Monday, January 16, 2012

My Britsh

After a little less than a month the first batch of my Napoleonic British Peninsular War infantry is nearly ready. I have continued my now usual practice of painting them on their sprues. But this time I have tried a number of new techneques. In the old days I just used to slap on the enamel paints rather in the "paint by numbers" style. The end result was fine but it didn't create much of a contrast in colours. The new style is to base the figures in an acrylic black and then do a top wash in an acrylic red. My first experiments revealed that the an acrylic paint is faily wimpy compared to my usual enamel but it does get into the folds of the figures better. This meant that I was able to brush the enamel over the top of the acrylic to achieve a better caontrast for the jackets. On the rest of the figures I reverted to my old style so they don't look too different frpm my usual efforts. Overall though these figures are looking pretty goos (from a distance) so they should grace a tabletop with honour and glory!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Big Holiday Update

The weather in East Otago has been FANTATIC! I can't remember a better Christmas holidays than this one we are currently having.  We have packed buckets of fun stuff in so here goes with the update.
The notable experiences have been...
The yearly trip from Kemp's Road to Palmerston.
We started off pretty early in the morning about 8.30 and knocked off the trip in a couple of hours. Josie's bike had good tyres this year and she was able to zoom ahead of her dear old dad with ease (at least until the big hill doen to Palmerston.  We stopped in Palmy and got picked up by my bro and his whanau who are down from Singapore for the holidays.
There are some vids of the trip plus others from the new namelessblog channel that I created after I forgot the password for my old channel.

The Trip from Wainakarua (Mill House turn-off) to Oamaru with BOTH girls.

Video here
Fishing at Moeraki
Fishing for Crabs at the Hampden beach
The walk up Pukitapu
Bike riding to the Mileflat Road and seeing kids (of the goat variety)
 vid here

Painting my Penninsular War British Infantry
Having 6 BBQs over a 2 week period!!
Josie turning 13 and Mari turning 4? (rhyming with tree)

more coming soon...