Friday, 9 July 2010

Current wip

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Apologies for the lack of post of late. Work and Hugo have both intervened heavily to prevent painting, and whilst I do have some photos of recent stuff I am not satisfied with them and need to take some more. Here are a couple of pics of what I am working on - Carlist infantry and French 1815 infantry. I find that sometimes I suddenly experience a burning desire to do something and last weekend I decided I wanted to paint more Napoleonic infantry. I have no idea where this came from, but when this sort of thing happens you just have to go with it....Perhaps at the back of my mind was the realisation that now there is a plastics pile alongside my leadpile and that I need to begin to seriously grapple with both. Perhaps I just fancied a change of scene. Production has certainly picked up as I painted the 6 French figures above in 5 days and should have the grenadier company finished by the end of the weekend - this will be the first time since Hugo was born that I have returned to my old 12 figures a week pace! I'm sure that much of the reason for that is the quality of the Perry plastic figures; as I've said before, they almost paint themselves. As the Carlists and Frenchies are in quite large units I will not have them finished for another week or so. I'm tempted to mount another Fourth of July parade tomorrow if I can find some time in the garden - perhaps early war Americans or even a review of my Isabelino force for the First Carlist War.


Other bloggers have noted the sad death of Paddy Griffith a couple of weeks ago. I met Paddy a few times because he was my brother's godfather. Our families lost regular touch over the years, but I have fond memories of Paddy visiting us with his family when my brother and I were young. His gifts to my brother and I were always of a military nature, and I recall him umpiring a chariot race game on the living room carpet using some plastic Roman chariots that he had given us. I was fortunate that Paddy's realisation that I was far more interested in military history than my brother led to the occasional gift of a signed book. From what others have written, such generosity was very typical of Paddy. My schooling also benefited from his perceptive analysis of military history. I once asked him why the French lost at Waterloo. Expecting (and hoping for) a detailed exposition of the battle he said "it's simple - our men were better than theirs". I used that line when asked the same question at my secondary school interview a year or so later; it prompted a laugh and I like to think helped me secure my place. He was a lovely man and will be much missed.

8 comments:

Paul Darnell said...

Great work as ever Giles and a good mix of periods.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hello there Giles,

Inspiring painting results you have there. Your work always tugs the back of mind toward maybe having a go at another period of (semi-fictitious) history once the Grand Duchy of Stollen project is finished. It is certainly hard to resist the pull! On Paddy Griffith, what wonderful memories, especially the Waterloo-secondary school interview!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

I'm now in the position to paint whatever suits my mood as I finished my Trojan commitment and so I well appreciate your comment on going wherever the brush takes you.
Nice looking mini's btw.:-)

Cheers
Christopher

Docsmith said...

Hi Giles

Glad to see you're back into it (and your choice of figures!) The Perry's Carlist Wars figures are wonderful and mighty tempting to collect. As you say, with the quality of Perrys, they almost paint themselves. For the record I've found their French Hussars amongst the most beautiful of the plastics they have produced so far.

Its terribly sad news about Paddy. I'm glad you have such fond memories of him. I occasionally corresponded with him via email over the years and found him to be not just a font of knowledge but always generous and willing to share that knowledge, always taking time to answer my dumb questions. A true gentleman - he will be sadly missed.

Cheers,
Doc

Tank Girl said...

Nice work Giles, love the Carlists.

Helen

Lickwars Men said...

Wow they look amazing! Your a great insperations.

Aaron

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