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!
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.
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.
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!
Much More Later