After finishing a bunch of Winter War Finns during the weekend I based and primed the next set of minis for the Painting Challenge. I've got a set of Lead Adventures VSF Ottoman's to use as a Janissary Company in In Her Majesty's Name. I'd been eyeing these guys since I first saw last spring and of course I had to get them after spending the summer in Turkey. I've only got their faces started. Slightly darker base than I normally use for skin colors. I'm probably gonna vary the skin color a bit more along the group than normal to show the huge variety of ethnical backgrounds in the Ottoman empire. Still not 100% decided on the final paint scheme yet, but I guess I'm gonna go with the 1850's Janissary look with red pants and blue jackets.
I also got started on the next fortnight challenge with this weeks theme being "hero". I'm still waiting for the minis I originally wanted to paint for this, but apparently a month isn't always enough for Royal Fail/Mail to deliver abroad. Luckily I had the Forgotten & Glorious free sample WWI Frenchie that goes on nicely to the theme that I originally wanted to portray. I've finished the face and got started on his helmet and uniform.
On another note I've been loving the Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes. Used them on the Finns and now on the lone Poilu. The amount of control they allow is just unbelievable. The only thing I'm regretting is not buying them before this!
And finally Loki over at Loki's Great Hall is having a giveaway to celebrate 100,000 hits. Be sure to go check his blog for great posts and a chance to win something. It's definately been one of my must reads lately (even without the nice female specimen he likes to post occasionally).