Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Captain Lucien Verbeek, a bit of a departure.

Presenting, Captain Lucien Verbeek, Belgian observer for his majesty King Leopold II of Belgium, and his horse Teufel.




Steve Turner of http://theolddessauer.blogspot.com/ is running a northern Africa British colonial campaign and Captain Verbeek is my fictional character.

The mini is a Peter Pig British Cavalry officer. The mini is true 15mm and I believe very nicely sculpted. The animation is a bit disco but the details are very nice.I do not know why the Captain has a pinto but it felt right to me, I guess I have watched Hidalgo too many times. As the colonial period is not my period of expertise the uniform and horse furniture are probably incorrect, I claim ignorance of the period and creative license for the final outcome.

I like the pair of shoes or boots near the front of the saddle, if someone could explain to me what these are for I would be very thankful.



The pinto looks very wild in this shot. This is the first pinto I have painted so I looked at a couple of pictures of them on line and think it turned out nice. I tried adding a few brown dots within the white areas but this ended up looking like I had messed up so I got rid of them.


Final photo from above. I enjoyed painting this figure and have some British foot command that I might paint up as well. I will be mailing the miniature to Steve and hopefully see him in a few photos with the native contingent of the British forces in Steve's campaign. Steve if you decide to do a different scale than 15mm consider him a gift for all of your interesting blogs. Please send me your address so I can ship him off.






11 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent paint job! I marvel at you guys who are able to do such great work in these smaller scales!

As for the shoes, if that's what they are, maybe so the captain has something more comfy for wearing when he's on foot?

Capt Bill said...

Great job on the pinto! I've never had the courage to try one myself...

CWT said...

Marvellous painting-work! If it's 15mm, and judging from the photos, would I be right in guessing he's based on a coin? I use them myself for commander figures, and it's pretty much the perfect size. :-)

CWT

Steve Turner said...

Not sure if I've given you the wrong idea about my fictional campaign Jeff. Please take a look at the explanation I've left in the comments section on my blog - under the comment left by yourself earlier.

Steve.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Fantastic work!!! I do like those Peter Pig miniatures as anyone who's seen my Sudan blog will know..loads of character which you've bought out beautifully...

PS. If I start up a campaign can I have one too??? :o)))))))))

Prinz Geoffrey said...

CWT - I used a metal washer for the base, I do use american pennies for my 10mm commanders, and 6mm squads.

Steve Turner - responded to your blog. The Captain is offered as a gift, however if you do not want him it will not hurt my feelings.

Steve the War Gamer - If Steve T. does not want him I will send him to you. I also have a Peter Pig British Foot Command or Cavalry command I could paint up for you as an alternative. Send me some specs on how you want the uniforms to look, etc.

Thanks for the comments as always fellahs.

David said...

Really nice work... :-)

David
http://nba-sywtemplates.blogspot.com/

Steve Turner said...

Ah, I can see now that it was me who got things wrong. Sorry.
The figure is absolutely brilliant by the way, and certainly better than anything I could ever produce. If I employed him on my table he'd show up all my pitiable efforts and no mistake. To be honest the Colonial figures I'm considering are Peter Pig, but painted up for a long running (imaginary) NW Frontier game set somewhere between say, 1890 & 1900 rather than a (Sudan) African campaign. The campaign shown on my blog is really just a side show to get me "into" the 19th C. (like yourself I have no experience in the period).
So, in a nutshell Jeff (is that the correct spelling?), perhaps it would be fairer to offer Captain Verbeek to the other Steve ("the Wargamer") as he IS running a Sudanese campaign. But I'd love to read some of your painting techniques so that I might (one day) be able to produce figures as good as yours.
Hope you don't take this the wrong way, but how about a painting "master-class" on your blog (or on a separate blog) just for us cross-eyed (jealous) types. I tell you, you'd keep me reading it for weeks.

Steve.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Crikey - I am constantly (and I do mean this) amazed at the generosity of the people I've "met" via the OSW group - a very nice bunch of people indeed...

re. the figure - no I couldn't, it was offered to the other Steve in the most generous way, and irrespective of any misunderstandings about troops, campaigns, scales, and painting ability (and trust me I know here you're coming from Steve!) it deserves to go there if only for the huge enjoyment that map and the strategic discussion afterwards has given us all...

Prinz Geoffrey - definitely echo the comments about a little article showing how you get that fantastic finish though! :o)

Prinz Geoffrey said...

I have never had this much trouble giving away a miniature before :) If either of you ever want him he'll be collecting dust on my shelf or if you can recommend anyone else who would like him let me know.

I will do a little step by step with a couple of 15mm figs like I did the 10mm in a future blog. Pretty much Kevin Dallimore's technique though.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

http://steve-the-wargamer.blogspot.com/2009/08/third-best-thing-to-come-out-of-belgium.html

... :o))