Friday, 15 September 2017

More 28mm Colonials

These colonial-era British are for me.  I think they are from the Wargames Foundry Boer War range, but will be suitable for any colonial action of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  I think these will be great patrolling the NW Frontier of India, when they aren't in action in Africa.

Please excuse the cluttered background to the photos - I've snapped them on the painting table as I've only just finished the basing.

Continuing the 28mm theme, I'm planning on running an after school club at our local junior school, for 9-11 year olds and Frostgrave seems to offer a possible quick and easy game for the youngsters to pick up and hopefully enjoy.  Here are Northstar Miniatures figures with (L-R) a wizards apprentice, a thaumateurge wizard, a knight and a Templar.  I have a Saga Anglo Danish warband which can supply various warriors.  So, some more wizards, monsters and terrain needed now.

A pair of female African villagers.

A Zulu-themed Amazon.

I have the first 5 Northstar Gnoll figures on the painting table and the rest of the box waiting for assembly.  I also dug out a very old Monk figure, plus a knight in armour and a noble lady, that were all free gifts some years ago with Wargames Illustrated IIRC.  I'm sure I will find uses for them in the Frostgrave world.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 8 September 2017

28mm Darkest Africa

Having played a couple of games of Pulp Alley using Steve's largely Wargames Foundry armies for Darkest Africa, he asked me if I would paint up some colonial British Sikh infantry, in exchange for some colonial British infantry.

Here are the basic infantry types, two NCOs and nine rankers.  Steve supplied them based on 2pence coins and they were already black undercoated.  Here they have a base coat of khaki grey - paint is still wet.

For the officer, Steve picked the chappie on the right with sword arm and we agreed he'd use the levelled pistol for his other arm.

Next they had a heavy dry brush of khaki.

Then a lighter dry brush of khaki with a little Iraqi sand.

Leather boots and webbing, khaki grey puttees, Iraqi sand straps for water bottle and haversack, black-grey rifle barrels and mahogany rifle woodwork.

Faces in sunny skintone washed with Reikland flesh wash.  Beards flat brown dry brushed in beige brown or dark then light grey with touches of white.

Washed with Agrax Earthshade diluted 50% with airbrush flow improver.

Gloss varnish.

Matt varnish.

The finished product.  Steve is going to detail the bases, so I'll take a photo when I see them at the club.

There were also Tarzan- and Jane-style figures in the box he passed to me, so they are done in light brown skin dry brushed with flat flesh and washed with Reikland flesh wash.  Thongs and bikini are leather, hair light brown dry brushed dark sand and Iraqi sand, toe nails ivory.

Gloss varnish.

Matt varnish.

I passed these over to Steve last night and he seemed pretty happy with them.  I now have units of Zulu Wars British and Boer Wars British infantry to paint up, plus I'm going to paint up two units of colonial Scottish infantry, one for him and one for me.

Thanks for looking.