Having finished, but not yet based, my Minden British infantry (see previous post), I have been in a bit of a hiatus until my next Minden order of French infantry arrives. In the meantime, I’ve been working on some Perry plastic Napoleonic French cuirassiers, but they’ll be subject of a separate posting once they’re done. So to fill in time until my next miniatures posting, here are some shots of the room in which it all of my painting takes place. As usual on this blog, click on the photos to see them full-sized.
My painting desk sits to the left, behind it my bookshelf chocabloc with military books. The replica Tiffany lamp, which was presented to me by my family, gives out a lovely warm and atmospheric light when I’m browsing on the computer. And when I’m painting, the standard lamp on the left gives me bright white illuminaton to work by. As you can see, my study isn’t too tidy at the moment. While I like to think of myself as a tidy person, I’m also a bit of a procrastinator!
Here’s a closer view of my painting station and computer desk. On top of the bookshelf you can see my converted Disney ‘Black Pearl’ pirate ship, as well as a couple of British police helmets from my collection of police hats from all over the world. In the top shelf is a replica French Napoleonic pokalem undress cap of the 85ème Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne, and in the shelves below you can see the typical wargamer’s battery of Osprey and Funcken books. And note the ‘faux’ bookshelf above my computer (which makes it look as though I am more academic than I am!).
The pictures above my painting station include a lovely old print of police uniforms of the world in 1880. The drawing and the painting on the left are particularly precious to me, done by my father in the 1930s. The two prints bottom right are old New Zealand scenes with redcoat soldiers in the landscapes, given to me by my sister-in-law. In a problem common to many wargamers, my books are starting to overflow from my bookshelf and line the top of my display case.
My favourite paints are the Foundry three-pot series, which are jumbled in a box in my painting desk. I often have trouble finding the right colour in the clutter! A good thing about this painting station is that the desk closes and so hides the mess – all I have to do is put the brush/water jar in the back, line the works-in-progress on top of the desk, then shut the lid.
Finally, here’s a sneak preview of those Perry cuirasssiers you’ve seen galloping across my painting desk. They’re not finished yet. And, as seems to happen in all my photos, the blue of their uniform jackets has come out much lighter in the photos than it actually is. As mentioned, I’ll post more fully on these guys once they’re completed.