I started this project as a fan of the Rangers and Iroquois, and really only choose to paint their opponents out of necessity. I suppose that comes from living on this side of the border (even if only by 1.5 miles). I’ve really come to like the Huron models as I paint more of them.
You still can’t beat a Mohawk scalplock, but the wider variety of warpaint colors available to the Huron gives these guys a leg up when painting. Until now I’ve been really conservative with the warpaint, but I really went for it with this group splashing the red and black around as much as I dared. I’m still not ready to use purple, but I tried one with green to see how it went, it doesn’t look to outlandish.
These guys turned out well I think. I wanted to do justice to the dramatic pose of the gent holding a rifle over his head with a wide stance. I’m not sure I did as he looks a little plain upon reflection. One more batch and the Huron should be finished.
For a while now, I’ve been suffering over how to make unique warpaint schemes on my Northeastern Woodland Indians. I came up with the idea of starting a collection of warpaint designs.
Scott from Paperterrain.com was kind enough to create a blank template for us to draw on. So if you feel like contributing to the collection, go to the Warpaint Schemes page to have a look, then the Submit Your Warpaint Scheme page to download, paint, and upload your design for inclusion in the collection.
Perhaps there will be some readers with some artistic talent that we could all benefit from?
I’ve finished up another batch of Canadian Militia. I’ve started to paint more of the command figures as I gain more experience, so I now have 3 of the 6 command figures finished.
I’ve also taken a group shot which I am very happy with. The thing about skirmish gaming that I never experienced before is the number of unique poses. Previously I have painted the same pose MANY times, so a group like this is very rewarding. The Galloping Major makes 18 unique poses (3 individual packs) for the Canadian Militia, and I’ve got five left I think.
The Border Covenant:
A Tale of the French and Indian War
by Hugh C. Griffith
I have been trying to read as much as I can about the French and Indian war lately and this time I decided to try some Historical Fiction.
This book is about a couple of Rangers that track an Abanaki Indian party through New England and Quebec. They end up smack dab in the middle of the siege of Quebec city. They meet some of the main players in the War and lots of stock characters along the way.
Much of the dialog is in period flavor and can be somewhat of a tough read. There are some glaring editing issues, but you can get past those
In general this book is pure popcorn, and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. If you already enjoy the period, this book might help to flesh it out for you. I managed to finish the book, but I was looking forward to my next book about half the way through this one.
If you have a full plate, this isn’t the book for you. But if you have a deep interest in the period and are looking for something different to read, give it a try…maybe.