Befreiungskriege 1813-14

Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

Finished casualty for horse artillery base

Posted by Martin on May 2, 2010

Several views of the finished casualty figure.

Several views of the finished casualty figure.

After the mud-related comments on the WIP picture of this figure, I thought I’d better press on and get him finished. You all seem to like it when I apply mud, so this chap has got a fair amount of it all over his boots, gaiters, knees and coat. No particular variations on my usual painting approach to note here.

I’m also growing increasingly confident that I’ve at last hit on a photography routine and set-up that gives me the consistency of results I’ve been hankering after for ages. That, plus the fact that I’ve become a bit more dextrous with post-processing the pictures on the computer, means that the results (on the right) are starting to come out how I’ve always envisaged them in my mind’s eye. Hopefully, that’ll continue to be the case when I get to taking pictures of complete bases of figures.

I’m starting to suspect that I’ve got some sort of addiction to casualty figures. I really enjoyed doing this one plus I now have a healthy (or should that be unhealthy?) pile of plastic Perry casualty figures thanks to Frank and Ken. I’ve found myself minutely examining these with a view to how I might paint them up. The quality of the sculpting is very high, which I think is a combination of the twins putting their very best efforts into these figures combined with the masters being “three-ups”. On the flipside, the actual castings show some of the weaknesses of plastic when compared with metal. There a several areas where the detail has come out too soft or has been lost completely. I can feel the urge coming on to tweak them with some green stuff.

One Response to “Finished casualty for horse artillery base”

  1. Alan said

    Nice painting as usual Martin, one thought I had is that these “corpses” look a bit too healthy! Faces tend very quickly to lose all their colour when dead and even verge on the greenish. (Without going into detail that observation is based on personal experience). I wonder how to represent that? It could be very dramatically effective I think. I will have a shot at it myself and report back at some point. Anyone else any thoughts on it?

    Alan

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