Sunday, May 5, 2013

Entry #4 to the Lead Painters' League: 'A Daughter of the Emperor' Old Guard 12lb Gun & Crew


I thought I'd go back to Napoleonics for my 4th entry to the League. This time I've submitted a  French 12lb gun served by its crew of Old Guard artillerists kitted out in their campaign uniforms.


These are 28mm Perry castings which I've mounted on a thin steel base. Similar to some of my existing field artillery I have used texture gel and some clumped flock to simulate mud and turf sticking to the wheels along with gouges in the terrain indicating the successive recoil and running up of the gun.


Please check out this round's entries from the League and cast your votes. It's always interesting to see what the other painters have submitted and how the judges have matched us up.


For the 5th round, which will be the contest's halfway mark, the League organizers will be awarding extra points if we can submit a group depicting combatants from a 'historical civil war'. My entry is still in progress but I hope to have it completed for the deadline (fingers crossed).

45 comments:

  1. Voted;)
    Your entry is really good.

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  2. Impressive!! Love the base with the tracks in the mud and the bushes...and great painting style!!
    Phil.

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  3. As always from you Curt, Top Draw!

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian! BTW I'm really lking those 6mm ECW that you've been working on.

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  4. These are beautiful Curt. I love the groundwork especially. Basing is fast becoming an art almost in itself.

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    1. Cheers Mate! Yes, as this base was quite large I had a bit more room to lark about with different ideas.

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    1. Thanks James! I'm really enjoying your foray into 'OldHammer' - You make it all very tempting...

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  6. Really impressive! Loving your blog by the way!

    MY WEBSITE: http://vulcanologists.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Mr. Vulcanoligist! I checked out your blog and really enjoyed my visit. Quite impressed with your foray into Napoleonics - keep up the great work!

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  7. I like the attention to detail on the basing.

    FMB

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    1. Thanks firemonkeyboy, as odd as it sounds I often enjoy doing the basing as much as the figures themselves.

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  8. I like the added details as well. Good luck with this weeks challenge.

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    1. Cheers Sean, we'll see how it all spells out this week.

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  9. Excellent work Curt. Love the base.

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    1. Thanks Iannick! Its nice to get back to napoleonics - its like putting on a comfortable old leather coat.

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  10. Great work Curt, excellent composition!

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  11. This entry is really nice, Curt. I like a lot your fantastic terrain.

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  12. Very nice little vignette!

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    1. Cheers Scott, the Perry stuff just lends itself so well to doing vignettes. They make it easy!

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    1. Thanks very much Napoleoni-Spain, thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  14. What lovely piece of artillery work Curt!

    Christopher

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  15. Beautiful stuff as always dude. I envy people who manage to paint artillery at all, much less do such a great job.

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    1. Thanks Greg. I know, It's the guns that can be so fiddly to do up. Once they're finished it seems like such an accomplishment!

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  16. Apologies for being late to the party on this one Im suffering the blogger update lag and almost missed this entirely.
    Superb work Curt

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    1. Hey no worries Andrew! Nevertheless, thanks very much for the kind words, they're much appreciated.

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  17. Great stuff Curt, your entries have been quite interesting. I have had enormous computer problems (the macbook is in Memphis of all places) recently so I have been late and slow to post.

    Good luck with contest.

    John

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    1. Thanks John! Your macbook is in Memphis? Elvis fan, is it?

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  18. Curt: Fantastic work on these - the uniforms, gun carriage and the basing all top-notch. Indeed a fine entry. Best, Dean

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    1. Cheers Dean. I find Napoleonics are always great to revisit and add to the collection - such a colourful period.

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  19. Good luck and sorry I'm late, I'm on my way to vote!

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    1. No worries Fran! Thanks for checking out the comp.

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  20. Great piece Curt, esp like the grass/mud on the wheels. Hope you're doing well in the comp.

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'm doing alright in the points standings but the thing I really enjoy is the weekly deadline to get something done.

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  21. Looking real good.

    I found that if you want real sticky mud a cheap solution is just using plaster where you use dark brown paint instead of water to mix it up. Used it on all my 28mm Soviet tanks and it is rock solid.

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  22. Cool! I thought plaster would chip but I suppose with paint as the base medium it would be more elastic. Very good idea!

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  23. A few years back I was just looking for a cheap solution to cover up some crappy tracks, but by now the first tanks I did have withstood a couple of years worth of gameplay.

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