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Saturday, 5 May 2018

DABBLING WITH TECHNOLOGY!!

I'm something of a Luddite and generally eschew new technology as I don't understand it very well and it scares me. However this ostrich mentality has left by blogging in the lurch as my trusty camera died some time ago, and I have shied away from getting a decent mobile with camera (my current mobile telephone is a 9 year old Nokia which has been maltreated, dropped, washed twice and generally abused, but is still functioning).

However a post from Alan at Tradgardland demonstrated that with perseverance one can overcome these technological hurdles, so I borrowed Mrs. Atticus' mobile and managed to take some pictures with it!!

I've been managing to do a bit of painting and even some gaming recently, and a chat with 2 of my wargames buddies has enthused me to try painting some Italian Wars figures. I've always been keen on this conflict since the Peter Gilder days in Miniature Wargames. Rather than dashing off and buying loads of new figures however, I thought I would try and use figures from the lead mountain.

To start with I thought I would have a go at an unctuous Cardinal, which no Italian Wars game should be without. Perry Miniatures make a cracking cardinal model, but I already had an Essex one, so added a chinstrap to his hat, which made him look a bit more Renaissance than Medieval.



Painting defects show up in these photos, but at least I got some paint on figures which is the main thing. The sidekick banner bearer is an Essex johnny too, and just as I had finished him, I dropped him and 2 of the crosses on the banner broke off. 


I like the cardinal figure as he reminds me of the actor Murray Melvin

I'm painting up some handgunners at the moment and have an idea to do a Venetian army in the defence of Padua 1509, although this chap has a Papal banner at the moment.



11 comments:

  1. I hate to say it but I can't see the photos of the figures,sorry :(
    Keep going I am delighted you are having a go!
    Alan

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    1. I don't believe it...they were there a minute ago . Gahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

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    2. Seem to have it sorted now!

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  2. Well worth the effort, the ecclesiastical chaps look great!

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    1. Got there in the end. Thanks Alan.

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  3. Beautiful - and evocative! - figures!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I hope to post some more early 16c soon as I am enjoying painting them.

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  4. Is that Cardinal Biggles ? ( obscure reference there )

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    1. Very obscure...... something to do with the standard bearers helmet? Reminds me of some early aviators headgear and I know your interest in WW1 fliers.

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    2. Monty Python - 'I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!' -

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    3. Of course..... doh! Must paint up a comfy chair.

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