Tuesday, 28 February 2012

ECW Big Guns

A few more pics of 2 ECW big guns and crew. One intended to be Royalist and the other Parliament. I've gone for the traditional Red sash etc for the Royalists and Orange for the Parliament.

The Royalist gun is being heaved into position with the officer administering instructions.

The Parliament gun is almost in place and there is some 'scurrying' around preparing it for firing.

The figures, guns, crew and accessories, are all from Bicorne (http://www.bicorne.net) - I love their ECW stuff and 'no' I'm not on commission! The gabions I bought years ago - some from Hovels, the others I can't remember.

I've posted these because I have discovered a box of ECW artillery castings and this will inspire me to complete some of those in the coming weeks. I'll keep you posted. They include all sizes of guns and a wide selection of crew.

The 2 guns posted here saw action on the wargames table a few weeks ago (my first actual ECW game) and my opponent, the Royalist one, faired much better than mine.

We used the Quindia Studios Rules, Victory Without Quarter, for this game. I really like these rules and the game played out well despite it being a walk through.

I hope Clarence Harrison of Quindia Studios decides, at some point, to publish these rules with all the professionalism, flare and dash he has put into other publications he's been involved in. I really admire his work and talent!

Friday, 24 February 2012

How I paint 'Red'

I use many different ways to paint red depending on what I’m painting and the finished effect I’m after. Most of these I’ve acquired over the years from other painters like many of you out there.
Thought I’d show you how I do red coats like those on my Sedgemoor and ECW units. I’m going to use Kirke’s grenadier company as an example. I need to paint these grenadiers to complete the unit so this will ‘kill two birds with one stone.’ What follows will also show the process I use for painting figs generally.

 As you know by now I work from a brown undercoat (see tutorial on this blog) so the colours I use below work well for me. From a black undercoat I tackle reds slightly differently – mainly using Vallejo Cavalry brown before following the details below.

Kirke’s Regiment – Grenadiers.
Kirke’s grenadiers had fur caps with red bags (as opposed to cloth caps.) I have about 9 of these but will only complete 4 for this demo and this will be more than enough for the small units I’m doing. The rest will be completed later and used in various ways.

Firstly figs undercoated/ oil washed (see earlier posting/tutorial.) Noticed how this batch of oil washed figs has dried a bit shiny – I mentioned this happens from time to time (not sure why) but does not affect the painting at all, in my opinion.

Figs oil washed

Next I paint the matt black areas (metal work/ leather/ shoes ..)

Black areas painted

After dry drushing the metalwork with Vallejo Oily Steel and the other black areas with a mid grey (Vallejo Dark Sea Grey) I then block paint the detail – flesh, belts, cuffs, socks ...
Then highlight the detail. (I've skipped through this bit quickly.)

Block colours and highlighting

Then paint the red coat using Vallejo Vermillion/ Red 947. Fairly thin covering at first letting the brown undercoat give the shading. As it dries work a little more over the highlights leaving the deeper/ shaded areas darker.

The grenadiers above have a coat of 947 only whereas the figs on the right are completed – just to show the difference at this stage. (Sorry pics are a little blurred here!)

Then use Gamecolor Hot Orange 9 (or Vallejo light orange) to highlight. I put a thin coat on first  by adding a little water (blends better.)

First thin coat of Hot Orange

Add the lacing, silver buttons etc

Further detail added

Then final touches including a fine coat of Gamecolor Hot orange 9 (neat from bottle) as a final highlight on raised areas. Other finishing touches are on the green, flesh etc.

Final touches

The completed figs – give or take a bit wood grain detail on the muskets which I’ve noticed I missed (these were done very quickly so I need to quality control them before basing!)

Finished Grenadiers

And that’s my red coats.

Describing how to paint in words is always a bit lengthy and a little tricky. From experience I have found that once I know the paints/ colours to use and an idea of the method someone has used it is sufficient for me to work out how to do it successfully.

I’m sure that if you try this method I’ve outlined here you will get the results you are after. There are no missing bits to mislead you only the way I work the colours to get it the way I want it i.e. paint consistency, where you apply the highlights. These things you need to experiment with until you are happy.

Just took a pick of the completed figs (muskets done)

Grenadiers complete ready for basing

Some examples of  red coats I've painted using the method above:

Sedgemoor - King's Officers

Keeping an eye out

The 'Big' guns

King's Lifeguard

Hope this will be of some help to those of you who are interested. I continue to try out the methods you decscribe on your blogs etc. and enjoy trying new ways of painting figs/ colours...

Monday, 20 February 2012

2nd Regiment of Foot Guards at Sedgemoor 1685

Below are Photos of the 2nd Regiment of Foot Guards ( Coldstream Guards) as they appeared at Sedgemoor in 1685. Again, without the grenadier company attached.

These are similar to the 1st Foot guards apart from yellow/ gold lacing on hats, red breches and stockings and gold buttons. The pikemen's scarf trim was red as was the hat ribbon/band.

The Battalion

The Command stand

Musketeer Companies

Pike Company

I have not zoomed in too close with above pics. They just give you a general idea of how the units look.
Below are a couple of zoomed in pics. These leave the painter a little exposed but the reader gets to see where the paint goes (or should go)!! So please don't be too critical as all errors become glaringly obvious.

There is only one battalion to do to complete the King's Foot Regiments at Sedgemoor. That is a second battalion of the First Foot Guards. (There was a smaller unit of reserve called the Wiltshire Militia which I hope to come to at a later date!)

I have sufficient figures to complete this  2nd battalion of Foot Guards and will then use some of the remaining figures to prepare a rebel regiment of foot. I'm quite amazed at how many unpainted castings I have from this period (mainly Dixon and some Foundry.)

The last time I bought these was about 2 years ago when I painted the 5 main Rebel regiments at Sedgemoor which I have since sold (I'll see if I can find a few pics of them and post at a later date.) The castings I am using now come from that purchase and various preceding ones.