Thursday, 15 November 2012

Boxer Artillery




This final instalment for the Boxer Rebellion (at least for the time being anyway) sees the introduction of an artillery piece and crew.  As before, all are from ‘Redoubt Enterprises’ and have the same reassuring solidity to them.



I decided that I wanted to add a little ‘something extra’ to the base, perhaps to convey some form of defensive position, but also to hint at the urban setting of this conflict.  To that end a few ‘Ainsty Castings’ tea chests and a discarded piece of pottery (the pattern lovingly cribbed from a 19th Century Qing Dynasty vase – the infoweb is a wonderful thing!) were scattered about the front of the base.



I have to confess that I am rather pleased with the final result and thoroughly enjoyed tinkering around until I was happy with the base; perhaps I could have a month dedicated to artillery, but then again I could just try and stay on task!



66 comments:

  1. Very nice, I'm liking how this force is shaping up!
    The vase is a very nice touch. Reminds me of when I was in China, every little nicknack was described as 'last one in china' -and if someone bought it, not long after a new one appeared in it's place on the shelf. it seems these items are so rare they're using them as expendable defense baracades!

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    1. Thank you, and yes I loved the idea of these, so called, priceless heirlooms been thrown when the ammunition ran out.

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  2. Both the gun and the crew are great.

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  3. Really nice , and very good paint .

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  4. Superb artillery piece/mini diorama. Love the vase its great

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    1. Thank you Brummie, great fun to do too.

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  5. Now that's really cool! Well done! I've been thinking of the Boxer Rebellion for some time, but not enough time. Your excellent examples are pushing me!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, there is something very appealing about the period what with so many different nations involved, but like you I might need to focus my attentions elsewhere.

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  6. Really lovely work, the base looks great really natural.

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  7. Excellent work Michael! I really like how you did the white!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thank you Peter, I find that with white I tend to use grey undercoat more and more. That and Devlan Mud at the end.

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    2. I paint first the white, then a grey wash and then white again, not painting the deeper parts! In one of my next post, I show you the result!

      Greetings
      Peter
      http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  8. Love it, especially the vase!

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  9. Brilliant. I love the detail of actually painting up the vase in period colours
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thank you Paul, just had to be done. ;)

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  10. Super job again! Love the tea chests - i am going to have get some of them.

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    1. Thanks Dave, the chests are great fun, but I can't help feeling I could have made them myself! That is the problem with being lazy!

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  11. Wonderful, a great work on this stand!

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    1. Thank you Phil, that is very kind of you.

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  12. Great job, and I love the vase!

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    1. Thank you Derek, just couldn't resist!

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  13. Amazing mini diorama! Great painting job!
    Panagiotis.

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  14. These are very nicely painted, Sir. A really neat vignette.

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    1. Thank you my good man, most kind of you.

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  15. Bloody lovely Michael, the base is brilliant and really complements the gun and crew!

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    1. Fran, that is very kind of you to say so, really enjoyed working on them.

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  16. Very nicely done there Michael and either reason to be proud of the results.

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  17. How did you achieve this shading on white?
    They look stunning Michael. I doubt if they should be called figures, they are real. Honestly, I can't find any proper words for them. :)

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    1. Thanos you are too kind, but with regards to white the palette started with London Grey, then Sky Grey and finally white. Where there were deep creases I added a little Devlan Mud

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  18. Excellent work, I love the added Tea chests, that really adds to the effect of the base. Keep it up my good man!

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    1. Thank you Ray, always looking to makes things more difficult for myself!

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  19. Just gorgeous. Possibly the best of the lot yet.

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    1. Thank you Millsy, I have to confess of all the Boxer Rebellion done to date these are my favourites.

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  20. Superb Michael, I love the tea-chest detail and 'ming vase'. Excellent work.

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    1. Thank you Scott, I was hoping to have some broken pieces of pottery lying around, but ran out of patience.

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  21. You really are pushing things to a new level Michael. The painting you did on that pottery is stellar. The wheels on that cannon are great, really the whole work just shines.

    I'm sorry I'm late as I had a doctors appointment and am just now getting online to comment. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Now stop it Anne, you'll make me blush, but thank you nonetheless. Hope all went well at the Doctor's and have a great weekend yourself.

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    2. I hope you don't mind, but I have to choose five of my favorite blogs to give the Liebster Blog Award to and you are one of those five.

      I'm running the post on Sunday. There's no strings attached to the award so you don't have to do any questions and answers or anything like that.

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    3. I am absolutely flabbergasted and of course extremely honoured! Thank you so very much Anne.

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  22. Fantastic work, 10 out of 10 for this Michael. The base really catches the period and the figures are lovely.

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    1. Pat you are very kind, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed doing this piece.

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  23. I gotta agree with Pat...you get a perfect score for this one...excellent ...excellent...excellent

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    1. Far too kind Captain, but thank you nonetheless.

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  24. Wow, what a brilliant work of art!

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  25. Awesome! The tipped vase really clinches it for me. Very characterful.

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    1. Thank you Curt, it was one of those ideas that I just couldn't dislodge so it had to be done.

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  26. These are great, really well based. I wasn't familIar with the Boxer rebellion until I caught 55 Days in Peking on sunday afternoon TV the other month.

    Sorry, just found your blog - how did I miss such treasures?!

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    1. Thank you very much and welcome aboard Sir. Not long found your rather splendid site too.

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