14 June 2018

First of Four Summer Projects Almost Finished. . .

My particular treatment of the Eureka Miniatures 'Ooh, You're So Awful!' vignette.  The current English ambassador to The Grand Duchy of Stollen, the libidinous Lord Hawthorne Rumpee de Pumpee (he is of Huguenot stock), takes liberties with a handy kitchen maid while his long suffering wife, Lady Thalassa and a disapproving Stollenian bystander look on.


Things are almost finished with the first of my four proposed summer hobby projects save for two or three of the invariable touch-ups and the sparing application of a few clumps of Woodland Scenics coarse foliage here and there to enliven the circular bases.  These figures will join my rather large group of frolicking aristocrats, servants, and a painter, who bears a startling resemblance to the Italian model Fabio ("I can't believe it's not butter!").  A few of you might recall this bunch of figures from when they were painted back in 2012 or 2013.  

Of course, as luck would have it, I seem to have misplaced the blasted bag of coarse foliage since last I used it.  There are only so many places here in Zum Stollenkeller that it can be, but no luck tracking it down yet.  

In the meantime, I've been carefully applying glossy Liquitex acrylic varnish to the infantry standards painted up last winter, so that these can join their regiments before I turn my attention to those 30 RSM95 horse grenadiers in bearskin bonnets, which were started last July before my painting mojo simply dried up as the summer wore on.  Maybe I can make some headway and get them finished this year?  Keep your fingers and toes crossed!

Finally, don't look too closely, or you will spot the lone piece of cat fur that floated in from somewhere and became stuck in the tacky gloss varnish after I finished a couple of evenings ago, switched off the lights, and went upstairs to bed.  Insert very choice words here.  I'm not sure how to attempt removal without harming the paint job at this point, so I suppose it will have to remain.  Lesson learned?  Always, always, always have some kind of dust cover to place over figures in progress better to prevent such annoying developments. 

-- Stokes

3 comments:

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

You have nicely captured that ceramic look with these.

Now, on to those Fighting Horse Grenadiers!

Conrad Kinch said...

Those are magnificent Stokes. Did you ever read a short novel called UTZ by Bruce Chatwin? It's about a fellow who collected porcelain, your stuff is definitely putting me in mind of it.

Phil said...

Splendid and atmospheric vignettes, well done!

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