First Batch of Union Infantry

One of the perks of being acquainted with veterans of the wargaming hobby is that they often have stack upon stack of unopened boxes of miniatures, hidden away more or less succesfully from the eyes of their oft disapproving spouses. My friend Henk, then, was happy enough to force several boxes of plastic Perry ACW models onto me – in return I’ll be painting up some Prussian Landwehr for him, more on those later. The first batch of Union troops is what I’ll be showcasing today.

The Perry's first plastic set. They look dated, but only when compared to their newer plastics.

The Perry’s first plastic set. They look dated, but only when compared to their newer plastics.

As with most uniformed models I’ve been painting recently, I started off with an undercoat of macragge blue, followed by a block paint of the trousers in lothern blue which was drybrushed blue horror followed by praxeti white. The coats were drybrushed caledor sky and then the entirety of the models was washed drakenhof nightshade – a nice deep blue.

 

I'm quite happy with how the trousers' colour came out.

I’m quite happy with how the trousers’ colour came out.

Other than that, it was straightforward work with the same colours I use for flesh, metal, wood, leather and the like. No radical changes there, as I’m keen on making good progress on this project. One area I did spend a bit more time on was the blankets wrapped around some of the models. These I painted mostly with muted colours, though I did add some brighter ones and a pattern here and there to lighten the unit up.

As you can guess from the bases of the unit, it’s incomplete – I’m building my ACW units fourty strong, so I still have half to do. For this reason I’m also leaving the basing to be done in one go at the end.

That’s it for today – more Crusaders are just over the horizon and should feature on the blog later this week. Until then!

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