Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Great War in Greyscale - Early War German Infantry Reinforcements & Row-House Buildings (130 points)



I took advantage of the '5-4-4' deal from Renegade Miniatures to augment my existing WWI models which were mostly from Great War Miniatures.



I find these Renegade sculpts to be fairly chunky, but they have a pleasing solidness about them and really possess a lot of character. I particularly like the various facial details like their bushy moustaches, wire-rimmed glasses and expressive mouths. 




Taking a cue from Sidney, I decided to mount about half of this force in pairs to allow easier movement during play. In addition, I think the paired-figure bases allow for interesting mini-vignettes. I'll be going back to rebase some of my Belgians and French along these lines.


I've also included a few photos of my completed greyscale ruined row-houses from Kobblestone Miniatures.




I'm now working on a few of the non-damaged facades. You can see one work-in-progress, below to the left, which features an elegant second-floor curved balcony. The sidewalks are a nice touch as well. They neatly slip under the building frames and do a great job in finishing the look of the buildings. 



I'm going to order few of their new end panels and probably another row-house 'module' to  be able to fill out the core of a village.

These 26 Landsers will give me 130 points.

29 comments:

  1. Bloody excellent work Curt but Ray doesn't agree!

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    1. Shut it Oirish, the fecker always trying to drop me in the shit!
      Excellent work Curt, love the figure in the red cap.

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  2. That Ray has no taste, these are just great, I really have enjoyed watching the Greyscale project.

    Ian

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  3. Just sensational Curt! I've been a fan of this project from its first appearance, so much so that it has inspired a little idea of my own, but more of that later!

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  4. Again quite brilliant. Love looking at the photos.

    John

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  5. Thanks very much gents - much appreciated. In looking at the photos again I've realized that I forgot to put on the regimental helmet numbers. Oops! (Funny how you can work on something for hours and basic details will slip by.) Oh well, back to the table they go for a wardrobe upgrade...

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  6. Wonderful stuff Curt! Your greyscale figs never cease to amaze me. Not that your usually painting isn't top notch as well, but I love seeeing these pics for some reason. Works of art, the group pics certainly have an effect on me, especially when you throw in a subdued dab of color in there as well.

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    1. Cheers Jason! I'm very happy you like them. I find your comment interesting. When I'm painting the figures I sometimes loose faith in the project, as they can seem rather uninspiring as individual models, but once I place them in their groups, within a matching setting, they then have some form of 'context' and seem to come into their own.

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    2. I also wonder if they would have the same effect if seen in real life as opposed to the dark/black background you use in the pics.

      Keep the faith Curt! :-)

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    3. Oh, you've hit the nail on the head there! The entire project is quite mannered in that it only 'works' with the assumption that the background/setting be completely controlled ie. that the black & white is carried through in its entirety. As soon as you include too much colour or even too much glaring light the effect is diminished. In this way I suppose it is somewhat like an quasi art installation - except with the addition of dice, rulers and geeks!

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  7. Thrilled to see you back at this project. It's one of my favorite things on the web. Great work as always. Love it!

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    1. Thanks very much for your supportive comments! Its great that to have you keeping up with my progress (admittedly in its fits and starts).

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  8. Your Greyscale project is really brilliant (in grey shades); I´m waiting for a full battle (or movie)...

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    1. Thanks Juan, a battle report will be upcoming soon...

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  9. Always thrilled when a new post of the greyscale project hits your blog. Enjoying every one of them..cool stuff!!

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  10. This is where art meets the hobby. Groundbreaking in both fields.

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    1. I'm very flattered Kawe, thank you!

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  11. I too have been fascinated to see this project develop. Fantastic work Curt and lovely buildings. I'm looking forward to seeing the final article "in action" :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. They're going on the road for a game this weekend so I hope to have something up on that soon!

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  12. A joy to look at as ever with the greyscale work. Well done

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  13. Awesome work Curt! Your grey scale is really top notch!

    Christopher

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    1. I appreciate your kind words and support Christopher!

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