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Oooh…Shiny, Miliciens and Washes Part Deux

When I first saw these guys on the Galloping Major’s web site, I didn’t really think to much of them. I mean as a FIW layman, I knew nothing about the Canadian Militia and their role in the war, so I didn’t see any use for them. I have spent quite a bit of time reading about them since. I decided to paint them as a warm up for the rangers, really the main attraction, right? Well, I’ve since really fallen for these figures. They are great fun to paint and have loads of personality.

I have been looking at all the painted examples that I can find to figure out how to paint them. I finally decide that I will paint half of them with white shirts, one quarter with buff shirts, and the remaining quarter will be colorful in some way.

I have also been experimenting with what is the best sized batch to paint in. It seems like I haven’t posted a blog post in donkey’s ears. It’s because I choose to paint four figures at once for the first time. I think this would be a time saver if they were uniformed figures, but as it is, I still have to stop and change colors so often that I don’t think it saves much time to do batches of greater than two at a time.

Without further ado, here are the Miliciens Canadiens with the initial wash, ready for a light dry brushing and a serious matte coat.

Here are the models as individuals showing my new wash concoction. Regular readers will know that I had some…”undesireable” results with my first experiment with washing.

One of the most frustrating thing about trying to learn about washes is that there are very few videos out there that show the technique and I’ve never read a tuttorial that really made me understand. Top that up with me not liking the washes available commercially and every article out there telling you how to make your own NEVER specifies a recipe. It’s always, “Mix the paint with some future, I just keep adding until I achieve the effect I want.” Thanks for nothing A-hole!

The Wash

We’ll, if you like the subtle wash effect from above, here’s how I did it. You will see two of the ingredients on the left here Vallejo German Grey and Vallejo Glaze Medium, and the other is the wash. The only ingredient not pictured is Future Floor Polish which I found at Wal-Mart. I’m sure it goes by different names in other countries, if you do some googling you find it.

I mixed the wash up with the following ratios:

  • 20mL of Future
  • 1 Drop of German Grey
  • 4 Drops of Glaze Medium

I’m pretty happy with the subtle tones compared to the GW washes that I ruined the figures with last time.

5 thoughts on “Oooh…Shiny, Miliciens and Washes Part Deux

  1. Floor polish? I never would have thought of that one. Thank you for sharing your recipe and results. I too had a bad experience experimenting with washes on figures and had nearly sworn off the technique. Did anybody answer if you should do it only on crevices or whole surfaces?

    1. Floor polish, specifically Future Floor Polish, is well known as having properties that helps to get your paint or ink into small crevices. Most likely something to do with surface tension.

      Give this a try on at least one model, I think you’ll be surprised!

      No one answered me on the whole surface or just crevices question, but I’d go whole surface with this concoction, there was little coverage on the flat areas.

      Good Luck!

  2. Really successful experiment Rusti, I like the subtle effect, especially on the white shirts.
    Personally, I’d go for an extra highlight on the raised areas of faces and hands in the dry-brushing stage you mentioned.

    It’s great to be able to follow your progress.

    Thanks for putting in a good word for the Canadian militia, they really don’t get enough attention considering the important role they played.



    1. Thanks Lance, I’m finally pretty happy with the process. I just hit them with dullcote last night and they look phenomenal! I’m very pleased.

      I always enjoy getting into a new period as there’s so much to learn. Learning about the Canadian Militia has been interesting so far. The models are great, a real meld of old world and new, more so than the rangers really.

  3. “a real meld of old world and new, more so than the rangers really.”

    That’s pretty much how I see them, at least the best of them: chosen to make up a good proportion of French forces for raids expeditions and campaigns. The reason I think a lot of people don’t take much notice of what they did, is the word “militia” which in most cases translates as 3rd rate line troops – which they were anything but.

    Anyone following your blog to whom the miliciens are a bit of an unknown group, could do worse than to start by reading the introduction to my Canadian Militia Painting Guide, kindly contributed by Ralph Mitchard who runs the Flintlock & Tomahawk blog – link on the contacts page of our website – Rusti, if you don’t already follow Ralph’s blog, take a look around it, you’ll find plenty to interest you.



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