08 December 2007

A Truly Wonderful Day. . .

Today has been a day of simple pleasures. A few inches of snow remain on the ground outside, making everything look and feel like many of us think December should here in the Northern hemisphere. We slept late since it’s Saturday, and then I made us a big breakfast to celebrate the end of the academic term. We’ve listened to different kinds of popular and classical Christmas music on the stereo all day while Sonja prepared some goodies for a small party we’re having this evening.

Meanwhile, I worked a bit more on preparing the Spencer Smith cavalry for basecoating and painting.
Still have about dozen to do, but here’s a photo of those who are ready and on their cardboard bases to prevent them toppling over constantly. My painting area is beginning to look like the cover of Charles Grant Sr.’s The War Game, and that’s not a bad thing here in the Grand Duchy of Stollen!


Fitz-Badger said...

As someone who has not seen the Spencer Smiths in person it's interesting to see how non-detailed they look in bare metal, especially in light of all the great pictures of painted ones I've seen. It increases my respect for those of you achieving such wonderful and even detailed-looking paint jobs!

(and you don't have to deal with the issue of what to do with separate riders and mounts! lol)

tradgardmastare said...

Sounds a super day - often the simplest are the best! I look forward to charting the painting progession on the Blog.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Ooh, I sounds like a wonderful day . . . hope the evening gathering goes as well.

I'm up very early (for me) and it seems like we got an unexpected dusting of snow overnight. Should be a nice day today here too.

-- Jeff

peterfarmer57 said...

Are these miscasts?

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Peter,

Nope, so far as I know these are not miscasts. Spencer Smith figures do not have the high level of detail that we have become used to with modern lines like Old Glory or Foundry for example. They are rather more stylized in form, leaving painters free to add or leave out as much detail as they would like.

What is especially attractive about SSM figures is that their proportions are correct -- no tree stump legs, baseball mit hands, pumpkin-sized heads, or deep, craggy folds in garments. Instead, you have figures that look like miniature people and horses. Frankly, that's what I'm after with this project.

Best Regards,



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