Sunday, June 2, 2013

Entry #8 to the Lead Painters' League: 'Rise Up, Sons of Scotland' - 79th Cameron Highlanders



Here are a few jocks for my 8th submission to the Lead Painters' League - four charging Highlanders from the 79th Regiment with a couple flanking 'shock troops' for added colour.

I decided to try my hand with the Cameron tartan but soon wished I hadn't. I've discovered, the hard way, why most sensible people stick to the Gordons or Black Watch as the 79th tartan is composed of a bewildering collection of nuanced colours and shades. Nonetheless here is my stab at it, to which I cringe as I'm committed to another 40-odd figures to complete the battalion (eek!).




The charging Highlanders are from the Perry range while the two rude lads are from Kawe's Westfalia Miniatures. All great figures, but I must say I preferred the Westfalia castings as they were incredibly crisp and required very little work in preparation for painting.


I particularly like the 'forward facing' lad. The sculptor has done a brilliant job with the expression on his face - you can almost hear a Sid James' patented 'dirty laugh' coming from him.




If you have the time, please check out this week's round over at the LPL to see what the painters have submitted and vote for your favourites.

42 comments:

  1. You are right - this entry raised a smile! As soon as I saw they were highlanders I thought 'I hope that gang includes the one with his Rodger out!'

    Strictly for humorous purposes, of course.

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  2. Another stunning entry Curt; I loved these from Westfalia and concur with everything that you've said - just top quality all round.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Yes, Kawe's castings are all little treasures.

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  3. Great painting as usual Curt! Very good work on the tartan.

    Christopher

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    1. Cheers Christopher. I have a sense that I'll be working this unit for quite some time...

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  4. Great looking Highlanders, a fantastic work on the bases too!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil! Its nice to get a favourable comment on the bases as they take a bit of time to do.

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  5. great work on some great figures, you have done very well with the Tartan

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    1. Thanks for the kind words James!

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    1. Thank you Mr. 74. BTW I really like your work in your WWII projects.

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  7. Wonderful entry, Curt. The work in the tartan is fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Juan, for your words of encouragement!

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  8. Hmmm, Sid James, men in kilts - are you sure they aren't the 3rd Foot and Mouth?

    Lovely work Curt. I guess you'll just have to be brave when contemplating painting the tartan for the remaining 40 or so figures :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks Tamsin. I'll think of England (er, I mean Scotland) and take it like a man.

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  9. Ooooo they are nice Curt! The tartan looks great, but sure is a bitch to paint!

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    1. Right you are there, my friend. This unit may break my will to live...

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  10. Beautiful work Curt especially the show off, will head over to vote!

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  11. Excellent work Curt, I think the attempt at the Cameron tartan is not bad at all and I agree the Rude boys look great

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    1. Cheers Andrew. I think it needs a bit more red in it. Perhaps I'll experiment on it later.

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  12. Well done dude. You are correct - nothing induces rage like painting tartan....

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    1. Thanks buddy. This will be my last Highland unit...

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  13. You need some of this...
    http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/tartan-paint

    Well done, Curt. Lovely job!

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  14. Fantastic work, Curt. Tartan is such a devil to paint...and you did them without kilt covers!! Very impressive. The rude jocks are terrific. I only wish they did Great War versions of the same!

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    1. Yes, we need Kawe to provide versions of these for the Great War (kilt covers would be a godsend but for Napoleonics the full monty is required - so to speak).

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  15. Lovely work Curt! If it is any consolation... Be glad you did not paint kneeling ones. I did that with the front row of my Black Watch and the Government pattern tartan already drove my bonkers!

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    1. Thanks Burkhard! Trouble is if you decide to collect Brits then you pretty much have to do Highlanders sometime. The upswing is that they look great on the table when they're all done and dusted.

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    2. Well I do not mind that. Actually the 42nd was my first (and so far only) British Regiment I painted for Napoleonics. But the other two will follow once i get started again.
      Plus I always held a soft spot for the Black Watch. This was already the third time I did them (once a long time ago for Battletech, and then Ultra Modern). Their ECW predecessors will follow as will with their WWI incarnation..

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    3. Very cool. The Great War version will at least have kilt covers for most of the troops...

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  16. Bloody nice Curt, may I post them over to the Westfalia Gallery?

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  17. Great stuff Curt. I know what you mean about that laugh ;-)

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    1. Yes, it is a laugh from my childhood. I remember the Carry On movies as being terribly salacious and wonderfully forbidden. Great fun.

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  18. Some great pieces of art!

    Good Luck in the league
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Stefan, much appreciated.

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