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Friday, 24 August 2018

24th Foot Saratoga Campaign - American War of Independence

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,
John.

12 comments:

  1. Very, very nice paint job in these makes me want to start mine!

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    1. Thanks Graham, very kind of you :-)

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  2. Wonderful job, love the realistic dirt colour dry-brushing...

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  3. Very impressive work John. Really like the campaign look!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, I enjoy being able to give them that look.

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  4. Some of the best figures I,ve ever seen painted in a realistic, worn campaign condition. Very impressive indeed.✔️

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    1. Thanks so much, I really appreciate the kind words :-)

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  5. Absolutely brilliant mate, and even better in the flesh! You really are an artist.

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    1. Thanks Ben, glad you like them -hope they have success at MOAB :-)

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  6. Simply magnificient John. Such character in the faces.

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