Not exactly flying along
Posted by Martin on April 4, 2010
I still hold hopes that the Easter break will give me the chance to make significant progress with my Prussian horse artillery figures. Though, at present, I don’t feel as though I’m going at full pace. Still, I think this is more than slightly due to getting the rust out of my system having not painted much for a while.
The picture above shows progress so far. Three of the figures have now had their collars cuffs and shoulder straps addressed. That’s mainly work with the red palette now including Vallejo Carmine Red (70908) which is fast becoming a favourite with me. The casualty figure is not a member of the horse artillery but rather a landwehr infantryman that I’ll be adding to spice up the basing. He’s from a Kurmark regiment, hence the red collar and cuffs but the yellow shoulder straps indicate that he is a member of the third battalion of the regiment.
I’ve got some biggish bases (100mm x 60mm) on order from Litko to give me room for artistic basing effects like the above casualty, abandoned drums, rock outcrops and damaged walls. I asked Barry H. what size he uses for his Republic to Empire artillery bases and he said 80mm deep x 60mm wide plus additional bases to represent the artillery park. So I’ve tweaked that slightly and my artillery park bases (if I ever do them) will be 20mm less deep than Barry’s to balance up things.
One figure (the NCO aiming the gun) has advanced a lot further than the rest with his litewka painted up along with most of his strapping and his cavalry overalls. I had harboured hopes that I’d be able to take a few liberties with the overalls and perhaps paint the leather reinforcements in a red-brown colour. But Peter F. has confirmed what I already suspected: all illustrations of Prussian overalls show them with black leather reinforcements so I’ve resisted temptation and stuck to historical precedent.
I’ll probably finish this chap in the next painting session – only his boots, hands and sword/scabbard to go plus the judicious addition of some mud. Now about that scabbard – it should mostly be white metal but I am tempted by some yellow metal fittings given that he is an NCO.