Friday, February 08, 2013

Siege artillery...

....a veritable frenzy of paint brush action in the loft at the moment...these are the latest to leave the painting table...

....this time some heavy artillery - one gun for each side..


...first off, the French - my trusty copy of the Grant book [clicky] told me that at the time the artillery transport was civilian, but the artillery crew (or cannoniers) wore red breaches and stockings, blue coat and red cuffs...


...the gun's were brass/bronze (tick) but the carriages were red or blue depending on your source, and I certainly did that for the medium guns I painted previously, but decided to go with a sombre olive green for these...


..and as usual they're based so that the guns can be removed... that way the gun crew can rout leaving the gun as a marker....


....next the British..


..really happy with how the guy in the shirt came out... (cream for the shirt, dry brush white, chestnut ink wash, highlighted the kerchief white afterwards)...


...it helps of course that he has a hugely characterful face.... I think he looks like a drinker...


...the three above are Black Hat Miniatures...


...the two at the back are Minifigs..


So, some Black Hat crew on the British gun, the guns are from them as well (& they're lovely), the rest of either crew are Minifigs.

22 comments:

  1. These look great, got to do the French in 6mm in the next few weeks

    Ian

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  2. Nice work Steve and a good idea regarding having the gun removable from the base.

    Steve

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    1. Stokie - method in my madness - means I don't need to paint up additional crew or guns to depict rout state.... :o)

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  3. Looking sharp there old son.

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  4. Thanks CK

    PS. Good to hear from you - thought you might have got trapped beneath the floorboards.. :o)

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  5. Looks good. I bought CS Grant's book after seeing it recommended on your WSS page recently. About to order Vol 2...

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    1. Wishful- volume 1 is definitely a belter, volume 2 slightly less so, but made up ny the sheer number of excellent Bob Marrion plates..

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  6. Nice looking figures and great photos - particularly like the close-up shot!

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    1. Stryker - I continue to challenge my elderly, but excellent, Olympus 6Mp camera..! Thanks..

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  7. They look very good indeed. Very heavy guns make an enjoyable change from the usual, I've got
    a couple.
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Chris - many thanks - love your blog (on many levels!)

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  8. Nice work Steve, That's some hooter the bloke in the white shirts got!

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    1. Ray - it's a ruination isn't it..? I was tempted to add just a hint of purple to it in homage to an old guy I used to see in my local...

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  9. Wonderful work there Steve!

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  10. Excellent work. Very nice effect and well presented.

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  11. Wonderful looking siege artillery! Great pictures too...
    Phil.

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  12. Good colour harmony and well chosen details, especially for the french. Finally somebody, who paints the french guns in grey. Go on, it´s marvellous
    Peter

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    1. Scheck - I don't believe it's historically accurate, but they do look quite good in that colour... it's a Vallejo colour by the way, German field grey, so a slightly olive/green tinge... then a black wash over the top to dirty them up...

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