Just needed a change from filing and trimming the first unit for Impetus. I've unfortunately found my latest Perry order heavily afflicted with flash and details spoilt by off-casts. I assume that's because of poor moulds which have suffered from permanent usage (which is anyway a sign of the Perrys' prosperous enterprise). However, I'm not amused.
In the meantime I'd like to show you some miniatures painted already months ago, actually for our Halloween game in 2009 - which reminds me of still having to write a battle report *sigh*. I was too late for doing the bases properly back then and completed them only recently. The finishing coat of matt varnish has sadly eaten up some details and produced a shiny effect which isn't visible under normal circumstances. Simply have to add that again in defence of my poor photographic skills. You know it. I'll shut up.
I've tried once more to capture the special look of Native American flesh. This time I used exclusively Foundry's Dusky Flesh 6. For now I'll stick with that, even if Foundry's latest additions to their Flesh colours range seem to offer a better solution. Darn...
Watching some very good Woodland Indian reenactors in 2009 gave me a lot of ideas for painting these miniatures' equipment. Unfortunately I'm not able to apply all those lovely but tiny figures and designs beloved by Native craftsmen.
I was also impressed by the menacing look of warriors fully covered with warpaint. So I decided to paint one of the men in attacking pose just like that. Really not what you would like to discover lurking in your vegetable patches in the morning.
For warpaint and clothing I double-checked my references. Natural colours like red, black and brown were most common, simply due to availability. However, since these warriors will be added to my French forces for the F&IW I allowed myself some extravagance like blue and green dye and the casual white shirt taken as booty from an Englishmen or traded with French merchants.
Still need to catch up with last year's output, so I've no clue what will be up next. In any case, please stay with me. :-)
Painted in November 2009. Models by Conquest Miniatures.