Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Snow Stops Play!

I know that living in Britain we are supposed to have a variety of interesting weather types, but recently it has been getting a bit daft; between the short days, cold, snow and rain I've not been able to spray varnish or prime  anything!  Unfinished projects are piling up all around me.  Here are just a few of the things I'm currently not finishing...


Above are my first 2 dozen Ancient Germans (mix of Foundry and Black Tree), beautifully painted for me by Nick Speller.  I am making a few tiny tweaks to them; for example, I've painted nipples on them.  You wouldn't think you'd miss nipps on a 28mm mini, but they really set them off.  I also paint the bases and put a highlight along the sword edges.  Once I get them lacquered, I can think about matt varnishing and basing.


Above are my third company of Viet Minh, awaiting a couple of coats matt spray varnish.  Just off camera behind them are the support company, awaiting spray primer.


Here are the cavalry figures to go with the horses I finished... back in September! 

I've also been assembling 1/72 plastic kits for the Indo China project.  Some of there are terribly time consuming, once you start to slap on stowage and suchlike.   I've not finished any yet, but have at least half-a-dozen on the go.

Finally, yesterday, whilst getting out the Xmas decorations, I stumbled across another long-forgotten box of unpainted Viet Minh and a whole lot of resin terrain, including bunkers; an early Xmas present!. And on that topic, if I don't get to post again before Xmas, I hope you all have a great one!  

9 comments:

James said...

I used to have to plan a winter's worth of painting and get everything primed in the Fall before the snow flew here in Canada. I'm glad I found out about gesso. I guess brush on varnish would help at the other end too.

Merry Christmas to you too!

Consul said...

that's an awful lot of wine corks brb ;)

BigRedBat said...

Champagne corks, Consul. :-)

Hi James, that's tough. I really like using spray products for the think coats and speed. I must get a pot of gesso in, though, I do hear that beople get great results with it.

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

I've had good luck running a dehumidifier in my boiler room (where I use spray products in the winter) for a couple of days. Dries things out nicely. Since I've done that I haven't had any problems.

BigRedBat said...

It was less cold today, and I had a day off work; I've primed and varnished the lot! :-)

Andrew said...

Those Germans really are lovely, especially the shield designs. I only use brush-on varnish, so I am immune to changes in air quality!

BigRedBat said...

Hi Andrew, I give them a couple of coats of gloss spray lacquer, and then paint on a coat or two of Dullcote over all the matt parts. Quite laborious!

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a gamers dream Simon to find unknown boxes of figs and terrain.

Merry Christmas to you Simon and see you at Salute for a chat about our project.

Gabriele C. said...

Those Germans sprout some formidable beards. :)

Merry Christmas to you.