Tuesday, 30 September 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #6 Day 3

Hi All and thanks for visiting. Another busy day here at Mickey's Minis doing the following:

Highlight the pontooners' tunic(re-highlight the facings/turnbacks), saddle cloth, portmanteau, sheepskin edging, lower half of plume & dot inside the cockade with a coat of Ultramarine(VMC)
Re-highlight the pontooners' tunic(not inc. the facings), saddle cloth, portmanteau, sheepskin edging & lower half of plume with a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine(VMC):Light Grey(VMC)
Add final highlights to the uniform with a slightly thinned coat of Ultramarine(VMC)
Paint the flesh areas with a coat of Heavy Skintone(VGC)
Paint the hair with a coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Wash the flesh & hair with a coat of Agrax Earthshade(C)
Highlight the hair with a coat of Khaki(VGC)
Highlight the muskets with a coat of Charred Brown(VGC)
Re-highlight the musket & highlight the knapsack with a coat of Dark Fleshtone(VGC)
Re-highlight the knapsack with a coat of Beasty Brown(VGC)
Re-highlight the black areas & highlight the blankets with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
Add final highlights to the black, dark grey cloth & blankets with a coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
Paint any yellow cloth/feathers with a coat of Heavy Goldbrown(VGC)
Highlight the yellow cloth/feathers with a coat of Moon Yellow(VGC)
Re-highlight the red cloth/feathers and paint inside the cockade with a coat of Flat Red(VMC)
Add extreme highlights to the red cloth/feathers with a coat of Macharius Solar Orange(C)
Wash the red cloth/feathers with a coat of Bloodletter(C)
Re-highlight the green cloth/feathers with a coat of Dark Green(VGC)
Highlight the green pom-poms with a coat of Warpstone Glow(C)
Re-highlight the green pom-poms with a coat of Goblin Green(VGC)
Highlight the leather in-between the ropes & bay horses with a coat of Leather Brown(VGC)
Re-highlight the leather in-between the ropes & bay horses with a coat of Plague Brown(VGC)

All being well I hope to complete these tomorrow, this will free me up to start work on the cavalry. I can also confirm that they will be painted as the Peninsula's own 13th Cuirassiers.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #6 Day 2

Another busy day in the studio with the Frenchies. Here's what's been done:

Paint the brass areas(including the guns of the artillery) with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Wash the mini (including the train/cannon) with two coats of 1:1 mix of Hard Body Black(MM):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Highlight the artillery/train with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Grey(VGC)
Re-highlight the artillery/train with a slightly thinned coat of Camouflage Green(VGC)
Paint the flesh areas(inc. the horse’s muzzles) with a coat of Heavy Skintone(VGC)
Paint the hair & sheepskin with a coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Paint the breeches, gloves & highlight the ropes with a slightly thinned coat of Steel Legion Drab(C)
Wash the hair, sheepskin, flesh, breeches, gloves & leather in-between the ropes & bay horses with a coat of Agrax Earthshade(C)
Highlight the breeches, gloves with a slightly thinned coat of Zandri Dust(C)
Highlight the hair, sheepskin, ropes & re-highlight the breeches, gloves with a slightly thinned coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
Highlight the tunic’s facings/turnbacks with a coat of Intense Blue(VMC)
Paint all the white cloth, webbing & reigns with a coat of Heavy Bluegrey(VGC) I only did this on the horses and riders as it dawned on me that painting the white after the blue whould be better in the long run.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #6 Day 1

So it begins, again! Yes thats right, I'm painting french blues again, but I love it. I have changed my plans slightly from yesterday. I have realised that the cavalry generals are characters minis which are basically in cuirassier uniform; I will therefore paint these with the other cuirassiers. The rest I started today.

Here's what I've done so far:

Apply an undercoat with the airbrush using a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush/dust the minis to create zenith highlights with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the light infantry with two coats of a 1:1 mix of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the bay horses with two coats of a 1:1 mix of Leather Brown(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the artillery/train with two coats of a 1:1 mix of Heavy Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Mark the temporary bases of the light infantry with pom-pom colours
Paint the tunic(inc. the facings/turnbacks), saddle cloth, portmanteau, sheepskin edging & lower half of plume with a coat of Intense Blue(VMC)
Paint the rider less horse’s saddle cloths with a slightly thinned coat of Sombre Grey(VGC)
Paint the knapsack & muskets whips, rope & leather in-between the ropes with a coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Paint the black areas (including the horse’s hair, straps on the portmanteau & metal on the artillery/train, blanket roll & straps on the pack) with a coat of Heavy Charcoal(VGC)
Paint the horse collars with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Grey(VGC)
Paint all the red cloth/feathers with a coat of Heavy Red(VGC)
Paint any green cloth/feathers/pom-poms (not piping) with a coat of Heavy Black Green(VGC)
Paint the steal/silver areas with a coat of Chainmail Silver(VGC)

So a busy day! Here are some pics:
















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Thursday, 25 September 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #6

The saying goes: its better to be late then never! So here it is.

I've not really had a work day today, more of an admin day. Posting the last order, getting to know my new iMac and preparing painting guides for these new French Napoleonics. 

I did get them all glued onto sticks and I did take some pics (edited on the Mac). All I did was improve the white light balance, it seams to me to have made the minis look clearer. Any feedback would be appreciated! I normally use a one click auto fix on Photoshop. On the Mac I'm using the GINP App.

I plan to paint these in two batches; light infantry, artillery/trail in the first batch, followed by the Cuirassiers & Generals in the second. I hope this will speed up the process.

Here are some pics of the bare metal:























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