05 December 2010

While the Grand Duke Avoids the Attentions of Lady Leonora Christina von Grandin. . .

Artillery crew from the tiny, though fractious, Principality of Zeller-Schwarzekatz in the Grand Duchy of Stollen Campaign awaits the issue of its bronze cannon.


. . . Thought I'd post a couple of photographs, showing the finished Garrison artillery crew and the regiment of Holger Eriksson dragoons that I've begun recently. I'm pretty well pleased with the results on the former. Suitably old school figures and block painting combined to give a nice toy soldier-like appearance. And how many SYW-era troops do you ever see painted in Schaumburg-Lippe-Beukeburg uniforms (more or less)?


The much talked about Holger Eriksson dragoons and two cannon for the artillery crews shown above, in various stages of basecoating and bare metal here. The horses will each have a white basecoat, followed by an undercoat of various Humbrol browns, orange, or white. One or another thin alkyd oil washes (Burnt Sienna and Payne's Grey) will be applied over that before the horse furniture is touched up. I'll then move onto painting the troopers and saddlecloths. I still might use a black basecoat here, though my mind is not yet made up on this point.


The HE dragoons, by contrast, still need considerable work, but the white basecoat is going on quickly, and there is just a certain, indifinable something about these delightful old figures that exudes fun. . . even at these early stages of the painting game. I've decided to give them fairly plain uniforms, consisting of green coats and breeches with red facings and turnbacks. This color scheme is based on one of the great illustrations featured in last year's Wargming in History volume by Charles Grant, which I believe was done by R. J. Marion. Isn't he the artist who used to have articles and illustrations routinely published in Military Modeling years ago?

2 comments:

A J said...

I do like Holger Erikson's work. Beyond my budget at the moment, alas.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Ey up Stokes - are you thinking of artist Rick Scollins???

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