Although I’ve had various command figures done for a while I hadn’t got round to doing the ‘proper’ 40x40mm CinC bases suggested in British Grenadier. So, as I plan to actually get round to a game soon (honest!) I thought they’d best be done. The man himself is from Freikorps and the assorted aides from Essex. The drinker and waiting runner are from a batch of figures I bought a while back. The others my own. In true American style he’s firmly ensconced behind a fence!
Just thought I’d try the new camera out with some figures I had to hand.
First some Militia:
And a sample I tried for Delancey’s. The final ones will have the floppy hats with feather. Wanted to try a different appraoch to the red jacket and to be honest I think this has come out too dark so may go with my old technique.
Have spent the last couple of weeks basing, re-basing and tweaking figures. I bought a batch of painted figures off Doug over at the WD3 Forums (http://wdlovesme.19.forumer.com/). They are a mix of Polly Oliver, Essex, Freikorps and some Old Glory which I may or may not use. I wanted to boost my British forces just to get some games going and will still be painting the main protagonists for Cowpens myself.
Anyway, the main British force consists of two battalions of regulars and some British Legion cavalry:
The Legion are AB Napoleonics in Tarletons with a paint job. The centre are a blue faced mix of Freikorps and Polly Oliver while on the right are a green faced Polly Oliver unit. I’ve not settled on what actual units these will be as the flags they came with are nice hand painted jobs but I’m not sure on the accuracy of them. Some details:
There was also a unit of Minifigs representing the 42nd but again I think the flags are wrong.
And another of nice Polly Olivers in hunting shirts for which the photo was too blurred! There are also a few Minifigs militia which I’ll mix in with mine when I re-base them, and 18 Old Glory militia types. These are nicely done but the style is different from all the others and mine so I may sell these on along with some artillery crews in similar style. For the Brits, there are 6 more of the AB “Legion” for which the horses are painted but the riders only undercoated. May finish them first.
I’m still aiming to get a better camera and some better pictures and hoepfully soon I’ll set up a table and get some ‘parade’ shots!
Seeing as I’ve been busy basing for days I though I’d post something just to get things moving. Just decided to take a quick shot of them with the old camera and it seemed to come out OK colour-wise. So I though I’d try with a white background but that just turned the whole image a red-brown so I obviously have to idea on lighting! So here’s the original anyway…
I don’t have enough of the marching figures to do the second battalion. And I don’t have enough of the charging figures either. And I don’t have enough to quite do a charging front rank and marching second! So if anyone has any of the marching figures going I’d be interested!
At 1:10 the unit is slightly over strength (for Cowpens) but been looking at the OOBs for Charlestown etc. and the unit strength was much larger, although maybe the totals there included the flank companies?
Will paint up some Grenadiers for them anyway and some Lights as well. Have a reference that the 71st Light Infantry waistcoats were white rather then red?
Flags were Cotton Jims Flags which came with the batch of painted figures I bought recently. They are pretty average printed flags but I touched them up a bit and mounted them with a sheet of foil in between to give a bit of ‘shape’. Not too bad as usually my flags are crap!
More to follow, maybe at weekend.