Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Russian Cavalry

Last post before the gloss coat.

This time some more pics, closer view.

Russian Cavalry Finale!

So now the grand total:

Dragoon Officer of the Russian Imperial Guards : 1 Officer and horse
Dragoons (in white trousers) with white collar and epaulette: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Dragoons (in blue trousers) with yellow collar and epaulette: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Dragoons (in blue trousers) with red collar and epaulette: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Dragoons (in blue trousers) with blue collar and epaulette: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Cossack Officer of the Russian Imperial Guards : 1 Officer and horse
Cossacks in blue coats: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Cossacks in red coats: 12 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Hussar Officer of the Russian Imperial Guards : 1 Officer and horse
Hussars in red and blue: 8 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Hussars in brown and red: 8 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.
Uhulans: 4 troopers and mounts with 1 'blown' riderless horse.

Final total : 95 riders and 104 horses for a Grand total of 199 miniatures completed between November 10 and 30.

Only need to get the glue to set before I can gloss coat with the minwax.

This first series of pictures shows the 'overall view' of all the troops, first on the painting rack in my office, then on a table to show the size of the minis after they have been 'glued' to their mounts.

If you look on the left-hand side of the rack you can see the church that has been in progress since August.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Blazing Brushes!

I managed to get all the lace on the Hussars done, all the belts and straps, as well as the collars, turnbacks and epaulettes done on all the Dragoons. With the Horses, all the shabraques and valises have also been painted in.

Only the horse furniture and some 'blazes' as well as 'touch-ups' on the remaining riders needs to be done!

104 Cavalrymen and horses are almost done in the month of November!

I am so close to the challenge I set I can see it finishing on time!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

New Ceramic Christmas Building!

It looked actually good when I used it in a game today!

The building is a ceramic, fully painted one that retailed for $14.00.

I was a bit skeptical about how well it would do in the military context of the tabletop, so I decided to 'try it on the dog' in a game that became suddenly available today.

We have had a major snow-fall around here so only the new young neighbor, my son and I were in the contest, which ran to the full time after over 12 turns!

I'll include a few other pics as well...


Friday, November 24, 2006

Daddy Daycare,

OK really night-care; once again I have the 3 boys to care for, I also have the club newsletter to draft, formulate, edit and prepare for printing next week.

Along the way I have noted that I did not enter a link for Larry Leadhead on the blog here.

I will enter it next, however there are a few really good ones in the archives right now!

Check them all out at Larry Leadhead


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dragoons catch-up:

With about an hour and a half available I was able to paint in the belts, and gloves of all the Dragoons and brushed in the middle-blue layer on all their trousers.

Since white is the feature color of one unit of the dragoons I also managed to get their trousers to the middle-level of color.

A bit more was done on the Hussars and Cossacks, bringing much of the 104 cavalry to a point that could see them finished by next week!


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Brushus interruptus...

I had managed to set aside time to get loads done on the Russian Cavalry.

Green highlights, blue mid-tones, red top-coats on the Cossack Kaftans and Hussar Dolmans/Pellises were all finished.

I had started on the Dragoon blue-grey upper layers and the white belts/gloves were started when my wife got the emergency call-in to work to help solve an emergent situation.


Back to daddy daycare.

I am typing this in stages as my 11 month old keeps taking his 'turn' at the keys.


Enjoy the pics.

p.s. oh an now my page is in 'beta'?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Joined the wargames webring.

I had actually connected to it many times, but now I've finally got the code for inputting the ring link onto the blog.

Not much painting done recently, I was under the weather yesterday, now the rest of the family is having their turn...sigh.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Inking layers done!

Now the horses all have their ink layers.

I also inked the faces and the green jackets and shabraques of the Russian Dragoons.

I filled in the red of the pliesses of the Hussar unit and Dolmans of the Russian Guard Cossacks (well I am painting them that way).

Still need to do the magenta on the red coats, but they need time to dry and I need to eat...

Enjoy the pics


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Colour Layer time:

Today the horses take a back seat as the undercoat colour layers have been put on for the Greens, Blues and Reds.

I have included a third pic this time as the red undercoat is 'light blue' so that I can demo my 'crimson/red' method.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

First 'Horse' colors.

Following the Bluebear method the first of the Horse colors have been done.

Next up, the riders start on flesh colors, as the next horse step is inking and I plan to do them all together.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Another Layer on the Russians

Yet another layer on the 104 Russian Cavalrymen.

This time all on the horses, continuing the mass painting using Blubear Jeff's technique!

Enjoy the progress pics!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Busy visitor weekend.

I have just entertained an old friend from Winnipeg, out here in BC to do some final work in connection with her degree.

It meant that I had no time to do any painting, but I did get news about all of the old gang that I used to play with.

The meetings managed to drive me to finish the Auerstadt game summary on The Arcadian Guild webpage, just so that I could share the images and action from the day.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

First layers going on....

The Russian Cavalry has begun to take shape.

In these pictures you will better see the ponies of the cossacks and some of the Dragoons that are the larger part of the 104 cavalry that are in progress over the coming week(s).

Artillery has been set aside for detail cleaning of the flashing and I have found the missing force of French Empress Dragoons. So the Frenchies will also start having the flashing cleaned off...


p.s. I have tried 4 times to get pictures inserted tonight and I must go read to my children and get them off to bed. Sorry Jeff, complain about the system, not me.
p.p.s. I had to lower the picture accuracy and compress them more to get them to go into the blogger system. I will have to continue doing that from now on...sorry if they are a little 'blurry'.