25 June 2016

New and not so new arrivals

Typically, I post pics of my new stuff to the blog, but sometimes I am lax.  However, this just arrived:

This is a great item, and I desperately need terrain pieces.  Hopefully, I can get these set up in an eye-pleasing way (to the eternal critic - me!) in short order.

Also new:

My first new brushes in ages.  These are from Rosemary & Co., a great little brushmaker in the UK.  The company was recommended by several painters across different forums, so I jumped in also.  The ones with black handles are Kolinsky sable, in sizes ranging from 2/0 to 2, while the fifth one (natural-colored handle) is a sable blend.  These brushes are not very expensive, with the average price of the group above - including shipping to the USA - being about $7.50.  It is hoped that these new brushes will help with my figure-painting output; they are much nicer than my other brushes!

And now, the not-so-new:

1/72 Nationalist infantry for the Spanish Civil War.  My Republicans now have some opposition!  One more infantry section, and some heavy weapons, will give me plenty of fodder for some games.

Last, but not least:

(Apologies for the poor pics)  

These are the most controversial group of all...  1/56 Savoia musketeers from Crann Tara.

Why are these controversial?  They represent the nucleus of yet another project.  I appear to be doing some retail therapy on myself, which I usually do not mind but typically it is pointed towards existing projects.  Life seems to be a bit outside of my comfort zone at the moment, and that has always led me to think in different directions for my hobbies.  Will this new project stick this time?  Perhaps, as my lovely wife likes tricornes and the period is more appealing than some others.  Right now I am trying to decide on single or element basing for what could be a major set-up.

To add some more controversy - I am intending to use these fine figures for Seven Years' War Russians...



  1. A nice selection of goodies!

  2. Those trees should turn out really nice, looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

    I love R&Co brushes, always have a bunch in hand. I also use W&N Series 7 but price to quality you can't beat R&Co.

    Good luck with the new projects always good to start something


  3. Much new stuff on your plate, Greg. "Retail therapy;" I like that notion! I suspect most of us fall victim to that draw! There are worse afflictions. Looking forward to seeing these new project ideas blossom.

  4. Thank you, gentlemen.

    Ian, I have high hopes for these new brushes. Hopefully, I am not too rough on them.

    Jon, I did not coin the phrase but it fits!

  5. Thank you, Andrei. Now, to paint them!

  6. Rosemary brushes better than WN Series 7 for price/quality? I should give one a try. Where did you order yours?

  7. Jon, I ordered direct from the manufacturer, here:


    Look for the Series 33 brushes.