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95th Rifles

So then, sent off this chaps a few weeks ago… may remember I mentioned that I was having these done in a an earlier post.

And now I have them back and this is how they look now!

A marked improvement don’t you think?

I had these painted by Artmaster Studio after they did a test paint job for me on a Victrix 9dr British Artillery piece around a month ago and I was very happy with that.

Well now that the first set of Rifles have come back (16 models), the second set of 16 have been posted and have already arrived.  With a bit of luck I should have them back here for my next game of Black Powder on the 19th of this month.

Getting miniatures painted for you is not cheap, but it’s quick.  Well far quicker than I could possibly do them, I should though start to paint my own as I do have the skills, just need a new pair of glasses (yes even for 28mm).

Let’s look at the cost shall we?

£10 per figure (£1 off as it as a June Deal) with basing done for free and postage, so that’s 16 x £9 = £144.

The next set of 16 will cost slightly more as the June offer has finished, but Toby has agreed to do the basing for free and as already agreed I’ll get the 10% off for a larger order.  So it’s just the postage on top, which is 10% (minimum £10) which in my case will be £14.40.  That’s rather steep I hear you say?  Yes perhaps it is, however your figures arrive in a box fit enough for a regiment of any value, each figure is hand wrapped in tissue paper, then placed neatly into the box which is then padded so nothing moves about….. that’s worth the extra few quid.and Royal Mail requite £5.90 just for the next day special delivery – thieving goits they are.

So what’s next when the rifles return?  Well I’m going to build up 30 of these chaps and then send them off, ouch the cost?

Well let’s just say that it’s 30 painted figures, so that’s £9 (discounted remember) x 30 = £270 + 10% P&P = £27 = £297.

I think I’ll then send them the following 30 in August, hopefully for September completion, at which point I’ll have some of my own Line Infantry painted.

Talking of which, when I first spoke to Artmaster Studio I did explain I would be painting some of my own and so I requested that I get the colours used so that I can match the colours (if not the style).

This is the list of colours that Toby has said he uses (for base/highlights), and for reference these are all Vallejo paints, bar the Boltgun Metal which is GW.

  • Flesh
  • Shadows flesh
  • Flesh base
  • Flat Flesh
  • Jackets
  • Black red
  • Red 033
  • Vermillion
  • Trousers
  • Light grey
  • add offwhite to light grey
  • Offwhite
  • Blanket Rolls 
  • Dark Grey
  • London Grey
  • Light Grey
  • Bags
  • Light mud
  • Ivory
  • Water bottles
  • Field Blue
  • Pastel Blue
  • Wood
  • Germ camo black brown
  • Flat Brown
  • Gunmetal
  • Boltgun metal
  • Sashes
  • Black
  • Black Red
  • Red 033

I have some of those paints, but I’ll pick up the rest at my next trip into town.

So watch this space.  Seems (and I hope so) that I may have a friend in Peterborough who wants to play some Black Powder, i’d love to play more of it.

Anyway tomorrow I’ll make another post, seems some expensive rulebooks have turned up that require my attention….

Until next, Huzzah!

Like Buses…

Breakfast is finished with, it’s 9:30am (9:36 to be precise) and I’m continuing to locate models that need painting.

It’s now 12:15 and a lot of work has been done.

Emails sent, letters written, tidying done and so on, and now here I sit again.

Packaged up my 95th Rifles to send to Artmaster Studios – very much looking forward to seeing how they’ve painted the other 16 I sent a few weeks back.  Sadly I’ve done some budgeting and i’ll be reducing the number of miniatures that I send to them.  I’d like to send them all, but here’s what I have in my British Army that needs painting.

Line Infantry: 180
Highlanders: 120 (60 Centre and 60 Flank)

2 Guns and 10 crew.

Hussars: 14
British Light Dragoons: 12
Household Cavalry: 12

Major Generals on Horseback: 3
Hanoverian KGL & Highlander Colonels on Horseback: 3

Now Artmaster charge a reasonable rate (this page doesn’t render well using FF). £10 per infantry and £20 per Cavalry, 10% postage and £1 per base, not too bad, but it all adds up.

Looking at what I have above, the cost would be:

  • Infantry: 300 @ £11 = £3300
    Cavalry: 38 @ £21 = £798
    Officers: 6 @ £21 (Museum Quality) = £126
  • Grand Total : £4224 – 10% (for larger orders) = £3801.60 then we add some P&P back on..


P&P is around 10% normally, however sometimes it’s £10 minimum and £75 maximum for orders, so that’s quite good I think, due to the demands from the Post Office!

Again not a bad figure for a fully painted army, but with the house extension and my set of rules that are moving along at some pace, I’m not sure what I can get painted.

My thinking is that I get them to paint up my better units and I paint up the lesser units and try and match their style (their style is what I really liked).

So there we have it, two blog posts in 24 hours, a bit like buses, you wait ages for one, and two turn up!

Anyway about to email Toby regarding miniatures….


Back, yes back – update on basic stuff, long post.

I’m currently writing my own set of Wargames rules, currently it’s titled ‘Empire of Sand’.  I have a domain for it, and should work on that, but too busy working on the actual rules.

Just ordered GW’s 40k 6th Edition.  Two copies.  Normal rulebook for the reading of, using and playing and the collectors for storing.  I plan to take that edition down to Warhammer World and find some of those responsible to sign it.

The madman in me is still living.

Wargamming though.  I had a short go of Maurice during the week.  I am really really liking that system, it’s very good, so good that I’ve ordered a 10mm French SYW army from Pendraken Miniatures.

I’m slowly building my 28mm Perry Brothers British Line Infantry Napoleonic mniatures.  I built up one Victrix gun and had that painted by Toby at Artsmaster.  He’s currently painting some 95th Rifles for me (16) which I should get back next week and then I’ll send him another 16, or maybe 36 redcoats…. not sure yet, trying not to spend money.


I found Artmaster Studios  just by random, looking somewhere for something and found an awful video.  Ah yes, I was looking for colours for the above models and just found someone with a painting video.

Emailed them, Toby replied and now he’s doing them.  It’s not cheap, approx £10 per model (and I have over 300 to paint) so I’m going to have to do some myself.  I do like the style though, like it very much.  It’s not how I’d paint, so i’m going to have to learn how to copy it so my units all fit in!

I should get off my bottom and paint things, I have so many things to paint.  Let’s see:

Warmachine – Menoth forces include Daughters of the Flame (6), Exemplar Errants (10), EE UA (2), Wracks (3), Holy Zealots (6), HZ UA (1), 3 Warjacks (3), Choir (6), 3 Warcasters (3). Cinerators (6) and Cryx, I have 4 Warjacks (4) and a Warcaster (1).  On top of these I have Solos, so I have Vassal,, EE Seneschal and others.

Warhammer 40k – Not sure where to begin, approx 300 Eldar, approx 200 Marines including Land Raider, Vindicator, 3 Drop Pods…..

Warhammer Fantasy Battle – 3 Batallions of Dwarfs (112 Warriors, 64 Rangers/Thunderers/Quarralers), 3 Cannons and 1 Bolt Thrower.  Plus Rune Lord and Rune Smith (both Finecast).

Clash of Empires – Viking Force (128)

British Napoleonic – 2 Artillery (10), Highlanders (120), Riflemen (16), Line Infantry (180).

Relics – all the starter sets, must be 40 figures.

Empire of the Dead – Gentlemen (8),  Brotherhood (8) and Victorian Zombies (10)

So a quick count, 55ish add 500 40k add 180 WHFB add 128 Vikings add 326 Naps add 40 Relics and add 26 EoTD, what’s that 1255.

Not included my new 10mm army (that’s on it way), or the 2 15mm armies I have here!

To help i’ve ordered from Warlord Games, one of these:

Warlord Games Desktop Painting Station

I’ve added some of their paint racks as well, I hope to be able to clear some space so I can pull the rack down, paint some figures, put the rack away etc.

Anyway that’s it for now.  I’ll post more when it happens, but changes are happening.