Sunday, 27 March 2011

French 2nd Hussars Part 1

Following on from my fixation with Perry plasctic Napoleonic Hussars, twelve figures representing the 2nd Hussars. Here we have the first three. The first squadron painted up as Elite troopers in full dress.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Basing Walkthrough

I've had a few requests for information on how I base my miniatures so here's a walkthrough. First, the contents of my basing materials drawer: grass tufts and static grass of various shades, flocks of various hues, modellers grit of different grades, talus, field grass, torn up wine corks, slate chippings, a bit of my neighbour's old door mat and some dried up sweet chestnut cases.
Two one and a half inch square pieces of cardboard as bases, liberally spread with PVA.
Some slate chippings for rocks on the left (this one will be a lush green base) and some slate and torn cork on the right (this will become an arid base).
Next grit. I have containers with various grades and one which has a mixture of fine and grit and fine talus.
Apply grit to PVA. The base on the left is half covered with fine grit/talus mix and half with very fine grit. The base on the left is completely covered with the fine grit/talus mix.
Note the change in texture on the left hand base. I've added four pieces of slate as well.... for a reason!
Next both get a coating of Burnt Sienna coloured ink.

First the "green" base. The rocks on the left hand base then get a drybrushing
with Foundry Granite B then C.
Then the grit gets a drybrushing of this excellent earth tone paint from Miniatures Paints (I'm not sure that you can still get this... good job I have plenty more).
Then a light drybrushing with Vallejo Model Colour USA Tan Earth.

Now the fun bit. A few grass tufts, dark and light, and a "weed" tuft.
Some dark green flock.

And then some mid-green and light green flock.

Some short bits of field grass glued into the place where the four pieces of slate meet and form a convienient hole to support this material as the glue dries.

Now for the arid base. The rocks get a drybrushing with Foundry Base Sand A, B, and C with a final highlight of Vallejo Model Colour Pale Sand.
Then the gritted area gets a drybrush with Base Sand B followed by Vallejo Model Colour Dark Sand.

Some tufts of straw coloured grass and a few bits torn from a sweet chestnut shell to make a thorn bush.

Now a few bits of my neighbour's old doormat to make this clump of thick dry grass.

Now a few bits of straw static grass.... not much.... this is a hot place!

Finally, paint your base the desired colour. I like black on display pieces but gamers tend to prefer earth tones. It is entirely up to you.
I hope that this has given you some inspiration.

Perry Miniatures RHA Team

Perry Miniatures Royal Horse Artillery 9pdr and team.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Perry Plastic Hussar Challenge Part 7

Officer, 7th Hussars. I've been gently painting this chap and his mount over the past few weeks in between other jobs. Took a little time today to base him up and apply the metalic inks that give a little "zing" to him.