Sunday, April 21, 2013

Entry #2 to the Lead Painters League: Greyscale French Poilu and Officer


I managed to pip a victory in the first round of the Lead Painters League with my Napoleonic  French battalion command stand (many thanks to all those who took time to vote) and today we head into the second match.

For this entry I've put forward a small squad of WWI French 'Poilu' dressed in their early-war uniforms. They are being led by a grizzled one-armed colonial veteran who is attended by his loyal trumpeter.


The infantry are from Great War Miniatures whereas the officer is from Artizan Design. I'm not sure how this entry will resonate with the voters as I realize my greyscale stuff is a bit esoteric and is probably a little narrow in its appeal. Nonetheless, it's nice to get another squad of Gauloises-smoking 'hairy ones' done and in the cabinet.


Again, please check out the League's 2nd round over at the Lead Painters Forum and place your votes for your favourites of the wide variety of subjects on display.

40 comments:

  1. Great work again. I really love your greyscale stuff... Maybe I should try it myself at some point. The coloured items make it really stand out.

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    1. Cheers Moiterei! Yes, you should definitely give it a go - I'd be very interested to see your interpretation of the technique.

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  2. Beautiful Curt, better and better, on my way to vote.

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    1. Thanks Fran! Hope you and the boyz had a good time at SALUTE this past weekend.

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    2. We were until Ray turned up!

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  3. Excellent painting Curt, its such a clever idea! Good luck in the comp, but it looks like Scooby and the gang will come out on top.

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    1. Thanks Ray! You're right, Scooby and the Gang will win and deservedly so.

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  4. Top stuff Curt. That Greyscale project of yours is fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Iannick! I really look forward to hearing how John's game went this past weekend. I'm sure you all had a great time (and I am envious)!

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  5. Your grey scale material is simply brilliant Curt!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! I really enjoyed your recent El Cid Spanish - very inspiring work!

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    1. Thanks Andrew. I saw Iannick's viking prize and that is a marvellous piece of work my dear sir.

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  7. Wonderful - job. It's more a work of art than a gaming piece.

    I continue to be amazed by your skills

    Good luck in the competition

    MIles

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    1. Well, I'm flattered Miles, thank you. I'll need a good bit of fortune as there are some very talented chaps in the mix.

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  8. Good looking bunch, good luck with the voting.

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  9. Very clever, and a nice dash of red!

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    1. Cheers Scott! I'm looking forward to seeing your efforts with the Victorian terrain. I'm sure it will up to your usual high standards. Have you watched 'Ripper Street' yet. I would imagine it would serve for good inspiration.

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  10. Your greyscale stuff is fantastic- gives the figures a haunting feel that I've seen anywhere else.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete. Yes, I think the choice to use a grey with a blue base tone really accentuates the other-worldliness of some of the figures.

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    1. Thanks Dave! It's very good to hear from you after your absence.

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  12. Congratullations for your victory. These greyscale figures are wonderful and you deserve many more victories with them!

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    1. Thanks Juan but I don't think they'll come through for me on this match. Nonetheless I really appreciate the kind words.

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  13. Fabulous job, but then I'm biased in favour of this tremendous project. Congratulations on the win, more photographs seemed to be call from the voting masses over on the forum.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Yes, I think the League as a whole would benefit from a few more photos and short descriptions of the various works. Then again I completely understand their desire for brevity and ease of posting.

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  14. Magnifique et formidable, mon ami! They simply are terrific. The colonial officer looks phenomenal! A really splendid addition to your collection, Curt!

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    1. Merci beaucoup mon ami! I really enjoyed working on the officer as he is suitably dour and pugnacious, reminding me of Gene Hackman in 'March or Die'.

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  15. Excellent Curt. I really like them and am sure you earned some well-deserved points.

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    1. Thanks Seb, and yes I need every point I can scrounge!

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  16. Brilliant, Can't get enough from this project. Good luck in the competition

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  17. Lovely... I still think your WWI project is the best thing since sliced bread!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Burkhard, the encouragement really means a lot to me.

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