Thursday, 27 August 2009

work in progress






Just a quick update to confirm that there's still life in this here blog and that some painting progress has been made during the family fortnightly vacation to France. However painting al fresco was an interesting and challenging experience, not usually encountered in the UK climate. My main problem was to find sufficient shade and then to cope with the glare of sunlight, plus the problem of paints drying out in the heat - still not something I need to concern myself with now I'm back to the dull and damp British summer!

Pics above are in progress shots - Joan of Arc (nearly complete) and a French knight who'll be part of the same vignette (along with some monks marvelling at the visionary maid!) - the latter has a simple head swop to provide a little variety. The plan is that he'll represent sire de Kermoysan, 'Le Bourgeois' (the Burgess) who has heraldry of 7 white scallops on a red background (wish me luck!). Also the French crossbows completed on aforesaid break.

Looking at these has made me realise how much the final basing really 'finishes' my own figures. I've read many views on when a figure really comes 'to life' and for me the seachange occurs at the basing stage, when everything seems to fall into place. I often feel that i spend too long on basing, in proportion to the figures, but then again it's probably time well spent.

When these are completed, I'll post more pics.

3 comments:

Matt said...

Lovely looking figures. Your bases are very impressive so do not worry about the time you spend on them (if you have a spare week you can come round and do some of mine...?).

Matt

Giles said...

I completely agree, re basing - IMHO, you can't spend too long on basing and it should be considered just as important as painting. After all, it's usually the first thing people notice about a group of figures (other than flags, perhaps) but it's also a major way in which one's figures have their own individual look.

Best wishes

Giles

WABit said...

Simon,

Great stuff!!

I love the work on The Maid.

Very much looking forward to seeing this lot based up. IMHO, spend as much time as possible basing them up. It's much easier to change things at the start than it is to re-base them.

Cheers,

Darrell.