EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Uh Oh, That was fun.


Well I may not enjoy or succeed well at carefully shaded, detailed painting anymore but new style faux glossy toy soldiers are still fun and they're fast. (Not necessarily a good thing, I am going to have to find room for a new shelf....)

I should probably explain the New Style. Put simply I like the look of the faux toy soldiers of the 1990's to the real thing of the 1890's. Figures by the like of Toy Army Workshop, Trophy, Imperial and Tradition (et al) are what really make me smile so without deliberate attempts to copy, that is the feel I go for these days.

Field Grey to use the English term is a tough colour for me. The last actual tunic I saw was in the War Museum 30 or 40 years ago and at the time it struck me as much a much more brownish or drab shade of grey green than I expected (certainly compared to my factory painted Marx figures) but I have no idea now if that was a real one or a reproduction and anyway was long ago and far away. Trying to mix a colour that at least looks like photos on the net is what is stumping me. I keep getting a shade that is too cool for my liking. It doesn't help that the mix dries to a slightly different shade.  However, after several tries I decided that having already all but  obliterated all the faint belts on the these figures that this would be good enough. At least I know what colours went into it. I'd have been happier with a 2 pot mixture since that is easier to replicate easily but so be it. Yesterday I re-discovered some Scruby Jaegers that will be added and they'll need to be greygreen not field grey anyway.

I had been leaning towards mounting the figures for this project on bases ala Morschauser for an nongridded game but after rereading some snippets of eye witness accounts it struck me that units seemed to fragment easily and things often got done by small parties working on their own and then there was that toy soldiery thing and my recent unorthadox experience (for me) of not having fixed units in my Privateer game and having that work well so I am leaning back towards a grid but possibly instead of fixed 4 man units, perhaps with 16 man battalions breaking down into groups of individuals as the battle goes on. Or not. In any case, I figured that as long as I was painting a number on the front of the helmet covers, I might as well use it to identify the 4 man company that they belong to rather than painting the same regimental number on 100 guys.

Anyway, now that they are varnished I'm happy with these guys, its just that, well, I was planning to paint shiny colourful figures this year but I have a feeling that shiny drab figures are going to be flooding my table. Look out Jacklex, when the 1st War is over, the Boer War might just have gotten bigger again!




14 comments:

  1. I really like these! Have always meant to have a stab at 1914 battles (especially the Russian invasion of East Prussia) myself.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  2. Really great looking figures,can't wait to see more...

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  3. http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/Revell_1_72_German_Infantry_WW1_02504__about25560.html#p312660

    Humbrol Matt 130 if you're looking for a one-pot solution and if you have access to it..

    I really think you nailed the helmet covers. Extremely nice painting on your rather elegant figures. Two thumbs up.

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    1. I might have access but I am 100% craft acrylic. Have been for nearly 30 years. Its a joy and a curse. But thanks.

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  4. What [i]will[/i] you do for British?

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    1. There are 2 leading possibilities, 1. Convert figures as the one in previous post, 2. Brand new sculpt and make a mold.

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  5. Surely #2 would be the way to go? Just in terms of effort expended?

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    1. Yes #2 is superior in every way except I'm in a bit of funk after a 2 year string of unuseable or barely useable molds. Need to get back up on the horse.

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  6. Dear Ross,

    If you are happy with this, then it is a go! May I offer a suggestion? Since this is your collection, why not paint red stripes on the pants and service stripes on the sleeves along with markings for the NCOs. That would enliven a rather drab background quite a bit.

    Jerry

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    1. Thanks Jerry. The Germans do have the red piping but I don`t have a problem with drab. It would have been more accurate to say that I was expecting to paint 1850's troops not early 20thC . A lot will depend on whether or not the games are enjoyable.

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