Sunday, April 27, 2014

Entry #5 to the 8th Lead Painters' League - 'Boudicca FTW!'


We're now at the midpoint of the Painters' League and for this round the theme was Ancient history. I've had these figures from Warlord Games for years and thought it a good occasion to get them out of their packaging and done up.


I decided to do something akin to the great illustration of a Briton chariot team by the greatly missed Angus McBride.


I know Warlord produces a great set which models this specific scene but I wanted something a bit different, perhaps a little more ferocious. So with that in mind I pulled a charioteer from another boxed set to depict a 'show off' charioteer. The figure was originally designed to have a sword and shield in his hands but I decided to reposition him as if we were hauling on the reins of the horse team. 


I first removed his sword and drilled out his fists so I could thread thin plastic rod through to simulate the reigns. I then slightly repositioned his arms and legs and pinned him into place. I think it worked out pretty well though I need to go back and give him some woad tattoos (I ran out of time before the submission deadline).



I really like the figures of the children running alongside the chariot team. I painted the dog in homage to our own little scamp Felix.


Felix plotting mischief...
These rather daunting Celtic ladies were fun to paint as well. Now, m'dear, that's a real close shave...


Unfortunately this entry did not win the match but it gave a good account of itself in the voting so I'm pleased.


Next week we leave on vacation and as we'll be away for the month of May I'm 'front-loading' my LPL entries and submitting the rest ahead of time. Some will be new work, while others, sadly, will be repurposed older stuff as I didn't have time to produce new figures for all the rounds. 

For this week's 6th submission, as I needed a few days to get my Indochina entry completed before we leave, I cobbled together my Winter Retreat figures with a few new additions. I know, these old chestnuts are getting a little care worn, but I really wanted to get something submitted otherwise they just randomly assign one of your previous entries for the new round which I think is even worse than digging something up from the 'lead archive'. So, I invite you to go check out this week's match and enjoy all the various entries from the 40 participants.

32 comments:

  1. Wonderful work Curt and once the Charioteer is all tattooed will be even more sublime that it currently is

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    1. Thanks Loki! Yes, I need to give him something to cover his modesty - brazen lad!

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  2. That is some really fine work Curt! A great sweeping feel to it.

    Christopher

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    1. Hey Christopher, thanks a bunch! I think its probably the kids that gives it some context.

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  3. Excellent work Curt - a truly scary sight for some Roman occupiers!

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    1. Indeed! Nothing like a murderous red-haired lass on a careening chariot to set a Roman's teeth on edge.

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  4. An excellent entry. Great work on the dude surfing the horses and chariot. He shows some great talent and skill.
    Nice looking household pooch Curt.
    Every time I see something like this I think I need to make a Celt Brit army. :)
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi! The Dude Abides (and sorely needs some trousers).

      Felix thinks you have excellent taste in pooches. :)

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  5. Very nice Curt, love the dynamism of the chariot rider and the presence of the reins! Top notch work.

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    1. Thanks Scott! The reigns were a bit fiddly but they really needed to be there.

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  6. What an absolute beaut sir! Like you say Mr McBride is sorely missed.

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    1. Cheers Millsy! Yes, I spent many an hour looking at McBride illustrations as a boy - brilliant stuff.

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  7. While mr McBride is sorely missed, he did leave us a legacy of great plates to inspire such excellent vignettes as yours; great work Sir!

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    1. Thanks very much Sander, very kind of you.

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  8. Incredible work once again dude - looks amazing. And Felix is looking great too :) Have a great trip.

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    1. Thanks Greg! It was nice getting Felix in there for a cameo. Need to do another with Oscar now.

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  9. Wonderful painting work, Curt. Really nice!!!

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  10. Old chestnuts, careworn? I'm not sure that can be said for your lovely retreat minis, they're always a treat for the eyes. Look forward to seeing more Indochina too.

    Safe travels!

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    1. Thanks Phil, very kind of you to say.

      Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday!

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  11. Now that is a seriously impressive piece of work my good man, love the attention to detail - brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Michael, much appreciated!

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  12. Excellent wok my dear! You really managed to pack this little vignette of yours full of character and motin. Your attenon to tiny details like the reigns is awesome. Have fun on your trip!

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    1. Thanks Nick! I thought the reigns would be trouble but it's amazing the flexibility you get in micro-thin plastic rod.

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  13. Stunning stuff Curt, the colours are so vibrant.

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    1. Cheers Fran! It was nice doing these in a more 'punchy' colour range.

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  14. hey man, here's my blog. All about lord of the rings miniatures :)
    http://middleearthminis.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Great blog Jimmy! Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Excellent work, Curt.
    Another great entry !

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks very much Stefan, much appreciated!

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