Monday, May 26, 2014

My 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Entries to the Lead Painter's League

Viet Minh marching to Dien Bien Phu, 1954
So, a few folks have been asking me what's been going on with my participation in the Lead Painters' League (LPL). Well, as a recap, the League has been clipping along over the past ten weeks, with each week having the 40 entrants paired against one another for one-on-one matches. Points are won for a variety of things such as points for win/loss, point-spread within a match, submitting figures towards a stated theme, newly painted figures, etc. 


I've had a great time painting everything from goblins to panzergrenadiers but I soon realized that since our vacation landed right in the midst of the League I'd not have the time to submit new work for every round, so I've had to resort to 'retreading' some of my recent efforts.  So my apologies if this post seems a bit redundant in some spots but I thought I should try to wrap up what I'd started.


For the 6th round I drew upon my winter-themed French and Russians that I'd done for this year's Painting Challenge. Again, I really can't rave about these Perry figures enough - they're simply superb models.


For my 7th entry I sent in this group of 28mm Viet Minh from Red Star Miniatures which are excellent sculpts by Paul Hicks. I had read in Bernard Fall's 'Street Without Joy' that the French forces in Indochina greatly admired the Viet Minh expertise in camouflage, so I decided to tart up a couple of the models with some leaf camo on their helmets which I had snipped from the tips of aquarium plants.




For the 8th round I submitted a group of post-apocalyptic Soviet die-'ards that, again, I had done for the Challenge. These are very characterful Lead Adventure sculpts by the very talented 'Ratnik'.


My 9th entry was an homage to Alan Furst's excellent series of WWII noir-espionage novels. I know, it's kinda a lame entry but I do like these models from Mark Copplestone - they're such a blast to paint.


So there you have it, we're pretty much caught up on my entries for the LPL. There's just one more round to go and I'll post up that final entry next week when the League concludes. Thanks for visiting!

28 comments:

  1. Great bunch of painted miniatures Curt. A good variety that keeps it interesting for you as a painter.
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Brendon! Yes, I wanted to make sure to keep it mixed up.

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  2. Nice brushwork Curt, love the bush camo on the French, I wouldn't wanna wear that bright blue jacket though!!

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    1. Yeah, I was a little surprised to see that the Viet Minh had quilted vests in that colour but there you have it! Nonetheless, I'm with you, I'd want to trade it in for a khaki one.

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  3. Lovely work on all these entries Curt. I particularly like the Copplestone "Noir" figures :)

    I hope you're both enjoying your holiday

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, we're having an excellent time. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to getting back to the hobby desk.

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  4. No apologies needed my good man, always a pleasure to feast the eyes on these beauties!

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    1. Cheers for the vote of confidence Michael, much appreciated!

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  5. That's excellent work on all entries!
    I was pleased to give them most of my votes.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Stefan! It was a tough League this year. I always seemed to be matched against very heavy hitters - still a load of fun though!

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  6. I saw these and I saw your entry for the tenth round today. Truly a masterful piece of work.

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    1. Thank you Anne, that's very kind of you to say. There were so many great entries for the final round. Such a great diversion from my normal plodding pace.

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  7. Excellent work, Curt, especially those Perry Napoleonics - lovely figs!

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    1. Cheers Evan - they are a treat to work on. I have still have scads more to get done but I couldn't face the winter theme anymore! Perhaps next autumn...

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  8. Wonderful work indeed Curt and tempt with the Indochina material!!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! You'll probably see more Indochina stuff coming off my table over the coming months. I have an idea for a scenario that I want to try...

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  9. No need for excuses Curt. One can't often enough marvel at your great figs.

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  10. Lovely figures. The Viet Minh are excellent.

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    1. Thanks Mark! The Viet Minh castings are a real pleasure to work with as are many of Paul Hicks' sculpts. I hope Red Star keeps producing more in the range (colonials, sappers, Anti-Air crew, etc.)

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  11. All wonderful entries mate and I'm sure they'll do you proud. Good to hear you are enjoying your trip but like you I can't be away from my painting desk too long :-)

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    1. Thanks Millsy! We're heading back soon and I must say it will be nice to be ensconced in front of my paint desk again.

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  12. Great work! Especially on the Vietminh ;-)) Will tell about your painting on our Blog http://dienbienphuredstarminiatures.blogspot.be.
    Christian from Red Star Miniatures

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    1. I'm delighted you like them Christian. Thank you for providing such an excellent range of figures - they are a real joy to work on.

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  13. Fantastic work all over, but especially on the Viet Minh. I just finished painting my first batch of figures from that range and I have not had that much fun painting in years! Anyone considering buying some Red Star figures, do so! Right now! You will not be disappointed. Allow me also to promote my own humble efforts to show that can be done with these even if you do not possess Curt's fantastic abilities.
    http://getitpainted.blogspot.se/2014/06/first-dien-bien-phu-figures.html

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    1. Thanks for your comments Thomas! I like your Viets and I'm jealous of your lush garden!

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