09 March 2014

Tarleton and Marion in The Road to Guilford. . .

Banastre Tarleton (left) and Francis Marion (right).  Figures by Fife&Drum, painted mostly with Winsor & Newton Griffin alkyd oils, some details picked out with Citadel acrylics, and groundwork done with Woodland Scenics.

All good road movies need a duo of sorts.  Sarandon and Davis, Gibson and Glover, Martin and Lewis, Hope and Crosby, Abbott and Costello. . .  Tarleton and Marion.  Just think of the films those two could have made!  

Anyway, here they are, freshly glossed and terrained -- Banastre and Francis.  Not hyper-detailed, but enough to make me happy, and, most important, they are done.  They'll do fine at arm's length on the table.  Tarleton will serve as an officer in the Army of Zichenau, and Marion in the Army of Stollen where his dark blue and red-faced coat will fit right in.

-- Stokes

 Francis Marion, aka "The Swampfox" up close and personal.  You see here how, if things work like they should, the pigment settles in the eye sockets, just below the nose in the philtrum area, and between the lips, obviating the need for shadows and highlighting.

And here is "Bloody Ban" Tarleton all by himself.  I am pleased with the way the horsehair crest, sheepskin, and green feathers turned out.  No touch-ups required.  Sap Green (thinned considerably with Liquin Original) proved to be a nice, rich color for feathers, coat, and saddlecloth without being too dark.  However, he suffers from a pronounced overbite if you look closely.  Darn it!  Should've resisted the urge to pick out his teeth with a breath of white paint on that 000 sable brush.


Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent work!

("Bucky" Tarleton doesn't instill the same level of intimidation as "Bloody Ban". On the other hand, it seems more in keeping with other Wodehousian aspects of the Stollen milieu...)

Conrad Kinch said...

They look great Stokes. You should be very proud.

As for Ban, well good leaders don't have to be lookers.

Der Alte Fritz said...

Nice brush work Stokes!

tradgardmastare said...

Splendid figures indeed. BTW just read your article in the Wargamer's annual -excellent.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thanks, men! Much appreciated.

Best Regards,


Steve Gill said...

Lovely painting. I like the artists colour Sap Green too, although I note that there can be quite a bit of variation between manufacturers. A lot of the greens in the model/wargames acrylic paint ranges can have a bit too much blue in them I feel.

Doug said...

Wonderful figures, they really have a porcelain look to them. Well done indeed!

CelticCurmudgeon said...

My Dear Heinz Ulrich,

Lovely work as usual! The Francis Marion figure looks a lot like the general for the Rebels in the film "The Patriot."

Gerardus Magnus
Archbishop emeritus


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