Here is where we are with the first six Austrian limbers and teams. . . complete with thumb in the photo.
A flurry of painting activity over the last several days as and when time has permitted. The horses have been done in a mix of alkyd oil and acrylic glazes over undercoats of acrylic yellow, red, and various lighter browns. My usual two coats of acrylic gloss once everything is done will impart a shiny, even finish to everything.
Lady luck has been kind so far, and there have been only a few mistakes that require the necessary touch-ups given the close proximity of everything on its bases. I prefer to paint my vignettes and wagons/equipment already glued to their permanent bases. One of my many idiosyncracies! Painting in this way is not quite like building ships in bottles -- Anyone still do that? -- but it takes some patience and breath-holding.
This evening, the limbers will get a coat of yellow ochre alkyd oil, which will later get a yellow highlight when dry. I'll probably address the riders' uniforms after that and then all of the horse furniture to round things out before glossing the completed figures and finally terraining the bases. Then, it will be time to move on to the half dozen Prussian limbers and teams waiting in the wings.
It seems my opinions expressed yesterday's post on wargaming TV and movies have sparked some controversy, and I have had several sharp whacks from the cane across the figurative seat of the pants in the headmaster's office. OUCH! Thank you, Sir. May I have another?
However, my respondents have kindly provided some links, which provide additional information on the project, and which I thought I might share here in the interest of fairness to all parties. The project sounds very interesting, there seems to be considerable support for it already, and I hope things proceed according to plan. Still, I must admit to remaining a bit skeptical. Time will tell.
The wargaming hobby is a great one with many different facets, as I explained yesterday, but I am unsure that a documentary movie will necessarily appeal to more than a niche audience even if executed well. We might just have to agree to disagree on that point. Admittedly, I'll probably buckle and view the film myself once it becomes available. Here are the links I was sent for those of you who would like to learn more about the project:
* Go to the project’s website and read for yourself, and watch the promo video. http://
* The Kickstarter – which has already massively exceeded its target because plenty of people believe in it – https://www.kickstarter.com/
* Go to Meeples and Miniatures and listen to Joe being interviewed (from about 51 minutes in).
I have also been assured by one of the film project supporters that the planned documentary is different from anything that has come previously. It's not your father's Battleground series in other words. And now. . . It's time to feed the cats, get the Young Master up, and dressed for breakfast. Just another day of summer vacation here at Totleigh-in-the-Wold.