Friday, 20 August 2021

Buggering around with 2mm blocks!

Knocked out a few bases worth yesterday afternoon. I think to this standard - which is probably as far as I would want to go in this scale - each base took around 10 minutes actual painting time, which is really not bad going. A couple of armies could easily be finished in a couple of dedicated days! I will texture the bases once I source some fine sand but for now this just gives them a bit of a lift. In my view they represent something between figures games and board games, but whatever, I'm going to have some fun with these. 

Starting Johns Strelets today, I have to say that once undercoated in black they are up there with the best metal figures with really nice proportions and long muskets, I'm looking forward to seeing how these turn out. I'm going to painting in batches of 8 foot figures per day. 

Saturday will be spent painting all the rest of the 2mm bases, about a dozen or so, plus my first attempt at a 2mm village model. Sunday we have family over for lunch so a day off from painting.


So, Irregular Miniatures 2mm ECW 'blocks'. Bases are 50mm x 20mm (as I happened to have them handy). It's impressionistic painting but have tried to represent that blackened armour/buff coat appearance for the horse. Might just give the horses noses a touch of white on the forehead!

EDIT: Knocked up a little village base this morning, great fun and very. very quick. Norm in his comment mentioned the 'camo' pattern on the bases and I agree, it had already occurred to me! I will texture them and reduce the brown area. Going to order more blocks including different formations of horse, artillery and command bases.












10 comments:

  1. Lee, the bases give a superb birds eye view impression of battle and a marvellous way to quickly get an army level force together. The scale really scores with being able to build up a nice settlement including what would be a very big church n any other scale.

    I am a bit unsure of the basing colours as the there is enough brown to give a ‘camo’ look, which to my eye gives a ‘modern’ looking distraction to a 17th Century base, but I am likely a lone voice on that :-)

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    1. Norm, funny you should mention the 'camo' look as it had occurred to me too, would look good on a Normandy Tiger! maybe too much brown? I will continue to tinker with it until I'm happy.

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  2. Lee,
    The blocks look most impressive and will certainly bring a different perspective to the table. Your box of goodies arrived this morning and I have to say I’m very impressed and spoilt. I think I need to keep the momentum going on the ECW so will prepare a small package to send you 😁

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    1. Graham, glad you found the items useful and it's my pleasure, as indeed it is to be able to paint for you :)

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  3. They look really good. Rather than trying to source a fine enough sand, perhaps try tilers grout?

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    1. Now that is a really useful tip Jacksarge, thank you, I will give it a try :)

      Lee.

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  4. Looks great. Are these from Irregular?

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    1. Thank you Prufrock, and yes they are Irregular from the Renaissance range.

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    2. Sorry Lee, I saw you'd put that in the original post but didn't notice till just after I'd rushed in with the comment!

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  5. I am going backwards catching up on most of your posts of the last couple of months: 'impressionistic painting' is a great term for it. Lots of fun though, as you noted in a response on your next post.
    Regards, James

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