"All resources will be used to make the army ready for war." - Napoleon, 1813

Monday, January 28, 2013

Prussian Fusiliers - WIP

Digital pictures...  Friend or Foe?  :-/

Well, I figured it was about time to give this blog a little eye candy.  :o)  These are my very first ever painted 28mm Napoleonics.  Their names are Fritz, Jurgen, Karl, and... Just kidding (about the names anyway)  ;-)

These guys are basically my first stand of figs completed for the Fusilier Battalion of my Prussian Leib Infantry Regiment including a NCO.  The models are from Perry Miniatures which I will be using to fill out the bulk of my Prussian army.  As these were my "prototype" models as well as my introduction to "real scale" 28mm miniatures, there was a bit of tweaking and tinkering that hopefully is out of the way so that the painting process picks up the pace a bit.  Painting all the gear is what really took the longest, plus the fact that 99% of the reference pics out there only show the front didn't help either.



I always prime in black regardless, and I usually paint using a hybrid black lining technique as I like my minis clean and well defined.  The black primer certainly helps with this, and I always find a number of white specks peeking out when I prime with white which makes it much more troublesome for me anyway.  Coverage usually isn't a problem, but I do have the old GW Foundation Paints sitting around to mix in with a red, yellow, or white base coat if needed.

I'm trying to force myself to become more dependent on using the Army Painter washes to speed things up and then come back and hit the highlights.  Highlights are a little trickier than the "Heroic" scale minis that I've painted in the past.  You want to give the figs a little "pop" so they don't look flat on the table top, but there's not a lot of room for layers on these minis, and then there are all those other "battalions" of figs staring at you from the workbench waiting to be done.  Regardless, I need to remind myself that the visual effect of the unit as a whole is paramount, not necessarily the individual minis.


These figs haven't been Dullcoted yet either, so I need to see how badly that makes my highlights/shading disappear.  I'm used to coming back and touching up metals, but maybe the final highlight layer or two might have to wait until after the spray.

The main paints I used are pictured above.  Many of the others are old out of production GW paints that I still have around.  No reason to move on until they're used up I guess.  If you have any questions on the paints I used feel free to ask in the comments below.  Although I'm sure I will continue to tweak things as I go along.

The next step is to hammer out the basing colors (and static grass mix) for the project.  These will be the same that we will use for building our terrain boards.  Look for that post in the near future as well as one explaining our planned Order of Battle(s) that we will be using to base each of our forces on.  Although still "under construction," you can get a sneak peek of our OOBs by checking out the page tabs just under the blog title.

Anyway, let me know what you think of this first batch.  :-)
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22 comments:

  1. Those are really nice looking figures and great paint job.

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    1. Thanks! I need to get faster though. ;-)

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  2. These look really nice. Are you using the AP inks full strength, or are you diluting them? I've found that diluting them with some water makes them stain the raised surfaces less.

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    1. Thanks Bart. Yep, I always water them down a bit. I guess my main concern specifically with these figs is that I'm already trying to keep the blue unis dark, and the washes certainly help, but it's almost like highlighting is a waste of time unless you look at them close up.

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  3. "First Blood"! woohoo!

    I think using the washes is going to be key with painting 28mm true scale. I've painted LotR figures as well as my Viking Foundry army but this will be a new adventure away from heroic 28's.

    Hopefully I'll have something to show within a week or two.

    The guns turned out really nice. Good show Jason.

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  4. Great start to what looks to be an epic project!

    I'll be following closely for 28mm ideas, tips and inspiration. I see you've got AP wash in the mix. I need to get my hands on that and give it a go since Devlon Mud is gone. Also looking forward to your basing!

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  5. Great start Jason!

    "Regardless, I need to remind myself that the visual effect of the unit as a whole is paramount, not necessarily the individual minis."

    One of the most important concept to accept when painting Naps! ;-)

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  6. Top notch paintwork Jason! Very impressive.

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  7. Nice Figures!

    Can I ask what paints you used for the musket,hair and flesh?

    Thanks,
    Rob

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    1. Thanks Rob! Someone else in Minny doing 28mm Naps?? :-)

      As I mentioned above, I'm mostly still using the old GW paints so this may or may not be that helpful...

      Flesh: Tanned Flesh > Dwarf Flesh > Elf Flesh, then I hit it with a bit of watered down Ogryn Flesh wash, and then touched it up again with Elf Flesh. With few exceptions, I'm not painting eyes at this scale, and the wash helps them to appear shadowed just like in any military art or real life from a certain distance.

      Hair: The NCO has grey hair starting with Vallejo Dark Grey and adding more GW Codex Grey. The two brown heads start with Scorched Brown and then mix in various browns (Bestial Brown, Snakebite Leather, V Leather Brown) to make them slightly different. The blonde went from S. Brown to B. Brown/SB Leather mix (I think) to a final layer of Bubonic Brown. For slightly red hair I use Vermin Brown (and mix in some Blazing Orange if I want a even brighter effect), and black just get a slight highlight of V Dark Grey or GW Shadow Grey. In all cases, I come back with a black or brown wash to help restore the definition to the hair strands.

      Musket: I couldn't figure out if Prussian muskets were supposed to be black or brown despite them come from a number of supply sources. So I went for the slightly black powder sooty appearance. The wood starts off with S. Brown with some slight B. Brown highlights. The straps are further highlighted with B. Brown and SB Leather. The metals are V Bronze and Model Air Silver (Shown above). Everything then was given a healthy black brown wash using the Army Painter washes (also shown above).

      Again, I hope that helps. :o)

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    2. Hi Jason,

      Yes just started a year ago with the Perry Naps!

      Thanks for your response! I still have most of those colors.

      Rob

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  8. First Napoleonics & 28mm? Wow -they are fantastic - looking forward to more. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean. I've done Napoleonics in 15mm before (mid 90s) and 28mm as well (see other blog), but not "true scale" figs like these. I guess GW's LOTR range could count as true scale 28mm, but the Perry minis have a lot more going on (Just like Stacy's Mom ;-) )

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  9. Your trial figures are looking great Jason.

    And I know what you mean about how much time and effort gets soaked up by all the equipment that those Napoleonic chaps carried around with them. It drives The son & heir nuts and is one of the reasons he has not painted as many Napoleonic figures as he might otherwise have done.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Thanks! You just need to beat the drum louder and firmly order the lad to soldier on. :o)

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  10. Hi Jason,
    That's arilliant start, looks like this will be a cracking battalion (I plan to do the Lieb regiment soon to).

    As you know I have recently started to use the AP method myself, you still need to give the figures a good highlighting but it does save a great deal of time and when you see the AP give you an instant shade it really does spur you on! I would love to get right into shading each individual wee man (I have to fight with myself about this constantly) but I prefer having a good few battalions finished to a nice standard instead of 1 or 2!

    Keep em coming!!!
    Best
    Paul

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  11. Just wanted to add Jason, have you tried the AP dark tone dip (painted on)? I have tried both the dark tone wash and dip and found the dip when painted on lets the higher detail come through (It seems to contract when dry) and also gives a really nice effect when dry and a good strong coat for wargaming. Had a few issues with the wash as it seemed to blank out the colours rather than flow round.

    Look forward to your progress.
    Best
    Paul

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    1. Thanks Paul. I used the AP dip (can) on tanks/vehicles (brushed on), but I won't be using that for these figures as of now. Using the AP washes (shown above) is still a work in progress to get it right to make sure they are help instead of negating what I'm trying to do. I really miss the old GW Devlan Mud which would cover perfectly.

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  12. Ahhh devlan mud, the guys at the club have said how good it was. Strange it was discontinued?

    im looking forward to seeing more Prussians come to life!

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    1. Paul, GW released a whole new paint line using a completely different vender/manufacturer (different line of paints either way). Maybe we might just see Devlan Mud spring up in the form another paint line someday, just like the original GW line became Coat d'arms, and then evolved into the P3 line for Privateer Press.

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  13. Thanks again everyone for the kind words of encouragement! I appreciate it! :o)

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