I finally finished one group of my FIW figures. I have been painting them in a rotation to keep things fresh, so this means all of the groups are getting near completion.
As usual, I have been saving my favorite command figures for the last group. I’m especially fond of the Milice command figure with the gangster grip on his pistol. As with this range of figures, I enjoy painting them more and more every time. These are the last of 20 Canadian Militia that I possess.
I’ve been at a conference away from home for a few days now. One of the advantages of this is that I have had more painting time than I usually do in a house with three small children. I typically paint twelve figures in a month as I usually paint about two and a half hours a week.
I brought twelve figures with me on the trip with high hopes. You see I am in a race with The Galloping Major, I want to finish one of each of his figures before he releases more of them. I’m in the home stretch and this trip is gonna help. In addition to the FIW troops, i brought along some Copplestone Neo-sovs to paint for my new Dead of Winter project, so I brought some Mantic plastic zombies along as well. (though one was popped off my painting base by the TSA guys when they searched my bag due to having all sorts of funny tools and paint bottles in it). I watched for ten minutes as the airport security swiped every paint bottle and tested it for bomb traces.
Inside of twenty-four hours of arriving in the hotel room, I managed to paint five rangers from start to finish. Here’s a rough shot taken with my iPad, sorry for the poor quality, better pics are on the way.
I have been painting Mohawk warriors for a while now and I thought it was finally time I plowed through some of my more favorite models. I wanted to wait a while before I tried them to make sure that I worked out the bugs and did the best job I could on them.
These guys were great fun to paint and I had a lot of fun with the more characterful models in this group. There are a four guys from the Galloping Major’s Mohawk Command pack in this lot and they ooze character. These two lads were my favorite to paint of all the 28’s I have done so far.
I have finished my second batch of Rangers, those wearing caps this time. I’m really liking how these turned out, the Rangers take longer to paint than all the other units due to all of the details, but it’s a fun process and the end result is worth it.
I painted one as a Provincial drafted into Ranger service after being inspired by the Galloping Majors site. I’m trying to pick out one to be a Light Infantry man from Gage’s unit, but might have left it too late as I only have the Ranger command and the Ranger personality packs to choose from.
I became discouraged with my wash after have some bad results with one of the Mohawk units I painted before, but have figured out how to control it and am happy again. Previously I had shaken the wash up for a long time to make sure all of the pigment was mixed in and then used a big brush to try and do it faster. The combination gave very dark results that I didn’t like. I have found that using a small brush allows me to place it much more easily and gives better results.
I started this project as a fan of the Rangers and Iroquois, and really only choose to paint their opponents out of necessity. I suppose that comes from living on this side of the border (even if only by 1.5 miles). I’ve really come to like the Huron models as I paint more of them.
You still can’t beat a Mohawk scalplock, but the wider variety of warpaint colors available to the Huron gives these guys a leg up when painting. Until now I’ve been really conservative with the warpaint, but I really went for it with this group splashing the red and black around as much as I dared. I’m still not ready to use purple, but I tried one with green to see how it went, it doesn’t look to outlandish.
These guys turned out well I think. I wanted to do justice to the dramatic pose of the gent holding a rifle over his head with a wide stance. I’m not sure I did as he looks a little plain upon reflection. One more batch and the Huron should be finished.
For a while now, I’ve been suffering over how to make unique warpaint schemes on my Northeastern Woodland Indians. I came up with the idea of starting a collection of warpaint designs.
Scott from Paperterrain.com was kind enough to create a blank template for us to draw on. So if you feel like contributing to the collection, go to the Warpaint Schemes page to have a look, then the Submit Your Warpaint Scheme page to download, paint, and upload your design for inclusion in the collection.
Perhaps there will be some readers with some artistic talent that we could all benefit from?
I’ve finished up another batch of Canadian Militia. I’ve started to paint more of the command figures as I gain more experience, so I now have 3 of the 6 command figures finished.
I’ve also taken a group shot which I am very happy with. The thing about skirmish gaming that I never experienced before is the number of unique poses. Previously I have painted the same pose MANY times, so a group like this is very rewarding. The Galloping Major makes 18 unique poses (3 individual packs) for the Canadian Militia, and I’ve got five left I think.
The Border Covenant:
A Tale of the French and Indian War
by Hugh C. Griffith
I have been trying to read as much as I can about the French and Indian war lately and this time I decided to try some Historical Fiction.
This book is about a couple of Rangers that track an Abanaki Indian party through New England and Quebec. They end up smack dab in the middle of the siege of Quebec city. They meet some of the main players in the War and lots of stock characters along the way.
Much of the dialog is in period flavor and can be somewhat of a tough read. There are some glaring editing issues, but you can get past those
In general this book is pure popcorn, and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. If you already enjoy the period, this book might help to flesh it out for you. I managed to finish the book, but I was looking forward to my next book about half the way through this one.
If you have a full plate, this isn’t the book for you. But if you have a deep interest in the period and are looking for something different to read, give it a try…maybe.
This is the first time I have painted a second group of figures. Meaning, I have already painted a group of Mohawks, but I painted three other groups of figures before starting this group.
Having a go at them was easier this time as I have much more experience under my belt than I did. Color choices came easier as I think I have maxed out the number of different colors I can use for leggings and the little things. This limited number of different colors should bring some cohesion to the group even thought they are dressed uniquely. The Mohawk remain my favorite to paint as there is sooo much personality in these lads.
I have finally gained some confidence with painting war paint. I have really gone for it with these guys, giving everyone some sort of paint on the face. Mixed with the 6 that I painted before, that’s 50% of the Mohawks sporting war paint. I am compiling a list of sites and posts that I use for inspiration as I find it hard to create unique and random warpaint schemes. But it’s coming along.
There seems to be a dearth of FIW scenarios out there for gamers. So I thought I would start a resource for those looking to find them. If you know of any posted on the net, leave a comment with a link and I’ll add it the post.
3 fantastic scenarios can be found on the Toofatlardies Yahoo Group. Unfortunately you have to join to read them, but you’ll find them here. The rules are, of course, for the TFL game of Sharp Practice, but are easily ported to any system with little effort.
Brilliant Blog Posts with Scenarios
Raid on Butler’s Landing
This is an amazing report and a feast for the eyes. A raid by Indians and French Marines on an English fort with Readcoats and Rangers. A look around the site will reveal a wealth of knowledge.
Brilliant Scenarios to be Found In Message Board Threads