a plain green suit but I have added a bit of colour with a red, poker doted, neck scarf. Again this was a dream to paint and very nicely sculpted.

Thats all for this time, so have a nice day.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sloppy Jalopy's Miners WIP, Part 3

I have to admit that the work on these miners is painfully slow, mainly due to the fact that I am knackered when I get home from work and all I want to do is veg out, which is a pity as I want these fellas painted.

As you can see I have now finished well also finished, the metal work needs to be done, the lewis gunner and loader, which means that the command pack for the miners is finished, almost, and I can start work on the other chaps and the Colliery Flag.

As with the other figures in the command pack these chaps are lovely posed and have great character. I have aimed still for the muted tones and colours adding some blacks and browns this time. I have gone for the working class look still with these, no fanciness with these chaps, though the suits and the fellas themselves are rather clean, most of washed before fighting.

I am enjoying painting these chaps and each one is different and a little gem which is helping to build up the character for the unit. The mutes palette is working and the hint of bright colour is stopping them from being dull. More to come soon.

Have a nice day.


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Please Vote for Me at Beast of War Annual Awards

Chaps and Chapettes

Can you please go to Beast of War and nominate the Flags, Factions and Formations Part Two for Best Gaming Expansion 2015 and also in a personally front vote for me, Pete Barfield for the cover of the said book. I would love to see it and me make the short list. This is cover I am talking about.

The Link is here



Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year & Miners from Sloppy Jalopy, Work in Progress, Part 2

Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that this year is going to bring you happiness and joy.

I have been working of Sloppy Jalopy's Miners over the Christmas period as much as I can, which is been not a lot, but I have managed to progress a couple of the figures to a point where they are nearly finished. I started working of the unit leader/commander/ foreman first, thinking that it makes sense to me to start with him. Now these are 1930s miners for the Snibston Miners Section and I wanted to get that working class feel for them so I have gone for the mutes tones of greys, blacks and browns. I was thinking of having the suit as a Prince of Wales check but thought that as these chaps as Socialists I thought it wouldnt suit their ethics.

So to give him some colour I have gone with a red armband and a red tie, making him or rather them out as a socialist section and I think that it works well. I decided that I was not goig to give his a red scarf too as I thought this would be too much red so I when for a Leicester City football scarf or a couple of reasons, one, it adds more colour to the figure and two being working class I couldnt imagine him following the Leicester Tigers Rugby club. Now I could of gone for a couple of other clubs, Notts County, Nottingham Forest or even Derby as they are all local to Snibston but decided on Leicester as these chaps fight for the Socialist Corporation of Leicester.

I still have the metalwork on the lamp and the gun to do but I am waiting to I have finished all the chaps before doing that.

Next up is one of the banner bearers as you get two in the pack. This might seem a little strange but actually it makes as colliery banners usually require two or more men to carrier as they are big. This chap is in what I would call your average coal-workers clothing being dressed in overalls and with what was very common for the time a flat cap. I have gone for the standard blue for the overalls, doing my best not to make them look like denim material as they would be a heavy cotton trill, God I have gone all technical, which I painted using Vallejo's Model Colour Dark Prussian Blue and Prussian Blue with a little bit of Blue Grey mixed into the Prussian for the highlights.

The shirt I wanted to be an off white colour, the colour of an old, well used shirt with I used Russian Uniform for the base and lighted it with Blue Grey and top highlights of Off White, all again by Vallejo Model Colour range. Again I did the armband red to add some colour and the flat cap I painted grey and checked with Tan Earth and Iraqi Sand. Again the metalwork on the buckets and the gun, which is stuffed into the front pocket of the overalls is still to be done.

Next up is the other banner bearer who is a work in progress as I have only done the trousers, jacket and the miners helmet and just put the base colour down on the overcoat. I am hoping on having him finished soon as I can them work on the colliery banner, once I have found some reference for it. Again I am going with the muted colours and didnt want to do this as a suit but rather a jacket of trouser combination, which I think has worked well. I am in two minds on whether or not to have a checked pattern on the overall, which was quite common during the 1930s.

The overall is bases in Vallejo's German Extra Dark Green, which I think is a wonderful dark green base colour while the trousers where painted using German Black Brown, German Medium Brown and Tan Earth by Vallejo.

I have you are enjoy this and more will be coming soon.

Have a nice day

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