I've only seen Spencer Smith plastics in the flesh once, not my own but rather an e friend's that I asked the favor of being allowed to paint a few of these classics , about 8ish years ago iir. Having lost the original picture files I just remembered that they were on the OSW yshoo group and have retrieved them.
It was an interesting experience, it didn't give me the urge to build my own armies the Prince August 40mm homecasts are more to my taste but I'm glad that I had the chance.
I've never liked working with this new fangled black undercoat stuff and don't care for the black lining look. I don't see details of belts and things popping out like that in real life so I don't see why they should on the table. So these were painted in craft acrylics with colors blocked in and a very tiny bit of gentle shading or highlighting here and there to suggest depth rather than detail. Not too much or I'd have gone mad. I am an impatient painter.
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Monday, February 10, 2014
Spencer Smith Flashback
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.