These are the photos of my current project. To completely re-vamp, re-organise and re-base my English Civil War collection. I have been working on a few things at once (really shouldn't do but hey I am a wargamer!) but at the same time as doing the casualty figures I have also been working on these musketeers.
These are a musket 'wing' from Sir William Pennyman's Regiment of Foote. The figures are from Bicorne Miniatures and I have to say I absolutely love the range and have done from the day I first saw them.
I love the detail; the holes in the uniforms, the patches, the individual characters. I like how the muskets have a solid look about them and with so much detail. Some companies have figures with awful stubby little muskets...not these...these have heft and are a joy to paint.
Traditionally I always seem to have used too dark a blue for my ECW figures. They looked more like Frenchmen with broad brimmed hats. I did my research with these and looked at the re-enactors from this regiment. Their uniforms have a lovely 'washed out' look, just like I would imagine vegetable dyed clothing would look (actually I say that but what vegetable is blue?..I know nothing of dyes to be honest!). Anyway I like the faded look. Campaigning in sun and rain must surely have faded the uniforms quickly.
A few rear shots of this Royalist unit. I really like the way that all of the equipment is visible and also a pleasure to paint and bring out.
You can have some fun with the details:
It took me hours to light all the match-cord! (only joking, but you can add little details like this with ease and it just adds something to the figures).
Here we have the new wing joined by the one I completed and re-based previously. I just need to purchase a pack of pikemen and I can finish the pike block. I will have a whole regiment complete then. I must be mad making 40 figure regiments, but it does look so good on the table!