Legere and Barrels


All of zem.

I’ve been procrastinating on starting my 15mm 95th Rifles for Lasalle (although I did clean up all 50 casts, and mount them on craft sticks in preparation for priming!) by finishing up my 28mm French legere for Song of Drums and Shakos/Sharp Practice II. I also painted a couple of resin barrels, as you might
have gathered from the subtle title of this post.

A basic force in SD&S is a dozen figures, and, conveniently, it seems like skirmishers/light troops in Sharp II are assembled in groups of six.

Soon I will have to start purchasing mass quantities of 28mm figures for my Sharp Practice line infantry. I may go the plastics route, Then again, I REALLY hate assembling plastic figures, and this is a sort of slow going luxury project for me, so maybe I’ll go ahead and bite the (expensive) lead bullet.



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  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/28/2016 at 9:15 am

    Very nicely painted little fellas you have there! I understand you quandary with plastic versus metal miniatures, I’m leaning more and more towards metal, it’s so much easier to get to the fun of painting them!

    • arkiegamer  On 03/28/2016 at 1:00 pm

      Yes! I made the mistake of buying some Warlord 28mm British Infantry, and it was an horrifying experience trying to put them together. This seals it. Metal all the way.

      • arkiegamer  On 03/28/2016 at 5:48 pm

        28mm plastic WWII Infantry, I should say. Very fiddly.

  • General Whiskers  On 03/28/2016 at 1:01 pm

    Nice job.

  • daggerandbrush  On 03/29/2016 at 9:56 pm

    Top notch painting and basing as usual. I think the contrasts really make these guys pop and pronounce the rich uniform detail even more. I am impressed you could get yourself to prepare 50 without proceeding to painting. I struggle with this, but I can see the appeal to prime the whoel lot and not have to worry about preping for some time.

    • arkiegamer  On 03/30/2016 at 7:38 am

      Yes, it’s only my hatred of prep and priming that leads me to do entire units! I do have an airbrush, which I use to do the priming-I really like the control, and not having to deal with wind and humidity, compared to a can of spray paint.

      • daggerandbrush  On 03/30/2016 at 7:47 am

        What do you prime with? I got me some lacquer based primer which should provide a very sturdy basis for styrene and metal. I tried to shoot some AK primer through my airbrush but ended up with a clogged brush. Hand painting works better, but I will only use it for PVC as it is not as sturdy as the other stuff. Maybe you can recommend some other products?

      • arkiegamer  On 03/30/2016 at 7:50 am

        I’ve been using the Vallejo airbrush primers. They’re not too expensive, and provide an excellent painting surface. These primers are thinned, but still require a bit more air pressure than one might think.

        I would say that the Vallejo primers are fairly useless for any sort of protective qualities. You’ll need a top coat of varnish on the figures to provide that.

      • daggerandbrush  On 03/30/2016 at 2:52 pm

        That is good to know. I almost thought my bottle of Ak acrylic based primer is a bad batch. It is really easy to scracth it off, but then with a gloss coat and matte it should be alright. I think the thicker the layer of primer the more durable it is, but not comparison to solvent based solutions. Sadly those would make the Bones minis sticky.

      • arkiegamer  On 03/30/2016 at 8:18 pm

        From what you just described, I bet the Vallejo stuff is quite similar to AK.

      • daggerandbrush  On 03/30/2016 at 8:52 pm

        It is quite possible that AK uses Vallejo as a supplier, that is it would be fairly similar or even the same stuff. I read something on the net proposing this but I am not sure if it is indeed the case. The Ak stuff can be sanded to an extend, so that seems to be a difference.

    • arkiegamer  On 03/30/2016 at 7:39 am

      Oh, and thank you for the compliment!

  • johnbond  On 03/30/2016 at 12:42 am

    Nice paint job arkiegamer,

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