Thursday, 26 July 2018

18th Century Military Gentlemen...

These 18th century military gentlemen were painted as part of the Hessian commission - see previous post. The figures are 28mm metal from, I believe, Front Rank & Wargames Foundry. I have painted them to approximate as Hessian officers from the American War of Independence. They are characterful & perhaps more "chunky" than some figure ranges, but no less fun to paint. The figure with the "stick" had a slight casting fault down the face, so I turned this into fencing scar. I was particularly pleased with how the light coloured horse turned out. 

I am looking forward to receiving some samples from Crann Tara miniatures for my own 18th century Imagi-nations project. I have made some more jottings in my notebook about this, as well as some sketches.

In case anyone missed the pinned post on my Facebook page regarding my painting service, I'll put it here as well for completeness:

"I am booked up for 2018 with commissions.
Next year will most likely see a price increase. In addition I am looking at alternating between taking commissions and completing projects expressly to sell.
I have already been asked by customers about pencilling in dates for next year and will not be doing so until I am through the rest of 2018. I've found the last month or so a tad stressful, so I will need a wee breathing space at years end. I will let folks know if things change... :-)"

All the best,

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hessians for AWI & 18th Century pondering....

I was commissioned to paint a unit of Hessian Line for the American War of Independence. The figures supplied were 28mm Sash & Sabre (or Saber) metal Prussians. The unit is based on von Donop Regiment - apologies for any inaccuracies in uniforms.
This re-sparked my interest in the conflict & 18th Century in general. I have a small handful of 28mm metal figures for the period, plus some 10mm SYW, & 1/72 SYW Prussians. I have purchased the Don Troiani Book on the AWI - excellent visual reference. In addition I have been working my way slowly through the Peter Dennis "Paperboys" book on the AWI, cutting & gluing paper figures - they really do look nice. I think I would still like to do an Imagi-Nations collection for the 18th Century, not sure how I would go about this - perhaps Peter Dennis will do a Seven Years War paper soldier book that I could modify? The figures from Crann Tara look nice too.....hmmm, maybe a sample order some time. The thought of painting large black powder armies can be somewhat overwhelming, let alone the potential costs...ah well, collections like this can be built up slowly over time I guess. Always interesting to see what other folks have done with their Imagi-Nations, some are cherry picked from real world units, others whole cloth fabrications of uniforms, flags 'n all. Suggestions & discussion welcome :-)

 These were completed in July I believe. I am currently working on an Arthurian Warband project for an overseas customer, using Footosore Miniatures.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

All booked up....

I am booked up until sometime in October with commissions - and probably beyond that. If you were considering getting in touch about a commission please hold fire for 2 or 3 months - thanks so much.
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