I have finally finished the last of my current Galloping Major figures. These last few were a lot of fun. I really like painting the tricorns and lace on the uniforms. There’s not a lot to say about them that hasn’t been said before as this is the fourth lot of Rangers that I have painted.
I engaged in a sort of race (known only to me) with The Major as I wanted to get to a point where I had painted the entire range, this meant that I had to paint faster than he could sculpt and get through the production process. Not really a fair competition, but hey, there you go.
I have been anticipating these guys for a long time. This is the first new release from The Galloping Major since I started painting his figures, so they set back my complete figures percetages creating a desire to get some paint on them quickly. It still took me a little while as I was waiting to see what others have done with them. So far, the only painted example is by the Major himself on his site. With that inspiration and the photo on the back of the The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers as my guide, I went for it.
The following are the results, I hope I have done the figure justice as it’s fantastic. It’s my first attempt at 28mm 18th Century lace really. It’s a time consuming, but not un-enjoyable process. I had an amazing amount of fun painting the tri-corn on the other Ranger officer, and it makes me look even more forward to the eminent releases from the galloping major. We’ve already seen the Provincial officer, I’m hoping for other regular types in the very near future.
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 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.
These troops have been a long time coming. I choose to paint them last as they are the most involved troops that I posses. Lots of straps and buttons and trim. I’m very happy with the results and it was kinda nice to have a more regular type of troop to paint for a change, most of the decisions were easy to make and the variation kept to a minimum, relatively speaking. Many of the parts of the models that need uniqueness were given a nice pattern to follow, like the large pouches for example.
These took me about twice as long to paint as the Canadian Militia due to the sheer amount of variety on each model. It has to be said that it was an fun process though. I feel like I haven’t posted forever, but it’s just that I decided not to post every time I have two figures ready, I’m now waiting to finish lots of 6+ before posting. So the posts will be a little more infrequent, but contain more photos in each.
Overall a joy to paint and I look forward to painting many more. I have six more in my possession and will order the very new Ranger Command and Personalities from the Galloping Major as soon as I get the coins together.