French Line Infantry Lieutenant-1870

This is the first painting job of the year. I insisted a lot on painting with the mixed acrylic-oil technique and I am very satisfied with this model, although more practice is needed. This is a 75mm scale model from Fer Miniatures, named "French Line Infantry Lieutenant-1870". The model is beautifully casted and I do love the posture that is very relaxed.

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English Grenadier 18th Foot – 1751

Very popular miniature from Romeo Models, the English Grenadier 18th Foot – 1751, 75mm scale. It's indeed a very nice model to paint, since it's a lot of details, like the hat. The painting technique is what is now my standard process, that is the mixed acrylic-oil. Of course, to remove the satin/glossy effect that often oil colors are about, at the end I spray a super matt varnish (by AK) with the airbrush.  

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Roman Legionary

Another very popular miniature from Pegaso Models: Roman Legionary - 75mm scale. This is also my very first miniature related to the Roman period and of course it's also the first time I painted a "scutum", the famous roman shield. Overall I am rather happy with the outcome. The painting process is mixed acrylic-oil, as usual.  

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Jean Le Bon (John II of France)

John II, called John the Good (French: Jean le Bon), was King of France from 1350 until his death in 1364. During his reign, he faced several challenges, including the Hundred Years' War with England. This is yet another popular miniature in 54mm originally manufactured by Elite Miniatures (they closed down their business some years ago). Today it's still avaiable in the FeR Miniatures offerings, but the original miniature is casted in white metal. Standard mixed acrylic-oils painting process, which is a bit facilitated here since the "fleur de lis" are casted in relief. Red hairs is a bit difficult to render, and the photo does not help much...

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Hostus vs. Ennius – 215bc – 2nd Punic War

This is a 75mm scene built with two miniatures by Romeo Models. The scene is about the fight between Hostus (or Josto) who was Ampsicora's sone (Ampsicora guided the rebellion against Romans in Sardinia in Punic War period), and a Roma (here names Ennius), where the latter killed the former. Technique is always mixed acrylic-oil and I used it for any element of the miniatures. The 'dirt' effects were made with pigments by Andrea Colors (they have a nice color selection)  

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Dutch grenadier officer of the guard

This is a 54mm miniature of a "Dutch grenadier officer of the guard - 1812", by Metal Modeles (now the brand is managed by Atelier Maket). Painting process is the traditional mixed acrylic-oil technique. I am still refining this technique. It's not easy to paint with oil such small pieces...

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European Knight IV Century

sdfgds fgasfgad   Another very popular Pegaso Model figurine in 75mm scale. Many painters opted for a red coloured vest, this time I opted for a blue one. I used a mixec acrylic-oil paint, also for the vest. In general oil simplify the painting process of shades and highlights. Yes, eventually they are a bit glossy, but I used the super effective matt varnish by AK using airbrush and this makes everything very matt (including metals...) For the first time I decided to include some water in the scene. It's not easy to work with the resin, in general, but overall I am rather happy of the final outcome.  

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Landsknecht Bust (Castle Miniatures)

This is a Landsknecht bust (200mm sckae) produced by Castle Miniatures (I think it's no more in the business) and ... yet another beautiful pose miniature!  I used the mixed acrylic-oil technique, starting with preshading in acrylic using the airbrush. The more I use oil colors, the more I like them since colors are vibrant and create very nice shades. In this case I decided to use oil colors to paint the florant texture on the orange fabric. Freehand painting always includes errors and, although it's possible to correct errors in acrylic, I realised it's much easier to correct mistakes using oil colors, since it's a matter of using a paint brush dipped into the solvent (very few...). So, I…

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4th Hussar Regiment Captain

Another figurine by White Models (90mm scale, Stefano Borin scupt) and, as usual for this brand, this is a super-detailed piace with lots of small parts to assemble. In this case I used just acrylics. This is also teh first time I try to paint a marble floor. I think the final outcome is not bad, but definitly to improve...

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French Zouave

Yes another great bust in 200mm scale, the French Zouave Regiment in 1914 by Life Miniatures. Still acrylic-oil mixed technique, but this time I used a lot both the pre-shading with the primer and the airbrush to sketch the first shades with the acrylic color. I must say that using the airbrush is really cool and it's also super precise, although I was initially skeptical. I think I will start using the airbrush on a regular basis, since it creates a very nice base color for oil painting. Overall, I have vey happy for the final outcome. 

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Joachim Murat

This bust is indeed very famous and it's been painted by lots of modellers so, this is my take... The bust is manufactured by Alexandros Models and it's in 200mm scale. I painted the bust using the acrylic-oil technique, but it was a challenge for me, especially for the beige uniform. There is still a lot of room for improvement...

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French Knight XIVc

Yet another figurine by Pegaso Models, althought this piece was never officially sold in the retail market, since it was given as a gift along with the subscription of the french magazine "Figurines" (no more published). The scene is not scratch built, but I don't remember the manufacturer... I also loved to paint the heraldry on the shield and the vest.

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Tuscan Knight

This is another old piece by Pegaso Models, but I always loved the posture of this Tuscan Knight (54mm scale) I had a lot of fun building the base and getting the figure dirty, although I think I went a bit overboard in doing that...

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Polish Lancer Trumpeter

This is a super old figurine created by White Models many years ago. This brand is now part of the Masterclass portfolio. This is a bigh and heavy piece in 90mm scale. Assembling and painting this piece was really a challenge and I discovered that all the figurines by the sculptor Stefano Borin are really super-detailed, hence the difficulty... I loved its relaxed posture since the first time I saw it, so I decided to paint it. In this case I also use the mixed acrylic-oil technique.

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Sapper Foot Grenadiers of the Guard

This is indeed one of my favorite pieces, the bust "Sapper Foot Grenadiers of the Guard" by Nuts Planet (1:10 scale) I am also happy with the final outcome of the face (in this case I only used acrylics), I think it looks rather "natural" and expressive.  

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