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February 11, 2014

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Artmaster's Wargames Standard Painting Guide

Below you will find a Wargames' standard painting guide for 28mm British Napoleonic infantry. Simply select the thumbnails in turn. The full text for the guide is appended.

 

  • 1. Prepare and prime your model in black

  • 2. Paint white in the eyes and tidy with black and also add the pupils

  • 3. Undercoat areas of flesh with Burnt Sienna

  • 4. Highlight flesh areas with Games Workshop Dwarf Flesh

  • 5. Add a second highlight to flesh areas with Games Workshop Elf Flesh

  • 6. Undercoat wood on musket and hair with Americana Asphaltum

  • 7. Paint boltgun metal onto the metal areas of the musket

  • 8. Highlight the wood areas of the musket and hair with Games Workshop Calthan Brown

  • 9. Undercoat jacket and base of plume in Americana Napa Red

  • 10. Undercoat Trousers, top of plume, shoulder pads and turn backs with Foundry Arctic Grey A

  • 11. First highlight on red with Vallejo Vermillion

  • 12. First highlight on white areas with Foundry Arctic Grey B.

  • 13. Second highlight on red areas with Vallejo Orange Red

  • 14. Second highlight white areas with White

  • 15. Undercoat Blanket roll with Foundry Slate Grey A

  • 16. Undercoat Bag with Foundry Canvas A

  • 17. Undercoat water bottle with Foundry Sky Blue A

  • 18. The completed figure

 

Beginners Standard Painting Walk Through

All the paints used are acrylic. We recommend that figures are varnished with gloss and then matt varnish. In this walkthrough ‘Highlight’ indicates that you should place the colours onto the black areas leaving some of the black undercoat showing in the odd crease. It is up to the individual to decide how much black is left showing.

When painting the jackets choose browns and reds that suit your personal preferences. The colour of the British “red coat” could vary from pink through scarlet to rust depending on the quality of the dyes, the age of the jacket and exposure to the elements.

This method with a little practice will enable you to paint figures quickly. Whilst this method will not win any prizes in figure painting competitions it will allow you to build units quickly. We suggest that you work on batches 4 to 6 figures at a time and working in the stages described. For example: dry brush black areas on all 6 figures, then go back and paint the eyes on all 6 etc.

Good luck.

ArtMaster Studios
www.artmasterstudio.co.uk

Tel 01255 677523

February 03, 2014

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Artmaster's Connoiseur Painting Guide

Below you will find a connoisseur standard painting guide for 28mm British Napoleonic infantry. Simply select the thumbnails in turn. The full text for the guide is appended.


  • 1. Prepare and prime your model in black

  • 2. Paint white in the eyes and tidy with black and also add the pupils

  • 3. Undercoat areas of flesh with Burnt Sienna

  • 4. Highlight flesh areas with Games Workshop Dwarf Flesh

  • 5. Add a second highlight to flesh areas with Games Workshop Elf Flesh

  • 6. Undercoat wood on musket and hair with Americana Asphaltum

  • 7. Paint boltgun metal onto the metal areas of the musket

  • 8. Highlight the wood areas of the musket and hair with Games Workshop Calthan Brown

  • 9. Undercoat jacket and base of plume in Americana Napa Red

  • 10. Undercoat Trousers, top of plume, shoulder pads and turn backs with Foundry Arctic Grey A

  • 11. First highlight on red with Vallejo Vermillion

  • 12. First highlight on white areas with Foundry Arctic Grey B.

  • 13. Second highlight on red areas with Vallejo Orange Red

  • 14. Second highlight white areas with White

  • 15. Undercoat Blanket roll with Foundry Slate Grey A

  • 16. Undercoat Bag with Foundry Canvas A

  • 17. Undercoat water bottle with Foundry Sky Blue A

  • 18. First highlight blanket roll with Foundry Slate Grey B

  • 19. First highlight on bag with Foundry Canvas B

  • 20. First highlight water bottle with Foundry Sky Blue B

  • 21. Second highlight blanket roll with Foundry Slate Grey C

  • 22. Second highlight bag with Foundry Boneyard B

  • 23. Second highlight water bottle with Foundry Sky Blue C

  • 24. Paint water bottle strap with GW Foundation Calthan Brown

  • 25. Undercoat collar and cuffs with Americana Hauser Dark Green

  • 26. Highlight Collar and cuffs with Foundry Forest Green B

  • 27. Undercoat shako badge, musket butt, trigger guard, scabbard tip, buckle on front of straps with Foundry Burnished Copper

  • 28. Highlight Gold areas with Foundry Burning Gold B

  • 29. Highlight Black areas with Foundry Charcoal Black B

  • 30. Paint straps and piping on collar and cuffs with White

  • 31. Paint buttons Foundry Spearpoint C

  • 32. The completed figure

All the paints used are acrylic. We recommend that figures are varnished with gloss and then matt varnish. In this walkthrough ‘Highlight’ indicates that you should place the colours onto the black areas leaving some of the black undercoat showing in the odd crease. It is up to the individual to decide how much black is left showing.

When painting the jackets choose browns and reds that suit your personal preferences. The colour of the British “red coat” could vary from pink through scarlet to rust depending on the quality of the dyes, the age of the jacket and exposure to the elements. This method with a little practice will enable you to paint figures quickly. Whilst this method will not win any prizes in figure painting competitions it will allow you to build units quickly.

We suggest that you work on batches 4 to 6 figures at a time and working in the stages described. For example: dry brush black areas on all 6 figures, then go back and paint the eyes on all 6 etc.

Good luck

ArtMaster Studios

www.artmasterstudio.co.uk

Tel: 01255 677523

January 01, 2014

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Wellington's Generals

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton

Wellington once called Picton, commander of the 5th British Infantry Division at Waterloo, as “rough, foul mouthed a devil as ever lived”. He was certainly coarse, moody and impetuous but was also an able commander who had the grudging respect of his troops and perhaps their love.

He was originally commissioned into the 12th Foot (East Suffolk)at 13 years of age. By the time he was twenty he had attained the rank of Captain. He spent many years in the West Indies where he eventually became the first Governor of Trinidad. His career then took a turn for the worst when he was sent home in disgrace for condoning the torture of a local woman.

Despite this setback his career continued to flourish but not without controversy. Of particular note was his falling out with 88th Foot when he had 2 men flogged for stealing and then lambasted the whole regiment stating that they would be known in the Army as the “Irish Footpads”. The 88th were never to forgive Picton and refused to contribute to a plate presented to him by his division.

Despite his faults Picton was extremely brave and was often in the thick of the fighting or leading his division from the front throughout the Peninsular War.

By the time the British army had crossed the Pyrenees and reached Toulouse Picton had grown weary of soldiering. This outlook was not helped by his bitterness of not being awarded a peerage. Thus at the age of 56 Picton retired and it took all of Wellingtons persuasive skills to get Picton to join him for the final battle of Waterloo.

His division was badly mauled at Quatre Bras before withdrawing to Waterloo. During the battle of Waterloo Picton was to lose his life leading his division in a counter attack against Donzelots division.

Lieutenant General Lord Rowland Hill

Without doubt Hill was Wellingtons most trusted general, often given independent commands during The Peninsular War. He fought throughout the Peninsular War where his battlefield skills ensured his rapid promotion from brigade commander to divisional commander and then lieutenant general in less than 3 years.

He gained a reputation for a military mind that not only looked for victory but also looked after the concerns of his men. His military planning was meticulous and benefited from cunning foresight. As a person he was “kind and charitable” and became known to his men as “Daddy Hill”.

Originally commissioned into the 38th Foot (Stafford’s) he then had a peripatetic career serving as commander of the 53rd Foot (Shropshire’s) and the 90th Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) as well as a staff officer in the defence of Toulon.

At Waterloo his corps had little involvement in the battle with only the 2nd Infantry division seeing action against the French. Despite this Hill remained one of Wellington’s favourites’ and on his death the Duke wrote “nothing ever occurred to interrupt for one moment the friendly and intimate relations that subsisted between us”.