Tuesday, 5 December 2017

"On A Few Occasions, Whole Formations Marched To The Rear In Search Of Food."

"The survivors would be of limited combat value."
These two 28mm plastic French Fusiliers have been built using the various parts found within the “Victrix Limited” French Napoleonic Infantry 1804 – 1807 boxed set, and will help form one of the eight musket-armed infantry units I plan to use for Bob Cordery's "The Portable Wargame". Painted to represent the Infantry of the Line as illustrated in “Austerlitz – The Empire at its Zenith” by “Histoire & Collections”, I still (somewhat sadly) need to pigment another thirteen of the miniatures before I have enough bases with which to test out Bonaparte's forces; plus twenty-four Austrians to use as opposition...

The miniatures were initially undercoated with "Citadel" Skull White and had their boots, muskets, pouches, backpacks and hats layered with Chaos Black. I then began the patient process of 'picking out' all their straps with either "Vallejo" Dead White or Heavy Sienna, and appropriately washed these areas with Pale Grey or "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Draconian Statue WIPs - The scenic piece has been weathered and now just requires some more dry-brushing
The soldiers' uniforms were painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Asurmen Blue, whilst their cuffs and collar were treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Bloodletter. Finally, having decided against 'spotting' each and every one of their buttons for the sake of my sanity, I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to the wooden areas of their firearms, as well as some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil to their metal parts.

With the "Doctor Who News" website recently posting my review of "Warlord Games" Nightmares In Silver: Cyberman Collectors set, I have found my enthusiasm for the Nottingham-based company’s “Doctor Who: Exterminate!” miniatures range to be at an all-time high, and have subsequently ploughed on with my Draconian nobleman scenic statue. The sedentary sculpt, one of three poses found within the Draconian expansion box, really does lend itself to being pinned upon a plinth, and should look suitably old once I’ve added some grass to both the statue’s base and the bottom of its stone pedestal.
Draconian & Twelfth Doctor WIPs - The reptilian humanoids and Timelord have been primed
Of course, having spent some considerable time permanently fixing the model to its podium, it seemed silly not to also base, grit and prime the rest of my “reptilian humanoids from Draconia”. The interstellar warriors only require six miniatures in order for their faction to ‘field’ three Recruitment cards worth of troops, so, having taken advantage of “Warlord Games” Black Friday deal whilst at “Warfare” recently, I should soon have my Noble, two bodyguards and three Draconian soldiers painted.

In addition, I’ve also decided to pay some passing attention to the rule-set’s Twelfth Doctor, as played by actor Peter Capaldi. To be honest, I’m not a fan of either the character’s sonic shades or electric guitar, but as I’m going to have to wait until Christmas before I can get my hands on the incarnation’s alternative “Gale Force Nine” resin sculpt, I’ve decided to set my reservations aside and knuckle down to the job in hand…

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  1. You are practically rattling through them now Simon.

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    1. I'm not sure "rattling" is quite the word, Michael, but I'm increasingly getting to grips with all their straps etc. :-)

      I think the big test will be when I start work on some which I've only primed etc, and have to 'cut-in' all their white bits etc. That'll truly test my patience.

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  2. The statue looks better than I would do! The rest are coming along as well. More nappys.... every time I feel as if I should do some.... I hate doing them!

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    1. Thanks Clint. The statue should be finished soon, and should soon be on the tabletop as a result. I'm not a fan of painting Naps myself, but the four-man stands do look the business on the tabletop imho.

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  3. Wow, you are on fire at the moment! Your painting is both awesome and prodigious, I don't k ow how you do it. The French continue to be of the same high standard, brilliant stuff. The statue looks really good, superb weathering and a great use for that mini. I don't really recall the Draconians so I can't wait to see how they turn out. Totally agree with you about Capaldi, a miss step in my opinion especially those ridiculous sonic glasses!

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I think once I've finished the fourth French Nap I'll certainly be ready for a break for a while, so am looking forward to doing a quartet of predominantly white Austrians for a change.

      The "Gale Force Nine" resin sculpt of Capaldi's Doctor is an earlier version of the character and looks far better imho. But this one will do for now.

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  4. Blimey, Simon! Having failed to comment on your last two posts, I was just about to post a comment, when anothet post popped up. I guess there's a reason your last name is 'Moore' - moore Napoleonics, moore DW, moore of EVERYTHING! I'm not keen on the 12th Doctor sculpt, but as you say, if that's the only one currently available, you don't have a lot of choice. I like what you've done with the Draconian statue - a very good use of quite a static pose.

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    1. Thanks Jez. Lots on the table currently, as I start a big push to clear a load of my old painting projects. Once the fourth Frenchman is done I hope to turn my attention towards some other minis, like "Guild Ball", "Beyond the Gates of Antares" and "Oldhammer 40K"; so plenty to look forward to - I hope :-)

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  5. Napoloeonic survivors the reason the Vagrancy Act was created.
    Well done on Doc Who, I wasn't that keen on Peter Capaldi but he was okay.
    Take your time with Clara, let that brush caress the details, smoothly run over that lovely sculpt.. ahem

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    1. Cheers Phil. I'm afraid the Impossible Girl is a long way down my painting queue, as I wasn't a fan of her tbh. I liked Bill Potts a lot more; hence why I quickly painted up a spare Mondasian Cyberman as her as soon as I watched her 'conversion'.

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  6. Nice work. I was never keen on the Twelth Doctor/Capaldi. I actually stopped watching the series years ago.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Tbh, with the exception of several of the last season's stories, I wish I'd stopped watching "Doctor Who" when Capaldi arrived too!!

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  7. Great work on your naps and statue Simon, the other Draconian sculpts look more interesting, wasn't a fan of the latest Dr in fact my least favourite of the new who, but each to their own, hope the painting of him goes well

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    1. Cheers Dave. I'm pleased with how quickly I can progress the Naps tbh, and the statue should look quite good on my "Doctor Who" tabletop. I'm am not a Capaldi fan at all I'm afraid, though his last season was rather good imho.

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  8. As Dave rightly says,each to their own, but I have to say I was a big fan of Peter Capaldi's Doctor (including his glasses and guitar!). As for preferring the bland Bill Potts to the sublime Clara Oswald, I shake my head in disbelief. I thought Potts was the worst assistant since Bonnie Langford! Still, each to their own.

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    1. Hmmm... well my liking Bonnie Langford's Mel enormously (especially in the "Big Finish" audios) probably shows I lean to the other end of both the doctors and companions than you, Bryan :-)

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    2. I rather like Bonnie Langford as well.Many people remember her as Violet Elizabth Bott from the Just William series in the mid 70's, that would scar you for life. In real life she's much nicer.

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    3. Agreed Phil :-) Bonnie's performances as Mel in the "Big Finish" audios have been excellent overall, and she's a good foil for Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor imho.

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  9. 98 to go. Chop chop. Or should that be, splish splash?

    C'mon, we gonna see any more of these 100 cool mini's, or not?

    Don't worry, with 98 more to finish I'll have plenty of opportunity to offer encouragement such as this! lol :)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Roy ;-) I'm looking at five partially-painted miniatures getting finished per week, which is pretty doable I believe - of course simply sticking to 100 Nap French would be an entirely different matter, and probably a fatal one!!

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  10. Two down then and in no time at all (sort-of)- but they will drive you insane eventually Imo.
    Congratulations on your fantasy award which I name "The Ozkars", (Ok the statue does look good, even if not quite finished).
    Interesting sculpts for the Dr. Who series, but I really can't get used to these 'new' Doctors.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I've got the Nap bug currently, which is why I've probably managed to get the first few done so quick. Things will invariably slow down, and lots of 'old' Who on the horizon as well :-)

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  11. Super stuff as ever Simon, and not being able to lift a brush at the moment (SWMBO is overseeing me work through a 'task list' of Christmas prep jobs), you're making me VERY jealous!
    Not feeling a lot of love for Mr Capaldi's Doctor, but I actually liked him quite a lot - in fact, I'll stick my neck on the block and say that he was one of my favourites ;-)
    Just shows what a varied bunch we are :-)

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    1. Thanks ever so much Greg. I've a fair few "Doctor Who" related posts in the pipeline, and will be trying to focus on 'Old' Who rather than the newer stuff tbh.

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  12. Sorry we have been tardy on commenting lately Simon... just massively busy is all and haven't been watching posts (and not on line much at all full stop). Will most likely go back and catch up on all the old posts we missed as soon as possible :-)))

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    1. No problems, Steve. I'm grateful for any comments tbh, so please don;t feel obliged :-)

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  13. Thanks Simon, I was feeling bad for not being about for comments lately. But on a positive note, Hils and I have finally collected (and watched) all the Doctor Who series from 9th through to the end (12th), so now ready for this up coming Christmas special. We`re with you btw, Bill Potts rocks, and is amazingly subtly acted, adding an interesting depth that has been missing up to now in former assistants.... as opposed to being just eye candy she adds balance.

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    1. BUT, sorry... I do profess, we are also massive Capaldi fans though hehe ^^

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    2. "Bill Potts rocks" - I certainly thought so Steve, and certainly agree about Capaldi's performance if you simply stick to his last season - his earlier ones was awful though imho :-)

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  14. Sadly Capaldi is a top British actor who can only work with script which allow this skill room to manoeuvre. His Shakespeare performances are, quite frankly, out of this world (so too with Michelle Gomez... she makes a striking Lady Macbeth). Capaldi performance in Prime Suspect was simply stunning and... well, suffice to say hes a pretty stunning drama actor. Sadly his first two series of DW consisted of lots of one liners... i.e he runs on set, something blows up,he delivers a single flippant one line and - CUT! Season three allowed him to breath and deliver properly, and the result.... MARVELOUS.

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    1. Oops, I mean English/Scottish actor.

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    2. Totally agree Steve, but as well you know, "Doctor Who" fans have long memories, and those first two Capaldi seasons will require a fair few 'new' seasons before they'll be forgotten. I think Matt Smith suffered similar tbh, and I really like quite a few of his stories these days.

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  15. Matt Smith grows on me steadily. First time I watched him I was on massive overdrive - with something like five or six DVD box sets in a row to watch one episode after another. I was a newbie to DW anyway and was hanging on for dear life. So as a result of this, I watched Matt and was not terribly impressed at first. But looking back at it now I can see it was (like Capaldi) simply scripts, one liners, and lack of room to shine in acting. I really hope to HELL they dont `dummy down` the new doctor and go the family/children route in a hope of grabbing new fans, or the show may suffer from `trivia` burn out again.

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    1. well, I say I was a DW newbie. hmmmm, I watched it religiously all my childhood years, right up to the end of Peter Davison and the beginning of Colin Baker (then I discovered Punk rock.. and GIRLS lol). But I have only just re-discovered DW, due mostly to Jez I should add, and have not looked back since.

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    2. I believe the correct nomenclature is 'Nu Who' newbie, Steve :-)

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  16. Nice nap, lovely statue, I really must paint some Napoleonic figures in the challenge (he repeats as a mantra. .)
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. I've a few more Naps coming, so I'd appreciate some similar postings on your blog to keep my mojo going :-)

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  17. Keep up the good work mate your being uber productive of late. Love the statue and the weathering its coming along nicely.

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    1. Cheers Simon. Plenty of partially-painted minis on their way, as I start the four-month purge ;-)

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  18. Have to say i am a fan of capaldi. His portrayal of the doctor is fresh and reminds me personality wise of older incarnations. Shame his storylines have not been the best.
    I'm thinking those napoleonics are going to be a splendid sight once you have all done.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I too think Capaldi has been badly let down by his stories; albeit his last season was excellent imho apart from the first and final episodes. Plenty more Napoleonics to come, so hopefully I can keep that particular train running :-)

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  19. Nice work on the Napoleonics and the statue looks 'done' to me. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. The statue is almost done... almost ;-)

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