More on flocking 10 mm Russian infantry

Well, now I have flocked Russian infantry squads according to the majority of opinions saying that grass would be better than painted sand. 
After seeing these stands from tabletop distance I have to say that in the end it does not matter the type of flocking as the soldiers are equally invisible with those dull uniforms. The only thing you can appreciate is the flesh from face and hands.
What do you think?


Flocking 10mm WWII Russian infantry

My latest project is two WWII Eastern Front armies in 10 mm. I will be basing them in 3 X 3 cm. bases and while I am waiting for them to arrive I made a test with two Russian officers in 2 X 2 cm. bases.

The one on the left is simply flocked; the other on the right has sand glued, then painted, then washed and finally drybrushed. 

The one on the right has three times more work that the one on the left but I think its base contrast much more with the figure than the first one.

Having in mind that officers are more colourful than Russian soldiers, what do you think? Should I go with the first or with the second flocking?


28 mm Copplestone's barbarians

I just finished painting a unit of 20 barbarians that I will use for WHF 3rd edition Norse army or as Chaos thugs as well. These figures were sculpted by Mark Copplestone for Grenadier long ago but they are still a great purchase nowadays. 

You can buy all these figures at Forlorn Hope Miniatures for 30 GBP. A bargain compared to other fantasy miniatures, especially taking into account they are all different poses and full of character.

I primed them with Army Painter Barbarian Flesh primer and then washed them with Army Painter soft and strong tones. The magnetic bases are from Sally 4th.

I also will use some of them as berserkers for my Viking army...

...or as Conans for some CROM games. The one on the left could be a young Conan storming Fort Venarium and the one on the right a more mature Conan after visiting some cities in the South.

I am seriously thinking about buying a cavalry regiment for my Chaos army.


Red Sonja

Well, here it is my Red Sonja. Not very well painted and even worse photographed but she is finished and now it is just a matter of finding some time to play a game of CROM.

I got a great skin tone but then I ruined it when I dried brushed the metal parts of the model and tried to correct it painting flesh tone over it again. The same happened with her eyes; I painted them three or four times and each time they came out worse than the previous one!

Here you can see her with one Copplestone's barbarian that I painted time ago and who could pass for a young and savage Conan.



After painting Valeria now it is turn for Belit, the queen of the dark coast. This miniature is from Reaper and sculpted by Denis Mize, a fantastic sculptor well known for his chicks in chainmail who sadly is no longer among us.

I painted this brunette in blue with a dark skinned tone to simulate her life sailing the seas on her pirate ship. For that I used Vallejo Model Color Light Brown 929. The shield is a decal from LBM for 1/72 greeks that I found in the warp of my wardrobe. I could have gone with a freehand painting but I am laaazy :)

Mize's minis remind me to some of Tom Meier's because of the delicacy in the sculpting of her face, hair, chain mail and jewels. Everything is so tiny and so well sculpted that I feel afraid of spoiling the miniature with myr rough painting!

In the shot below the miniature's pose looks weird but I think it is because of the angle in which the picture was taken.

Here you have a comparison between Hasslefree's "Valeria" and Mize's "Belit". As you see there is a big difference between them. Belit looks like a giant next to Valeria. I wish miniature sculptors made the figures of the same size and not 25mm, true 28mm, 28mm, heroic 28mm and so on.

Now off to paint the third and last girl, Red Sonya. This one will be a Denis Mize's again.