Monday, 7 June 2021

On the bench

 Well thought I’d show a quick shot of the real bench and not the side bench I use for basing, finishing off etc.

I realised I hadn’t done Sempills (25th regiment) foot for my Culloden army! An extreme oversight so a unit undercoated and started.  I paint the units as a full regiment so 30+ figures in one go. That’s why there's other bits and pieces on the bench a) to break the monotony and b) to allow some shades to try before progressing.

The Newline design Nassau were pieces I’ve had for a long time and just fancied doing them - the 20mm figure really is, I think, the perfect Wargame scale in retrospect I should have done my whole range in this scale ๐Ÿ˜†

I hope to get the 25th finished over the weekend and then back to the Yorkshire hunters.
Keep safe everyone.


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Surely, those are not unpainted resin Daleks in the back!

Best Regards,


Extrabio47 said...

Graham, you have the most eclectic paint bench I think I’ve ever seen! My bench looks downright boring in comparison.

The 25th is shaping up to be another lovely regiment, and the Nassauers look the business. Nice green. Be sure to post more photos when they’re finished.

And is that a dragon (with one “o”) lurking in the background? A flat dragon?

Thank you for sharing.


marinergrim said...

Very nice figures. I know what you mean about 20mm, especially when there are so many excellent sculpts out there today.

ronniec said...

I love "Spot The Difference" puzzles. This one has been particularly taxing.
Looking forward to seeing the completed units.

Graham C said...

Daleks ๐Ÿคฃ no they’re Black Hussar Miniatures weapons tents for the Prussians.

The bench is a bit like my brain all over - it’s how I work I need at least two or three things on the go at the same time. The art is in keeping everything moving forward ๐Ÿ˜†

Yes there are lots of nice 20mm and I think Newline is often overlooked by most gamers it’s a great scale.

Glad to keep you occupied for a while whilst having a coffee ๐Ÿ˜Š

Donnie McGibbon said...

I know what you mean about 20mm and Newline in particular, I purchased some Sikh war figures from them and they are cracking little sculpts and the size is perfect, a decent paint job can be done quite quickly and footprint is appealing from the gaming table point of view.

Aly Morrison said...

A lovely mix of projects Graham…
Yes I had to look twice at the ‘Daleks’ ๐Ÿ˜

All the best. Aly

Independentwargamesgroup said...

How on earth do you switch between subjects Graham, your collection must be really eclectic.

Graham C said...

My eclectic collection is a lot smaller than it used to be ๐Ÿ˜ just the way I am. I bet you have more armies and periods than I do ๐Ÿคฃ

66Vespa said...

Good evening Graham,

In my humble opinion, I don't think that you are giving yourself enough credit regarding the 'perfect' wargaming scale. Just the sheer overwhelming popularity of 28mm (1/56 scale) alone is evidence enough to offset 20mm as a rival for 'perfection'. Sure, you can field larger armies for the same cost with 20mm, but that is just for the lead. If you care about the paint job, 20mm gets really expensive. Most gamers who paint their own figures can deal with 28mm well enough. The sculpting detail quality at 28mm provides the amateur painter a superb canvas to work with. In my experience, in order to get the same paint job with 20mm, the services of a professional painter are required. Not only that, but the essence of Crann Tara Miniatures is, without doubt, your decision to go with the 'true proportion' physique for your figures, which was both radical and courageous. You saw something special in what Minden had started, and it drove you to further that movement. This is all-important in the historical gaming context. When a historical gamer looks down on his/her Crann Tara army, he/she sees perfectly proportioned men in miniature, not some 'heroic' or cartoonishly grotesque version of such. In truth, I wonder if it is actually the case that Perry, Front Rank, Elite, Renegade, et al, wish that they had developed their entire figure portfolios in 1/56 'true proportion' scale.



Graham C said...

Thank you very much for your comments and observations. I just think it was a personal thing for me that I like 20mm but the whole CT range came about because I wanted figures that were proportionate, no big hands, heads or silly poses.

Der Alte Fritz said...

Graham, I have the same pair of Prussian weapons tents on my painting bench. ๐Ÿ˜„