Friday, 6 March 2015

16th submission to the challenge: 28mm 2nd BEF Section & Captain Campbell (55 Points)

With this years Challenge slowly coming to a close I'm rather proud to have reached my personal target. With this submission I've surpassed the goal of 80 painted miniatures I set for myself by 6. This means I've already painted 25 miniatures more than last year (61 + 1 AFV) and still there are two weeks to go.
But don't expect me to do much more for the last few days. I'm trying to avoid the 'painters burn out' I suffered from last year and therefore will be reducing my output drastically.

So today I've finished the second infantry section for my BEF. Again these are all Warlord Games figures. There are still some more additions to come but it's a small but playable force now at last.

 This lot was quite a pain in the back to clean up. Mould lines and flash all over the miniatures. Compared to my last batch of the same figures I was rather disappointed.

For sake of consistency within the force the uniforms are still too bright but will look alright on the table I think.

Elsewhere I was asked If I had any reference for the Mickey Mouse camo I used for the BEF helmets. As some of you might be interested as well here's my source:

And last but not least here's Captain Campbell at your service. He somehow lost his ride after a brief but fierce encounter with a German Messerschmitt over Dunkirk.

While the darn Kraut went up in flames Mr. Campbell still had to abandon his bullet riddled Spitfire by parachute. Must have come directly out of the sun, that bastard...

Well, at the very least he hasn't lost his beloved pipe over the pretty uncomfortable landing. Is there anything better than a pipe and a cup of tea to settle the nerves? Speaking of tea... Blimey! Has he actually forgotten to take his thermal jug with him before the plane crashed?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed!


  1. Stunning! The BEF highlights are gorgeous.

  2. Excellent BEF - and love the colorful captain with his 'chute at his feet. Lovely!

  3. Excellent work! You've really painted these fellas up at a very impressive pace during the challenge. A cool down period is definately well deserved after this impressive effort.

  4. Outstanding display of brushwork Nick!! Your WWII collection is a stunning array of beautiful painted figures.


  5. You have a wonderful style sir. Simply gorgeous.

  6. They are spectacular! You're on fire and a rest is very well deserved.

  7. They are lovely
    I have avoided any Warlord figures for a while, they are a pain in the are to clean up. The chap who cuts their moulds is not very good at it.

  8. Compliments to a very well-executed highlighting - I'm really impressed by your technique for the glasses on the kneeling chap. I sympathize with your need to rest the brushes a bit, seems it's been a highly fruitful challenge for you this year, so you'll have these wonderful additions to your collection as the pay off.

  9. These minis are absolitely stunning. I like the paint style very much and it inspires me to start painting again after almost two years of silence. Wonder if you would reveal what colours you use for the skin? It all ways gives me trouble painting that. Thanks in advance

    1. Thank you Reese! I'm glad to hear that my humble work might contribute to you coming back into painting again.
      As for the skin it's really no big secret just plain layering.
      The colours used are (darkest to lightest):
      1. Citadel 'Bestial Brown' unfortunately OOP nowadays. Any light reddish brown will do though.
      2. Foundry 'Flesh Shade' 5A
      3. Foundry 'Flesh' 5B
      4. Well... you guessed right: Foundry 'Flesh Light' 5C
      5. Foundry 'Boneyard Light' 9C

      I start with Bestial Brown as a base coat and from there on work up to the lightest colour using Boneyard just for the highlights on knuckles, chin and cheeckbone.

      Hope this helps.

    2. Many thanks for you fast and detailed answer ;)
      I had feered that it was foundry colours ... They seem to cost a million but have to give them a try ;-)


  10. Fantastic work Sir! Just love your painting style!!

  11. Great work!! The most beatifull I ever seen!

  12. Excellent work and that's a lot of miniatures finished. How long does it take you to finish one miniature (on average)?

  13. Your style of work is turning into some of my favourite painting, superb.