27 February 2009

Another Company of Von Flickenhoffer's Fusilers Almost Done. . .

Well, things are almost finished with the 2nd Company of Von Flickenhoffer's Fusiliers. Just the metallic trim on the rear of the fusilier caps, which I will do in a jiffy this evening, and then they are all ready for the usual coat or or two of Future/Klear acrylic floor finish. The Grand Duchess is having a "Gals' Night Out" here this evening with about a dozen female friends and colleagues, so I have been banished to Zum Stollenkeller from 7pm. How fortuitous! It doesn't get much better than one's wife actually sending you to the basement painting/radio room for an undetermined length of time.


Here is a close-up shot of the company NCO, Feldwebel Heinz Drapp, whose status is indicated by his white wig, something I do in my infantry units to help keep everybody sorted out on the tabletop. It's probably not strictly accurate historically speaking, but I don't know much about the insignia which might have been used in Frederick's or Maria Theresa's armies to denote corporals and sergeants.


Here is a second shot of Feldwebel Drapp, this time from the rear. While a bit labor intensive, the black basecoat and tan undercoat really help to add some depth to the figures and define things like shoulder belts as well as those crevices between arms & torsos and the legs. I'm pretty well pleased with the results so far.


And what company could function in the field without its drummer? While not perfect by any means, my skill at painting shoulder wings, drum cords, and the diagonal hatching on the drum hoops has come a long, long way in the last twenty years or so. Whoops! I see a bit of bronze-colored paint that needs to be covered with mid-blue on this fellow's fusilier cap! How in the world did I miss that? Grumble, grumble, grumble. . .


Which brings us to the company officer, Kaptain Ludwig von Fusempke-Unperntz. This young man seems to be a rather stern looking fellow. I wonder if that is due to a pressing need to prove himself to Colonel von Flickenhoffer? Happy Friday everyone!


Addendum

I have just completed to bronze trim on the fusilier caps (10:25pm). All that is left are the numerous black gaiter buttons tomorrow, some touch ups with flesh on a few hands, and then the coat of Future/Klear floor finish. And did I tell you? Jeff Hudelson and I are going to tackle a play-by-email version of Charles Grant's Sawmill Village come mid-March! This time, it's a Stagonian invasion of Stollen. . . and it looks like Jeff will have two additional companies of white-coated infantry joining his army. Poor Irwin-Amadeus!

7 comments:

tradgardmastare said...

Looking great Stokes-keep it up...
Alan

Capt Bill said...

I have really come to love these RSM figures. Thanks for inspiring me to paint some myself.

Bluebear Jeff said...

They look to be coming along very well.


-- Jeff

trailape said...

Very nice. Your efforts are worth it,..

Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent work as usual! You really bring these figures to life!

tidders said...

Coming along nicely, I particularly like the drummer.

I have some RSMs to paint, I've just undercoated some of them.

-- Allan

A J said...

Nice painting, Stokes. I do like the RSM range and I'm looking forward to getting more one day.

Poor Stollen is certainly in the wars lately.

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