I’ve just finished up my first French regulars for FIW gaming. I have been wanting to game the Battle on Snowshoes for quite some time and many of the combatants are regulars. The main impediment to me was that fact that Galloping Major didn’t make the figures. After waiting an acceptable amount of time, I took the plunge an bought some of the excellent Front Rank SYW regulars. Many of the Front Rank FIW figures are real stinkers, but most of their ranges are excellent.
What I really wanted was a unit or two of French Marines, so I made the decision to paint these guys as French Marines, but they were wearing bayonets instead of hatchets and gaiters rather than leggings. So I painted them as the very active regiment Languedoc Infanterie, very close to Marines in appearance so as to be an acceptable stand in until Galloping Major makes some Marines. Once that happens, they will jump over to the role of regulars. A great solution I think.
I’ve recently painted up some wonderful Galloping Major figures, Huron Warriors with Hand-to-Hand Weapons, Anglo-American Provincials Under Attack, and Anglo-American Civilians Settlers Defending Command and Characters.
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.
So, I’ve had these lads sitting around for some time. I currently have 120ish models from the Galloping Major and that includes NO doubles of the same figure. Pretty impressive. When I began to order from the Major, I made a small purchase and decided I love them then made a larger purchase, which happened to be one of everything at the time. So I had an extra pack of Mohawks around and I could never bring myself to paint them, and this has bothered me for a long time.
Many painters and gamers buy impulsively and have LARGE amounts of lead laying around ready to be painted. I am not one of those guys, due to a young family I have a very SMALL stipend available for purchases each month, so small that I can easily keep up with painting them and have no left over pile that I won’t ever get to. That being said I never found the time to paint my “doubles”. I made a deal with myself, I would paint them but I would do it quickly and dirty, something I can’t normally bring myself to do! Many period painting show large amounts of the natives in black warpaint covering their entire bodies. I have two such painted guys in my collection already, since the Native flesh takes me the longest to accomplish, I thought this is where I could shave the most time off.
I think they look a little odd taken as a group by themselves, but once I mix them with the 30 others that I own, they should fit in nicely.
I also painted this guy a while back and I’ve been waiting to have some other FIW stuff painted so I could add him to a post. This is the last of the Soldiers Fee from the Galloping Major. You can never have enough club wielding Indians in the forest.
These guys were great fun to paint. I didn’t know a thing about Miliciens or Canadian Militia when I started this project over a year ago, but I have found them very interesting since. The Galloping Major range seems to have embraced them with a passion as I now have 24 of them with completely unique poses and equipment.
In fact that’s one of the most amazing things about this range, I now have over 100 models from this range without a single repeat! That’s pretty amazing really. The war was mostly skirmishes so it seems to suit such a fabulous range of figures, and that’s only the irregulars that have been produced so far!
This is the first group of troops that I used my new washing method with. I read a post on TMP where the author talked about using the wash after he sealed the figures with a glossy sealant. The idea being that the wash only adds shadows and doesn’t stain the paint. I have to say that it’s a bit more fiddly, but I like the results quite a bit and I’m sold. It will add around two days to the finishing process, but one more coat of sealant just adds more protection to the little works of art, right?
This is my second group of Settlers Defending from the Galloping Major. His figures continue to get better and better. I enjoyed painting these guys even more than I enjoyed painting the last lot. The addition of the vests added a lot of detail and interest into the figures. I really like the way they look as a group.
Along with this lot I have painted one of the “Soldiers Free” miniatures. This lad is supposed to be suitable ambiguous so you can use him for many different roles. I’ve got him painted as an older civic leader who’s dusted off his old uniform to lead the settlers on a mission to rescue their women, or something like that. I really like the figure and the look of determination on is tiny little 28mm face.
Just another great group of figures to paint an look at. Here they are in close ups.
These guys are the first of my Anglo American Settlers from Galloping Major Wargames. There is another pack on my painting table as I write this. This group is all in shirt sleeves with a mottly looking assortment of equipment.
The vast majority of the encounters in the FIW were border skirmishes between Indians and settlers. The natives tended to head south, get close to a settlement and lay in wait. Before the sun came up, they pounced on the isolated cabins, stole who and what they could, fired the rest and headed for home.
I live about 30 miles from the dreaded Missisquoi Abenaki settlement that was a major staging point for Indian raids. So these lads might have been my neighbors in a different life.
I think these figures fill a great place in games scenarios. There’s another pack available that I’ve already mentioned and some concept sketches for a third pack on the Galloping Major’s Blog. I look forward to seeing all of them on the table lending support to the Rangers and Regulars or defending some log cabins.
I have finally finished the last of my current Galloping Major figures. These last few were a lot of fun. I really like painting the tricorns and lace on the uniforms. There’s not a lot to say about them that hasn’t been said before as this is the fourth lot of Rangers that I have painted.
I engaged in a sort of race (known only to me) with The Major as I wanted to get to a point where I had painted the entire range, this meant that I had to paint faster than he could sculpt and get through the production process. Not really a fair competition, but hey, there you go.
It’s with great pleasure that put the final bits of paint on these fine warriors. I really enjoyed painting the Mohawks as they were the first FIW figs that I painted and are really a lot of fun. I used a lot of blue and read and warpaint on this last batch. Not much to say that hasn’t already been said about painting them here. I can’t wait to get my hands on some rumored Indians with hand weapons coming from the Galloping Major in the distant future.
I have finished my last batch of Huron warriors. These guys were a lot of fun to paint and I even made a few alterations to them. I’m not a big fan of headbands and in this last group I had a few guys with headbands, the one in the blanket and the guy standing and pointing, so I went to work on them. I started with a dremel to grind them down and do the bulk of the work, then I hit them with a small round file to get a good shape back. I think it came out alright and if you didn’t know it was done, you might not even notice.
I never really became comfortable with the green and purple warpaint so it was used sparingly throughout. I really wish I was more creative with it in general, but it’s one of those things that I need to work on I guess.