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Flames of War – British Artillery

I finished up one gun section of a Royal Artillery  battery (25lb guns).  I bought the box set which I recommend doing since it saves you some money, and you get the very nice sculpted bases from Battlefront.  I painted the unit up in late war colors, but they probably are going to be first used in an early or mid war game and I hope they won’t look too out of place next to Matildas and Crusaders done up in desert tan.

To finish this unit up, I have to do the other gun section, 2 guns plus crews, the HQ team, staff team (which has an AMAZING looking sculpted base to go with it) and the observers.  That’s a lot actually, but I think it will come together fast.  Actual painting time for the 2 guns I just did wasn’t all that long.  Most of the time was spent waiting for things to fully dry.

Below are a few shots of one of the guns.  The camera really brings out the flaws doesn’t it?  😛  It looks better on the table I promise.

Next up for Flames of War I have some Sherman III’s and V’s that I want to try my hand at weathering.  I just finished up a Firefly and the results were “meh”.  I’ll post some pics of that when the varnish is dry.  Also on the table are more Hessian Musketeers.  Will start those tonight, pictures when done.

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Feature

 

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Painting Hessians…and an Old Guard Grenadier

So in my last post I mentioned a book I’d just picked up, “Foundry Miniatures Painting and Modelling Guide” by Kevin Dallimore.  I’ve read the book through once and was impressed with the style and his techniques.  I’m not a great painter.  Painting for me has always been an obstacle; something that had to be accomplished so that I could play the game.  Lately though, I’ve wanted to try actually doing a decent job on my miniatures, but had no real idea how to accomplish it, so I knew I needed help.

I bought the book with high hopes, but low expectations.  I expected to find a bunch of fascinating, expert techniques, but figured they would all be beyond me.  Reading the book though, that seemed to not be the case.   In particular Dallimore’s “One Color” method is very straightforward and a good way to get started.  I had some 28mm Perry Old Guard Grenadiers in my dead lead pile, so I pulled one out and painted him up using the one color method.  I don’t have any photos of the process, but I took one of the finished product after a coat of gloss varnish.

Now you guys are looking at this thinking, “big deal”.  I assure you though, this guy is a large improvement over my usual quality.

Full of confidence I grabbed up six of the Perry 28mm Hessian musketeers I just ordered from The Warstore, primed them and got to work.  Here is one in process, with just the flesh and white bits painted.

Again, I suspect most guys reading this aren’t going to be impressed, but I am.  As I keep painting this group of figures I’ll take some more pictures of the work in progress.

I recommend Dallimore’s book without reservation if you, like me, have minimal knowledge of ‘proper’ techniques for painting miniatures.  For more advanced types, the two and three color methods and other ‘advanced’ sections would probably be of value.  Maybe I should actually write a review of the thing, even though it is already three years old and I’m probably the last person in the hobby to know about it.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Black Powder Underway

Well, kind of underway.  I placed my first order for figures to begin building my Hessian force for the Black Powder rules.  My local game store was not able to get the Perry Miniatures figures I wanted, so I had to go out to the web, specifically to The Warstore.  I placed my order last Thursday and was notified that they shipped on the same day; I expect to receive them this week.

I ordered 4 blisters of 6 figures each of Hesse-Cassel musketeers advancing at shoulder arms.  Twenty four figures are just enough troops to form a “standard” sized infantry unit in the game.  In addition, I ordered a blister of Hessian command figures.  Once these arrive, I will have enough figures to form one regiment.  Armies in Black Powder are typically organized into battalions of 3-5 regiments each for command purposes, so I have a lot of work to do (and money to spend!) before I have a force to play with.

I don’t mind too much about that though.  I’m actually looking forward to painting these figures up.  I’ve been working with 15mm figures lately for Flames of War, and they drive me nuts because of the small size.  Painting 28mm figures will be like a vacation I think; I haven’t done any 28mm in a long, long time.

Speaking of painting, I was introduced to a great book by my friend Jonathan from CWF Gamecast.  The book is “Foundry Miniatures Painting and Modelling Guide” by Kevin Dallimore.  I’ve read the first few chapters and am impressed with the book so far.  Dallimore gives step by step instructions for his styles of one, two, and three color figure painting.  He illustrates the techniques using various model types and he paints the same figure, a Prussian Fusilier in one case, using all three methods to fully display the differences between the styles.  I’m not the greatest painter around;  I’d say I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum from the greatest painter, but Dallimore’s methods seem manageable by someone like me and I’m excited to try them on my Hessians.  I have some unpainted Old Guard Grenadier figures from Perry that I’m going to practice on first.  If things go well, maybe I’ll chronicle the process here with photos.  If you don’t see any photos, you’ll know how it’s going.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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