25 July 2021

It’s been too hot to paint

My study is south facing, which is lovely most of the time. These past days the temperature has been around 32 degrees – way too hot to paint in comfort. I even moved my paints into the basement, where it’s been seven degrees cooler.

I did get on with a bit of base painting and blocking in of the flesh of the next two bands of Hadendowa warriors. I enjoy the blocking-in stage of painting miniatures the least, but the result always confirms that the figures are well underway.

The next two bands of warriors, with a couple of extra command figures.

15 July 2021

Hadendowa riflemen kit bashing

One of the things that troubled me was the lack of ammunition carried by the plastic riflemen … while some of the metal rifle-armed figures have ammunition pouches the plastic figures just have rifles. Since it seems likely that they would have carried ammunition in the original boxes captured form the Egyptians, I thought to make amends.

Just now I am preparing a rifle-armed band which will be a body guard for one of the Mahdist commanders, organised with the brass gun battery and a command group vignette. So I thought to add a couple of figures carrying an ammunition box between them. This minor conversion required removal of weapons, careful drilling of hands, and threading of wire rope.

The result looks promising.

Four minor conversions: the fellow on the left has his rifle modified so he can shoulder it in a relaxed fashion; the two middle fellows have rope handles in place for the ammunition box between them; the fellow on the right will bar a flag. This will be the only band of riflemen to carry a flag.

10 July 2021

Priming and painting

I’ve been using Liquitex acrylic ‘gesso’ to prime metal and plastic minatures for some years now. Gesso has its detractors, but I find it works rather well.

I drybrush it on to avoid air bubbles, which results in a thin and streaky look. Left to dry for a couple of days it’s rock hard; to the detractors I simply suggest they try getting gesso off anything it’s been applied to.

Two Hadendowa spear and sword armed bands, and the first Naval Brigade company starts to really look the part, with detailing and touching up to do before shading and varnishing. All figures are Perry Miniatures.