The Krautians are Finished

Huzzah, all done apart from a green wash and highlight on the grass on the bugler’s base.

They have come a long way from the bare metal of the Schilling pack!

My plan was to try really hard with the faces and apart from the squinty eyed bugler I am happy with the result. I don’t mind the face, it’s the Mad Eye Moody look that I am not too happy about.

After I pushed through the ‘oh blimey they look naff’ stage of the painting I am really pleased with them. The do look rather spiffy in their blue jackets.

This is them alongside the other three dwarves from the pack.

The only thing missing from the skirmish pack are the two ogres.

I decided two was a bit of an odd number and reinforced them with some friends and actually made them an odd number…. I must apologise for the really naff teacher joke there! 🙄🙄🙄

The two from the pack are the two on the left.

It took around 6 months or so, but I got them all painted eventually.

The big question is what next?

Flintloque maybe the Ostarian or undead hussars

French and Indian Wars – two units of thirty one of woodland Indians and the other of militia.

Or maybe change scale again and sort out my 10mm Mongol horde.

Oh yeah and finish the gloves on the dwarf Officer above!

On a non painting level, I survived the exam, I spent so long thinking about the legislation etc that I forgot about the day to day simple stuff. If truth be told, the whole exam thing wasn’t that brilliant. It was a closed book exam however, that is not real life, in reality we would look up what we needed. All It did was freak out a good number on the course for no good reason. I did point this out on my feedback., Course Excellent- Exam … pants!

Did I pass, Who knows… but I think I did enough to not fail 🤔

Washing Dwarven Faces

Minuscule amount done tonight on my dwarves.

I have been in training all day and revising all night for an exam tomorrow morning. frankly I am now knackered… however I did want to progress my dwarves. So I gave their little hands and faces a wash as well as their beards and muskets.

Hopefully I will sleep better than last night! Tomorrow I should be carrying on with the RPG (it was cancelled on Tuesday). I am not sure how much I will get done but even if I take the flesh tone back up as the first level of highlight then something has been achieved.

Krautian Dwarves and Exploding Custard Powder

First the dwarves….

I managed a fair bit of base coating tonight as well as some highlighting of packs and pouches (not that you can really tell from this photo). For idiotic reasons known only to myself I painted the beards first then tried to paint in the flesh tone! The officer has grey hands still as he shall be wearing gloves.

These seem to be taking forever, I know that, in the grand scheme of things, they are not, but to me they are dragging on. Probably more my state of mind than reality.

Anyway onto the exploding custard powder. This is because as I found a 30 year old photograph today. It shows an experiment we devised whilst working on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

A group of us were sitting around in the hostel when we learned of an explosion in a custard powder factory. Discussion ensued as to how and why custard powder could explode, being inert as it is. Coal dust yes as we knew coal was flammable. A bit of head scratching later we came to the conclusion that it would have to be as a fine powder in the air. Queue hunt in the larder for the out of date tin of the required ingredient.

Not the actual Custard Powder used in the experiment

Having explored the properties of said ingredient we needed a way to turn the powder into a fine mist. Blowing on a spoonful sort of worked but not properly, then again who would want to volunteer to blow onto the powder to make it explode!

A bit more of head scratching took place and the Edward came up with the ideal solution….

A bike pump!

Sadly it did not work as we wished…back to the drawing board!

It was then that someone (the name now lost to the track of time) came up with the solution.

Dismantle the bike pump, add deadly ingredient, reassemble and then fire custard powder over a naked flame.

We set up our experiment in the hostel and I was just about to hit the plunger, when Edward came to the conclusion that inside, may not be the best place to attempt our initial trial.

Not an actual picture of Edward!

So after much grumbling and muttering we took our experiment outside and placed it on the mini skip. I took a number of photos that evening. Only one survives in my collection.

Here we have Edward taking his turn at the Custard Powder Bike pump.

Edward letting rip with the Minfordd Hostel Custard Powder flame thrower

We all agreed afterward that perhaps he may have been correct in his conviction that this was an experiment best conducted out of doors! Strangely enough over the course if the evening we ran out of custard powder, not to mention flour and any other substance we could locate.

Krautian Dwarves and a Paint Jiggler

I managed to get a bit done on the uniformed dwarves

I would have got further tonight, but my delightful dog somehow knocked a box of figures down and meant my poor Werewolves had to have another touch up!

I managed to get the pack, cartridge boxes, straps and other pouch painted. Still, as can be seen from the photo above, there is a long way to go!

I was having a mooch in the shed (after safely transferring the werewolves into it) and decided to see what else needed painting. I found Dog artillery and cavalry that I had forgotten all about!

As for my paint jiggler… one of my biggest issues with Army Painter paints is that no matter how much you shake them they still don’t mix properly. They all have an agitator in to help with the process.

I eventually decided to bite the bullet and purchase a tool to do the job for me.

I would have preferred a more manly design on it, but it does jiggle the paint.

This video doesn’t exist

I decided that my ‘oak Brown’ being an absolute swine to mix would be my test paint, that and the fact that I wanted to use it for the packs on my Dwarves.

The following is a before and after view of the paint.

It really has made a difference.

I suppose the only fly in the ointment is that the jiggler came in at £25.00. To be fair it had free postage but that was about as cheap as it could be. Time will tell if it has been £25 well spent.

I doubt I will get anything done on my dwarves tomorrow night as my daughter and I are off playing a Star Trek RPG.

Finklestein Dwarves

I managed to get these three fine fellows finished.

They are awesome figures and a joy to paint.

I don’t know why, but this one reminds me of a retired naval captain

The other two are both wearing the same coats, Maybe a couple of hunters…brothers? Or am I going to deeply into this lol!

And this one has to be my favourite of all three. I like him so much you can see him twice 😉

Tomorrow I will try and get these chaps further forward.

I have to workout the colours of their packs and blankets. I will use Prussian troops to decide on the necessary colours.

Krautian Dwarves II

And one is finished…

I did a bit more on them all but decided to crack on and finish at least one of them.

The rest of them still have a long way to go.

I am quite pleased with the Blue highlights on most of them apart from second on the right, it looks a bit weird. I will try and remember to sort it out tomorrow, as he is the one that had only one unpainted epaulette I don’t rate my chances of remembering to tone down a highlight.

The highlight on the black isn’t showing up very well in these photos. I didn’t want it to be in your face, but maybe this isn’t in your face enough. I went for a blue-grey colour which can be seen on the boots of the second from the left.

As I said yesterday, I really like these figures, and if truth be known I prefer the civilians over the uniformed ones. But to be honest it might be that the one I finished was really quick to paint up!

I think that, although I really like the dwarves, I won’t be getting many more as I have so much other Flintloque stuff to paint up that I would never get to them.

Off the top of my head I have the following:


30 infantry and 6 cavalry


30 infantry plus 2 sets of Sharke’s rifles


30 infantry and 12 cavalry

Not to mention various random specials, individuals and a box of dark elves I haven’t got a clue what to do with. I have a niggling feeling that I am missing stuff from the above lists.

I suppose I could flog off some of the above especially the orcs. I already have one of the rifles sets painted so I really don’t need any more. I have 25 orc Militia which, to be honest, I only bought so that I could get a couple of figures that were no longer available.

And finally….

I succumbed again!

My excuse, I keep trying to convince myself, is that they are for my little boy. These are now starting to get a bit more pricey. £7.99 for three figures and a pot of gun metal paint. Now if I was desperate to collect space Marines then the value would be much better.

I will probably get the next issue to get the half dozen pox walkers and then call it a day unless something awesome appears.

Dwarves of Krautia

I managed to slap some paint on these.

Not a lot – but enough to be able to say I have made a start on them.

They really are lovely figures that are full of character. I will hopefully get on with them tomorrow evening. I was too knackered tonight to get much further.

I am going to darken down the blue a bit with a dark blue wash and then highlight it back up again. I just think it is a bit bright for a base coat.

Finger Knitting and Flintloque Dwarves

My little boy (7) was taught to finger knit by some older girls in school.

He taught me when I got home. The results are below. I think he was quite a good teacher!

In the background we can see some of the dwarves.

First up are the Krautian dwarves.

Think Napoleonic Prussians, but dwarven one’s. I have to look up the uniforms, but I think dark blue tunic with grey breeches. Black shako, gaiters and cartridge box. White equipment straps and a brown haversack.

The other three are either dwarves from the confederation of Finklestine or some form of civilian militia. I have already painted up the two ogres that came with this schilling pack.

One of them has a sword, the other two seem to be unarmed, however they both have large satchels that could contain anything.

I am still in a dither as to whether I should paint these or crack on and finish my French and Indian Wars stuff first…

We shall have to see what tomorrow brings, but as these are already on bases and the mould lines removed…🤔🤔🤔


Well I managed to pick up a paint brush again.

My Ferach Elite cavalry are nearly finished. Just some highlights and tidying up to do.

I have also managed to finish the civilians. Four dwarves and a Trollkin.

The camera has certainly done weird things with the colours..a definite yellow tinge…

I still have these two to finish (well start to be totally honest) to complete the dismounted cavalry of The Esprit du Garde.

I am not sure where to go to next. I might get this officer done as he fits in well with the elite cavalry (I suppose one day I should paint up their mounted equivalents).

Then onto my Ferach field hospital and Undead reanimator….

Lots to do. I keep finding models I had forgotten all about.