Huron (1)

Just finished these up last night. This is the second set of Indians I’ve done and the first with any experience in 28mm behind me, if paint all of 19 models counts as experience. I used a wash on these, which I didn’t on my previous Mohawks, and I think it helps to soften the skin tones and helps define the muscles in a way my brushwork doesn’t.

I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. This is my first trial at war paint, it’s a difficult thing for me to come to terms with. I’d be more comfortable if there were some sort of regulations that told me the three possible combinations or some such thing, but I think I’ll be out of luck on this one. My fear is that I’ll end up adding the same three “random” patterns to everyone, but we’ll see.

I painted these with darker colors than I used on the Mohawks as I’ve been thinking of realistic ways to distinguish the two tribes at tables length. I’d also like to run red on red battles with them, so some distinction is preferable. Don’t get me wrong, when looking at a model closely, there are many differences, but sometimes this is lost when viewing from far away. As I wrote that last sentence, I realize that the Mohawk have feathers in their hair and the Huron don’t…damn, just checked the website and it’s consistent. That’s a bunch of wasted brain power, but at least I’ve got the easy recognition that I was after.

Without further ado, here’s the new batch.

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3 Responses to Huron (1)

  1. Lance Cawkwell March 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi Rusti,

    Yes, the single eagle feather worn by the Mohawk is a good distinguishing feature from the Huron, along with the different style of leggings, longer breech-clouts on Huron and more use of colours in warpaint – Mohawk pretty much sticking with black in more restrained amounts.

    You’re developing your use of washes really well, I really like the look of the Huron.
    As you get more confident with the warpaint, I’d add more to the torsos of those without shirts to give added variety. Maybe strart by painting the neck, shoulders and upper chest of one of them in black and/or red, fading it out a little on the lower edges.

    I particularly like the look of the warrior in the blue shirt and red warpainted head, good decision to end the red at the line of the mouth – provides really nice contrast.

    Keep up the great work.

    Lance

    • Rusti March 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      Thanks Lance, I appreciate the comments. I said in an email to you once, but it bears saying here, that one of THE deciding factors in choosing this range was the fact that the Native Americans from different groups were different, not generic. I’m really enjoying those differences.

      I’m heading toward more coverage of the body next. I’ve got some very inspirational photos that have given me a bit of inspiration/courage to try more. I was worried about highlighting so much read and black. But I think I’ve got it figured out now.

      Any advice for “fading” out paint? Is it simply applying less pressure near the end of the coverage? I’ve seen it on one of your figs, but have yet to try.

      • Lance Cawkwell March 16, 2011 at 11:30 am #

        I tend to thin the paint down a bit (not quite to a wash) around the edges so that a little more of the flesh colour gets to show through. Other methods include dry-brushing, washes, and blending into the still wet flesh colour (this last one can be a bit touch and go). I’m sure other painters will have come up with different effective methods.

        Great point re the inspirational photos – you can never have too much reference material.

        Cheers,
        Lance
        Galloping Major

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