Friday, 30 September 2016
I have finished this unit:
Although I might need to tweak the buttons to be gold; on the officers at least. Not a huge job and I expect I'll be happier afterwards.
Close ups below:
I have also been doing some long term planning. Some distance around the corner is the 250th anniversary of the AWI. Assuming I begin with Point Pleasant (1774) this is 8 years away. Quite a long time but it makes sense to be organised. My idea is to fill in the gaps in my collection on a year by year basis in line with how I can then stage anniversary games from 2024 onwards. This means that for the rest of 2016 and 2017 the focus will be on painting more native warriors for Point Pleasant and British in warrant uniform for Boston 1775. The Warriors will also then come in useful later in the war. I already have some British suitable for Bunker Hill etc, however these will benefit probably from some re-basing and I'll need to add more battalions. I think I will need to add the 5th foot, two battalions of marines and two more white-faced battalions at least, possibly more if I want to do the relief force sent out in the aftermath of the Lexington/Concord debacle. This will give me a nice focus and an excuse to sort out the painted and unpainted minutemen figures I have lying around too. It also leaves lots of time for other projects. Then in 2018 I'll review what I have for New Yory 1776 and maybe sort myself out some hessian musketeers, Maryland regiment in hunting shirts, etc. No need to over-plan right now; I'll just concentrate on the early war stuff!
Alongside this I also wonder if it is worth slowly putting together a book that will be ready to publish in time for the bi-and a half-centennial in 2025? With that much time I could set up and photograph dioramas for all of the major battles in each year of the war without it being too intense a project so not likely to interfere with work and home life. I also expect that publishing in 8 years time will be even easier than it is now!
In between I'll carry on with my existing other periods and might even dip back into ACW with the new Perry plastic Union infantry box due out soon.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Painting mostly completed:
Now I need to wait for all of that glue to dry and I can start sorting out the bases.
The flags are GMB ones for the Queen's Rangers. I repainted the central shield on each and added in "NC" as the unit designation.
Next up is a loyalist militia command stand...
Saturday, 24 September 2016
This week I have been mostly working on this regiment as part of an overall plan to re present my old Camden demo game from 2002.
I originally painted these for Salute 2002 but the unit needs refreshing if it is to better fit with the current collection.
Below is an "original" figure:
Overall I have been brightening up the paint job and making more of the small clothes white to give a slightly more uniform effect.
The firing figures are about done:
And the bulk of the re-paints are not far behind:
This morning I have block-painted some extra figures who will then get a strong tone ink wash and be painted to match the rest as closely as possible:
Painting the faces to match the "old style" layered method will probably be the biggest challenge.
When finished this will be a 30 figure unit with a separate stand of 2 standard bearers. I'm doing most British and loyalist units with separate flags as they often may not have been carried and it makes it easier to use one unit as a proxy for a number of others. Thus the RNC will be useable as a number of blue-faced loyalist formations.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
You may have noticed a hiatus in posts. Summer holidays, getting back to work and so on all contributed. This has not been helped by the disappearance of the blogger iPhone app. As I take most of my photos using my phone I usually use it for the blogging too. It is a real faff to transfer pics to a laptop and blog from there unless I'm using it for something else anyway.
So I'm trying out an alternative app and we'll see how it goes!
This week I have been painting a new version of the British Legion infantry to replace the unit I painted back in 2001. The new chaps are based on Don Troiani's interpretation. I have mostly used Perry Plastic figures. In most cases British Infantry bodies have been used with Continental arms and caps. The odd figure has a round hat from the British box.
The central figure below is a metal Perry highlander with a plastic hat:
The reloading figure below uses arms from the Perry Napoleonic British Infantry box:
...as does the central figure below:
I am happy with how these have turned out and it is nice to have one or two pretty unique figures as part of the unit.
I'm now refreshing my Royal NC Rgt. This is mostly a sprucing-up of the existing figures followed by rebasing.