Well I have finished my piece for the promotional comp. and I had a lot of fun with it, not just the painting, the little bit of research on the uniform I had to do was very interesting as well. Like most people I had a clue that the Spanish retained a slightly older feel to their uniforms and then at some point the kit was updated to something of a more modern British style.
I did the usual (mandatory) google search and chanced upon some lovely photo’s of re-enactors going about their re-enactory business, this may have been a festival by the looks of it and one I would dearly loved to have attended. The google search also provided the obligatory links to colour plates and so on and these were also very informative and gave me a wide range of units to choose from. I noticed that where the plates and photo’s crossed over showing the same regiments that there was some variation in facing colours, not radical differences mainly in saturation or tone. This is to be expected and highlights the choices we make in our interpretation of colour plates as historical miniatures painters. Is there really a right or wrong way?
My figure was based on the rather strapping lads of the 1em Valencia above although my facing colour was a bit out and closer to the colour plate I had found. I should have glazed over the facings to get them a closer match to the photograph which is a pretty easy process but lazy-itis took over.
I did change the fastening to the cockade however as it is clearly white ticking or linen not brass and made a decision to follow the difference in cloth used on the coat versus the trousers for interests sake. Interestingly none of the photos show the knee patches on the miniature, the colour plates did though, I’m still curious about this feature.
Strapping lad looking very grand in his uniform
Below is my finished entry taken with a little mood lighting, the base is an old GW style 25mm round with the slot covered over with the aid of some premix plaster, the floc is my usual coarse sand from the garden routine with a couple of tufts (aren’t they the best thing for basing since sliced bread, errrr, you know what I mean) for more interest, I would have loved to have put a little bunny on the base.
There are a range of photo’s on paint pigs blog with an invitation to choose which three I should send in as my entry so if you want to see more and help me out in the process head over and have your say.
To help with my rather woeful knowledge of all things Napoleonic I joined the la Bricole forum in the hope that something might rub off and to boost my confidence with the ladies. So far it has turned out to be an excellent decision, they know how to spell all the generals names correctly and the battles too so I’m learning fast, seriously they appear to be a fine bunch of blokes and accommodating.
The forum is running a painting comp for which I have thrown my hat in the ring, my entry will be a Russian command stand with Bagged Rations and friends and I will post updates of my WIP on fig v fig. The figures I’ll be painting are for an Eylau participation game at a B.I.G. club Con here in Brisbane, the Con is in early October and the timing is perfect, lets hope the painting is too as there are many fine painters on the forum.
What is going on around here I’ve entered two comps in the same week two more than I have entered in the last 30 years! The figures in the raw….
thanks for looking
A small update rather than create a new post, figures primed ready for some pigment.
The more observant of you may have noticed a shortfall in riders, the recalcitrant officer needs a little more work on some pesky mold lines. Quite often I can’t see the pesky offender until I have given the figures their first shot of primer and this was the case in this instance, “right now come here you”
I have continued on with my Kreis troopers uniform and can confirm there is a Franconian States uniform match, Infantry Regiment Kronegk. Just as importantly I think I have cracked onto a simple style that complements the sculpting so I will be sticking with non metallic paint for the metallic elements of the figure.
I have a view that these figures have a Munchausian look about them and have tried to paint the figures with a cartoon/comic book look, or what I imagine it would look like, hopefully it will be effective en mass. The trick will be in capturing the “Kreis” look, I.R. Kronegk contained contingents from 18 different Frankischen Kreis (Franconian States) and I want the troops reflect that diversity, one or two ideas up my sleeve which should work to bring this about.
That is about all I have been doing painting wise this last week, despite boxes full of goodies arriving on the doorstep (one was from Minden Miniatures, huzzah!) and the lovely WarTime Miniatures Hanoverians to finish brush work must wait, paid work has arrived and I had better take the opportunity while it presents.
Some happy snaps of the latest Brave Austrian recruit to join the Army of Silesia in our gallant attempt to keep Napoleon at Bay. Painted this piece for Peter C, I really do like the horse on the stand pose it’s a great looking figure. Perry aren’t to everyone’s taste detail wise and the rough-ish castings, they are cheap however and reasonably accurate (I’m told). A wise man once said they (I think he meant “Perry Miniatures”) are a bit like a 21st century Minifigs I think I get what he meant, I’m warming to them…..
Small WIP of some Foundry SYW Prussians which are going to join the iMaginary forces railed against the peace-loving iNation of Hesse Kassoulet. I have used a fairly generic uniform colour and I am pretty certain I can find a … Continue reading →