Monday, 22 July 2013

I have finished the first two stands of British line infantry.  Both stands are the centre company troops.  The first question I had was which unit to start first? As I hail from the Ancient Kingdom of Essex, it was an easy choice.  While I'm from the West of Essex, the 56th did not fight in the 100 day campaign, so I will instead start with the 2nd Battalion of the 44th Regiment of Foot (East Essex).

These lads, where in Pictons 5th Division, 9th Brigade.  By Waterloo (1815), this was an experienced infantry regiment having been deployed in the pennisular campaign, and then engaged during the the Battle of Quatre Bras.  They where equiped at this point with Belgic Shakos and a facing colour of bright yellow.

The paints are Foundry, valerjo and GW colours.  There are 2-3 layers for each colour.  Currently the troops are glossed varnished (Brushed) by I will dulcote them when i have more finished. 

I've been finding it very hot to paint at the moment.  These were finished a week ago, but had to wait to get the picture taken in good natural light.

Things I'm happy with:

- I've finished 2 bases of troops
- I'm happy with both the speed and the overall standard I have achieved.  Its certainly better than I was expecting for a first go at this scale.

Things to improve:

- The faces, need to try to get better highlighting.
- Missed painting the canvas knapsack.

I may go back and sort these out later, but this is not a deal breaker to me as they look good from 2-3 foot away.

My next job is a command stand, and a flank company.

Monday, 8 July 2013

The £50.00 Challenge

My wife has laid down the gauntlet and challenged me to finish a project. The stake is £50.00. If I win can then I can spend this money on anything I want, if I flake out, she gets the money.

The rules:
1. There is no time limit
2. My wife chooses the project
3. No other project may be started or continued during the challenge
4. Only consumable items directly related to the challenge may be purchased, (e.g. paint, bases, brushes, etc…)
5. All models must be painted, based and varnished (note there are a two models that will not be fully based because I don’t have sufficient models for a 4 man base)

My wife has chosen the 15mm Blue Moon Manufacturing (Old Glory) British Waterloo models I just purchased. These are; 1 x British Line Command pack (8 Miniatures), 1 x British Center Company March Attack Pack ( 30 Miniatures) and 1 x British Flank Company March Attack pack (12 Miniatures). So a grand total of 50 Miniatures.

I'm going to be basing these for Black Powder. The bases I will be using are 30mm x 20mm from Renedra. So that is a grand total of 12 Bases. I have started the first two bases, hopefully I will be finished on the first base tonight so I can take some pictures.