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Thursday, 14 January 2016

An okay regiment.

I've noticed over the years that some units I buy and then paint take longer to complete than other units. Somehow I lose my mojo when painting the said unit, but then find I can paint the self same figure in a different uniform and have absolutely no problems.
I'm certain other wargamers have the same issue. I've found in the past that what I thought was unique to me, turned out to be very ordinary and common to other wargamers.
 I think its just my wish to be different that comes to the surface, followed by disappointment when I find my thinking is, just ordinary.
  Anyway, I had just such a problem with a unit of Black Hussar French Infantry, that I wanted to paint as the Garde Lorraine. What could go wrong, a yellow uniform with black facings, it looked dramatic in my reference books and I thought it would be an inspiring choice to make.
 Boy was I wrong, could I hell get the yellow colour I wanted, and then not only that, once I found a colour I could work with, I forgot how I got it.
 Anyway, I persevered and finished them. I would rate them as an okay unit, not my best, but not my worst, a sort of, just ordinary unit.
 Whilst battling with the Garde Lorraine, I started painting another unit of Black Hussar Prussian infantry as Saxon infantry. Although starting them much later than the French, I finished the unit today, at the same time as I finished the Garde Lorraine.
 The offending unit, resplendent in a totally inaccurate yellow, but one I found pleasing.

 One of my only gripes with Black Hussars, is that they do no cavalry or mounted officers, so I used an Elite figure on a Jackdaw horse. A little clumsy looking, but again it looks okay.

 The Saxon regiment, that was completed in much quicker time. Again Black Hussar, but this time I didnt use a spare mounted figure.
 The eagle eyed amongst you, will notice that one officer is in a lighter coloured green facing. He was my test figure, and once again I couldnt remember how I got that colour. He was too nice to re paint, sorry. The Saxons are for Colin and my game at the AMG in June, where hopefully by then I will have a few Saxon units to play around with.


10 comments:

  1. Very nice Robbie, regardless of it been a inaccurate yellow I personally think it looks very effective and complements the black very nicely, Saxons look good to!

    Neil

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    1. Thanks Neil,
      The problem for me was getting a uniform colour for the whole unit. The trouble was I kept leaving the figures and doing something else.

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  2. Agreed. It is a lovely looking unit from my vantage point.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Thanks Stokes,
      I hope you are now settled into your new home.

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  3. Robbie, your ok units are sometimes better than my best ones.... :-(. The yellow looks great but it's a bummer of a colour; I've been trying to get it right for a unit of Spanish dragoons for ages!

    The Saxons (Prinz Maximilian?) look great. Between us we shall have quite a respectable Saxon WAS/SYW force very soon.

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    1. Colin,
      Hopefully Von Rochow's fusiliers will be more pleasant to paint.

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  4. A fine body of men to grace any table. Yellow, I think, depends a lot on the basecoat. If using a black undercoat I use a light brown base (GW Bubonic brown is ideal) and then a mustard yellow.

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    1. Youre right Paul,
      I should have undercoated the damn things a tan colour. Dave Jarvis uses something like that for all his work, and it does work well.

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  5. The french unit looks fine - did a good job with the yellow which is an awkward colour. Like the Saxons in their WAS uniform

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    1. Thanks Allan,
      I have always had a soft spot for the Saxon army, from the Great Northern War onwards, trouble is they always seem to pick the losing side.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
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