Now that the April Fools is through, on with business.
I just posted the newest scenario in the downloads section. It’s a simple little Hubbardton scenario. The battle was fairly staight forward and so is the scenario.
I would like to make a plea for feedback on these scenarios. Even something as simple as spelling/grammar errors. I don’t think it’s to much to ask to drop a quick comment on this post if you like/dislike them or anything really. If there isn’t any feedback soon, I will stop posting them due to lack of interest.
I painted my 2,500th 6mm musket yesterday and finally snapped. In a fit of rage, I threw the entire unit against the basement wall. I said to myself, “Self, THAT felt REALLY good.” I then sought out the storage bins where I keep the finished figures, dumped them on the floor and proceeded to jump up and down on them. I felt very relieved, an obsession finished.
I think I’m going to watch more TV and maybe take up a less demanding hobby. I think I’ll knit with my wife.
Copy anything you want from the blog as I will take it down in a week to remove all traces of this hobby from my life.
When I was ogling over the Baccus range of AWI figures, I did a lot of searching online for other AWI 6mm sites and found Howe’s About That Then!. It seems he made a great start on a resource then stopped, but what is there is really useful. I particularly liked the part where he tells his method for painting militia. I will take his work and expand on it here.
The varied appearance of the militia can be a dilemma for someone like me who likes a system for everything, heck when you are painting 72 figures at a time you need some order, even when those figures are only 6mm high.
Baccus makes a fantastic militia pack with lots of character. They are tied for my favorite pack with the Continentals in tricorne. With these figures in mind, it’s time to pick out some colors. How’s About That Then! recommends
Chose two colours for each figure on the strip: one for the coat/waistcoat and one for the trousers. For example, Fig 1 = buff/grey, Fig 2 = dark brown/tan, Fig 3 = green/buff, Fig 4 = tan/red-brown.
I think this is a fantastic start, I used this and came up with the following Vallejo color scheme. First color is for the coat, second color is for the trousers.
buff / light grey
tan-earth / german camo medium brown
dark green / buff
saddle brown / tan-earth
While I paint them in the same order on every strip I start from a different place on each strip. Sound confusing, let me explain. I start with number 1 on the first strip, on the next strip I start with number two, on the next number 3 and so on. See the diagram below.
I continue this pattern throughout all 6 pop sickle sticks of troops in one of my units.
A number of troops in the unit are only in their shirts, this allows further break up of the pattern. I paint the shirts on these guys with Ivory as suggested by the Howe’s site. Then I paint their pants the color required from the pattern. These are also the only troops in my whole army that don’t have black hair. I paint these troops with dirty blond or brown hair.
After these few randomizations, it’s off to paint the troops like any other unit. The only thing I would do differently is paint the belts a light color for dark coats, and a dark color for light coats.
The end result is quite a tidy little unit with a random but unified appearance.
As a recap, here’s my process.
Undercoat in grey
Paint the shirts ivory
Paint the rest of the troops with the scheme refered to earlier
Another installment of my continuing effort to show how great large amounts of small figures look compared to small amounts of large figures. I have been adding approx 150 troops to every picture. When I placed the troops for my British Hubbardton photo, I thought it would be a great opportunity to show the 600 troops.
These troops would be a representation of two British regiments for the Saratoga Campaign at a 1:1 ratio .
I have already posted the Patriot troops, so it’s about time the bad guys got their due. The following units represent the British OOB for the Hubbarton conflict. I’ll describe the units in the first picture below.
Out front is the commander Brigadier Frasier. Next is the 24th Regiment, behind them the grenadiers, light infantry, and Natives/Canadiens.
Bringing up the rear is von Riedesel followed by his Brunswick troops. First the grenadiers and then the light infantry.
I have created the first two of my eventual Saratoga Campaign scenarios. You can find them at the downloads page. Please go there and check them out. Download as much as you like.
I would only ask that if you either enjoy them or have a suggestion, please leave a comment here to that effect. I am putting these up as a litmus for my next three scenarios. I’d hate to write more if there is something I could do better.
I just recieved my new terrain mat from theterrainguy.com. It seems ok, I’ll write more about it later, but I have been wanting to post some pictures of figures that weren’t just on display. Here are some figures as they would appear in the wild. They are larger than the pictures that I usually post as they are greater in scope and need to be, so be aware of that if looking at them on a slow connection.
Ok, don’t laugh at me, but I have had my first ever try and creating some terrain. These are PaperTerrain 6mm European Buildings, and they are fantastic. I have built quite a bit of 15mm stuff for my previous WW2 project. The 6mm stuff is quite a bit easier to build as it’s not as detailed. I literally built these while sitting on the couch while my wife watched Supernanny. They build fast and look great on the table. They are also VERY sturdy when glued to a base.
I took more pictures than this, but they were terribly out of focus. This picture has a stand placed infront to show scale, but I’m not happy with the depth of field. I will take more and put them up. I want to show the destroyed buildings that come with every PaperTerrain building, just pull off the outside layer and reveal the destroyed building below.
This is the first New York Regiment that I have created, so it represents my first step outside of New England.
The 4th New Yorkers had some pretty distinctive uniforms and I imagine they are pretty well documented as they show up in most collections of plates. They wore with uniforms with black caps, rather than tricornes. If you are priming your 6mm figs with white, this unit is a breeze to paint. It probably took 20% off the total painting time.
I had a little fun with the flag as I couldn’t find any references for it. One of the great things (and at times frustrating things) about the AWI is that you have a lot of latitude due to lack of information. I got tired of trying to figure out the flag with this unit, that they got a Yankee’s symbol. Now that I’m posting it, I see that I put the roman numerals for 3 on the flag rather than 4. I’ll have to change that soon.
In my continuing efforts to show what 6mm has to offer in quality of quantity, I have taken some pictures of the next step in the “Gaining Mass” series which I will now call the “6mm Effect”.
This is a group of 6 units, approximately 450 troops. This is larger than most regular regiments that fought in the Saratoga Campaign. Though some of the militia regiments got pretty stupid big, over 1000.
450 Troops in One Block
This represents about 1/3 of the total troops that I have painted so far. I need to start taking more pictures.