Bless your lead heart, Foundry, for making these excellent WSS models! These are another commissioned unit which recently galloped off the painting desk. It’s a Dutch regiment, hence the officer’s orange sash, and the commissionaire was kind enough to specify the idiosyncrasies of the uniforms on a little paper.
One thing which might be offputting to some modellers is that there is just one sculpt for the rankers, although you do have the option of two different sword arms to add some variety. Different horse poses and the paint job itself do much to negate the clone syndrom, but still, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Thankfully the sculpting and casting quality are fantastic.
I worked from various brown undercoat sprays for the horses and white for the riders, which always saves me plenty of time. Same with washes – the white coats are just a white basecoat, black wash and white highlights. The commissionaire’s instructions read ‘rose red cuffs’ which were easily handled with wild rider red and a carroburg crimson wash before reapplying the base colour as a highlight again.
Painting this unit up was a really enjoyable experience. There’s just something about WSS uniforms that clicks with me. I’ll be handling a few infantry of the period in the near future and I’m already looking forward to it!
Up next: Dead Frenchmen, later tonight on the blog.
Another WSS commission trundled off the workbench last week, in the form of a Dutch cavalry regiment. While I wouldn’t collect WSS myself in 28mm, the models are certainly a change of pace from Napoleonics – no white crossbelts, well-documented uniforms and some snappy lace to spice things up (which is what lace tends to do on a woman). In return for a batch of 6mm WSS I’ve painted up this unit here.
Alex gave me a uniform description and the models, and off I went! As you can see I used several primers on the horses – Alex wanted them all brown but I couldn’t resist going with different hues. The riders were undercoated black then drybrushed with several greys.
I have to say I’m not impressed with these sculpts. Paul Hicks is probably in my top five of the best sculptors alive, but these are below par. The horses’ heads are too big, for one, and the riders are very squat looking, almost comically so. To make matters worse, the casts themselves were flawed: one rider is actually missing a right foot!
Still, that’s them done. Just the Prussian commission now… But first, some reinforcements for my Dacians!
Sometimes you just have to clench your teeth and paint on despite a healthy dislike of the model(s) on your desk – I’m sure all of you miniature painters reading this will be able to relate. For me, the models below were quite a chore to get done. New problems kept cropping up during painting, which made me throw down my brushes and wander off more than once. Still, they’re done and ready to be shown.
As you can witness from the (temporary) bases, I used my new Army Painter undercoat sprays on the horses – fur brown, desert yellow and leather brown – and white and black too, obviously. Not having to basecoat them by hand saves a bit of time – I just slapped on an agrax earthshade wash and then highlighted them with deathclaw brown, zandri dust and gorthor brown respectively. Same for the riders: a guilliman blue undercoat sped them up as well.
From then on, it was supposed to be straightforward, but the models somehow didn’t react favourably to my brush strokes. It’s hard to explain, but I kept on making mistakes, accidentally painting over previous work or forgetting to paint certain bits. Still, I’m glad they turned out well. They’ll look better once the owner rebases them on 25x50mm format bases – these are just temporary – and adds the correct flag.
With this unit finished, the War of the Spanish Succession output will be placed on hold for the time being – I’ve too much of my own lead-and-plastic pile that requires my attention, plus some Gripping Beast crusaders for another friend. But keep your eyes peeled, because this evening I’ll put another blog post up!
I’m having a very productive month of April, so I thought I’d share some of my output with you again. The regiment below is yet another WSS commission for my wargaming chum Alex, this time Berwick. The pictures are extremely shoddy as I was running out of time and I had to use the iPad for it, but they’ll give you at least an idea of it.
These models are from Ebor, the same as the Swiss ones I painted up back in January, although these are predominantly firing poses as opposed to the marching ones from back then. It’s a bit of a shame that the command group is the same; the unit would benefit from its command models standing still instead of marching. Oh well, as long as the owner’s happy with them!
I painted this entire unit in just two days, which is quite rapid by my standards. Basecoating them red helped immensely, as well as washes. This time I block painted most of the colours over the red before applying a dip-style agrax earthshade wash to the entire model, and I then reapplied some of the basecoats as a highlight tone. I painted them all in a single batch, which I usually don’t like that much – twelve-strong batches are often more than enough for me. Still, I persevered and it paid off handsomely. They’re not the best paintjobs I’ve ever done but I think with proper basing they’ll certainly look the part!
That’s about it for today, though. I have one further unit I’ll be blogging on this weekend, and then it’s off to more commission painting – the new Gripping Beast crusaders!
Despite my comments to the contrary, I’ve taken up a commission recently – and finished it in four days. I only managed to take pictures of half the unit, as the second batch was completed just an hour before handing them over to the owner.
How did I paint 24 models in four days? Well, look at the models’ foot tabs. With the majority of their uniforms being red, I decided to use a mephiston red spraycan from GW to undercoat them. This red was drybrushed with wild rider red, and the blue parts were basecoated caledor sky, followed by a purple wash over the entire model. That’s half the model already!
After that, the browns were mainly just basecoats of different tones with an agrax earthshade wash over it all. The white buttons were rather fiddly, but with ceramite white it’s never really an issue.
The owner is going to base these and add the right flags, so maybe the completely finished unit will grace this blog in the future. We’re gearing up for a Blenheim wargame sometime this year, and there’s still plenty of regiments to be finished; I think I’ll be doing some more of these infantry soonish!