15 August 2009

Fusilier Painting Is Finished!!!

So, here's a general view of the fourth company, 7th (Von Flickenhofffer's) Fusiliers, all done save for the two clear protective coats, which are on the agenda for tomorrow.

Here is a close-up shot of the company drummer. I used to dislike painting musicians, but a bit of artistic license and somewhat better painting skills than twenty years ago make them easier and more fun to paint today. I love adding the tiny diagonal markings (What are these called? Anyone know?) to the upper and lower drum loops!

The third photograph features a few figures from the front. Gosh, how alliterative I've become! I think I should see a speech specialist. Help!!! I can stop myself! Anyway, the combination of a black basecoat, followed by a tan undercoat, really helps to give added definition and depth to white uniforms, especially at arm's length.

And here is a view of several figures from the side as the rest of the regiment looks on from the rear of the painting/radio desk.

Last but not least, we have a view of the almost completed miniatures from behind. I took a few minutes during the middle of the night (had trouble sleeping) to touch up the long black queues (sp?) trailing down the backs of the figures when necessary.

Ok, tomorrow, it's on to the final step -- two coats of Future/Klear acrylic floor finish, and then I'll detach the figures from the bottle caps, line them up with the rest of the regiment, and (What else?) take a few more photographs to post here. Later in the week, it's time to start on that first squadron of cuirassiers. It will be nice to work on something else beside infantry for a while! And it seems to me that it might be high time for us to drop in on another conversation between the Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II and his faithful manservant Hives. Something about a recent wild boar hunt gone awry and a missing set of silver salt and pepper shakers at Krankenstadt Palace. What to do, what to do?



Greetings Herr Stokes-Schwarz.
The Direktorenschelle would like to pass on congratulations on the raising of this very fine infantry regiment - a magnificent looking body of troops.
Additionally, The Direktorat has authorized (Code ID: OIIIIIIIO) Herr Hans Grossekugeln to attend on your court as the diplomatic representative for Herrschaden.
If you have no objection...


OttoMunoz said...

Another Otto besides myself? Hello Otto.

Looks like you've raised yourself a nice looking force. I'll try your black-tan-white method when I get started on my Nap French. If I ever get started on them!


Stokes Schwartz said...

Thank you Otta A and Otto B! Why yes, Otto A, I am sure that Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus and his cabinet would be happy to welcome Herr Grossekugeln to Krankenstadt.


Actually I'm Otto B - that is: Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, Lietung-Direktor aus Der Direktorat aus Herrschaden. We are pleased to open diplomatic relations. Have you raised this magnificent regiment to trial it in the heat of combat in the War of Lifonlian Succession? From your geographical location, you would be close to Lifonlia. We currently have two Unterdirektors posted there as observers. Herr Josepf Haltermann and Herr Hans Wagemueller. They may be called to attend upon Grossekugeln, given their proximity.

Bluebear Jeff said...

I'm envious of your "drummer skills" . . . they put my efforts to shame.

And there's a rumor that a certain Duchess in Stagonia is chortling about some new silver salt and pepper shakers.

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

You do an excellent job with white uniforms, musicians, and these less detailed "old school" type minis!

tradgardmastare said...

Figures looking great- all your hard work has been justly rewarded!

CWT said...

An amazing achievement, and an inspiration for the rest of us!


tidders said...

Ooh luvverly !

like the drummer

-- Allan

A J said...

Very nice! I like the drummer. Looking forward to seeing them in action.

johnpreece said...

Obviously the drummer is a superb figure, but studying the rank and file in close up shows what a high level of skill you are putting into these figures.

That is a wonderful unit and should be a source of pleasure to admire for many years. thank you for taking the trouble to share it with us.


Mike Siggins said...
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Mike Siggins said...

Lovely unit.

I call those drum markings, 'stripes'.

Ken said...

That is top-notch work. Well done, and (referring to the most recent post) happy anniversary!

Stokes Schwartz said...

Thank you everyone for your very nice painting compliments!

Best Regards,



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