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I’m curious. What is your go to figure after you are painting boxes of Napoleonic figures? I know painting boxes of Napoleonic figures can be hard on the head. What other figures would you paint to give your eyes a rest. I’m working on the battle sets from Italeri right now. With a side order of Strelets to build up the armys.
I've finally started painting at least part of my 1/32 collection. The larger scale is much easier on your eyes even with magnifying glasses after dealing with 1/72 detail.
Right on Wayne. I’m glad to hear you are painting again. I retire in a couple months from the military. I hope to have a lot more free time.
Like you I have a number of Italeri Battlesets both completed and ready to start. I like the MDF central construct, ie arena, Rorkes Drift, desert fort etc. With the exception of the fort which I found benefitted from a textured finish. I otherwise consider the manufactured etching finish to be better than I can paint. Again like you I use Strelets and other figures to further populate the set.
I find that irrespective of which set of figures I am working on i grow a little bored half way through. However a consolation is that l tend to be a faster on the second batch and by that time I'm planning my next set. I quite like the repetitive nature of painting Napoleonics. I paint the first figure near enough to completion and when more or less happy with the result I replicate in colour batches flesh, facing, uniform etc. This is not the case with medieval figures where I find I have to vary the clothing colour scheme. Theres nothing a Viking hates more than seeing another in the same dress.
I have experimented with all sorts of different visual aids when painting, from illuminated magnifying glasses to some on a headband,(that made me feel quite nauseous). However I have settled on strong reading glasses giving me maximum flexibility providing I have plenty of light. To this end I prefer LED lights these being cooler and not drying out the paint.
Whilst I consider myself quite disciplined on completing a set before moving on to the next,(I think this is an age thing with me)and not something I could have been accused of in the past. Howoever I do paint on a lot of fronts. Plus there is the temptation factor in the hobby shop. Yes I'm lucky enough to have a very good one nearby.
Anyway in answer to the original question that I seem to have veered from, variety keeps the interest.
I was inspired by your contribution of Standing Prussians and decided to emulate your style particularly the blacklining of the trousers. Today I finished them and I am pleased with the result, they are a great set,so thank you to you and Strelets.
With regards to painting a couple of sets in parallel. Well I will try this also, what have I got to lose and to paraphrase Captain Aubrey, I'm not going anywhere !
I really enjoy reading the post on trying to keep things fresh. I’m going to try doing 2 different sets also. I did pickup the knew style of glasses that you see on the hobby site. Thanks for all the insight on how you work in the amazing hobby.
Great to hear from you Wayne. All the best to you and your family. Stay safe and classy as always.
one last tip from me:
Never start with the painting of more than two sets at a time.
Because my experience showed me that then more and more started things pile up on the table.
Never more than two !! :wink:
Cool I’ll keep that in mind. Most times I have a hard time with one. I find one infantry and one cavalry set is my make.