Monday, May 4, 2020

April update - Austrian Cannon

April was another very lacklustre month. I managed to pull my thumb out and finish banging out some cannon at the end of the month.

These are from frontrank and there is a heap of crew to paint up as well (primed only). 4 foot cannon, and 2 horse (with the funny benches).

I possibly ended up using an overly dark ochre colour, but I'm sure campaigning is a grubby business.















I also got around to cutting up a bunch of dowel as measuring sticks for General du Corp. The long sticks are for artillery (how fitting), medium command, small movement. I ended up with a single stick from Doug which is astonishingly smooth compared to my own. I do wonder if thats the wonders of people using/holding/fiddling with them till they smooth, or if I just ended up with crappy wood and paint.


 The last addition to the painted pile is some old GW oil drums. I *didn't* actually paint these myself. I someone managed to convince my buddy Garret to do so. I suppose that's ALMOST like painting it myself (he said lying to himself). Garret did a great job weathering these and used some colours I wouldn't have selected myself. I quite like that aspect and can appreciate why some hobbyists swap painting squads with their buddies.



8 comments:

  1. Good looking Austrian guns! Ochre color looks good to me.

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    1. A friend just painted some up and posted a picture which look much more yellow and light to me. He is an austrian fan, so I suspect his 'light ochre' is probably more accurate than my.....heavy(?) ochre. But I'm happy enough (yay they are done!)

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  2. No photos from the period, unfortunately so we only have contemporary painter's impressions and they, like you, can be interpretive. Thus, yours look the part and so, are very nice!

    "I ended up with a single stick from Doug which is astonishingly smooth compared to my own.I do wonder if thats....." the result of Doug sanding the sticks smooth before painting? :-)

    Keep up the good work. It is a rest from the trials of the world.
    take care,
    ...DougH

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    1. Ha-ha. The obvious answer I didn't consider too much. I did a bit of sanding, but probably with an overly coarse grain. Boo. I was hoping the problem might improve with time.

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  3. In really like the natural wood colour; it contrasts very nicely with dark metal of the guns and other metal bits and pieces.

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    1. I like ochre as a colour myself. I have a few figs (sci fi) that I've tried to use it on.

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  4. muddy ochre would be normal for the field as only a garrison piece being inspected day after day would get more than one coat of paint

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    1. True enough! I do like the more dressy uniforms that troops probably wouldn't be wearing in the field though...

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