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.
Bad Squiddo figures: https://badsquiddogames.com/shop#!/Bad-Squiddo-Miniatures/c/20887901/offset=0&sort=addedTimeDesc
Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 4 February 2019
4 thoughts on “FEMbruary 2019 Work in Progress”
Gloss definitely suits the Land Girls very well. For someone who paints his figures in matt, slapping on the varnish gloss onto the matt paintwork on my Wrens was a big decision. For that style of classic toy soldier figure, though, it really is the only way to do it and I now think it looks the bees knees. Really looking forward to seeing how your snipers turn out glossed or otherwise.
Speaking of which, there’s more to come from me for FEMbruary with my own Bad Squiddo sniper girls!
I really do want to read that book too. I know a little around the subject but sounds a fascinating read.
Now go win that craft section in the fete for us toy soldier boys!
Gloss suits me well and was around in my early painting trying to match Bright Britain’s Deetail figures. I think it was the grown up military modelling and Wargames magazines that were responsible for my teenage khaki grunge phase.
I look forward to your Squiddo figures. Don’t rush, enjoy them!
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Good advice – not so much as a bristle applied yet and still plenty of FEMbruary left for them!
[…] Bad Squiddo also do sniper teams like mine, including other non-winter duos. Coincidentally, Mark at Man of Tin blog has been tackling Bad Squiddo’s female soviet command set for FEMbruary too, whilst also setting himself a FEMbruary challenge read that resonates perfectly with my sniper women figures – The Unwomanly Face of War, an oral history of Russian women in WW2. […]