Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Gardening with Gilder

One of the intentions i have for the blog is to host various painting and modelling articles by Peter Gilder. Matt's comment on my previous post has nudged me to look out a short article on basing from the 1976 Hinchliffe Handbook. It's essentially the method i still use although i have substituted coir broom bristles for sisal string.

I have a couple of different Gilder painting guides and hints on model making to post in due course.


christot said...

I remember this article! I had a well-thumbed copy of the Hinchcliffe handbook.......and I remember a brilliant catologue with articles about the peninsular.
I had an idea for a blog post a while back involving some Gilder terrain...I'll bung it in during the next week or so.

littlejohn said...

I think Peter Gilder had a very interesting way of painting horses if I recall...

Anonymous said...

For years I thought it was tetrion & sawdust mixed! Doh!

P.S. The other figure on the AWI stand is a converted Napoleonic Brit Officer in greatcoat? (How sad does this research make me?!).

DC said...

Chris - that's right, as well as the catalogue and painting guide for each range, the handbook also contained two quite lengthy articles - peninsular sieges by Chandler and ACW organisation and uniforms by Scott Bowden. I'll be looking out for your Gilder posting.

Littlejohn - i have 3 painting guides by Gilder to post, all of which include painting horses. Of course his method evolved into the 'oil wipe' method that is still used quite widely today.

Matt - full marks, well done. I trust you don't actually want to claim your prize...?

cheers all,

Anonymous said...

Naaah-I am just in practise for the "Lonely-Saddo-Got-No-Real-Mates-Olympics"!

Think I have got a chance-I've been dreaming of this for 43 years?


Mike Siggins said...

There was also the second generation basing system, still used today by some, where part of the base is green/yellow and the rest is brown.

What do people use for the green/yellow these days? Now that Humbrols are a pale shadow of their former selves.

Looking forward to the painting guides.


DC said...

Mike - i'm afraid i still use humbrol enamels - 80 for the green, and 81 for the dry-brush 'yellow'. Ironically their current relative lack of covering power actually works to my advantage as i 'wash and wipe' over a white undercoat - not that i wouldn't go back to the days of authentic colour in an instant. cheers.

Mike Siggins said...

Thanks for that.

Great blog, by the way. Only last month I was thinking "where is the Gilder content on the web?". And here it is!

DC said...


Thanks. The relative lack of PG related sites was one reason why i started this blog (and then there was my rampant egotism...). Magazine editors often complain that if you can't find a decent article in their mag you should write one and submit it - so i embraced that concept and set out to create the kind of site i'd like to browse myself.

All of the Gilder related sites i've come across are listed under Links and My Blog List - Chris Cornwell's Itinerant Wargamer is a must for Grand Manner enthusiasts, Matt's In The Grand Manner is dedicated to PG's creations, and Clive's Hinton Hunter contains images of Gilder's wonderful HH Napoleonics (that are now in Clive's collection - the lucky get). cheers.