June, But Only Just!

Surprisingly, at least to me, my last post was on 1st June! Although I’ve not finished much since then, I seem to have been kept busy, mostly with preparing figures for painting. Since Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery challenge starts on 1st July, I wanted to try and get quite a few figures prepared before then – my aim will be to concentrate on scenery over the next two months but with figures thrown in here and there!

Anyway, I have managed to get another infantry unit painted for my 19th Century Paraguayan War forces, this time a Brazilian CVP battalion (shown above as individuals and below on their movement base).

CVP stands for Corpo da Voluntarios da Patria, which can be translated as Homeland Volunteer Corps. As the name suggests, CVP units were formed from volunteers and supplemented the Brazilian regular army and national guard during the war. Initially CVP units wore a mixed collection of civilian clothes and uniforms, although their appearance tended to become more organised later in the war.

I’ve used Newline Designs 20mm ACW infantry for these troops, wearing slouch hats, white summer uniforms and blanket rolls around their bodies. I originally decided to paint them in the white uniforms after seeing an illustration of a sergeant belonging to the 13th CVP battalion, but in fact the various uniform items and colours were widely worn by Brazilian army, national guard and CVP units. I have two generic Allied infantry battalions in white summer uniforms and kepis, plus a Brazilian Cacador (light infantry) battalion in slouch hats and light brown fatigue uniforms, so these CVP troops will fit in well with them.

Completing this unit means I’ve now got a nice round 200 figures for my Paraguayan armies, so I’m quite pleased with that. Unfortunately, some information from Victor Barone, the author of the Borders of Blood rules for this war, means that my Brazilian zouave unit is painted incorrectly, so I need to temporarily remove it from my Brazilian army, bringing me back down to 190 figures (I painted my zouaves to be used as either a Brazilian unit or a French unit for the Franco-Prussian War, but all Brazilian zouave units were comprised of black soldiers, making my white figures unsuitable for them. At the moment my FPW French army needs the unit more then my Brazilians do, so I’ve bought some extra figures to paint up as Brazilians in the future – I’m pleased that Victor’s kept me right on this).

As I’ve mentioned, my plan for the next two months is to concentrate on scenery, which I’ve really neglected of late. For those times when I’m lucky enough to get away to our caravan I’ll take figures to paint, since they take up much less room. Since I’ve just changed my car for a more compact model, I’ve also changed my hobby toolbox for a smaller plastic storage box that fits in my travel bag (shown below).

This means I have to plan a bit better now and only put in the paints I need – the box will take 19 Vallejo paint bottles, brushes, reading glasses, a paint palette (really a margarine tub lid), a bottle for water and some bottle tops and blu-tak to hold figures. Moving the “paint palette” reveals the small Jack Daniels tin that is also in there (see below)!

Sadly, the tin holds the figures that I can paint, their magnetic rubber bases holding them in place well enough in the tin (as shown below)!

At the moment I’m not too sure how much time I’ll get to spend at the caravan, both because of COVID still hanging about but, more importantly, because one of our dogs has a heart condition and caravans can get pretty warm at this time of year (even in the UK – at home we can stay pretty cool, since we live in a Victorian terraced house and that never gets warm)!

So, at least my plan allows me to hopefully get something painted wherever I am over the summer, but we’ll see how that goes! Now where did I put that whiskey (hic)!

39 comments

  1. Great looking unit John, and is part of mighty total of figures, shame that the unit Victor highlighted no longer fits in the total, but as you say at least you have another use for them.
    Handy travel kit, and you fit everything in so snuggly. Hope you get chance to use it, but understand the dogs health has to come first. Look forward to seeing what scenery you come up with over the next two months, and what figures you fit in as well

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ I’d rather know I’ve got something wrong so that I can do something about it but, as you say, I can still use those figures.
      We’re erring on the side of caution with the dog just to be safe! She travels well in the car (just goes to sleep) and the car has air conditioning, but caravans get hot in the sun, so we’ll just keep an eye open for cooler weather. I have a list of scenery that needs doing, but I think I know where I’d like to start – some of the figures I’d like to paint are also linked to the scenery as well, so we’ll see how it goes. Great that you’re running the challenge for two months though!

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  2. Nice work on the figures John along with an interesting bit of narrative. I like your travel set up but reckon you need to either get a bigger caravan or increase your modelling space with an awning. πŸ˜‰ Here’s hoping you get to go away more than you anticipate. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Roger! πŸ™‚ I think I’ve always geared up to taking figures with me on my travels – used to travel quite a bit with work and painting figures in my free time when I was away appealed to me more than just sitting and drinking with my colleagues!

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    • Thanks Victor! πŸ™‚ And you’re absolutely right! At the moment, however, my FPW French need a zouave unit more than my Brazilians do, so I’ll leave them for now! But to compensate, I’m aiming to get another CVP battalion done in the near future (33rd CVP). Funnily enough, two of the zouave figures were painted years ago as black skinned Brazilian zouaves, but I repainted them when I thought I’d never get round to doing any Paraguayan War figures!

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    • Thanks Justin! πŸ™‚ I usually aim to base-coat and paint faces at home, paint the remaining layers when I’m away and then finish the bases at home. This means I don’t usually need too many colours when I’m away, but it also makes me plan a bit about what I’m going to paint!

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      • Must be great to be able to paint whilst on your travels – my wife would never allow it, she has the days packed to brimming with things for us to do and I’m exhausted by the time we return to the tent!
        I like the inclusion of reading glasses – I’ve just got some varifocals, but so far I just can’t get along with them, thought they’re good for reading and watching the TV at the same time!

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        • To be honest, I only tend to paint/model for an hour a day, so still have time to do all of the other things I’m told I should be doing! πŸ˜‰ I’ve had varifocals for a few years now but I always find reading glasses better for painting!

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  3. That unit turned out great! I really like how distinct and South American their uniforms are at the same time. Dogs love to be in cars but in the summer, cars tend to be quite hot no matter where you live so I salute you for thinking of your dog in all of this. I hope you enjoy caravanning and that you’re able to stay busy with your hobbying too πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚ Still got a couple of different Allied units to do and it’d be nice to get them done this year!
      Funnily enough the dogs are fine in the car, since it’s got air conditioning and Midge (who has the heart condition) travels well in the car (just curls up and goes to sleep)! We’ll no doubt get some cooler, wetter weather so we’ll just head for the caravan then! Hope your preparations for moving are going well!

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  4. Those CVP are looking sharp! Nice work on the white uniforms, not an easy thing to pull off. Like the travel kit as well, I’ve made similar in the past whenever I’ve been on the road by myself for work but never anything to that standard – might have to see if I can put together something similar next time I’m away. I assume emptying a bottle of whisky is a compulsory first step?

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    • Thanks Wudugast! πŸ™‚ And thank you for your kind comment on the white – having discovered Vallejo Off-White, I’m tending to use it all the time now! I’ve got a bigger plastic toolbox that normally holds most of my modelling gear at home, but it was small enough to travel around with me when needed – now I have to think more about what’s getting painted and the colours I’ll need so that I can put them in the smaller box. It’s always been worth having figures to take when I work away, or to our caravan, but the former doesn’t happen much now (thankfully)! And whisky always goes down a treat – maybe I should leave a miniature bottle in the box as well! πŸ˜‰

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  5. Nifty little painting travel set up John! And I think having to paint more Zouaves is an unintended blessing for you. Your travels are likely over by now, but good luck with Dave’s scenery challenge – one of the reasons I’m a month late here…more soon. Again, love the white uniforms paint jobs. And good luck to the hound!

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    • Thanks Mark! πŸ™‚ I’ve actually topped up on spare Zouave figures to paint at some point. Haven’t been away much because the weather’s been hot, but that has let me make slow but steady progress on the scenery challenge (although most of the work is behind the scenes). I’m glad you like the troops featured here – probably another unit of these to come at some point in the future! And the dogs are fine, thank you, I’ll pass on your best wishes!

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  6. Nice to see the travel painting kit John, I have always wondered about what you took with you when you traveled about with your work. If it was I it would probably have filled the car if its anything like the amount of clothing I take away on holiday!!

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