I finally finished one group of my FIW figures. I have been painting them in a rotation to keep things fresh, so this means all of the groups are getting near completion.
As usual, I have been saving my favorite command figures for the last group. I’m especially fond of the Milice command figure with the gangster grip on his pistol. As with this range of figures, I enjoy painting them more and more every time. These are the last of 20 Canadian Militia that I possess.
I’ve been at a conference away from home for a few days now. One of the advantages of this is that I have had more painting time than I usually do in a house with three small children. I typically paint twelve figures in a month as I usually paint about two and a half hours a week.
I brought twelve figures with me on the trip with high hopes. You see I am in a race with The Galloping Major, I want to finish one of each of his figures before he releases more of them. I’m in the home stretch and this trip is gonna help. In addition to the FIW troops, i brought along some Copplestone Neo-sovs to paint for my new Dead of Winter project, so I brought some Mantic plastic zombies along as well. (though one was popped off my painting base by the TSA guys when they searched my bag due to having all sorts of funny tools and paint bottles in it). I watched for ten minutes as the airport security swiped every paint bottle and tested it for bomb traces.
Inside of twenty-four hours of arriving in the hotel room, I managed to paint five rangers from start to finish. Here’s a rough shot taken with my iPad, sorry for the poor quality, better pics are on the way.
I have been painting Mohawk warriors for a while now and I thought it was finally time I plowed through some of my more favorite models. I wanted to wait a while before I tried them to make sure that I worked out the bugs and did the best job I could on them.
These guys were great fun to paint and I had a lot of fun with the more characterful models in this group. There are a four guys from the Galloping Major’s Mohawk Command pack in this lot and they ooze character. These two lads were my favorite to paint of all the 28’s I have done so far.
I have finished my second batch of Rangers, those wearing caps this time. I’m really liking how these turned out, the Rangers take longer to paint than all the other units due to all of the details, but it’s a fun process and the end result is worth it.
I painted one as a Provincial drafted into Ranger service after being inspired by the Galloping Majors site. I’m trying to pick out one to be a Light Infantry man from Gage’s unit, but might have left it too late as I only have the Ranger command and the Ranger personality packs to choose from.
I became discouraged with my wash after have some bad results with one of the Mohawk units I painted before, but have figured out how to control it and am happy again. Previously I had shaken the wash up for a long time to make sure all of the pigment was mixed in and then used a big brush to try and do it faster. The combination gave very dark results that I didn’t like. I have found that using a small brush allows me to place it much more easily and gives better results.