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Scott’s Brigade

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.

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Anglo-American Provincials

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.

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1812 Here I come

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.

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Black and White Zombies (2)

I’ve been aquiring Mantic Zombies for a  while now and somehow they never seem to get to the front of the paint queue.  There always seems something I’d rather be doing.  Mostly, they seem  time consuming for something that will appear in hordes and is really never in center stage.  They are impressive due to numbers rather than individual appearance.  Now this goes against my nature to hurry and paint figures, but I realized they were never going to get done unless I did.

I came to this realization about the same time I found this thread.  Such a wonderful effect for such little effort.  I had to try it and these are the results.  It took VERY LITTLE TIME and I like the effect.  Now, to get the other 60 I have in their new paint jobs.

It’s a simple spray paint with cheap Walmart flat white, then a dip in Minwax Tudor color, two coats of cheap Krylon Matte Acrylic spray paint, and basing them with a golden harvest static grass for that dead and decaying look.  I should be able to crank the rest our in a few nights.

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LAM (4) – Her Majesty’s Task Force

I just finished these lads up.  I’m a huge fan of the British figures in the Lead Adventure Miniatures 1881 line.  They are a bit intimidating due to the amount of detail and general awesomeness of the figures.  I’m really happy with the lad with the fury coat, but I’d have like to have chosen a few different colors on the guy with the mechanical arm.  But I think they will be great additions to the team.

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BUF (3) – Command

I’ve been wanting to add this command group for a while, so I’m really glad to have finished them.  The models are great and lots of fun to paint.  I added a spare British Regular command figure and just painted him in BUF colors.  I think it’s fair to assume that he might have had an old army uniform that he altered to wear with his new organization.

This is the first flag I’ve ever worked with in 28mm.  I like the way it came out.  The flag is from VBCW enthusiast 6mil Phil and was offered over on his blog.

Over all these figures should help to keep the rabble on track and lend some much needed support.

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Mohawks (5) – Warpaint Time

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.