19 January 2015

Evening #2: The Second 20 of 80 FIgures. . .

Still lots to do, but at least they are starting to look like small men.  Sort of.

Two good painting sessions today, the second to last day of a rather long Christmas and Winter break from school.  The first was actually this afternoon, as the Young Master played in the outer room of Zum Stollenkeller and periodically asked to come into my inner sanctum to see what ol' Dad was up to.  The second, concluded a short while ago, about 9:15pm here.    

Anyway, the brushwork completed today really just paves the way for the more interesting colors over the next couple of evenings, which will really help this batch of figures come alive.  For now, painting was limited to fleshtone, gray undercoating of eventually black areas (ala Peter Gilder and Doug Mason), and the green figure bases.  Next up, and in this order, I'll apply the following thinned Winsor&Newton Griffin alkyd oil colors:

1) Ivory Black to hats, shoes/gaiters, scabbards, and cartridge pouches
2) Yellow Ochre to breeches and waistcoats
3) Prussian Blue to coats
4) Cadmium Red (or maybe Scarlet Lake) to facings, turnbacks, and coat tails


Then, it will be onto small details like muskets, musket straps, gun barrels, etc., etc., etc.  Mercifully, the mid-18th century RSM95 figures, while realistically proportioned and rather nice in most cases, do not have much in the way of extra pouches, bags, straps, buttons, and badges that require painting.  Certainly, nothing like, say, most Napoleonic figures on the market in 2015.  I figure the four numbered items above will take me two-four evenings if there are no 'real life' snags along the way before getting to the rather limited detailing.  We'll see.  

It is the final day of vacation tomorrow, and then I'm dropped back in the soup as of 9am Wednesday morning.  Sad to see the break end, and at the same time rarin' to go.  I always have mixed feelings about the end of vacations and lengthy breaks, but that's life I suppose.

-- Stokes

5 comments:

MSFoy said...

They are shaping up very nicely. The whole idea of an 80-man unit, all individually based, requires me to lie down for a while to regain my composure - my compliments!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thank you! So far, so good. Once the figures comprising the regiment are finished, I'll base them up along the lines suggested for line infantry by the late Peter Gilder in In the Grand Manner. Basically, eight figures to a base measuring 60mm across by 40mm deep with officers, NCOs, and drummers on their own small bases. That way, I can approximate the various formations shown in Charge!, but save considerable time moving the figures around on the table. I started tacking things down to multiple bases about two years ago when it became clear that games were taking far too long to play through.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Neil said...

An inspirational project! I have joyfully followed the goings on in the Grand Duchy for many years.

Old School ACW said...

Agreed on the RSMs, Stokes.

I do my black items in exactly the same way. Gray basecoat followed by a thin black wash.

More power to your arm.

Greg

Matt said...

Your dedication is to be applauded. Dizzying stuff!

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