Kind of an interlude this time, to give you a break from centurion silliness. Only a little, anyway. ;-)
Well, cutting a long story short: I recently and finally took the plunge to prime those pesky Perry plastics I had lying around for ages. Maybe I was a bit too lacklustre, for after the dust had settled I discovered the whole unit of 36 Frenchmen, lavishly spray-primed, had turned into a mess! Tiny crumbs all over them, not to be removed, neither by rubbing nor brushing nor bathing in hot water.
Simply put, they'd become unpaintable, and I was at the edge of bining them straightaway to join the primer can already there. However, having calmed down a bit, I reflected my options and noticed the can of Army Painter Dark Tone. I had tried it some time ago, after seeing Dave Imries' great results, but never got the hang of it. Now, with literally nothing to loose I gave it another chance. And here's what I came up with:
Okay, these are only the first 24 men ready for battle. The rest hasn't been based yet, but I think you get the idea. Of course, these aren't nowhere near what I would be happy with under normal circumstances. But, otherwise, for relatively cheap plastics almost completely spoiled - and watched from a distance - they are decent enough, me thinks.
As I said, the technique of Imrie-fame was applied here, with just the base colours blocked in, then brushed on Army Painter and eventually a few highlights added. As a focal point, I spent some extra work on the faces; effort spared by lavishly muddying their trousers.
Initially I bought these, when my interest in the Sharp Practice rules was reignited by an excellent little series of introductory videos to the game. Having bought the "Fondler" supplement, I realised that pretty substantial forces are needed in order to get started. So I decided to make best use of the several plastic boxes available meanwhile. Fortunately, I also discovered the Perry French infantry could be easily turned into pre-1812 troops of the "Royaume de Westphalie" (and that's where I'm living right now!). Therefore I 'painted' them up as the 2nd regiment of the line, admittedly with a bit of artistic license, since I didn't want to make a fuss about these miniatures I had almost written off.
As I said, nothing special. Best thing is that I simply could give up on painting for ages and, after no time, get a decently sized unit out of it. Now to follow are some officers and skirmishers, who are, by advice of the rules, better off single-based. However, before I come to that, I need a rest to overcome the shock.
"Done" August 2011. Miniatures by Perry Miniatures.