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In the Midst of a Painting Break. . .

Not 'The 300'. . . but rather 'The Final 19' (of 80) awaiting their washes of fleshtone and black followed by washes of Prussian Blue and yellow for the breeches, smallclothes, and facings before detailing takes place.

Ahhhhhh. . .  Hear that?  It's Saturday afternoon.  And the final 19 figures of that 80-figure monster battalion of  that I began in January 2015 are underway.  Today, the various and eventual black parts of the figures are getting undercoated in gray prior to the application of a wash of black alkyd oil paint.  Depending on how my time goes, I might also apply a wash of alkyd oil fleshtone to the faces and hands of said figures this evening.  Ok, break over.  Back to the painting table.  Stay tuned!

-- Stokes

 Here's what the figures will look like when finished.


Bloggerator said…

That is exactly the way I paint b;ack then I'm using the wash method, albeit in acrylics.

Hi there Greg! Washes certainly help to speed things along, and the figures usually turn out looking pretty good too once dry and with detailing over top. Wish I'd discovered the approach sooner. Those hundreds of 5mm Waterloo-era Napoleonics might've been finished years ago. How are tricks on your end of the world?

Best Regards,

Conrad Kinch said…
God bless the work Stokes. Good to see you back in action.
My Dear Heinz-Ulrich, Greetings!

It is wonderful to see you have returned to your avocation. Time must be very valuable at this point and with all of your responsibilities, it must be nice to take a short break and return to the painting table. A question: will you be building any more regiments once this is concluded? Have you considered a regiment of light infantry or, perhaps, a regiment of lance armed hussars?

The most important thing is that you draw satisfaction from your time at the table. So paint on and finally get those last eighteen figures done!

Your servant,

Gerardus Magnus
Archbishop Emeritus
Thank you for your kind words, men! Have no fear. This is simply the last (???) unit of 80 figures for the foreseeable future. There are, in fact, 20, or so RSM and Minden Panduren/Croats in the pile of lead, 30 or so Prussian dragoons, a bunch of Minden-Fife&Drum mounted officers, and various other odds and ends to keep me busy. Once I complete painting and glossing of these 19, it's time to base the entire 80-figure battalion, and then it's on to painting a bunch of limbers and four-horse teams to go with my current five two-gun batteries of artillery. That should take me through to the end of the summer. I hope to squeeze in a solo game somewhere during July or early August too. We'll see how things go.

Best Regards,

Neil Moulden said…
I must say I am really looking forward to seeing all of your troops and assorted persons set out on the wargames table. What with your baggage train as well it should look quite spectacular.

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