Monday, September 7, 2009

Second French Battalion Almost Complete

The second of hopefully 6 french battalions is nearing completion. This one is about 80% done. I still need to paint up the shoes and finish some of the finer details (hair, buttons, etc). I manage to paint these figures over the Labor Day weekend so it was relatively fast for my pace. The next battalion will be made up of Victrix figures which I primed a few days ago. I've learned (the hard way) that it's best to give priming coats a few days to really dry so I'll get to painting this next lot in a few days.

You can also see in the background my initial attempt at painting a horse in 28mm scale - I don't know why but I'm not looking forward to painting horsed - oh well it's a skill I'll need to develop, especially if I want to grab some of the new Perry French Heavy Cavalry that's coming out this month. If anyone knows of some good online resources for painting horses and calvary figures please let me know.

Here's a picture of my currently painted French Army:

Nothing new to report on the gaming front - I didn't get a chance to play any games this week. My son played a few 40k games with his friends and he keeps working on his Space Marine army. When I get a chance, I'll post some pics of his force.


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

I like the look of the artillery to the left - i'm guessing your going to dip/ink or wash the infantry so they look the same?? What do you use - I see the Citadel washes on your table??

Re. horses - I love painting them as I have developed a style that works for me in terms of looks... black undercoat, a dampbrush of white over the whole (basically a heavier drybrush) - then either a brick red or brown for the base coat - again missing the deeper recesses to leave them black - once that's done I get the black ink out - I use it watered down for an all over wash, and at full strength for the main/tail/bottom of the legs.... use a little water to meld it in at the top of the leg... snakebite leather for the harness and you're done...

jmilesr said...

Steve: I've been experimenting with a number of washes / Dips. So far, like either the Army Painter product (medium tone) or the GW Delvan Mud wash the best. I've ordered the lighter tone version of the Army Painter product to give it a try also.

Thanks for the horse painting tips - I'll give them a try this weekend - my son has most of the citadel paints fro his 40k army so I can even match the color suggestions.