07 December 2012

Classes are over here in the Grand Duchy of Stollen!

What the heck!  Let's have a little more of Saint Nicholas today.  No reason not to, you know.

Classes concluded for yours truly yesterday afternoon, and I have a few easy days before collecting final papers to read next week and determining final course grades for students in my three courses the last few months.  The Grand Duchess arrived home from her final class meeting for the term a little while ago, and already a peaceful December calm has settled over the house.  Ahhhhh. . . 

The Young Master and I spent a delightful morning together today.  Following breakfast, he returned to his room on the second floor (his decision) to play with his Matchbox cars and other assorted vehicles, while I had a second cup of coffee and wrote a bit in my sadly neglected journal at the dining table.  We followed that by bundling up and going for a nice long walk together around the neighborhood.  The day is perfect for early December.  Chilly, gray, and damp.  I love it, and the Young Master is particularly taken with minivans, busses buses (thanks, Jim!) and, dump trucks at the moment, so it was a win-win situation.

After we returned home, and before I fixed us lunch, I spent a bit of time paging through some uniforms books for several specific examples of Prussian generals and officers with regards to facing colors, lace, and the like.  With the current crop of 20 RSM, Minden, and Fife & Drum figures, I aim to provide a visual feast for the eyes despite the preponderance of rich Prussian Blue.

Which brings me to my final point for the day.  I spent a lovely couple of hours last night here in Zum Stollenkeller, applying thinned (with Original Liquin) flesh tone, Prussian Blue, Cadmium Red, and Sap Green Winsor-Newton alkyd oils to said figures.  Still not much to look at, but they are getting there slowly but surely.  "Poco a poco" as they say in Spanish.    And best of all, that comforting aroma of oil paints still hangs in the air this afternoon.  I've included a couple of progress photos below for your perusal.

Two photographs of the current project on the painting table for the December 24th Friendly Painting Challenge deadline: 20 general and staff figures by Fife & Drum, RSM95, and Minden Miniatures.  Funny, but once you start, high quality castings almost seem to paint themselves!


Peter Douglas said...


Enjoy your break. I finished classes on Tuesday but will have 127 stats final exams to mark at noon Saturday. I am jealous of your "few final papers".


Chris said...

I just got back from my university having picked up papers to mark. Still lots to do, but it is a nice change from classes (I teach Europeans and military history...fancy that)

Love the blog. I notice that you undercoat with Gesso, yes?


littlejohn said...

Really looking forward to those figures in all their glory! My teaching stint ends next week and then it's a month of full on gaming and painting...!

Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thanks for the good wishes, kind words, and questions, men. Yes, I usually undercoat with two coats of white acrylic gesso these days. And don't rejoice too much. While I can enjoy and idle 3 days, on Monday I must pick up and begin reading/grading 55-60 8-12 page papers. :-( And then there are the semester grades to tally and double-check. So, next week will be at a slightly slower pace without classes to plan and teach, but (sadly) there is still work to wade through.

Giles said...

Congratulations on fishing your term, Stokes. I hope you have a relaxing and a productive holiday.

Best wishes


Der Alte Fritz said...

I like the irregular shaped bases that you are using for the command stands.

I like the names Sap Green, Cadmium Red and Prussian Blue.


PS. there are "busses" and then there are "buses". :)


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