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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Painting more Gauls

Well, here are the results after a week or so of mucking about with the 'wet palette' and a reasonably small batch of figures.

The painting is certainly not earth-shattering, but I probably do pay a little more attention to detail in doing a smaller batch, so it's an approach that's perhaps worth pursuing.




These still have a little bit more to be done on them, but are pretty much done.  Only another 150 Gauls to go...

Onward and upwards!

20 comments:

  1. I like your shield work. Who manufacturers your Gauls? 150 more to go? Yikes!

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    1. They're a mix of Tin Soldier and Xyston. Tin Soldier are slightly bigger and with wider heads but the weapons and shields are about the same size, so I thought what the hey...

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  2. Oh, I do love these! And your shield work is fantastic!

    150 more to go? Make that into a drinking song. 150 Gauls on the wall, 150 Gauls, you take one down and paint it around… ;-)

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  3. Nice work. And with Gauls (pretty much any irregulars) small batches is the way to go. My only preference over the style you are using is to make the flesh much lighter, then wash over it so it really stands out.

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    1. Thanks Doug - yes, I tried that technique, but I really haven't found a satisfactory flesh wash. Any suggestions? I currently have the Coat d'arms one, but it's a bit too yellowy to use for flesh. It's great for washing over a dull yellow and for hair and beards, but I'd love to find a good flesh wash for use with actual flesh!

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    2. Hi, I currently use the very old Citadel flesh wash, but I have got good results using this and more red-brown colours. One advantage is with Coat d'arms - that it makes a great wash for 'oriental' faces. If I am going 'quick and dirty' I use a very light base colour, then a red brown wash. My preferred option is to use a darker base colour - something like bronzed flesh, then the wash, then go back and highlight with a lighter flesh colour.

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    3. Thanks Doug! I've used a similar method in the past, but had forgotten it. Bronze flesh, red brown wash and lighter highlight. Will try that out on my forthcoming Samnites.

      Many thanks again!
      Cheers,
      Aaron

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  4. My heart goes out; I hate painting Celts! There is a unit gathering dust on my painting tray, right now. ;-)

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    1. I go in fits and starts Simon; usually I hate the idea, but when I get the bug and start making progress I end up not minding. Unfortunately, the only music I seem to be able to paint to these days is Iron Maiden, which is a bit of shock for the wife, who has always known me as a lover of, shall we say, sounds less bogan...

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  5. You can never have too many Gauls. Good luck on the rest.
    Seb

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    1. Cheers Seb. I just try to think of how glorious it will be when they are finished!

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  6. Nice work. I like the look of the shields.

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  7. Agreed, the colours really pop. Nice saturation.

    FMB

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    1. Thanks, FMB! Saturation eh? Didn't know that term. You can learn something new every day in this hobby! :-)

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  8. Nice looking troops and beautiful shields, great paintjob!

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