Skip to main content

Pontonier Update #4: The Browns

The latest Minden pontonier in-progress photograph.

Lots going on here at the moment, including some final grade calculations, so these can be submitted in the next 24 hours online, and then it's relatively smooth sailing into Christmas.  Nevertheless, I've managed to ma e a bit more progress on the 28 Minden pontoniers, including various brown boards, tools, black stocks, and dark blue facings on the four figures wearing their coats.  Plus the usual and inevitable tiny touch-ups of course.  Not perfect by any means, but they don't look half bad. 

Getting to the home stretch with these soon.  Really just hair and/or wigs, a few pouches and scabbards and wrapping up the two pontoons in the background.  Plus the usual and inevitable touch-ups before a couple of coats of acrylic gloss varnish are applied, and I call 'em finished.  And then it's onwards to General von Bauchschmerzen and his wicker carriage.  With any luck, I might be able to wrap up most of the work on that before Christmas Day.  Cross your fingers!

-- Stokes


And here is today's rather quiet seasonal Swedish (or Norwegian?) vintage greeting card, depicting a remote farm with its 'nisse' (a small gnome-like creature) in the snow outside one of the outbuildings.  Makes me want to hitch up a couple of horses to a sleigh with some jingle bells and go for a ride around the valley.

Comments

Der Alte Fritz said…
The pontooniers are coming along nicely. I see some Uhlans in the background.
marinergrim said…
More excellent work. Just need to find a decent river crossing scenario to use them. I'm sure you have that well in hand as with everything you seem to do.
Thank you for you kind comments, men! These figures are terrific fun to paint. Just different enough from anything else I've done that painting has not been a slog through the mud this time around. And of course high quality figures help immensely too. And yes, I've got few Charles S. Grant scenarios in mind for the upcoming solo game in the new year.

Best Regards,

Stokes
Scheck said…
It´s easily to seen how you liked it to paint them - they really look fresh and accurate. Especially the wooden parts are marvelous!
Peter

Popular posts from this blog

Post-Christmas Excitement by Post. . . and a Brief Review

Can't wait to retire to bed this evening with this new arrival!
Earlier this afternoon, Digby Smith's Armies of the Seven Years War arrived with the mail.  A quick glance through the book -- after wrestling it from its Amazon packaging -- shows it to be chock-a-block with information on the various combatants who partook in the conflict, their uniforms, standards, etc.  While I've been aware of Mr. Smith's book for a couple of years, I only got around to purchasing it with some of Mom and Step-Dad's Christmas gift on December 26th.  I cannot wait to examine it more closely later this evening, and might hit the sack right after supper with some fresh coffee and the book, leaving the Grand Duchess and the Young Master to their own devices for the remainder of evening.  Weeeeeell, maybe not quite that early. . .  but all bets are off by 9 or 10pm!



Thursday, January 4th

I just wrote my first review for Amazon.com on this book.  It reads:

A highly interesting title on the v…

Back in the Painting Saddle. . .

It's hard to beat the richness of oil-based metallics.  The Minden mounted colonel that I worked on yesterday evening.  He ought to look pretty good when finished.

I spent a pleasant hour or so last night, following The Young Master's bedtime, carefully teasing tiny bits of Winsor & Newton, or perhaps Grumbacher, gold and silver oils onto the mounted Austrian officer, who will oversee the composite battalion of Minden Austrian grenadiers.  They, of course, are the fellows in the foreground.

Those of you with longer memories might recall that these miniatures have been on the painting table since January.  Real life, however, has meant that progress has been at a standstill since late February.  I even put them away in a box for a couple of months to reduce dust and cat fur build-up!  

However, I managed to get my seat back into the painting chair last night, and here we are.  A steady hand, despite the usual after dinner infusion of strong dark roast coffee, meant only one m…

Stuart Asquith RIP. . .

 The now departed author and hobby personality playing a colonial game in 1978.  No hiding the width of neckties from that era!

Another one of the hobby greats, Stuart Asquith, passed away during the weekend.  While we never met (I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic), I was fortunate enough to exchange a couple of short emails with him 10 or 12 years ago when he was involved with a blog about all things Charge!

Said blog was managed by four or five UK hobbyists during the wave of enthusiasm that followed the 2006 Sittangbad and 2007 Mollwitz refights at Partizan in the U.K. just as hobby and imagination blogging took off in a big way.  Sadly, the blog disappeared pretty quickly, but it was a real blast interacting with Stu even if only briefly and in passing.  He was very personable and humble in his emails to me, expressing surprise that a stranger in the U.S. had an inkling of who he was.

Stu Asquith's writing years ago in Military Modeling, various books, and magazines like Prac…