Battle Flag

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Miniatures, Uncategorized

Battle Flag

I have discovered that, while I enjoy painting little 28mm figures, I enjoy modeling the flags they carry even more. The figures are fairly static, in that they come in perhaps six variable poses, and there is only so much one can do to enliven them, given a reasonable amount of time. After all, the goal of 28’s is to create battalions and squadrons, yes? But the flags they carry, when modeled with a little care and panache, can give life, give motion, create focus to a command company of British regulars, French infantry, or charging cavalry. I have some experience with the flags...

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Miniature Gallery

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Miniatures

Miniature Gallery

                                                                              The King’s colors carried by the drummer is not the original from the kit, but one that I fabricated from copper and painted.    

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The 10th Cuirassiers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Miniatures

The 10th Cuirassiers

I have previously posted a tutorial on painting miniature horses on this site, but during the execution of my latest squadron of Perry Brothers cuirassiers over the Christmas vacation and into February, I stumbled upon a new approach that renders a better result, in my opinion. Rather than fighting the transparency of the medium, I embraced it. That is to say, after the initial application of the selected color, I used a soft, flat brush to remove all the excess paint, letting the gesso shine through. To my eye, the result is more realistic, and the final result is a much smoother finish. I...

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Victrix British Center Company

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Miniatures

Victrix British Center Company

The hated Anglais. I’ll never forgive Wellington for driving the French out of Spain and winning Waterloo to finally put an end to Napoleon’s French Empire once and for all. BUT, if you’re painting Napoleonic 28’s, you will, like me, eventually grow tired of the blue uniforms, white crossbelts, fatigue caps tucked under cartridge boxes, and tricolor cockades. One way out of that sameness is to paint the enemy, an idea that for a long time seemed heretical to me.  All that RED would be as boring as all that BLUE, yes? Well, it turns out that the English are fun to...

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Painting 28mm Horses with Oils

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Miniatures

Painting 28mm Horses with Oils

Scott Merrifield, my 28mm guru, has commented more than once that he likes the way my French hussar horses look (thanks again, my friend). Scott uses acrylics, as do most miniature painters these days, I understand. Well, I use oil paints. I started many years ago using oils and I just never felt comfortable with acrylics – they dry too fast for me, among other reasons. I very much admire miniatures painted with acrylics and wish I could use them but I’m too old to change now. For those of you who don’t know how tall a 28mm horse is, it’s about 1-3/4 inches tall. Anyway, Scott...

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