Monday, 29 July 2013

28mm Warlord games Companie de la Marine

Hi all,
today has been one of thoughs days that started poorly and then BOOM it got a heck of a lot better i wont go into the drama of this morning i know I'm loosing a few of you already ! Lets get to the good stuff, firstly i can now work my camera which means you lot don't have to look down a couple of empty pint glasses to see my miniatures and secondly Warlord games has sent me my order.
  All twelve miniatures, six companie de la marine and six world war two British airborne. The French i am painting to sell, the British are to go to my collection of the South Stafford's (glider troops) I thought i would put some pictures of them in the raw and as i progress i will put some more pictures showing undercoating etc.
  ok after the big build up not a great picture.



they got better in the end!
So my thoughts on the miniature, they remind me of Perry miniatures the faces are small they are slim and the crease in the clothes are not deep but i have to say i like them. I have the Osprey book Empires collide it is a good place to start for anybody who wants  to get into the French indian wars .You should read it, it would save you getting the other Osprey titles  They have some great illustrations of the Companie de la Marine in summer and winter.The miniatures have only a small amount of flash and mould lines and the muskets have travelled well with no bending or breaking.
So for now that's about it look after yourselves and as always enjoy your painting.
Regards Furphy.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

28mm British napoleonic cavalry

Hi all,
It's been a while since my last post it's taken me a while to finish my last unit. They are 12 figures representative of the Innerskilling dragoons circa 1815. These are Front Rank Miniature as usual they are a high standard with few lines or flash , the colour is from GMB and is for the first squadron (for some reason my payment did not go through with GMB but they still sent the goods so a big thumbs up to them).
  From what I have read the heavy cavalry at the time were mounted on black or bay horses when available on campaign. I have mixed the horses throughout the unit, the black ones I mixed brown into them ( when you look at modern photos of the household cavalry the black horses have a lot of brown in them) i don't like my horses to be to cartoon like . The base coat is black then thin layers of browns and then washes of black. The trumpeter is mounted on a grey , the trumpeter would be next to the commanding officer and so in the heat of battle easy to form up on (well that's my take on it anyway).
Sorry if I am teaching you to suck eggs I just thought I would add a little background as we go . I had hoped to be doing a revue of some Warlord Game Miniatures but apparently I am in a picking queue and if its anything like my local chippy on a Friday night I could be waiting a while .
 If you still have the will to live after reading the above then keep an eye on the blog for more updates   .
Stay safe and enjoy your painting.
Regards Furphy.
A brave site thundering across the kitchen work top.
No matter how you space them out they don't look any more (a bit like extras from Sharp !)
I opened the ranks up to show off the miniatures better
Most will know but i should have said at the start of the blog just click on the photo to enlarge it.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Whats the Furphy ?

Hi all i hope you are well and thanks for stopping by,
  i thought i would put up some pictures of some napoleonics that i have painted in the last couple of months. They are Front Rank Miniatures i have to say i always get great service from this company and they always come well packed. The figures themselves have very little flash and only a few mould lines they are more chunky than say Perry miniatures but that's what i love about them and now they have more reinforcement packs coming on line you can throw in a few more characters to a unit.
   The units were painted with a black undercoat primer then layers of vallejo acrylics and the odd wash and finally two coats of matt varnish (Revell) . They are based on 50mm Rendra plastic bases with tile grout, sand and pva and to top it off Silfor grass and army painter tufts.The colours are GMB design the eagle was made from a milk bottle top (after about six attempts, i asked you how hard could it be !)  
These were photographed at the same time as the paras on the last post so sorry for the rubbish close ups . It took an hour to get this good ! 
And these are Dutch line infantry the same number and based the same way . I usually paint napoleonics to sell but at some stage i would like to have a Dutch army post 1812 There deeds at Waterloo are at last being recognised.
Well as they say in the cartoons that's all folks keep safe and enjoy your painting.
Regards Furphy.