Back in Black

I suppose that title was a little obvious. My apologies for picking the low hanging fruit.

I finished up 11 privates, one sergeant (private on a larger base), one trumpeter, and an officer for my Black Brunswicker light infantry. That’s more than enough for a game of Song of Drums and Shakos. On deck are a baker’s dozen of French light infantry. And a cart with a horse!

Here are a few photos of my efforts. I really need to get another direct light, or two, onto my desktop. The shadows are out of control!

These guys are painted up with a multitude of shades of black, all subtly blended and carefully highlighted.

These guys are painted up with a multitude of shades of black, all subtly blended and carefully highlighted.

Really! I spent a  lot of time on them!!

Really! I spent a lot of time on them!! 

Only to make the discovery that a protective coat of glosscote wipes out roughly 90% of that shading. I KNEW that varnish tends to dull colors, but on higher contrast figures (even my Confederates), it's always been a good thing. Devastating for black figures. Still, I bet they'll game well enough.

Only to make the discovery that a protective coat of glosscote wipes out roughly 90% of that shading. I KNEW that varnish tends to dull colors, but on higher contrast figures (even my Confederates), it’s always been a good, or at worst neutral, thing. Turns out it’s _devastating_ for black figures. Still, I bet they’ll game well enough. I may go back and add a highlight of silver on the bayonets and sword. Too dull. Also, notice how I suck at painting the hunting horns on the shakos? Yes, those amorphous blobs are supposed to be french horns.

Despite my carping above, I’m pretty happy with these guys. I’m going to knock out my voltigeurs (I’ve been reading Incomparable, so they’ll be from the 9th Legere), so I’ll have enough figures for both sides of a game of SD&S, but then I’ve got to make some decisions about which way to head for Sharp Practice, with its larger figure count.

More complaining…

 

One frustrating thing about these Perry Brunswickers, is there don’t appear to be any NCOs in the command packs, and NCOs are pretty important for SP. One can improvise, like I have with the large-based figure on the left in these photos, but I’d much rather have a figure with a different pose, or an especially manly scowl on its face. Plus NCOs have a sash in this Brunswicker battalion. The poses are somewhat limited, too. There are the firing pack, which I’ve done two of, and then there are lights marching with muskets at the trail. I may keep going with the Brunswickers, and throw some Jaegers into the mix, or maybe I’ll switch to a mixture of Brit lights (52nd, perhaps) and the ubiquitous 95th rifles.

I’m open to suggestions.

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  • daggerandbrush  On 12/09/2014 at 12:03 am

    Some nice minis. The unit looks the part adn I find the horns are not halfway bad. I can even make out some straps on the horns.
    I know this dulling well. I thus decided to not varnish my miniatures at all. So far they stand up well to gaming and here and there I might need to touch up something, but I am very careful in general. I made the experience that even varnish doe snot help if spear scratches on shield.

    I would vote for some nice Jägers. I always had a weak spot for the light troops.

    • arkiegamer  On 12/09/2014 at 6:43 am

      Thank you, sir.

      No varnish?! You are truly the wild man of miniatures painting! I can tell from the state of my 15mm ACW stuff, that I’m not careful enough for that. I wish I were, though. In addition to the color dulling, varnish also makes the paint look thick, if that makes any sense. Nasty stuff all around.

      I like your thinking on the jagers. The Brunswick jagers wear some absolutely crazy looking hats, so that would be fun.

      • daggerandbrush  On 12/10/2014 at 11:41 pm

        It is always about fancy hats and fancy moustaches in this period…love it!

  • 40kterminatus  On 12/09/2014 at 12:50 am

    They look very nice to me sir. I have been told that a coat of gloss varnish first and then matt will sort out the problem of dull looking colours ? I have yet to try it out,but perhaps test it out on one figure ?

    • arkiegamer  On 12/09/2014 at 6:34 am

      Thanks! Actually, these guys have had a coat of gloss, followed up by a coat of matt. They’re at a sort of satiny level of finish right now. Maybe putting on another coat, or two, of matt will sort them out? I’ll give it a try.

  • dave2718  On 12/09/2014 at 2:49 am

    Looking good, all set for some Dirty Deeds

    • arkiegamer  On 12/09/2014 at 6:32 am

      True. And with those black uniforms, they’ll make excellent Night Prowlers.

  • Paul Wisken (General Whiskers)  On 12/09/2014 at 10:12 am

    Well done! I like your idea of identifying the NCO with a bigger base. As for poses, the NCOs have to do the same as the oiks, but with a bit more shouting and bullying thrown in :-)
    Don’t get too hung up on the 95th Rifles. They are only ubiquitous on wargame tables and reenactment battlefields, thanks largely to Richard Sharpe. “Other rifle units are available” as they say in advertising circles.

  • Frank Arey  On 12/09/2014 at 6:08 pm

    Nice work on the figures, Tim.

    I figured the title was in honor of AC/DC’s newly-released studio album….

    • arkiegamer  On 12/09/2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks, and yes, that’s it! Well, I wouldn’t call it a recent release, although I guess that depends on what time scale you’re working with.

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