Tuesday, 4 September 2018
English Civil War - Artillery
Progress has been immensely pleasing in the last month or so with completed units and models joining their comrades at a great pace. It is often the inspiration from finishing a unit which acts as the spur to get the next batch of unpainted lead moving through the painting desk.
I have completed these guns and crews in just two weeks. This is incredibly fast for me. I painted and based 3 models in about 5 days and then 2 more models in another 5 days. It was nice to get models out which I had undercoated a few years ago and put aside and finally get some paint on them!
These models are from Bicorne miniatures and are mixture of 'Galloper' guns and Falconets. Actually two of the Galloper guns are very old Minifigs pieces which I had retired. They had been painted in a gaudy red and looked dreadful. However I noticed that size-wise they fitted very well with the Bicorne models, so I would see how a darker hue would look.
The two central models in the pics above and below are the Minifigs Galloper guns, suitably worn from travelling on poor English roads. I'm really pleased how they have turned out. Now manned by an able Bicorne crew they are worthy of taking their places in the gun lines (or in hedgerows, placed by Sir William Waller, ready to ambush the Royalist vanguards in the lanes of the West Country!).
Paints were a combination of Foundry Triads, Vallejo, Miniature Paints, and even Flames of War. I am using Foundry Paints probably for 75% of my painting these days.
There are some real characters amongst the gun crews but I think the Parliamentarian officer above is one of my favourites.
I have just received a much needed set of reinforcements for Waller's army which are just waiting for some paint to go on. I have been side-tracked by an unexpected project though. More to follow!