I’ve got a few of my Knuckleduster War of 1812 figures painted now. So it’s time to show them off a bit, even though I still have a bit of static grass to add to the bases. As these are my first ranked up 28mm figures, I’ve been doing a little playing around.
I have used some 3mm plywood bases that I have left over from a project that never took off. On top of those I have place some magnetic sheets that have sticky backs. It only takes a few snips of a scissors to fit it pretty close to size. After applying the magnetic sheets, I sprayed the bases with cheap Wal-Mart red primer, then painted over that with a brown craft paint that I bought for all of my large scenery pieces. I think I will go over that (very quickly) with the same color that I use on the figures bases. I usually don’t do this as it’s a Vallejo paint and I don’t like to use it on large areas, but I think it will be necessary to finish these off. Once that’s done, I’ll put some static grass on and they will be done.
I’m going to get a command base to finish off this unit, and a flag, then I’ll have some final pictures.
Ahhh, a chance to paint The Galloping Major’s miniatures again. These are the guys that I’ve missed the most on my break from historical minis. I’ve been watching people paint them and biding my time, well, I finally ordered them. First impression of the figures is that they are cracking! Great character and lots of great details, but nicely raised so they are a joy to paint.
I struggled with the uniform to paint for a while. I’m a die hard New Englander these days, so I wanted to paint them as Massachusetts men, but the uniforms were more drab. So in the end I went with the New Jersey Provincials, they are very similar to the Mass troops, but they have white gaiters and a yellow hat band. Very minor differences I know, but there you go, a little splash of color to liven up the table.
Painting these guys was like talking to a college friend that you haven’t talked to for years, you can easily slip into a comfortable and fun activity after being away for a long time. After a few brush strokes, it was like I was still in my 7 month spree of painting the other GM figures.
Here’s a few more shots. I still have 9 more to go and they are all primed and sitting on the painting table.
I’ve had my eye on the War of 1812 for some time. I even thought I had a chance to play Lasalle and have a game of War of 1812 at the same time once. It was not to be, but I’ve been left with a desire to get into the conflict in a big way. I also had a game of 28mm rank and file troops last November that changed my mind about gaming large conflicts in that scale. So, due to all of that, here I am. Painting troops from Scott’s Brigade for the Niagara Campaign of 1814.
I want to document how I’ve painted these figures so I can repeat it later and become more efficient as I go. I have a feeling that I may be painting quite a few of them.
Luck for me, and anyone else that might like to get into gaming the War of 1812, Knuckleduster Miniatures makes some great minis for the conflict. The company seems to be on track to produce everything you need to game the Niagara Campaign, PERFECT. I’ve had these minis around for a few months, and I’m getting ready order a few more as soon as my monthly spending allocation is renewed.
Scott’s Brigade – Troops from 9th, 11th,22nd and 25th US regulars
I’ll cover basing these as soon as they dry from my first coat of varnish, and as I’m a skirmish gamer mainly I’ll show how I base them so they can be part of a rank and file unit and still pop off for a skirmish.