Sunday, July 31, 2011

Slow start picks up pace... after doing some painting in April...May and June were ....completely unproductive painting wise. Though I did get a good start with my exercise routine and my work on converting an old 2nd Edition D&D campaign to the new 4th edition rules is coming along nicely (over 110 pages of material typed out).

July though was a vast improvement of getting some work done. I managed to paint 75 stands for Age of Eagles this past month, though short of the goal of 100 I set, but I feel confident that I'll hit that goal in August. Renewed interested in wargaming, and the fact that July was so F@*&ing hot here in Chicago, that even with central air I didn't want to leave my basement this past month.  (Plus giving up World of Warcraft didn't hurt either, its crack....stay away from least until Star Wars comes out) So here we go.....

Sadly I didn't inherit my father's skill at photography,. because these photos really don't do the figures justice in my opinion.

Three Brigades of French Dragoons

The 9th, 8th, and 28th Dragoons

The 20th, 4th and 26th Dragoons

The "Pink Brigade", 14th, 16th, and 17th Dragoons

3rd Hussars

1st Cuirassier

The 13th, 14, and 28th Chasseurs a' Cheval

The 16th  and 22nd Chasseurs a' Cheval

The 3rd Young Guard Voltigeurs, in late war uniforms.

ABOVE: The Young Guard Flanquer-Chasseurs, with a unit of the Old Guard Marines attached

Close up of the Marines 

The Russian Elizabetgrad Hussars

NEXT TWO PHOTOS: The Russian Karkov and Tchernigov Dragoons (I forget which is which). I went with early war uniform for the Russian cavalry to give them more color with the horse furniture than the post 1807 ones.

The Russian Empress Cuirassier

Russian Cossacks. I went with more variety in color of their coats then simply dark blue, which I think gives the unit little more personality. 

Russian Division Commander

 ABOVE: Austrian Kaiser Cuirassier Regiment

Austrian Leichtenstein Hussars  Regiment

 An Austrian Grenadier Brigade. I don't know if the Grenadier Officers wore the "Black" coats of the Austrian Line infantry regiments, but I decided to go that route. But if I'm wrong please, someone let me know.

 Austrian Grenadiers from behind, showing off the back of the bearskin helmets

 Austrian Grenzer Brigade

 Close up of the Grenzer Leibstandarte. Another reason I prefer Heroics and Ros over Baccus miniatures and their huge photocopy paper flags. If you can't paint Madonna holding child on a 2mm flag, get out of painting 1/300 figures. (Yeah I'm a little snobbish when it comes to my H&Rs)

 Russian Pavlov Grenadiers, with 1797 pattern flag. (Looking at the picture I reallized I didn't finish painting the tips of the flags.....oops...)

 Two Prussian Westphalian Landwehr Brigades each with attached Schutzen battalion.

.....whew!.....well....not bad for one month. Still have about another...350 or so stands worth of Napoleonics to paint. Some of them have been sitting in bags since...ooohh......1989.....thats righ '89!!....(never really had a need to paint the Swedes, but...paint them I shall before buying any new figures).

.....although....those English Civil War figures have been tempting me........

Promise to update better.....really....

Shameless plug

Okay before I get to updating my painting progress. I promised to mention my Dad's photography website (well designed by my cousin Nicholas Dolinar). My father's black and white photos, featuring unique visions of shapes, textures and landscapes have been displayed in several galleries in Arizona and Georgia, and is participating in a photography contest in October (I promise to give more details, when I remember to ask for them).

<Hugs to my Dad>