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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

Gunner who?

Posted by Martin on April 20, 2010

Landwehr infantry casualty WIP for horse artillery base.

Landwehr infantry casualty WIP for horse artillery base.

I’ve made a bit more progress on the figures for my first Prussian horse artillery base. However, the observant among you will spot that this figure is a landwehr infantry casualty rather than an artilleryman. This chap is intended to add some extra visual interest to the base – especially since I’m going to be using quite large bases for each gun and crew that are 60mm wide by 100mm deep.

Of course, I won’t be able to get away with a casualty on each of the four bases in the battery so I’m going to have to think of three more visually pleasing ideas. Any suggestions?

Back to the figure…

There’s nothing unusual about the paint palettes for this one. It’s pretty much my usual combinations for basecoats and successive highlights. The remaining work is almost all, if you’ll excuse the phrase, below the waist: trousers, gaiters and boots. I really enjoy painting these Calpe casualty figures because they seem to be almost perfect examples of Peter F’s sculpting style. He manages a blend of historical accuracy, an eye for detail and an understanding of what makes a figure ideal to paint. I must keep bothering him to do some casualty figures for the Saxon range.

4 Responses to “Gunner who?”

  1. Nice work Martin. Are you going to muddy him up?

    Saxon casualty figures – definitely. (And you know that mentioning such things means that the inevitable queries about progress at Calpe Towers will raise there heads!)

    Also perhaps some casualty figures for the Prussian cavalry units all sensible gamers are amassing wouldn’t go amiss.

    von Peter himself … who notices that the weekend is rapidly approaching

  2. Andrew Brentnall said

    Perhaps a bucket or two, a rammer, and a neat pyramid of balls (if you’ll pardon the expression. Of the cannon variety I mean!).


  3. Harry the Elder said

    Hmmmm… No blood?
    Musta had a heart attack…

  4. Martin said

    @Peter and Harry: mud ‘n’ blood comes at the end when I’ve painted everything else. I tend to be very sparing with blood – it’s all too easy to go overboard and end up with a Hammer House of Horror victim.

    @Andrew: good suggestions. I bought a nice set of resin barrels/buckets at Colours last Autumn with this in mind.

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