Over the weekend as FEMbruary 2019 begins, I have undercoated my two sets of believable female miniatures by Annie Norman at Bad Squiddo.
I started to block out basic colours onto each set. Finding the right green / khaki shade for Soviet troops should be interesting. They will most likely be gloss finished.
I noticed when comparing the Land Girls set this year with those painted last year that I used mostly Revell Aquacolor Gloss Acrylics. I usually now paint in toy soldier style, rather than the more realistic “grungy” khaki and brown wash of modern Wargames figures and “Military Modelling”. A matter of personal taste.
Gloss or not Gloss? Even the wider range of Matt colours can be glossed at the end with Varnish.
Gloss or not gloss?
One new #FEMbruary / #MARCH challenge that has come up – Will I be able to get both sets of Land Girls finished and box framed ready for the craft section of my local Spring Flower Show in mid March?
It fits the local agricultural / flower show theme. Many Land Girls worked or trained on local farms in my semi-rural Southwest area of Britain during WW1 and WW2.
It strikes a blow for “boy-craft” in an otherwise mostly female craft section.
Hopefully I can finish this project on time to a suitable standard (my own!)
Last year I didn’t think my Suffragette conversions were quite ready or suitable for the same event, even though it was the Right to Vote centenary and we had had active suffragette campaign in my home area.
Already Marvin at Suburban Militarism has finished his FEMbruary project, a fine set of 54mm WREN Royal Navy female figures, who turned out to be made in his very own home town!
Meanwhile reading my FEMbruary challenge read – The Unwomanly Face of War, an oral history of Russian women in WW2 – is proving surprisingly interesting and challenging subject matter. Grim in many places, not for the faint hearted but certainly a history that needed to be recorded (written 1985, updated 2017) before this generation of women passed away.
Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 4 February 2019