Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Beja Base Two Complete.... Another Four to Go!!

..........and that will only be one unit done out of the five that I'm initially aiming at!!

It took a little more time than I had imagined (birthday celebrations getting in the way) but I'm happy to say that the second Beja base has been completed. I'm still messing around with the composition, which one reason the miniatures are only blue-tacked onto the bases, another is that they haven't received their traditional coat of Humbrol gloss followed by the matting down process. I use HMG varnish for matting down. If one was to take the 'old' Dullcote recipe out of the equation then HMG is about the flattest Matt varnish available. I find the 'new' Dullcote recipe to leave a satin sheen which I really do not like one bit. So, HMG Matt varnish comes highly recommended form these quarters!

The second lot were all metal (from the Perry Miniatures Mahdist range) and were very different than their plastic companions to paint. I found them easier to get into for some funny reason and I'm sure that it's not just a case of getting used to the different undercuts etc that are presented by plastics. Perhaps it's just a matter of me getting more used to painting up plastic models. Something that I quite enjoy, they are after all a bit of a different challenge than the metal models.

Here's a few pics of the Beja as they were a few minutes ago on the painting table. The varnishing process will help smooth out any jumps in tonality just as a wash would do.

The Two Bases:



A Couple of Close Ups:





15 comments:

  1. Excellent! They all look great, and I love the variety of posing. The two casualties add a lot to the feeling of movement.

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    1. Thanks. Hopefully there will be about 59/50 metal to plastic ratio so there's a multitude of possibilities.

      Darrell.

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  2. Very nice indeed, Darrell. Very dynamic!

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    1. Thanks Simon.

      Yeah, lots more to come from where they came from Simon. I've got three boxes thus far and a large amount of metal Beja to keep a nice level of variation in the rank and file.

      Darrell.

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    1. Thanks Paul- many, many more to come!

      Darrell.

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  4. Well done, love the different poses and the paint job...

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    1. Thanks Phil.

      I'm taking a small sabbatical to work on some Mounted conversions of the Kings Royal Rifle Corp for the Sudan as the Perry's don't have them in their range (as I type- I bet they release 'em before I've finished the conversions!). Then it's back to the Beja.

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  5. Hola
    Buenas minis,forman una gran escena,me gusta el que parece que le a dado un disparo
    un saludo

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  6. Wonderful. They have a real sense of character and movement. Helped by an excellent paint job.

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    1. Thanks Mark- appreciated.

      Darrell.

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  7. Another four to go? Surely a few more than that :)

    Keep plugging away. I think if I did these guys I would go for the 36-40 figures at a time approach otherwise the end of the project would just be too far away.

    I really like the tones you have achieved with these guys.

    Cheers
    Brian

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  8. Brian,

    Thanks :>)

    The unit sizes will vary depending on what sort of a vignette I want to create on the various bases. At the moment, after being out of the hobby for so long I'm just sort of feeling my way through. With a renewed enthusiasm :>)

    Darrell.

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