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Canadian Militia (5)

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.


And here is the gallery.


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Canadian Militia (4)

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.

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Canadian Militia (3)

I’ve been working on these guys for a while and I finally have enough of them to put a small unit on the table. I finished two lads that I had painted previously and stripped as I didn’t like the effects of GW washes. After some time in Simple Green, they were ready to base coat and get back on the painting table. I choose to use some larger areas of red in them after deciding that it wasn’t too over powering of a color for my woodsmen.

Here are some different perspectives and a few individual shots of the new lads.

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Flamboyant Miliciens, Canadian Militia (2)

It seems like it has been forever since I posted to the old blog. For some reason, it has taken me ages to paint these three figures. I think one of the reasons is that I don’t have a system in place for turning out figures. I think at one point, I had every figure that was in the system in a stage where they were all waiting to dry for the next step. This usually doesn’t happen as I try to keep some guys always primed and ready to start, others in some stage of basing, and others in some stage of painting, and yet more waiting for some sort of spray. It’s not pretty but it works a treat when it’s up and running.

I also think that two figures at a time seems to be my sweet spot, as I can rip through two, but there is some sort of geometric mutltiplication of effort going on as I increase the number of figures past that. With uniformed figures, I’m sure it saves time to paint more in one go, but not with the individualistic types I’ve got going here.

Flamboyant You Say?

After seeing some fantastic photos of Canadian Militia painted in colored shirts, I thought I would add some to the mix myself.

I have been having some great fun with the wash that I came up with. At this point it’s doing such a great job that I do VERY LITTLE highlighting afterwards. I like the effect as it stands, just block paint and wash. The only things I highlight aftewards are the edges of the tuque and the hammer, pan, and end of musket barrels.

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Miliciens Finished, Canadian Militia (1)

After a long haul, I have finished my Miliciens Canadiens to satisfaction.

Hitting them with some Dullcoat was a key move. I might even hit them with it again as I can see some parts that are still shiny. The only thing I would like to change is the dark leggings, they don’t seem to have much “definition”. I’ll have to work on that.

Here are some individual shots.


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Oooh…Shiny, Miliciens and Washes Part Deux

When I first saw these guys on the Galloping Major’s web site, I didn’t really think to much of them. I mean as a FIW layman, I knew nothing about the Canadian Militia and their role in the war, so I didn’t see any use for them. I have spent quite a bit of time reading about them since. I decided to paint them as a warm up for the rangers, really the main attraction, right? Well, I’ve since really fallen for these figures. They are great fun to paint and have loads of personality.

I have been looking at all the painted examples that I can find to figure out how to paint them. I finally decide that I will paint half of them with white shirts, one quarter with buff shirts, and the remaining quarter will be colorful in some way.

I have also been experimenting with what is the best sized batch to paint in. It seems like I haven’t posted a blog post in donkey’s ears. It’s because I choose to paint four figures at once for the first time. I think this would be a time saver if they were uniformed figures, but as it is, I still have to stop and change colors so often that I don’t think it saves much time to do batches of greater than two at a time.

Without further ado, here are the Miliciens Canadiens with the initial wash, ready for a light dry brushing and a serious matte coat.

Here are the models as individuals showing my new wash concoction. Regular readers will know that I had some…”undesireable” results with my first experiment with washing.

One of the most frustrating thing about trying to learn about washes is that there are very few videos out there that show the technique and I’ve never read a tuttorial that really made me understand. Top that up with me not liking the washes available commercially and every article out there telling you how to make your own NEVER specifies a recipe. It’s always, “Mix the paint with some future, I just keep adding until I achieve the effect I want.” Thanks for nothing A-hole!

The Wash

We’ll, if you like the subtle wash effect from above, here’s how I did it. You will see two of the ingredients on the left here Vallejo German Grey and Vallejo Glaze Medium, and the other is the wash. The only ingredient not pictured is Future Floor Polish which I found at Wal-Mart. I’m sure it goes by different names in other countries, if you do some googling you find it.

I mixed the wash up with the following ratios:

  • 20mL of Future
  • 1 Drop of German Grey
  • 4 Drops of Glaze Medium

I’m pretty happy with the subtle tones compared to the GW washes that I ruined the figures with last time.

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Miliciens and More Experiments with Washes

I started to paint a few of my Canadian Militia last week and finished them up today.

I am relatively happy with the way they turned out, but not as happy with the way my Mohawks turned out. I’m experimenting with washes to help give some depth to my painting. The Mohawks are the product of dry-brushing to show depth.

I purchased GW Bedab Black wash and GW Devlan Mud wash and used them on these two figures. They look horrible after the wash, but much better after another heavy dry-brush/coat of paint on the shirts, leggings, and skin.

My question to the more talented painters out there, am I doing the wash wrong? Do you put it on the whole figure or only on the crevices? I’ve never really used this before and would like some input?

The following pics show the figure block painted, washed all over, then a final tidy up with another coat on the flatter surfaces.

The white shirt had bedab black wash used and the buff shirt had devlan mud wash applied. Click on them for a larger view.