Thursday, 9 February 2017

Painting Again presented by BB

After well over a year  i am painting tiny figures again for benno`s Figures Forum, a place that is close to my heart, because of the nice guys who quite often visit there.It is a Free Site,and it costs nothing to join and become a member.It is an awesome place that let me spread out my wings of free expression in both writing and in the art of scratch building,along with a few painted soldiers as well.

                                        The Guards Cheer Good & loud! BB`s Back!

Below the first test figures of the very first ever AIRFIX HO OO Figure Sets of Marching Figures and the last for there are none like it,apart from the Guards Band they also produced way back in the day of a dreamy 11 year old, little Me, in 1960.

They were produced in three colours. A Red,Yellow & a White,in the 60`s and 70`s.Then production stopped as AIRFIX went BUST!

Above shows all the first ever AIRFIX toy figure boxes.

                                                 THE BEANO BOY TABLE

As many might realise who visit here often,i am not a conventional artist, and certainly not a great figure painter that is for sure. I`m into lots of stuff,and at 68,it helps keep my mind active and young.

It is much better I find to stick them on old paint cans with blue tack. This means that no figure is handled again until finished.

Only shown part painted at present but when finished these figures will go in the post to be presented free of charge along with other painted figures at    Benno`s Figures Forum, Great Miniature Parade  2017 at FIGZ,in ARNHEM. ( Sadly they will not be coming home again but I am replacing them.)

( BUM,a plastic figure company in Spain copied them,and there were copies made in China,and those came in rather mixed up jelly bean colours as can be viewed above.)

                                                   More copied figures above.

It is hoped that a hundred or so of the original AIRFIX Guards Band & Colour Party which I am painting, will lead the Figures Parade, consisting of many a painted toy figure sent in by other  valued members with all differing styles of painting panache.
I`ll show the end results of my wobbly real work soon. 

  PS I am no longer posting on FACE BOOK, BB

Breaking In New Brushes

My old painting table has been brought out from a cupboard and it feels once more comfy like as it slips under my chair once more.
Lots of figures mean lots of undercoating, which is just the job for getting some wear and tear into brushes and to oddly get used to painting again. I do not buy expensive brushes,but do buy good quality ones,that will paint many a hundred figures in their lifetime use of play.

I used thinners to add to the new enamel paints,which are way to thick because alcohol is used in the mixing process. My own mix dries within 10 minutes which is_____ Fast! No more waiting all day for sticky paint to dry. I am short of little old cans so I stuck 3 figures around the sides of each can.

Above painting one of the AIRFIX Astronauts.

I`ll stick a flag later Stars & Bars of course.

                                 Above the Guards Band

The painting has geared up to a point where I`ll finish the rifle and finer detail on these off later.

As the helmet is fish bowled at the front with no face features I looked at old TV footage and noticed a shadow on the visor so I  assimilated it by colour washing the whole visor, then whipping half of it away with a brush dipped in thinners, and it worked out fine,and hopefully adds much more interest to a featureless helmet.

Daleks undercoated twice in white and black await a home made water based colourwash,that will help make them Pop! These will join my massed formations of these tiny pepper pot aliens.

With the Band & Marching Guardsmen nearly finished I got another box ready for painting.

 Everything that I need is  placed upon my 2nd table.
   20 minutes later the first undercoat was on them.

This blue oblong box has aided me over many years of painting thousands of toy soldiers. It forms a step on my table and I rest my hand upon it and while hold the little can in the other hand I can paint away for hours on end in relative ease of play. So while it supports my hand it helps me paint all the finer details as they come into range of my brush. Yes it certainly works for me.

Another Guards Band box is opened up,and will be painted like the rest already nearing completion.

160 + will be painted and sent off to FIGZ!

A Giant Step For Mankind. If only they could get off the tins! The wonder of blu tac!

Much More Later


  1. Welcome back to the bench Beano!!! Cheers!

    1. Thank you RMacedo,it feels good to be able to slap-stick some colours on period piece fun time figures again. BB

  2. These sets are awesome, and I guess these will be my favorite on the parade. So nice to see you work this.
    On behalf of the FIGZ organization, thanks for this contribute!
    I am sure you will be with us in our thoughts on June 5th in Arnhem!
    Cool post, and nice to see the master in action!

    1. Thank you Remco,for your visit and kind comment.You and the rest of the Guys including Benno,are most welcome to anything that I can possibly give to aid a greater cause. I cannot attend because of medical reasons,but it gives me great pleasure knowing that at lest my humble offering will be among all the other stuff present at FIGZ!
      Take care my Friend. BB

  3. Great to see you with a brush in hand Paul, what an initiative way to paint the figures, stuck om the old paint pots like that! What a clever idea!!

    1. Thanks Ray,you are very kind to visit and comment. I realised that while painting lots of soldiers that they tend to spread out in all directions. Which is not always to Mrs B`s liking. It was like magic sticking them on the outside of the cans, which ment all that was required in the painting process was to keep turning the cans. A tiny production line of figures that take up a lot less room. BB