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timurilank19 Mar 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

I am sure many of us have been confronted with the agonizing question to sell, dump or ‘refurbish' an old collection. I enjoyed the prospect of doing a project involving the Peninsular War, that is until I looked at the collection of French.



Louie N19 Mar 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Interesting choices.

I am glad you decided to keep them and add re do the colors.

timurilank19 Mar 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

I am glad that the majority of work is done which leaves the Hussars, Chasseurs and Horse artillery to do.

As a campaign project, I am thinking about the 2nd and 3rd invasion of Portugal which will mean collecting British, Portuguese and insurgents.

wrgmr119 Mar 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

They look like they are worth sprucing up. A lot faster than starting from scratch!

Brian Smaller19 Mar 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

I am definitely in the refurbish camp.

Bandolier19 Mar 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

I'm another that prefers the refurbish option.
I've done it many times and there's an extra level of satisfaction in breathing new life into them.

14Bore19 Mar 2017 3:35 p.m. PST

I have redone a few units, thinking of doing more.

Skatey Inactive Member22 Mar 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Parts of my collection is eight years old and painted in a hurry. I'm always contemplating a refurbish, but they are based in double ranks and its 216 models…

Glencairn23 Mar 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

Whether your figures are based or not, if you feel inclined, a refurbishment is almost always the best course.It will hone your skills in chhosing colour and shading. You will be pleased at the results. Then you can (re)base them better. Dont rush all this. I find painting and basing a form of Zen!

timurilank23 Mar 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

@ Glencairn,

Good points.

Each batch took two days and I worked no longer than an hour at a time. The first batch required four sessions with each successive batch taking less time.

The last batch was done quickly that I painted a 'bit more' detail. Mistake. Now I will need to add that 'bit more' to bring the first batches to a similar standard.

Glencairn28 Mar 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

Working an hour at a time is a good don't get stale or break your lower back that way! That said, I've been refurbishing my terrain for 5 days, now, and what a mess I've made..but roads n hedges look real, now..I'm now basing on felt, so hedges n walls follow contours- wot a difference! As for figures, I paint, put them away, drag them out after a couple of months, see what's wrong or missing, and rectify with a fresh eye..

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