Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Provincial New York 3rd battalion

Ok finnished another Provincial Batn, these figs are all early Front Rank Figures which I got off Kendo for my Imagination project, so since I had them laying around I decided that they should become a battalion for our Ticonderoga game, I decided not to put anything on the drummers mitres as this will be redone when I start my 18th century imagination and they will be sticking with the green theme for this project also.

I have decided to add all of the research I have on these guys also, and I will continue with this theme for the remainder of the painted units, so people can benefit from my work.

Col Oliver De Lancey’s New York Regiment (1300 and 1700 all Ranks)
1st Btn Lt Col Bartholomew LeRoux
2nd Btn Lt Col Melancthon Taylor Woolsey
3rd Btn Lt Col Beamsley Glasier

The New York Provincial Troops were wearing 1751 Regimental Uniform Coats that were Blue and had facings of red, with Blue waistcoats and breeches and Black cocked hats. Their firearms and accouterments, for the most part, came from home. By the end of 1757, the New York Provincial uniform was beginning to change, as their Regimental Coats were changed from the Blue Coats faced with red to Green Regimental Coats faced with green, and this would be the uniform that the New York Provincials would wear until the end of the war. (The Green colour was called a "Yellow Drab" and is not unlike the olive drab worn by the Military today.) The Officers in the New York Provincials were not issued their uniforms, and clothing, and therefore had to purchase their own uniforms, and clothing. In the early war years (1756 and early 1757,) the Officers were found in Red Regimental Coats with Blue or Green facings, and their lace was gold. As in the case of the enlisted troops by the end of 1757 the Officers began wearing Green faced green Regimental Coats with silver lace. But the colour of the Green of the Officers coats was a darker forest green. In the year of 1758 there were some other alterations to the Uniform of The New York Provincial Enlisted Troops, such as their hats brims were cut down to 2 1/2 inches and no longer "Cocked", their accruements were the same as was issued to the regular British troops, (but, instead of white leather belts, the New Yorkers wore natural leather or buff coloured belts.)

The drummers I have done are purely made up, the other two batns will be Eureka miniatures.


Monday, August 25, 2008

High, Ho Ranger!





Well my Conquest Rangers are done, and what superb figures they are!

I decided to go for a mixture of clothing but sticking with a limited colour system so they all fit together, these guys are no particular ranger companies and some I have even painted as regulars in true campaign uniform.

They were a absolute pleasure to paint with not much flash and no excessive lines to delete (although a few had annoying ones) all pieces of equipment were well moulded and they figs all seem to have a bit of life about them.

I am so impressed by these guys I think I will sell my Front Rank Coureur de bois and Rodgers Rangers and replace them with conquest ones, some time in the future.

Enjoy the pictures and leave a comment if you have any questions!
Cheers
matt





Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Warpaint







Well here they are, I finally got a good painting run on to finish off my “Conquest Woodland Indian’s”. These figures are just exquisite and I was a little intimidated with them, I hunted around the internet for some inspiration and came across the Robert Griffing artwork and other peoples work, along with the Osprey on woodland Indians.

As with all of my figures I based coated with Matt Black Auto Primer and then decided upon the most difficult decision the skin colour!

I ended up choosing a Games Workshop Colour “Tanned Flesh”, which I think captures the feel for me (some may disagree on the shade). I used GW Fleash wash over the entire figure after the base colours were on, this darkends the recesses nicely so I don't need to black line as much.

The hair and feathers gave me a few challenges, as originally I tried to paint a blend of red, black and white along with porcupine quills in them. I eventually gave up and stuck with bright red for a theme of red decorations and top knots and roaches etc, to tie all the figures together, I then went for neutral breech cloth, leggings, moccasins and leather work. I used brighter contrasting colours to pick out details and add a little colour to equipment and leggings.

I picked out the armbands, jewellery, torques and gorget’s primarily in metals, which looks very effective against the warpaint.

I then moved onto warpaint, the most difficult thing to achieve convincingly on models IMO. For the red warpaint I used GW Red than Magenta ink using several layers to achieve the desired effect. For the black warpaint I used thinned GW Chaos black and armour wash, I am extremely happy with the effect I have achieved with this. I tried a washed out yellow but it didn’t look 100% so I dropped the idea.

The weapons also had a few variations I used Vallejo and GW for the stocks and the bows, I then added some warpaint to a few just to mix it up a little along with brass and metal fittings.

All in all I am very pleased how these guys turned out, I hope they don’t run away when the first sign of trouble comes their way.

Cheers
Matt

Monday, August 11, 2008

More additions to the Colours!

Sorry about not posting as much as I should but we lost our camera charger this month and we only found it on Saturday.

I have finished off a couple of more things, primarily more Provincials another three battalions of 16 figures (I think I will expand them to 24 as it works better and looks better). I also decided after much discussion on TMP, that I would like to give my Provincial units flags, so as the colonel I did!




The Kings colour being on the red field and the colonels on a white, just so I have some more colour on the battlefield and units without flags don’t fight very well!
Along with the Provincials I have finished a number of Conquest Indians, which I will post this weekend when I complete more.

I also started on the log wall which the French will fight behind and some more trees for the tabletop, I now have about 260 trees ready for the game, with another 60 to complete.

The British battalions are all at about 90%, the hatmen company’s are all done, and the commands and mostly done just waiting on drummers and finials from Front Rank also.

Also in the Front Rank order will be Gages light Infantry and Rodgers Rangers, along with the Highlanders and the Grenadiers for the combined Grenadier battalion.
Only 7 weekends to go, until our display game.

Cheers
matt