'this 'ere masterclass painting m'larky is 'ard going, and no mistake!'
As diligent readers of this blog will know, I decided to take the opportunity of my new Peninsular project to try some of the masterclass ideas currently being put forward by Mr Tim Beresford in Battlegames magazine. I have been a good boy, and read Mr Beresford's prose in a more or less attentive fashion, and I have admired his nicely done Perry Sudan figure in the current issue of Battlegames. I have noted what he has said about tones, natural light, subtle finishes, warmth and cold, and I have thought, 'I would like some of that'. But, alas, I fear that I have strayed into 'old dog and new tricks' territory. Here are two of my fine Peninsular boys:
The bases are unfinished, of course, but the rest of the painting was an attempt to follow the Beresford approach, from white undercoat (excepting weapons etc), much mixing of colours, and attempts at layers of 'opaque' colour.
I struggled with all this (as one expects to with a new approach), and I also realised that the heavily detailed sculpts were not, perhaps, the best to try new techniques, but what strikes me is that the overall finish is not massively different (and I am aware that at my age eyes are less able to pick up on colour differences) from my other figures, such as:
light bobs from the American War, or:
Hessian fellows from the same. These AWI types were done with black undercoat, using the block, highlight, wash approach. So, where am I? I've another six Peninsular fellows in process using my bungled Beresford method, but a boxful of others that I suspect will end up being painted using my old technique. I am, truly, an old dog.