08 February 2009

Tedious Tan!

Thanks goodness! The tan undercoat is finished. And now I can move onto the more interesting parts of painting this latest batch of the 80-figure Von Flickenhoffer's Fuslieers. So far, the completed painting looks like this:

A) Two coats of black gesso for the base coat

B) Green bases

C) Fleshtone

D) Hair -- white for company officer and NCO, brown for drummer and enlisted men

Next up in the painting process are the following items:

1) White shoulder belts

2) White gaiters, breeches, vests, and coats

3) Mid-blue cuffs and facings. The turnbacks are white for this regiment

4) Mid-blue (left) shoulder straps

Following completion of those, it gets really easy with metallic colors for the musket barrels, bayonets, badges on fusilier caps, and the like. I am making time each evening this week to paint, so that I can finish this batch before next weekend and hen begin on the third batch in the following week.

What's the hurry you ask? Well, there is a game coming up with Jeff Hudelson, that project Jonathan Broadus and I are batting back and forth, a week in Mexico for Spring Break at the beginning of next month, and another book-length translation project coming up, plus my musical outlet with The Indras. On top of that, it will be bicycling season before you know it, and I'll join the Grand Duchess in Berlin, Germany for three weeks in June. So, you might say that things are getting rather busy here at Stollen Central! Ok, break over! It's back to the painting table now.


littlejohn said...

a formidable painting project...and especially seems so from the point of view of a guy who does 36 man regiments...but I think the result will be amazing.

Capt Bill said...

I've just decided to reorganize the army of Beerstein from 12 man units to 18 man units and thought that was a massive change. I'm awed by the size of your units. Can't wait to see a picture of them arrayed for battle. By the way, Grand Duke Alexander has been invested into the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Tankard in case you missed the posting. Best regards...Bill

Bluebear Jeff said...

You do have a lot of stuff happening, don't you?

-- Jeff

Bloggerator said...

They'll look very handsome Stokes.

I'm always interested to see how you paint your miniatures.



CWT said...

Nothing like a looming deadline to concentrate the mind...

All the best!


Stryker said...

Hi Stokes - I admire the way that you can paint a batch of 80 figures at a time. I struggle to do 6 at a time before boredom sets in. Do you use some secret Zen technique to focus the mind? Great stuff...


tidders said...

Keep going Stokes, that 80 man unit will be worth the wait.

Enjoy all your other activities !

-- Allan

Snickering Corpses said...

You certainly know how to pack your schedule, Stokes. I'm looking forward to seeing how these turn out!

I'll get back to you on that last email as soon as I can. This week's a killer week for me, but I shall find time.

Conrad Kinch said...


I'm just astonished you can manage all of that without the use of sprays...

guy said...

Just caught up with your blog after a mad couple of days. If you are going to Berlin, perhaps you can check out that model soldier shop which has been mentioned by Der Alte fritz a couple of times. He seems to be able to buy all sorts of goodies there and you might be able to pick up some of the Art Miniaturen SYW metal range without paying the outrageous postal charges.Also some of the children at my wife's school have just been on an exchange to Potsdam which is just outside Berlin and one of the teachers said it was v interesting to see Frederick's palaces etc. They said it was extremely cold but hopefully the weather will be better when you go.



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