Thursday, October 21, 2021

15mm French Guard Grenadiers a Pied

These 78 figures make John's French guard complete!

I have moved on to the French, Polish, and Saxon line infantry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wars of the Roses in 28mm, Yorkist Artillery

I have enjoyed watching Jon's Wars of the Roses project take shape. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to join him.  I placed a large order with Perry Miniatures and waited for my figures to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

My intent is to use the figures for "To the Strongest!" with a 4" grid.  I am building both armies for the battle of Tewkesbury.  All figures will have 60mm frontage.  The medium foot will be in two ranks, 40mm deep, while deep units, artillery, and cavalry will be on 60mm squares.

I started with some metal cannon and cannoneers.  These will all be part of Edward IV's army, and I figure that any artillery would have been part of the king's household troops.  As such, these men will wear the livery of York.

I started by painting the guns in medium flesh.  Once that dried, I streaked oil paint over the entire thing, letting some of the flesh peek through.  This technique makes for a fairly convincing wood grain.  I used raw umber on the left and burn umber on the right.

I changed how I painted the figures, breaking from my usual technique of building highlights.  Instead I block painted these, applied ink washes, and highlighted with the same colors as the block shades.


Because I am sneaking WotR figures in during my commission work, I will not be able to paint many of these at a time.  That will actually work out well for me, since I will be able to hand paint the livery in smaller batches.

Monday, October 11, 2021

15mm French Guard Chasseurs a Pied

Here are the next 78 figures to cross the painting desk: the chasseurs a pied of the Imperial Guard.


I am working on the foot grenadiers now.  The guard is almost done!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

15mm French Guard Fusilier-Grenadiers

The latest 72 figures for John's French army are these colorful middle guard Fusilier-Grenadiers.


I have four more guard battalions to paint, and then I can tackle the French line infantry!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

15mm French Guard Tirailleurs


Work continues on John's French army. Today we have two battalions of the Tirailleurs of the Young Guard.

I love the way these turned out. When I am able to paint more Napoleonics for myself, I think some French Young Guard are in order!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Dark Age Saxons

While I suffered from the dread disease this summer, I still wanted to paint, but my hands were so shaky and sore that my results were not up to professional levels. Still, I find painting relaxing and therapeutic. What to do?

Well, I dusted off an old, half completed project: a ninth century Saxon army for Saga or Lion Rampant. The figures all came from Black Tree Designs with one exception: a 3D printed miniature MacPhee from Minuteman Miniatures.

The motivation for this project came from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, which are ripping reads, and my eldest daughter's interest in the Viking age. 

Unfortunately, the period is extremely difficult to research. What did Saxons wear? Who knows? Wool, certainly, and mostly dyed with vegetable dyes, but which colors? How popular were vibrant colors? How likely were ornate decorations? How accurate are illuminated manuscripts and the Bayeux Tapestry? To a certain degree, everything before widespread photography involves educated guesses, but Saxon England involves much more guesswork than education. The Dark Age is called "dark" for a reason.

I settled on more natural colors and less hem decoration for the poorer warriors and more vibrant colors for the better equipped. That seems most likely to me.

Warrior Group One

Warrior Group Two

Warrior Group Three

Archer Group One

Archer Group Two

The Whole Force

Set piece battles were extremely rare during this period. Most warfare consisted of small scale raids, which makes Dark Age Britain ideal for skirmish gaming. I doubt I will ever need more Saxons than this, so we have here the rare project that I can call complete!