20 July 2008

On a clear protective coating day. . . You can see forever!

A company of O'Malley's Irish Grenzers in close order as they go through maneuvers in the town square of Kaiserschmarn.

Another company of the same unit, this time in skirmish order under the watchful eye of the company officer and his drummer.

General von Kallweitschen and his ADC Anders Gedacht observe the machinations of their smartly turned out troops. Will they perform as well in the field against Stollen?

This afternoon saw me get to work with a big, soft paintbrush and the Future floor finish. The result? O’Malley’s Irish Grenzers, General von Kallweitschen, his ADC Anders Gedacht, and the battalion of Freiherr Wilhelm’s Pioneers received their protective glossy coatings. This type of post-painting treatment is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I am pleased as punch with the results. The RSM figures, in particular, look like little porcelain figures. I can now retire to bed for the night with a clear conscience and dream about those cuirassier conversions. Sleep well, men!


tradgardmastare said...

figures look great - more power to your paintbrush. I am sure you slept well with contented heart and mind , dreaming of lead ranks advancing across a green table to victory...

CWT said...

A rainy day clearly holds no perils for these troops on campaign! Good impressive stuff, as usual.

Grimsby Mariner said...

Excellent as always.

Grimsby Mariner said...

I meant to add - I like the gloss coating for "toy" soldiers and where this effect is desired. Finish is such a personal thing.

Bluebear Jeff said...

I must confess that I like the look that these figures now have. The Future seems to have brought out more "sparkle" and brightness in the figures.

They look very sharp!

-- Jeff

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Lovely - how long does the Kleer take to dry by the way?

Marc said...

Aaaaargh - I hate blog technology! My comments have just evaporated, so to start again (never as good second time around though).

Curse you! there was I happily painting my plastic Napoleonics when BG13 drops on the mat, with a great plastics article, and OSW to boot. I had dropped HH an article on plastics, but yours is definitely the better, so I will have to update and edit mine again.

Anyway, I post a thread on TMP about the mag, and your article, for someone to reply and point me blog ways. So during yesterday's shopping trip as I watch my son upset my wife, I phone surf my way to central Prussia. This then led to me late last night rummaging in the loft for those boxes of Revells I had bought years ago (in plastics land, I learned years ago to always buy when available, before they are discontinued - avoids so much frustration later, and they act as loft insulation I reckon...). I had undercoated a few, and fleshed some, but had never really got into it (pre OSW days this was). SO, 6 boxes of Prussians, 5 Austrians, 8 Dragoons, 4 Hussars and 8 artillery later (I had planned to use for Saxon Naps, and they had limbers you see...) I was in plastic heaven.

Then, today I have had a good lunchtime "proper" surfing and am both inspired and humbled by your fictional world.

But I wil stop now before this blog post gets too big (do you have an email for more? Or is blog land the way to go?), and will wrap with a big "Thank you".


Marc (or "Marc the Plastics fan" on TMP

A J Matthews said...

Lovely results there, Stokes. I apply Future (Klear in the UK) to my figures and it gives an excellent and durable result.

Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent results as always! I am ever amazed at the detail you tease out of these minis. And, even though I prefer a matte finish on my minis, the glossy look works very well for your style. Well done, sir! :-)

Giles said...

Stokes, these are beautiful. You must be very pleased with how they turned out!

Best wishes


tidders said...


those light troops look really nice; like the offciers too



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