Friday, March 7, 2014
The marine uniform is just hard. diffrent makers had difrent shades. and as they got worned some when light other dark ect. And to make it harder the original color is a strange sea green/grey green thing.
I tried so many colors, so some of these figures probebly got like 10 layers of uniform colors. Finnaly I got down to a mix of iron grey for shade, then green grey, and finnaly I had to mix green gray and sea grey in two diffrent mixes, first a semi light and finnaly a lighter one. It probebly won't fit all marine uniforms, but it does look alot like atleast some uniforms I've seen.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
MAN those have lots of details on them, the most extreme must be they actualy modeled the button on the shoulder straps. These are the campaign dress I always paint french in campaign dress as I hate the look they get when using gaitors.
I asked TMP which figures I should use for 1807-1814 french and penisula british that fit with some of the perry stuff. And they all said the new Reinforcement packs from Front Rank, and I can see why. Yes they are still quite big, but not as broad as the old FR figures.
The jacket and trousers get 4 coats, jacket is the french blue foundry triad, with tiny bit of highlight of fester blue from coat d'arms. the trousers are horse tone gray shade, with austrian white triad over.
Face gets it's 5 shades of flesh, musket gets 3 ect.
They do take a long time to paint, lots of details, especaly the volgteuirs, with the epelets and swords ect.
But the resaults are quite good.
Monday, February 24, 2014
You do notice it was perrys first dip into plastics, the some of the figures are kinda "odd" on their sides were things are "streched" How ever, they will hold up great. It apears the figures just lends it self to good painting, generaly the best ACW figures I've seen painted have been these, either as union or more often rebs. I think it has to do with the folds on the jackets and trousers that just makes it easy to get the most out of your paint job. I feel theise look great, I feel I got a good dark blue and good light blue for the union. The jackets are Foundry Union blue triad and a extra highlight of festerblue from coat d arms.
The trousers are all coat de arms, shade hiduous blue, mid is light blue, and just a tiny bit of lighlight of bravarian blue.
The figures look good, but are kinda a cop out, making one box useable for both sides, means some are shell jackets other sack coats. If you want a full unit in either one, you need like 4 boxes I think, That would give you 2 union sack coated, and 2 reb shell jackets.
Also halfish of the box is fireing line, so if you want 30+ regiments you have to always buy 2 boxes. That should give you 36 marching, and I think 30-32 fireing, that is if you use some of the officer models as standard barers. So yes, you notice it's the first plastic set from the perries, but they are still some of the best figures to paint if you want them to look good.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yes I wrote it the propper way with a Z!! So I'm kinda in a ACW mood, but no figures in sight, and I got a small flat package today, so I decided to go back to 7yw for a few days untill the perry plastic acw comes.
So this is the Szekely hussars, they togeather with the Meinke dragoons did lots of cool stuff leading up to the battle of Rochbach. Very cool uniform. light green with dark green pelise, saddlecloth and bushybag.
Suprizingly(yes another Z) it's quite colorfull. Again the minden figures have superb detail, the sabertache got raised ensigna and all.
Ah but I would not just show you a WIP of some lowly hussars now would I, because the flat package I got was GMB flags So now my austrians and prussians got some nice flags to show off.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I wanted to paint some ACW, and had some random figures laying around, Sash and saber, not enough to make a unit out of. So I thought I'd try a mini diorama. And just to practice painting and basing.
A round base, with 5 rebs on it, two puddles, lots of green stuff and some rocks.
Poured some ink into gloss vanish for the puddle. Only semi successfull!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I did get one problem tho, I have painted quite alot of 6 of them, and then realised I could not finish them when they were all glued togeather, the arms and muskets get in the way of the straps and lace, I just gave up on them, and stated on 6 new ones, glued on head and backpack. but left of the arms, finished the body, then glued on the arms and muskets and finished them, it helped alot.
I'm also looking into getting a British uniform just because but finding one is not easy, I'm not looking for super quality, so machine sown is good enough, if I ever get into reenactment and they need better uniforms I can upgrade them. I have found a few sites that sell almost all I need, but it's hard to know if they are on the level. the "19th centry tailors" have uniforms ect, and a nice sight, but a google for them, leads to a few forums posts on verious reenactment sites about bad quality gear, bad delivery times(or non delivery) bad customer service ect.
Found another site, the looks ok, but they use the same pictures of the same uniforms as the site mentioned, so I don't know, I did not find any bad about them online, yet I don't know, so if you have any low down on the re-enactmentsupplies.co.uk let me know.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Shakoless light bob