This week I finished an American War of Independence project for Ben, a long-standing customer.
I will break this into a couple of blog posts.
First up we have the British 24th Foot for use in the Saratoga Campaign. Ben's request was for a "campaign" look - after all these fellows had been struggling through the wilderness for many days before they fought the main battles of the campaign.
I used Vallejo cavalry brown as the starting point for the rank & file uniforms, the command figures were painted in a brighter red. I always work from a light grey undercoat & block colours in, apply washes, & then work back over with base colour & highlights. The grimy look to the lower legs, boots & elbows was done by dry-brushing a dirt colour. Ben likes to finish the basing himself - a lot of customers do this to help give a cohesive look with existing collections.
The figures are Perry Miniatures 28mm, a combination of plastic & metal casts.
I believe they are based for "Sharpe Practice 2". Those going to MOAB wargames show in NSW at end of September might get to see them in action. :-)
I try and avoid the use of pure black or white in my painting, even when it comes to mixing colours.
Next post from the project will be the light company, a converged unit with "light bobs" from three different regiments.
All the best,