Saturday, January 2, 2016

Irish Guards


I was messing around with these over Christmas. These are classic toy soldiers from the Prince August range. I always think of the Guards as the archetypal toy soldier which is probably the legacy of Christmas biscuit tins and storybooks. They cast neatly and were under coated in red spray from army painter. Details were block painted in with Vallejo colours. I'm still in two minds about how to do the eyes as previous attempts have looked a bit odd, the sort of staring manga eyes that follow you around the room. I think some consultation may be in order. 

Uniform, as always, is that of the Irish Guards. 

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    1. Thank you very much Tony. I'll need to fix those belt buckles.

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  2. Foe eyes, I used to paint the eyes first then flesh around them. These days I don't bother.

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    1. You may have the right idea there old chap.

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  3. A classic home-mould set, and so useful for conversions. Re.eyes, I just use a small dot of light blue, or a black line for eyebrow with black dot below it.

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    1. I was thinking that with the addition of a fez, they would make very passable Egyptians. I might try that eyebrow solution.

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  4. I love them! What about very fine eyebrows painted just above the eye sockets but no actual eyes?

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Curious notion - we shall give it a shot.

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  5. Yes, definitely 'the' toy soldier, all the way down in the antipodes too!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. I had not realised you were down south.

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  6. Gorgeous! If it were me, I'd leave the eyes as they are - uniformity is everything.

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    1. Thank you very much. They do look well marching along.

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  7. Eyeballs on miniatures are unnatural, unnatural I tell you.... sorry, one of my pet hates... entirely up to you, but if they were mine I would give the faces a simple wash with something like GW Fleshwash

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    1. I'm not sure about the wash - I think it would mess up the clean lines of the figure. I'm going to try some of the ideas here.

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  8. Nice job on the colours. Plume should be on the right side of the Bearskin. Ex-Irish Guard.

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    1. Thank you very much. It doesn't come much more from the horses mouth than that.

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