30 April 2013

"The Grand Duchy of Stollen? Does that guy ever sleep?"

The most recently "finished" figures.  Miniatures by RSM95, Miniature Figurines in the background, and a couple of vintage plastic Spencer Smiths at the far right.

When you're hot, you're hot!  Well. . .   Ok, maybe not exactly hot -- Let's not get carried away with yourself too much, Stokes! --  but when the painting and modelling muse is actually present in the house, go with it!  She is, at times, an elusive figure after all, so it's best to strike while the iron is hot.

The figures above have been painted and in my collection a long time.  Some since December 2006.  They've popped up in various photographs of my painting table and battlefields-in-minitature presented here routinely.  But they were, until Sunday, based individually.  That evening was the first time I actually got around to removing the figures from their old glossy green bases, and I next tacked these various generals and ADC officers down onto scenic bases.  The usual brown-stained creekbed sand and Woodland Scenics treatment followed a little while ago.  Ah. . .  The end of term before final papers and exams roll in is a delightful few days! 

Stollenian generals, including the interfering von Buttinski (yellow) , the foppish von Tschatschke (pink), and the craven von Drosselmaier (dark blue) are in the three vignettes in the foreground.  Anonymous Zichenauer generals and officers are behind.   Three additional bases of officers -- one of Stollenians and two of Zichenauers -- await completion this evening, including that most dastardly mercenary adventurer from France, General Phillipe de Latte, along with his equally nefarious (and crunchy) ADC Paolo di Biscotti.  Stay tuned for more vignettes this evening or sometime tomorrow.

8 comments:

johnpreece said...

I must say that I like the bases.

To me they look like a sandy heathland, not a building site with weeds.

The figures are quite nice too.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thank you, John! Yes, I agree now that you mention it. Kind of like the German coast in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern up along the Baltic.

Best Regards,

Stokes

James Brewerton said...

looking great, and your correct about going for it while your hot
Peace James

CelticCurmudgeon said...

Nice job with the vignettes, Stokes. Did you retouch them after, as you indicated, six or seven years of hard duty? On other question: will the bases serve any noteworthy functions in future games?
Jerry
A/K/A The Celtic Curmudgeon
"Long Live the Memory of Caratacus!"

Der Alte Fritz said...

Nicely done Stokes! Is this a foreshadowing of new basing for the rank and file, yet to come?

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thank you, James, Jerry, and Jim! A little retouching on some black areas and some of the higher glossed areas, presumably because this is where I have touched the figures the most. Peter Gilder's method of glossing with polyurethane might prevent the varnish rubbing off, but I'd kill millions of brain cells in the process and be higher than I kite too, so acrylic it is. Jim, the thought of giving the scenic treatment to the rank and file has drifted across my mind more than once during the last few days. Dangerous! For now, just the command and special figures like this Eureka musicians and Jackdaw aristocrats.

Best Regards,

Stokes

joppy said...

Beautiful little scenes and figures. Your output makes me jealous. I've had half a dozen horsemen on the go for a couple of months and only half way through.

Mike Siggins said...

This is all very inspiring Stokes. I love a command group and you are cranking them out! I particularly liked the grey jacket you did last week on Hives.

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