Copyright © 2020, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Painting Kilts quickly & easily

I recently added a unit of Gordon Highlanders to my Anglo-allied forces for the Hundred Days Campaign and wanted a quick and easy way of doing the kilts.

The kilt is blocked in with VMC Prussian Blue, given a wash of AP Strong Tone and the VMC Prussian Blue reapplied.

Next a grid of VMC Luftwaffe Green is painted on.

The square where the Luftwaffe Green lines cross is painted VMC Flat Green

The kilt is then washed in AP Green Tone

The Flat Green is then picked out again

Finally the green lines have a fine line of VMC Gold Brown overlaid on them.  

The finished figure ready for basing.

This blog article really is here as an aide memoir for when I try to remember how I did it again in years to come.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Landwehr Battalion Verden

Having already painted a good sized contingent of British and Kings German Legion troops it was time to start on some Hanoverians for the Hundred Days campaign. 

I picked up a box each of Warlord Games Waterloo British line and Late Hanoverian Infantry so that I could mix them into units. As the Hanoverian Landwehr were typically in Stovepipe shakos I really should have used the Peninsular British infantry instead of the Waterloo ones, but ho hum!

Rather than being hand sculps, these are digital sculpts and although technically very good the limitation of digital sculps back when these were released really shows. 

Some of the detail can best be described as lumpen and I think three or four battalions will be about the limit of my endurance for painting them.

Each box contains four frames of five figures, as the Hanoverian Landwehr did not have flank companies you should discard the figure with swallows nests, hence my 20 man battalions rather than the 24 man unit intended with the box content.

The standards are from the excellent GMB Designs range, this unit having a Kings colour and the white Regimental.

Although, I should not have painted any figures from the flank company I wanted to add one KGL veteran to the mix so this seasoned campaigner with the beard filled out the unit. 

The set comes with a blister with four command figures and this chap in the greatcoat turns out rather nicely.

I've another unit of these underway and plan to pick up another box of Hanoverians and a box of the aforementioned Peninsular infantry to complete the brigade.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

92nd Regiment of Foot (Gordon Highlanders)

It's been almost two weeks since the last update, but I've been plodding my way through a rather large unit of Highlanders for my Anglo-allied force for the Hundred Days campaign.

 This unit represents the 92nd Regiment of Foot, the Gordon Highlanders, that were part of Pack's 9th Brigade of Picton's 5th Division during the campaign.

It was madness really to decide to do a large unit in kilts after all my previous Anglo-allied units were much smaller and it's one of the reasons for the delay between posts!

The mounted Colonel is from the Perry Miniatures British Colonels pack, while the Highland infantry themselves are from their Highland command chargingHighlanders charging, centre companies and Highlanders charging, flank companies packs

The standard is from the Victrix flag sheet, but is the wrong one for this unit, being instead that of the 91st Foot, I'll likely change it at some point in the future, but for now at least it's the right colour.

Painting the kilts was actually rather easier than I thought it would be, and, I'll put together a blog article with the steps to do this. I think the detail on the stockings and bonnet is probably more of a fuss than teh kilts.

I also added a couple of bases of skirmishers to the unit to add to the brigade screen, a pair of them are from the Highlanders charging, flank companies pack but the other two are lovely Paul Hicks sculpts.

Chum Drew donated me a pair of "Rude Highlanders" from Black Hussar/Westfalia Miniatures

This pair of cheeky laddies are doing sterling work keeping the French skirmishers at bay.

Now it's back to painting more mundane infantry with a Hanoverian Landwehr battalion on deck at the moment.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Anglo-allied Skirmishers

 A small update with a few skirmishers and a leader for the Anglo-allied forces for the Hundred Days campaign.

All the figures are from the Perry Miniatures Plastic Napoleonic British Line Infantry box set 

The officer will be a leader for our Sharp Practice games and be useful as a marker in our "big battle games"

Another pair of flank company skirmishers for the Kings German Legion, to join those I painted a few weeks ago.

Finally a couple of bases of riflemen from the 95th join the skirmish screen.

These few made a nice change from painting cavalry, but the kilties on deck at the moment are tedious!

Saturday, 31 October 2020

11th Light Dragoons

I've added a second unit to add to Vandeleurs 4th Cavalry Brigade with a small unit representing the 11th Light Dragoons.

Again all figures are from the Perry Miniatures British Light Dragoons 1808-15 set.

I assembled these fellows at the same time as the 16th Light Dragoons so they also have the same mistake with carbine placement - bugger!

At only four bases they are quite a small unit, but I've ordered another box from Arcane Scenery so I'll be able to bring these and the 16th up to strength and make a start on the 12th Light Dragoons to complete the brigade. Now I'm in the know I'll not make the same mistake with carbine placement.

 I've just finished off a few Anglo-allied oddments, skirmishers and the like that I'll post in the next article, but after that it's on to painting some Highlanders, must admit I'm not looking forwards to having a go at tartan!

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Royal Artillery 9-pdr

 I think I'm pretty settled now that my 'big battles' set of choice will be General d'Armee from TooFatLardies. Having played a couple of games of Pickett's Charge I like the mechanism and they fit my vision for the period.

However, these rules do represent artillery batteries at one model per two guns so I would need to bring my Royal Artillery batteries up to three models to represent the six gun battery.

I had already painted a pair of 9-pdr to represent Lloyd's Battery Royal Artillery so on my last order picked up another gun.

The model is the Perry Miniatures British Foot Artillery firing 9 pdr from their Hundred Days range.

One of the resons that I maintain the blog is so that I can check up on the previous palette used and although only a couple of months ago, the old notes did come in handy.

At the same time I also picked up another couple of guns to bring my French batteries up to strength and as I move back to the forces of Napoleon I'll get those two painted up too.

Here is the completed battery represented by all three gun models.

Monday, 19 October 2020

16th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons

The Anglo-allied forces for the Hundred Days were coming along nicely, but I'd not done any cavalry for them so it was about time that I cracked on.

For the first units I purchased a pack of Perry Miniatures British Light Dragoons 1808-15 plus an extra British Light Dragoon Command so that I could make two units of eight for my initial force.

Like all cavalry, they are a faff to paint, with far too much going on with them to make it truly enjoyable.

There also seems to be a lot less variety in this set, you seem to be building the same rider over and over again. Likely that is because the frame contains parts to make both the pre-1812 and post-1812 cavalryman and as there are no common parts that leaves little scope for anything but the choice of shouldered sword or charging sword.

I've also modelled the second unit; currently on my painting desk, with the shouldered sword, but if I get another box will do the third unit at the charge.

The command frame allows you to build this officer and trumpeter which are both very nice figures.

A pair of troopers made from the set.

 Unfortunately, every one of the troopers horses in the set I had was a miscast, the left hand side of the horse is incompletely formed around the blanket roll, as my eyesight is so poor and I don't use my magnifier when building, only when painting, I did not notice this until far too late!

I'll have to do some green-stuffing on the ones in hand to fix this up.

Update:That area on the left hand blanket roll is not a miscast, you should be putting the carbine there, despite what the instructions on the box show.

Not my favourite of the Perry Miniatures sets but serviceable and I'll have to pinch my nose and paint another couple of units to complete my cavalry brigade.