Sunday, 26 September 2010

On the bench

Painting in the summer mainly concentrated on expanding my forces to use with BlackPowder; 28mm American War of Independence and 15mm Sudan. Now I'm back on track with the Imagi Nation of Fromagere. The third infantry regiment almost complete with just a bit of furtling and tidying up required.

I have to admit that I do like the light blue.

I painted the unit as quickly as possible without depth or highlights, just a wash of klear with a drop of dark blue on the coat and brown on the faces.

The klear works quite well on the coats but has smudged on the faces which I may get round to amending. From three feet you don't notice.

However yet another diversion has reared it's ugly head - damn those Perry people.

The first dozen of plastic 28mm ACW almost finished. My poor old eyes struggle to get details on the faces. Hopefully they'll be facing the opposition on the table and not running towards me!

They are very nice figures and being plastic a very reasonable price. I think they were about £13.00 for 36 figures.


  1. Nice! I like the blue, too.
    For most miniatures these days, especially ones that will only be used in units, I rarely try to paint faces. It's not like I'm going to be looking at how detailed the faces are when I'm playing games on the tabletop.
    It comes down to a differnece between gaming figures vs. display figures in my mind. (Oh, I sometimes try to do a bit more, especially for female figures or characters.)

  2. Fromagere is back again -and with a vengeance: hurrah!
    Light blue uniform, white gaiters: so much more pleasant than any drab, gloomy Prussian blue coat with black gaiters.

  3. Faces (&c...): in my time I 'highlighted' the eyes and lips (and nipples: I had a 100% female army, many of them topless) with ultrafine waterproof felt-tip pens (used for overhead projections, in those remote pre-Powerpoint days). The eyes I drew oblique / slanting / 'cat-like' eyes to make the minis look even more feminine -light blue for blondes, green for redhairs, black for brunettes.

    No 'painted' contrast at all but a primitive form of 'dipping' in light oak wood varnish which doubled as protective varnish. I had to remove the excess accumulated at the lower edge / extremity of cloaks, shields, bow, spearbutts but the whole process remained so faster than trying to darken the hollows and highlight the raised areas -which I did not have the skill to do, anyway!