The Pike Block Begins to Take Shape

Well today, the stress levels went through the roof as I was stuck at home with kids who were coughing, that was bad enough, but I couldn’t find anyone to cover for me. Luckily one of the central officers went in and helped out otherwise the school would have shut. Of the 21 people I spent today phoning to cover tomorrow nineneteen couldn’t help out and two never got back to me…luckily I have managed to get someone who was meant to be elsewhere but as the school is down to three pupils due to a Covid outbreak then she is coming to me jnstead.

So onceI calmed down this evening I managed to get so e more paint onto thenext pair of lolly sticks, but I also have the makings of a Pike block….

I am missing a fourth row on my third base, but progress is being made.

Resin Paint Test…Take 2

Tonight I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, unfortunately my son was hopping around playing on the console with his headphones on and he hopped a bit too far and pulled it off the shelf… long story short it is B*ggered… it was quasi knackered anyway, but I think it has all but reached the end of it’s life. To be fair it is about five and a half years old, so was well worth it’s money, except we got it free with a car purchase (my mother in law got the car).

I did manage another couple of strips started, this time I went for bigger blocks of colour over the grey…

The pikes in the rear panic at the sight of blobby coloured munchkin pikes..

I will get the metallic and flesh tones done the same as the first lot so then a comparison can take place. To be honest they will mix and match with the other ones. It is really funny, but because of they way they are standing it looks like all of them are single colour.

I also got the green painted on the other bases… my next conundrum, however, is do I take my time on each front rank for each base or do I just carry on the way I am doing as the casualties can always be take from the rear so the metal front rank remains until the end.

On With the Resin

Today I managed to brave the wind that kept blowing the sticks off my board and got into the relative calm of the pony shed. As expected, the force of the spray can knocked a few over and a few off the board entirely. I did manage to get them done eventually…

When this evening came I managed to do a couple of test strips to see how they looked and to be honest I think this idea works.

I threw Gryph Charger grey on as a base coat, then, whilst still wet, I threw on spot colours of my brightest red, blue and green.

I did a bright colour test for one of the flag blocks, but to be honest, I think I will stick to the method above.

I had intended to get these plonked in behind the metals, but unfortunately, with the weather closing in – we are due force ten winds and heavy rain, we decided to get our old pony into the shed, which happened to be full of junk.

I will get the feathers and spear points painted tomorrow and then do a test shot to see what I think.

Irregular Miniatures all Finished

Tonight I finished the last of my Irregular Miniatures order…namely the two loaded wagons….

This means that I am part way to finishing the Imperial Army… so since I started on I have done this lot…

We now have the small matter of hundreds of resin strips to do. Now technically they should be faster as I am meant to be flinging some muted colours on some of them and doing the sides and back a bit brighter. Now as I have never tried anything like this before then it might take a bit of trial and error which may slow things down a bit.

We are now having a gale, so spraying the resin miniatures tomorrow may not go ahead. I am now off to cover up my toys as it seems the big shed has sprung a few leaks!

Remaining Cavalry

Well as expected, the Reiters were pretty easy to get done… by done please read, nearly done. I still need to do the saddles and spear points.

So the only metallic miniatures left to start are the two wagons below…

Tomorrow we are going to restart our Aliens RPG. So these will likely be done over the weekend.

The weather on Saturday is meant to be good so I should be able to get the resin pikes and arqubusiers undercoated.

On a different note, the bloody RCD tripped again just now… it cannot be in the conservatory as I took that cable out of the junction box.

Jinetes Almost Done

I managed to crank my butt into gear and get some painting done this evening…

The jinetes are nearly done, they would have been finished, but some knacker decided to paint the bases, so that stopped me doing the final bits and pieces like weapons, spears and flesh.

I painted the horses for the Reiters, I went for two styles, dark bay and light bay to try and separate the two units, I was going to do two flag colours too. Luckily I didn’t as I just remembered now, whilst looking at the photo, in these rules the Reiters are in sixes and not threes like all the other cavalry. They should be easy enough to paint as they normally wore blackened armour.. easy peasy…

Mounted Arqubusiers

Well this evening I did a but more digging and have narrowed down  the electricity problem to the conservatory.   It looks like one side of it has the fault…typically it is the side where I am going to have to remove walls and the ceiling.  But at least it is narrowed down a bit. This meant that I could light up the lounge again and in doing so light up my painting Space.

So here are the finished arqubusiers..

As with all of the bases so far, I still have to paint the edges. I haven’t decided on a colour yet, but I am thinking towards brown rather than black.

Finishing this lot means I have nine more cavalry bases to do… six Reiters and three Genitors. I also have two large wagons to do too. Once these are done I can make a start on the resin ones.

Mounted Arqubusiers

Tonight I set to work on the mounted arqubusiers … I simply threw different coloured paint on the clothing to simulate the propensity for a gaudy look. Some of this will be covered by a metallic breast plate, or mail on at least one of them…

They don’t particularly look like much at the minute, but I am hoping that they will improve.

I have a parent meeting tomorrow evening so I won’t be home until late.

Here are the photos from my Norse Quarry Steatite

Italian Wars… Progress

Tonight we had our friends over so I wasn’t expecting to get much done. I did manage to finish the knights and general’s…

I didn’t really have time to make a start on anything else, so as I had been showing them the 28mm Italian Wars too, then I thought I would make a short ten minute foray into doing them.

Alongside them are the remains of the metal cavalry. Two units of mounted arqubusiers, one or Reiters and a unit of Genitors. I have two metal wagons primed, with the base textured too, but that will be the metals all done when these are finished.

Hopefully tomorrow morning we are off to find a Viking Soapstone quarry. I will share the results tomorrow evening.

Imperial Knights

So another day of working from home has been and gone and still no PCR result, so it looks like tomorrow will be another day in house arrest. This evening however I managed to finish my knights and civilians as well as make a start on my general’s. Here we have said knights and civilians…

I know that them all having the same banner is probably historically inaccurate, but it does make them easier to recognise at a distance.

Hopefully I will get on with some more of these tomorrow