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

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.




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    1. Aren't they? Don't know that I'd want to play a game with them freestanding on just their own bases though!

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  2. Really nice figures and glad to hear I am not the only one who dislikes black undercoating or inking I prefer natural or just room light to generate shadows on the figures

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  3. They are very handsome figures.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  4. You have done an excellent job. Very inspiring.
    I admire the work of H.Eriksson.
    Thanks for sharing this pictures.

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    1. Thanks Cesar, I greatly admire HE's work as well.

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  5. A really wonderful look - I am envious of your ability to paint like that without lining!

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    1. Its actually quicker and easier to do, just a different focus. Shade the body for where the light hits it or doesn't, not to pick out detail. If you can find Shep Paine's book on miniatures, its a gold mine.

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  6. I share your sentiment about black undercoat and lining and shading. Having returned to painting 25mm figures after a break of 35 years, I was surprised to see black lines and heavy shading. Not for me. Last year, I painted a dragoon squadron of Spencer Smiths, white coats, buff small clothes, using white undercoat and not using black lining, I really enjoyed the painting. I have another squadron to paint in the metal mountain.

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    1. Luckily we still have the right to paint minis in whatever style we like. Enjoying thr process and the end result is the key to me.

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  7. Beautiful, a great set of figures!

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  8. While this style of painting might not look that great when viewed individually up very close, they look absolutely wonderful massed on the table top, Ross. Very well done, sir.

    It is similar to what I do in that I use block colors . . . (although mine don't look as fine as these) . . . but I'm painting toys for the game table, not for close-up photography . . . and I'm happy with the results.

    And while I actually just finished basing 72 figures on steel pennies (so they'll stick to sheet magnets), I agree that I wouldn't care to have to play a large game with everything on individual bases.

    Once again, lovely well-painted figures. Thank you for sharing them with us.


    -- Jeff

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    1. Thanks Jeff, I don't mind individual figures that will stand up but being light plastic on tiny bases, they tended to fall over in droves at the slightest tremour or breath of air.

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  9. Well done, Ross. Nice paint jobs, just right for the figures, I think. I too prefer Prince August although stylistically the Spencer Smiths are at least distant cousins, maybe closer. But enough molds have been made for the PA's over the years that it seems to me they offer more variety.

    Steve

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  10. Thanks Steve, im hoping I won't like the new PA multi part molds.

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  11. They are quite charming. I find as I get older, the old school figures become more appealing to me, I think because blogs and magazines tend to make me feel glutted with the latest, Dallimore-style paint job figures painted to the highest standard. Or maybe, like Foy, I'm just getting old and crochety, I don't know. :)

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