Friday, 27 February 2009

Great War British Infantryman

It’s not just Belgians!! At the same time as sorting out the colours for the Belgians I painted up this figure which had been lying around in the tin of undercoated yet to be painted figures. I think it’s a Wargames Foundry late WW1 from some years ago and I have mostly followed the Warhammer Historical Great War painting guide for painting a British Infantryman of 1918.

I do prime all the figures I paint with Halfords White car spray primer, spraying as many as possible in one go. If I’m painting armoured/chainmail figures I then do a basecoat of black on top of the white covering the armour/chainmail areas.

For the British Infantryman I applied a basecoat of Charadon Granite on all uniform areas and the helmet.

Basing the Figure

The figure was based on a Renedra Plastic Stand (bought with an order from Gripping Beast) covered with B&Q ready mixed filler to the depth of the figures metal stand. A lumpy ‘churned’ up effect was applied by ‘lifting’ the filler with Starbucks coffee stirrer (101 applications cut it down to make any tool!) When dry a well pigmented wash of GW Graveyard Earth/Chaos Black was applied followed when dry with diluted chaos black to make the mud look horrific & putrid! The edge of the base was painted GW Bestial Brown. No grass no nothing! Was added to show the bleakness of the ground the troops were fighting over.

To seal the paint onto the figure & protect it Humbrol Matt Varnish was carefully sprayed on.

Below are a few pictures from the 'Military Odyssey' re enactment show 2008 held at the Kent County Showground over August bankholiday. Hazel and I went last year and amazingly I think she enjoyed it or preferred it to an airshow! The best turned out in my opinion were the WW1 re enactment groups and here are some pictures of them;

In the grey corner superbly turned out 'Hun'

In the Khaki corner the 'Tommies' in the background it is a little known fact that white 'Gazebos' were taken to the front line!

Being able to wonder through the encampment was the best bit somehow watching WW1 reenactments simulating being mown down by machine guns is a bit close to semi recent family history!

Sorting out the Books & Modelling Space

The main job on the modelling, painting front hasn't involved modelling or painting!! For some years since moving to 'pooh corner' (the unoficial family name for the house!) none of my library of books has been in order and modelling is vying with work laptop and files on the one desk. This has now changed with two desks in the house! the library lives in the 'study' with pc and display cabinets the modelling desk is in the corner of the spare bedroom...what an improvement! I can now find references & should be able to paint and model quicker without spending a whole evening digging around for references and clearing away after a painting session.


legatus hedlius said...

Very nice figure! You are very sensible logging the colours you use. I always forget mine!

Fraxinus said...

I've just started logging the colours I usually forget mine too, desperatly trying to be more organised which will helpfully lead to being more productive!! Hunting around on the internet for suggested paint charts I found loads for WW2 but few for WW1 uniforms. Found useful stuff for painting my Emhar WW1 Whippet Tank tho'

Secundus said...

I love your Tommy, very nice. I think I've been painting his grandson.

Anonymous said...

I inherited a set of painted lead figures that were set up in a battle re-enactment scene from the Zulu War, 10 years ago, and have kept them in the original boxes & packaging... they are from a company called King & Country - Original Toy Soldiers - based out of Hong Kong. I am trying to find out the value of this set and/or get in contact with people that may be interested in purchasing what I have. Can you help me with this quest? If so, please contact me @ Thank you! Sharon Revier