Saturday, 13 December 2014

One piper piping…

Not quite the twelve days of Christmas but it’s a start I guess. This is a vintage Hinton Hunt casting of BN/38 Piper (playing bag-pipes).

I read in my Blandford (Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars) that the Black Watch pipers had kilts with ‘Royal Stuart’ tartan rather than the ‘Government tartan’ of the other ranks so I’ve tried to represent that here. I really enjoyed painting this one and spent way too much time on him but I’m quite happy with the result.

This will probably be my last post until after the festive season so “Happy present giving day” (yes, I really did see this politically correct but sad seasonal greeting on TV yesterday) and a Happy New Year to you all!

16 comments:

Xaltotun of Python said...

And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

A.W. KITCHEN said...

Great looking Piper , a Merry Christmas to you and yours , Tony

Stryker said...

Thanks chaps!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful figure
Merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family

Paul

Matt said...

Lovely looking chap and a totally un-PC Happy Christmas and a jolly New Year to you!

'Lee. said...

Lovely figure Ian and that tartan is excellent.

Happy Christmas,

Lee.

lewisgunner said...

No, not too much time. there is only the one of him, so he deserves to be magnificent
Roy

Stryker said...

Thanks for the comments guys!

the Archduke said...

I'm confused. How can you spend too much time painting a figure? I'm indebted to you for the info on Black Watch pipers, but damned if mine is getting a new kilt. Ich wunsche Ihnen frohliche Weihnacht und ein gutes Neujahr.

MSFoy said...

Excellent fellow, complete with correct shortbread-tin tartan - lovely job.

I think the official, PC greeting doesn't make adequate concession to those who do not wish to be happy. I'm not at all sure about that. Still shows insensitivity.

All the very best, anyway - thanks for the lovely blog

Tony

the Archduke said...

I think you may wisely have censored my comment because of the dodgy German greetings, but I would like to endorse what Roy said about time taken painting and pretty much everything said by Mr Foy...and the thanks for your great blog.

Stryker said...

Archduke - sorry about that, your other comment ended up in my spam somehow. I have now restored it to its rightful place!

lewisgunner said...

I suggest the spam filter thought the Archduke had mentioned the war!

Stryker said...

Roy - yes I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it!

Pete said...

Happy Christmas to you all. I will be repainting my pipers kilts!

marga said...

¡un gaitero!
me gusta :)
saludos