TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
WAITING FOR PAINT TO DRY
I am waiting for paint to dry before adding static grass for
to two units of Hussars. Then I can post the pictures
of them and post them up. I have primed and put the
initial color on my first unit of Prussian Fusiliers.
I have two units of fusiliers, two more units of musketeers,
and some jager/frei-corps to do and that's if for some time
for the Prussians. I might have to do some additional
cuirassiers to make a game-able force, but I really need a
break and to try something different. I think that's
why I have so little to talk about concerning the modeling
lately. I have done it all, and am now in the
repetition stages for the Prussians. I know it is time
to mover to the Austrians when I start to look at English
Civil War forces and think about how to model them and what
rules to use. I'd better get going on the Austrians
soon, now that I think about it.
|MY LIBRARY PAGE
While we are waiting, I have been working on a new page for
the site. The My Library page.
When I started buy books and reading about the Seven Years
War, I found that there is VERY little out there, and much
of it is VERY expensive. So I wanted to try and help
the beginner decide where to start and maybe save them some
frustration. The following page should be viewed with
the warning that I am no expert in this period, but I do
have valid opinions about the worth of some of these books.
I try and ask about a book on TMP before I drop any more
than $20 on a book. Some of them are $100 plus, and
that book had better mow my lawn and do dishes when I'm done
reading it. Sometimes it's worth it if it is the only
book in the English language that deals with a particular
subject, and some books I'll be reviewing fit this category.
Sometimes there is a cheaper option, and if I find one, I'll
record it here.
The main problem with the SYW is that there are few books
on the subject written in English, well I suppose this is
only a problem if English is your only language.
I would love to host some guest reviews, so if you have a
particularly good or bad book you'd like to review, please
send me a paragraph or two about it, the title, author and
ISBN and I will host it on the My Library page. I will
of course hold editorial privileges over anything hosted on
MONDAY, JULY 24, 2007
I have finished my Hussars and am ready to show them to the
world. It is tough to paint these guys to the same
standard as some of my other figures. Their faces
weren't as distinguishable, and the hats had to be trimmed
and had lots of detail that I wasn't able to pick out with a
brush. So the effect, to me, is that they seem a
little sloppy upon close inspection, but fine from table
level. I have included some extreme close-ups and some
more distant picture to show you the effects.
8th Hussar Regiment
6th Hussar Regiment
|THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF WHITE PRIMER
As those of you who have been reading the blog regularly
know, as my Prussian forces wind down, I have begun to think
about the challenges that painting Austrians will present.
Perhaps my biggest pet peeve in painting is painting flesh
and white on something. Now, with 6mm flesh is not
much of an issue, a single pass with some thickish flesh
color and presto. But white is still a problem, even
with grey primer, it takes two coats, and that's one too
many for me.
|As a solution, I have begun experimenting with
white base coating. My first experiment was
not very successful. I used ColorPlace flat
white spray paint. I could still see the metal
through the paint, and I just wasn't happy in
general. At the right is my first experiment
with the white basecoat, a unit of Prussian
Fusiliers that will have pink breeches. I
wanted the pink to show up more than it has on
previously black base coated figures, so it seemed
like a good place to start.
|When I first sprayed black base coats, I was pleasantly
surprised that my black Vallejo paint was the same color.
I am looking for the same situation with the white base
coat. I am hoping to use the base coat for the coat
color of the Austrian army. If this works, it will
help immensely with painting time and ease.
dissatisfaction with the job my good 'ole standby,
ColorPlace spray paints, spurred me on to buy a few other
sprays that are used by modelers and give them a try.
I purchased some TESTORS flat white, and KRYLON flat white
primer. Here are the results. (I have to
apologize to any dialup users for the large picture files,
but the pictures needed to be big to demonstrate the
differences in 6mm.)
I tried to shake them all very well for this comparison.
If I were more scientific, I would have shaken them all for
a certain time, maybe next time.
|TESTORS Flat White
This was the worst
of the performers, surprisingly as it was the most
expensive. The paint pooled on and covered up
details as well as dried with small holes.
|KRYLON Flat White Primer
The only proper
primer in the group, I was expecting something from
it. OK coverage, a little pooling. It
dried nicely, but covered up some details.
It could work, but I would always be looking for
|ColorPlace Flat White
Back where I started. This time I was
determined to give it a good shake before spraying,
I mean, my old standby can't let me down. Well
it didn't, after a firm shaking I got the results I
had hoped for from ColorPlace. A nice even,
thin coverage. Much better than my first
attempt. You can still plainly see all of the
detail on these figures. Best choice overall,
and the cheapest.
|Some places I was looking at to compare the quality are:
- on the left figure, between his right arm and body
- on the shoulders, looking for clear lines of the
- on the chest, looking for the details
- between the musket and the face
Now that I have the base coat down, I have to figure out how
to differentiate the cross belts from the uniform. As
they are all white and this is 6mm, black lining is out.
I hate washes. So I have some limited choices.
Correspondence with other 6mm modelers doing Austrian forces
have given me some alternatives. Here are the two
1) Using an Ivory color for the uniform and then painting
the belts white.
2) Using white for the uniforms and painting the belts an
light-ish grey color.
I think I am going to try both of them on these test
figures that I have just sprayed. I think that #2 has
my hopes up as that doesn't mean painting over the base
coat. I hope I can live with the compromise, or else I
have to get some Russian painting guides!
SYW HUNGARIAN LINE INFANTRY
I am consistently more impressed with every new unit
that I see from Mr. Berry. These troops are by
far the best yet! (and I'm not just saying
that because I have a thing for Hungarians.)
Funny thing is, I didn't know just how good they
were until I put the base coat on them. The
detail just wasn't evident in the bare metal.
things that stand out in the new figures.
- hat lace is easily distinguishable
- brackets on the muskets are visible (first time I've
- faces are clearly evident, the mustache is there for
- the Hungarian hair style is evident upon close
inspection (braids on the side of the head)
- the Hungarian dolmans are evident
Overall, just fabulous figures (and I don't just bandy
about worlds like "fabulous").
TEST MODELS - HUNGARIAN FUSILIER REGIMENT JOSEF ESTERHAZY
These guys were quite fun to paint actually. I really
like the white undercoat to work with, it seem to make for
some brighter figures. Again, they look a little
sloppy this close up, but from table level or even looking
at a stand of them, the appearance should be nice.
haven't reached a definitive solution for the straps, but I
am starting to think that they don't need to be accentuated
at all. I am beginning to think at 6mm, they won't
really be noticed. I just hope that I'm not beginning
to lower the standards.
I tried brown hair on some of these fellows for a change.
Usually all of my troops have black hair, and that is simple
because colorful hair doesn't bring a lot to the model and
it's already black. Since I would have to paint the
hair black, I tried brown and it doesn't seem to make much
of a difference to me, so black it stays.
I just realized,
as I am writing this, that I forgot to paint the had lace.
Back on the painting table they go.
FIRST OF THE PRUSSIAN FUSILIERS! - 40th INFANTRY REGIMENT
|I have been looking forward to painting the fusiliers
for a while now. I think they offer some colorful
options for the Prussians, with a little less work than
grenadiers. I chose a unit that was very pink in
appearance to start with. After beginning to paint
them, I made an executive decision to not try and pick out
the detail on the back of the fusilier helmet. It's
all there, it would simply be a headache to try and
highlight it all. I think it is still quite a nice
Without further ado...
40th Infantry Regiment
Already on the painting table, the 35 Infantry Regiment...
Time for a new order as I am two and a half units away from
finishing my current batch up Prussians up. I had a
bit of a tough time deciding what to order, it has always
been clear before, I needed some of everything. But,
when is it time to move on? When I can play every
historical battle accurately? I choose to begin my
Austrians when I had a number of Prussians that allowed me
to play a fair amount of the beginning scenarios with
minimal fussing. So when I finish what I have on hand,
I will have the following ready for battle:
- 6 musketeers
- 2 grenadiers
- 2 fusiliers
- 2 artillery units
- 2 curassier units
- 2 dragoon units
- 3 hussar units
- 1 General
- 4 officers
I think that should get me through quite a few smaller
scenarios, but just in case I ordered the following to round
out my Prussian force:
- 2 artillery
- 2 curassier
- 2-3 jager/frei-corps
And to begin my Austrian force:
- 2 Hungarian infantry
- 2 Hungarian grenadiers
- Hungarian flags (so I can see the correct size, I
will make my own German-Austrian ones)
All of this will be ordered from Olde Rivertowne
Miniatures, which leads to the next section...
OLDE RIVERTOWNE MINIATURES UP AND RUNNING
A little late, but hey we had no choice but to wait.
Olde Rivertowne Miniatures is now open for business in the
USA! I tried out their site, complete with a shopping
cart. I found the site very friendly and easy to use.
The shipping is flat rate $6.00, quite steep I think, but
what are you gonna do. I ordered using PayPal and the
transaction seemed to go pretty smoothly.
I will let you guys know how it went as soon as they
arrive on my doorstep.
|BOOK REVIEW -
THE ARMY OF FREDERICK THE GREAT
3 months to read The Anatomy of Victory and 15 days
to fly through Christopher Duffy's The Army of
Frederick the Great. An amazing book to read
on the subject. If the Osprey series on SYW
Prussians puts the uniform on Prussia's soldiers,
this book puts the face on them. I feel very
well informed on the world situation, Frederick's
motives, and the lasting effects of the SYW.
begins with a description of each arm of the
Prussian military and a description of typical
conditions for officers and soldiers alike.
|He then goes on to describe the "nuts and bolts" of the
war machine, and finally ends up telling about the 2
Silesian wars, Seven Years War, and the War of Bavarian
Succession. He breaks up all of the major battles and
discusses them, supplying very clear maps.
This is the first CLEAR account of the SYW that I have
ever read. I have many times tried to understand the
intricacies of the war, and why it was fought. Finally
I have a good feeling about my understanding of the events.
Duffy uses many French and German expressions that he
doesn't translate. I found this to be very confusing
at times. There were also some very obvious typos in
the text, but never enough to turn me off the book.
Over all, a VERY enjoyable read for anyone interested in
Prussian history. I look forward to reading Duffy's
The Military Experience in the Age of Reason next.
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