I’m becoming quite addicted to these Musketeer Miniatures. It seems they are incredibly fun to paint, I just wish there was less cleanup involved in the process. It seems that the mold lines take quite a bit of work to get rid of, and there are some blemishes on many faces that I dare not remove or the facial detail will come off. At a reasoanable table distance (2-3 feet away from the eye) it will never be noticed though.
When I started these I couldn’t remember what colors I had used for the webbing, so I will be putting up my painting guide in very soon. Not so much because I’m an expert, but because I will be ordering more and don’t want to have the same problem.
Here are the lads in groups, I’ll have some more specific comments on a few figures as well.
Overall, I really like the way they came out. It’s really strange for me, I’ve never really been a fan of painting British troops for anything other than opponents for troops that I do like to paint. Though I have really enjoyed painting up the officers for this lot, I mean had fun. I suppose it’s the cool mustaches.
This is also the first time I’ve ever tried to paint on some Sergeants stripes. Now I usually work in the basement and my reference material was upstairs and I didn’t feel like going to get it and just painted them as I thought they would be. Extra points to anyone who notices the problem with them.
And last buy not least, I picked up some of the great VBCW models from PMC games on ebay. It’s a pretty bush league way to go about ordering as you never know what will be for sale on his “ebay store”, but at the end of the day, they are affordable and really look the part. Here’s a small unit that’s tracked their quarry down and found them in the pub, very British.
I’ve been watching these little beauties on other peoples photos for a while now. These trucks are called Crossley Tenders and they carted the Black and Tans and Auxies around Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. There’s lots of great footage of the troops packed into the back of these trucks and tooling around in black and white.
There aren’t any 28mm wargames models of them that I’m aware of. Most folks seem to buy the MATCHBOX MOY Y13 1918 CROSSLEY where ever they can find them. I found a couple on eBay for a reasonable price and painted them up. Thing is, I hate painting vehicles. I mean, I really hate painting them. I see every minute spent painting them as a minute that I’m not painting miniatures. I think I made the most of these those. I spray painted them with can of Krylon flat green camo paint, with a lighter green dry bush. Then I painted the seats and wheels. My next move was going to be a wash, but I started it and thought it wasn’t really making much of a difference, so I stopped. A couple of coats of sealer and bob’s your uncle.
These lads are on the painting table at the moment, I can’t wait to see how they paint up.
I have been quite taken with the Musketeer Miniatures line of figures for the Very British Civil War, they are one of only maybe two or three people out there making figures specifically for this somewhat unique setting. They are sculpted by Paul Hicks and quite simple to paint. My only problem so far has been the great amount of flash and mold lines and a somewhat high amount of damaged or broken weapons. I’ve ordered seven packs so far and have four broken rifles and pistols. Now, Gripping Beast has been superb in taking care of what I have reported to them (only one of the failures) but I’ve decided I will take care of the rest myself. Here are my results so far.
First I ordered some IRA and BUF figures, I discovered a broken BUF rifle and they replaced it with a new pack. When the new pack came, it had a broken rifle. Then I finally found time to paint the IRA and when I had a good look at the models that I ordered at the same time as the original BUF, they had a broken rifle!
So, now I had three broken rifles to fix. I broke out the pin vice and drilled a hole as close to the center of the rifles that I could, I went in just a few millimeters. I have some brass tubing that I bought a while ago for some VSF stuff. It’s not very big, about twice the size of a paper clip, but it’s hollow. I cut a length of that and popped it in the hole.
Then here’s what they looked like then.
I really liked how this turned out. Now this doesn’t look like any gun that I’ve ever seen, but at table distance, it passes muster beautifully. Here are all three of the lads with their new rifles.
And here are a couple of the lads with a coat of paint on them.
I think the operation was a success! It’s pretty rewarding to save a model or two. This was a great lead in to my next hard luck case. I just ordered some more British regulars and this time I ordered some officers and NCO’s to lead the troops. One of the officers came with a broken pistol and looked a bit funny. Our came the pin vice and super glue again! This time I only put a piece of paper clip in as the pistol barrel is much smaller than the rifle barrels. Here he is pre-painted. I wish I had used a longer piece of paper clip, but I’ll live with it.
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?
I’ve been planning on adding more troops to my VBCW project for a while, but I got sidetracked for a while with starting my own miniatures line. At the moment I don’t have anything to do but wait, so on to more painting.
This is a pretty tame group, just a few more weak minds and strong backs to continue to bulk out my Fascist forces. These guys are immense fun to paint, I kinda think about them like storm troopers in Star Wars. The ever present guards and toughs there to be taken out by the heroes. Bad guys can be fun too, right? That’s the one great thing about this setting is that even though they are fascists, they don’t come with all the baggage that German fascists do.
I’m beginning to experience a little frustration with the Musketeer Miniatures VBCW scultps as the faces are looking pretty rough on this lot. Don’t know if I got a bad cast or whether the mold is wearing out, but they take some love before they get to the painting table.
Just working on some transport, they just need a bit of a wash and a matte coat and I’ll have another blog post for the Crossley tenders soon.
I just finished up some more of my BUF troops for a VBCW and though they aren’t very complicated, I couldn’t remember what colors I used for some of the details. So this is mostly a record for myself, there may be others out there that would like a starting point for painting their own British Fascists. I used all Vallejo paints with the following names.
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.
This is my third set of Judges and they just keep getting more fun to paint. These are some of the most over-the-top figures I’ve painted yet. I mean the badge on the SJS Judge is rediculous, but for some reason with Judge Dredd around, it doesn’t seem to phase me.
This group also contains a Brit-Cit Judge. Most folks that I have seen seem to paint him to fit in with the Mega City Judges, but I wanted to keep him true to the comics and paint him with his equipment in a funny blue-green color. I think I missed the exact color, but at least you can tell that I tried. I also like the effects on the yellow shoulder pad that I kept true to the picture I was working from.
Overall, a fun little group to paint. The Wargames Foundry prices are simply out of site and while I love painting them, I really have to question my commitment to finishing the group, $20 for three figures is up there in the prices and the shipping is harsh as well. The best place to get them in the US that I have found is the War Store.
I’ve had a request for the photos I’ve based my Brit-Cit Judge on. Here are three photos I have, two from Judge Dredd Magazine, and the third I found on the web through a Google search. I suppose it could be the comics aging, but they are consistent. I’d love to see images from other comics if anyone has them.
I’ve got some more lovely Judge figures on the way. Based on a blog that I read, sho3box, I have ordered the Dark Judges. You can see some of his work here. Now the Foundry Dark Judge set only comes with three of the Dark Judges out of four. So I found Judge Fear from the Heroclix range and ordered him to fill the fourth slot. Apparently the same sculptor created all four of the models, so I’m told he’ll fit in.
Painting and rebasing HeroClix models is quite common in the super hero circles, but this will be the first time that I’ve attempted to do it. So here is Judge Fear in all his prepainted glory. Tomorrow he gets a bath in green stuff to try and remove as much prepaint as I can before I primer him. Wish me luck.
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’m not sure everyone knows, but I’m kickstarting a miniature range called Crossover Miniatures. I’ve got a fantastic sculptor, Soapy Dormer, who is immensly talented with lots of great ideas. We’ve come up with some greens to show off on our kickstarter page. I just wanted to get the message out there to anyone who reads this blog, as I’ve hit every other message board and way of getting the news out that I know of. Kickstarter projects all follow a patter where you start off with the backers rolling in, followed by a long middle stretch where it’s quite, then a final flow of backers at the projects finish. There’s all kinds of other stats like, if you get 30% of your funding, you’re 90% likely to get funded. I could go on and on, but anyway, I don’t like being in the quite middle stretch. 🙂