Monday, 12 January 2015

LoA 10s #1 - French Artillery - Day 1

Hi All,

Today I started work on the French Artillery for the League of Augsburg armies Im currently working on. In total their are sixteen guns, ten limbers, lots of horses, lots more Artillerymen and various equipment.

All these minis have been cleaned-up, attached to temporary bases and undercoated black. Many of the minis have been temporarily attached to sticks using a new method, which is to use double sided tape rather than PVA(which can be hard to remove).

I have also devised a painting guide(below). As the minis are black, I haven't taken any update pics,  they wouldn't show much detail. I will however start taking these tomorrow.

Painting Guide:

Clean the miniatures, superglue guns, limbers etc and attach to temporary bases
Apply an undercoat to the minis with the airbrush using a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the white coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the white coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Light Grey(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the dark brown horses and equipment with a 1:1 mix of Charred Brown(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the dark brown horses and equipment with 1:1 mix of Dark Fleshtone(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the light brown horses with a 1:1 mix of Flat Brown(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the light brown horses with 1:1 mix of Flat Earth(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the red artillery with a 1:1 mix of Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the red artillery, using a 1:1 mix of Flat Red(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Paint the red limbers with a thinned coat of Red(VMC)
Highlight the red limbers with a thinned coat of Flat Red(VMC)
Paint the the Artillerymen’s cuffs with a slightly thinned coat of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC)
Highlight the the Artillerymen’s cuffs with a slightly thinned coat of Ultramarine(VMC)
Paint the the Artillerymen’s hat bags, breeches & stockings with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Red(VMC)
Highlight the the Artillerymen’s hat bags, breeches & stockings with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Red(VMC)
Paint the skin, hair, gloves, & belts with a thinned coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Highlight the gloves and belts with a slightly thinned coat of Buff(VMC)
Highlight the skin with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
Highlight the hair with an unthinned coat of Bonewhite(VGC)
Paint the black areas (horse equipment, hats, scabbards(inc. hilt), boots, sword blades, artillery equipment, gun/limber metal) with a coat of Black
Highlight the black areas with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
Re-paint the gun barrels with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
Highlight the gun barrels with a coat of Bright Bronze(VGC)
Blackline with a 1:1 mix of Black Paint:Ink
Highlight the white lace and wooden hats with White
Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)

As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

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