Tuesday, November 25, 2014

French Baggage Wagon

Hello everyone!

I finished up the French baggage wagon that I started working on a couple of months ago. Since I discussed the origins of the figures themselves in that post, I'll focus on the painting here.

(Remember to click on the pictures for bigger versions.)

Like other French equipment, the wagon itself is painted green, with black fittings. I made a mistake when painting the fittings, but as Bob Ross says we don't make mistakes, we make happy accidents: I grabbed my gloss black instead of my matte black, which is especially apparent on the hubcaps in the above pictures. I didn't realize this until I had already painted everything (I thought that the paint was still wet and shining), and since I'm loathe to go back over everything and repaint it I justified the mistake by calling it gloss painted iron, something that I've seen on actual wagon fittings. That's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it. The cover is painted to look like canvas, and the brigade designation painted on was inspired by a contemporary drawing over a French baggage wagon that I had saved on my computer but is now, alas, lost due to cyber-criminals. At the back of the wagon, riding on the stowed ladder, is a bundle of fodder for the horses made from some Woodland Scenics grass that I had laying around, tacked in place with super glue.

On the wagon seat sits a female camp follower; I described how I converted her in my earlier post. She has a blue skirt, beige apron, buckled shoes, and I attempted to make it look like she is wearing her man's white fatigue blouse, with its' red collars turned down. I think the effect worked okay. The way her hand was positioned sort of looked like she was holding a tobacco pipe in her hand, so I painted her to look like she was. I'm pretty sure that this is the first female figure I've ever painted.

Up front, the horses are painted my standard horse-colors. The tack is black leather with silver hardware, the horse collars are the same green as the wagon, and the rear leads are supposed to look like rope. The front leads attached to the wagon tounge are painted to look like chains, though I'm not entirely satisfied with the effect.

The above print is of the uniforms of the French Train des Equipages, or the Baggage Train. It basically consists of a slate grey (a blueish-grey which I've also heard called "cadet gray") tunic faced and piped in brown, with silver buttons, and slate grey trousers. The uniform is very similar to the uniforms of the Artillery Train, the only real difference being the facing colors, dark blue instead of brown. I've tried to replicate that uniform with the outrider, and I think it worked overall.
Coming soon: My Sergeant Masterson mini-project. Since it's only one big figure it shouldn't take too long to make some progress.
Questions, comments and criticims are always welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!

New Year's Give Away at Napoleonics In Miniature

Hello all,

A quick plug for Paul over at Napoleonics In Miniature, who is going to be giving away some of his lead mountain to a few lucky winners on January 2nd, 2015! Paul does lovely work in 15/18mm and is clearing out some minis that he will probably never paint. The intention, of course, is to get those figs to people who can use them. Most generous, sir!

Pop on over to Paul's Blog, NAPOLEONICS IN MINIATURE, for more details and how to enter.


Monday, November 24, 2014

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Hello everyone!

I want to apologize for not getting more done on my blog, and it's not for want of more hobby time. Unfortunately, my computer was hacked a couple of weeks ago, deleting all of my photographs of my completed minis as well as my really big file of reference pictures that I've been collecting for literally years. They got all of my computer documents and my music collection too. Since I like to listen to music while I paint, this has really put a damper on things. Then the criminals have the audacity to demand ransom on my files! HA! They sure picked a good victim: an unemployed college grad. I don't have any money to spare, and even if I did it'll be a cold day in He... but I digress.

The good news is that it hasn't got me completely down. I'm slowly finishing the French baggage waggon and my home sculpt of Sergeant Masterston is staring at me expectantly from my workbench. So I should be able to finish up a few things in the near future, especially with Thanksgiving at the end of the week.

Thanks for sticking with me and again I'm sorry for not getting more done. Blame the cyber-criminals.