Thursday 14 November 2019

Paris and all that

Better late than never. Last week Dave, me and James trooped down to Paris to make a Netflix movie. As regular readers wil know it wasn't for my photographic skills. Dave had been contacted by a French film production company, an actual famous one. They were making a Netflix / HBO documentary and needed to recreate the battle of Omburman. Dave has all the worlds stock of painted Sudan war figures and they planned to use these. Me and James were labour.

Proper big film set with crew of about 10, all waiting on us to do this


and this

and this. All the bases were masked with sand, we used 20Kg and something in the sand blistered my ears when i rubbed them with my sandy hands. Not good for geologist to be allergic to rocks

The finished table with the boom crane holding the camera. 

It was too high and caused the camera to bounce so we dismantled the whole thing and rebuild it a ankle height. Never ever wargame at ankle height unless you are 12 and have functioning knees and back.
In 3 days we saw 400 yards400m of northern Paris and mainly ate burgers and cheese. It was utterly knackering and I had the best time. It was fascinating and everybody was lovely and very professional, in the good way.
 So the painting challenge 10th event is approaching and I shall be engaged. It may not be my normal deranged attack on the lead mountain for 1 simple reason. i am very low on figures. i have a 10mm Austrian 7YW army to paint and a lot of WW2 15mm troops and tanks but pretty much that is it. Luckily it is the Battleground show and shopping must be done. Also James beautiful charity painting event will help to add to the paint mountain.
Still I must clear the decks and get rid of those 1/2 painted figures that have been hogging my painting table since the last one.

The Old guard are doing 28mm Bolt Action North Africa and i have painted my entire Desert Rat collection. 1st up a 5 man LRDG section

Then a regular section. Can merge these to a 10 man veteran section. The rest of my Perry Desert Rats are performing as Port Vale in my VBCW collection

I have finished my Pontic 15mm army with these 4 bases of pikemen

The army is very big and I might buy some Romans to fight them

Finally this Turtle Shaman, Oogway from Kung Foo Panda, is from Mr Lees and was fun to paint

I like to test my skills with so nice large figures and Mr Lees stuff is really fab and demands skills far in excess of my ability


  1. Good luck with the challenge and what great scenes and story from Paris!

  2. The Paris adventure looked like a lot of fun. Great looking figures too!

  3. Well you and Dave will always have Paris. It could be the start of. Beautiful friendship!
    Nice work on the figs too.

  4. Such a wonderful experience to be involved with.

    1. It was, actually a good idea to mix your photography kids with your wargaming kids. Unique skill set and a learning experience for both

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