Sunday, 29 July 2012

Completed Boer Commando



With these seated charters from the 'Empress Miniatures' Anglo-Zulu war collection the Boer Commando is finally complete.  An interesting pose this one where you can just imagine them hidden amongst the rocky outcrops ready to pour a lethal fire onto a unsuspecting foe.


At the outset of the project the aim was to use a unifying colour palette that allowed individuality of the miniatures' character to come through, but when seen as a unit tied them together.  With the exception of the artillery and the police, no official uniforms were worn, the Boer fighters preferring drab everyday clothes.  To this end I used a muted palette consisting of blue, brown and khaki with tones thereof.  A similar idea was employed with the beard and hair colour, taking into account their Dutch extract.


The versatility of the separate heads means that the whole unit could be repeated again and again without the need of exact duplication of poses, but I think that will be enough for the moment.  Their versatility also extends to their deployment on the table with the Anglo-Zulu war and Boer Wars been the obvious use they could also lend themselves as settlers a little further West perhaps.


Defenders of the Kop



43 comments:

  1. Damn impressive unit of boys Michael....

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  2. Excellent work Michael. Love the last photo. I would support anyone defending the Kop!!

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  3. That Kop doesnt look like Anfield. Great palette and painting skills on display Michael sir. They should be able to use the Brits a bloody nose.

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    1. Perhaps I should have put a bit more red in the colour palette! ;)

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  4. So, are these the Kop Choir then? ;)

    Lovely work as always :)

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  5. Cracking! They would make good western types..Pascal (Sams Minis World) is using boer figs as cowboys.
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thank you Paul, I was certainly thinking along similar lines too.

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  6. Great looking set of figures and I think you achieved your goal.

    So whats next?

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, a bit more on the secret project next.

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  8. Very, very good. I love them.

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  9. Excellent troops Michael! Top painting skills, what a great and very unusual pose.

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    1. That is very kind of you Ray, certainly an unusual pose.

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  10. Great group of minis. Well done sir!

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  11. Very good job sir! Nicely tied together with the colours chosen.

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    1. Thank you, I was really pleased that it all came together.

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  12. That Kop looks like it would be a tuff nut to crack. Great to see the complete unit together.

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    1. Thank you Pat, certainly pleased to have them completed.

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  13. Very nice work on these, Michael. In the first shot they look like they should have a Glastonbury backdrop and be sporting banjoes instead of rifles! ;)

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    1. Thank you Curt and once again you've got me wishing that I'd thought of that first!

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  14. Very nice! The variety within the limited palette works nicely

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  15. Great work on the figures!!! whats comming down the pipeline good sir ?

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    1. Thank you Sir; more 'secret project' madness on its way!

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  16. Excellent painting again - and the pose is very unique and realistic. Best, Dean

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  17. Thank you Dean, that is very kind of you.

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  18. Great job. Put a tin badge on one of these fellas and you'd have a small town Western sheriff.

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    1. That is a great idea Jay, they would make a mean posse.

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  19. Beautiful work, and a nice little diorama too.

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  20. Great looking unit and a unique pose. I have a few Boers and I am trying to convince a friend of mine to paint some British units so we can have a go!

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  21. Well that is just top notch work ol'boy and beautifully posed on the Kop. Well done that man!

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  22. You've been busy Michael. I do like these Boer's, the colors and the basing are just perfect.

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  23. Colourfull bunch of figures! Unusual but nice poses!

    And you can use them as Wild West figures indeed!

    Greetings
    Peter
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