The other week I noticed some flats for sale on EBay and kept an eye on them as I'm interested in the idea of painting some . The various popular subject groups sold for relatively high prices (flats are not cheap) but nobody seemed to be interested in a collection of about a twenty WW1 figures , so at the last minute I bid and won them . I then wondered what to do with them and hit upon the idea of painting and mounting them in small picture frames..
The first thing I had to do was try and identify the various figures with the help of my 'Blandfords' WW1 book , I have a good selection of various types and nations and decided to try painting a French Infantryman to start off with.
I searched on the Internet for tips on how to paint flats but came up with very little info , I remember reading once that you must decided where the light is coming from and shade the figure accordingly , above the light is coming from the top left corner (as it were) so all the highlights are on the left and things get darker the further right you go . Finding out what shade of colour 'Horizon Blue' is was fun - with no two visual sources seeming to agree , so I decided on the above shade .
Having finished the figure I cast around for a suitable frame , the strange thing is pro-rata the smaller the frame the more expensive they seem - the above one being £5 from EBay ! about five times the cost of the figure ! . Before I do anymore I must try and find a cheaper source , I'm quite pleased with the finished job and when I get more frames I'll do some more.