Thursday, 28 January 2010

One's Painting Table..

Well it's been a while since I've posted up, I got waylaid over Christmas & New Year, and what with one thing and another, I just haven't been able to get Blogging, but here we are. Thought I'd begin with an easy one, and a belated but well meant Best Wishes to you all for 2010.
We had a gathering at Peeler mansions a while ago, (quite a while ago!) to prepare for our Colonial game at the Recon Show, here's the benefit of having a large-ish table, you can fit flocking, ash trays, tea & biscuits and a board game on it. A pleasant gaming & general wittering afternoon was had.

We were putting the finishing touches to our 1/72 Zulu War collection, these being a mix of Esci, Revell and Hatt. The newer Hatt figures are quite the business I think, chunky and solid looking, with a good selection including Naval Division, Highlanders and Artillery. Washed, undercoated with black primer, painted with Vallejo acrylics then a good coating of Humbrol gloss varnish to finish ... they end up looking deep, solid and semi gloss, without too much of a shine on them. The gloss helps to harden off the figures too.
The bases are MDF, (from East Riding Miniatures, who give a wonderfully friendly and quick service), painted earth brown then with a watery PVA glue, covered in a variety of flock, static grass and small rocks. They'll look better in the pictures of the game, which I will post up soonest. Having based all this lot in one go, I thought to myself, "Must flock as I go along next time and not leave them all to the end." Then again, it's satisfying to see them all basic and undone, and then a couple of hours later, transformed into something better, like a bit of an achievement really. I must remember not to breath in as much flock and static though, it does you no good really.
The board game was Richie's Zombie game, which plays really well and has a lot of fun elements to it. I don't think I did too well at it, my only excuse is that I was busy having a good flock..

A warm welcome to Davy Nicholl and Ryulin, two of our local gaming chums. Davy has a music site, and Ryulin has just started a Fantasy Blog, both of which are looking good, and a welcome also to Andy from Old Glory, who has also just started a Blog, (Glorious Little Soldiers), which no doubt will be a belter! All three are in the Links, and are well worth a visit.


Poacher said...

LOL... Complete with totally un-PC (but very PC) tabs, I see.. :-)

Very nice, peeler... BTW, are you SURE that is a Zombie game? Looks sort of Star Wars-ish to me..

I like those Colonials, too.... HaT do some interesting ranges. I think maybe my next project will be Toy Soldier Colonials, using HaT figures.
They look very cute.


paulalba said...

Great to see you back blogging Mr Peeler, Have been stuck painting myself for a while and haven't posted anything. Keep up the god work

Peeler said...

Hi Both! :-)
Poach, that could become my Title...The unPC Pc Tabber....
I'd recomend the Hat figures, you could think Victorian Imagi-nations..
Hi Paul, painting eh, I remember that, must get back to some soonest!

David said...


It looks as if we may be taking a cottage in Pickering next week.

As you are a local I was wondering what you could recommend wargames/history wise in the area?

Peeler said...

Hi David, well... there's castles at Pickering, Scarborough, Helmsley to name but a few, Battle of Stamford Brodge site, Whitby Abbey and town, York is smashing with the Jorvik Centre and Castle Museam and Tower and ghost walk, Leeds has The Royal Armouries... the Moors ( don't stray off the path), Pickering steam railway. There's lots! York has a good Wargame club, as does Leeds...
Send me your email if I can help more..
mphillips611 at ..
Or we may be able to arrange a swift beer tasting/tea & buns or Maybe even a game.. :-)

David said...

Thanks for the ideas

A game would be graet, but I'm down with my better half so it is unlikely to happen

David said...

I have sent you a mesage via the Falkirk forum

Peeler said...