Here we go, the 17e léger marching band all finished and ready to strike up a tune or two.
Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with how the band look on the wargames table, but unfortunately they don’t stand up so well when photographed in isolated groups. However, they do the job that they were intended for and that’s to add a bit of fun and contrast to the standard French blue on the field of battle.
Next task, to work on a few characters for the French army….
No it’s not an April Fools joke, I really am back to work on the band. Also, considering that the Spring sun is glorious outside, I’m keeping my promise and posting an oft delayed update…
Last night I added the last of the colours and details to the band (including moustaches, drum skins, drum cords and shako plumes in green) I still need to touch them up here and there, but will do so after the bases.
The bases! Hmm, of all the things to do with miniature painting, I’ve found bases to be my nemesis! For some reason I just struggle to get my head round them and make them look presentable. I’ve wasted many an hour trying to get them to look like the images you see on TMP or CMON but to no avail..
When I first made up the band (from broken bits of miniatures found in my bits box) I made up some custom 60x40mm movement trays (from MDF) to hold the band (who were already based on a mixture of 40x40mm and 40x20mm bases). I thought I’d finally found an answer to my previous basing dilemma’s as these wooden bases were far sturdier. However, one of the main bugbears of the movement tray approach (with magentic paper in place) was that the miniatures just kept on falling out. The band were no exception as they have fallen out from time to time. Therefore from now on, no more clunky movement trays. From now all wargames figures will be glued permanently to their bases.
So, using some thin resin 40x60mm bases that one of the guys from the club kindly gave me I decided to glue them down with superglue this time (no more PVA as this time its permanent!!
That done I had to get rid of the obvious join between the two different base sizes. I found that using Polyfilla was the simplest and quickest solution to solve the problem. For now I’ll leave the bases to dry overnight.
Blimey! Seems an age since I last painted a Napoleonic miniature or played a game of Lasalle! Still, no time like the present with Easter Holidays upon us – Huzzah!
Have a Lasalle Peninsular War battle at the club next Thursday so time to finish off a certain ‘Band’ of brothers and give the Dragoons a base-coat. This weekend will be the perfect time to start..
My thanks to Michael aka – Wargamerabbit for the idea about getting a Vivandiere lady and mule to tag along with the (bloody late) band. Parcel dropped in the letter box today containing these lovely Warlord Games miniatures.
She’ll have to wait a bit before getting a coat of paint though as I’ve neglected the band for far too long. Pressure’s on now as anyone would think they’re going to be Golden Demon standard…gulp..no!
So, should be able to start again on the lads (band) this weekend. At the same time I have to get to work on a few of my unpainted Voltigeurs - as one of the guys at the club is planning a skirmish game at the beginning of next month. and we need at least 20 of these guys…Sounds interesting.
Oh deary me! Looks like the band has to wait until February for the next update. This is all due to a rather rushed tournament army being put together and painted. The gauntlet has been thrown down and I’ve got 14 days to assemble and paint my Epic Armageddon army…….(gulp)
For those who fancy taking a peek at this madness, the blog is called – Wargamerama, link is in the right hand links menu.
Yup, as the festive season is upon us and lots of things to do (nothing to do with miniatures or wargaming though) I’m going to have to leave the band for the moment and get back to them in the New Year. These boys will probably be glad of the rest , putting their feet up, enjoying the grog and eating plenty of mince pies (whilst playing renditions of all the Christmas tunes no doubt).
Anyway, I’d like to wish anyone who reads this blog a Merry Christmas and hope to catch up again soon (mid January I reckon)
- Applied Ogryn flesh ink to the yellow tunics to give them a lovely orangey shade. Once dry, highlighted with lighter shades of Sunburst yellow/Vallejo Deep Yellow.
- Highlighted the trousers with Vallejo Andrea blue and added more white as required.
- Applied a thin wash of Dark Prussian Blue paint to the drums. Once dry highlighted in the same way as the trousers. Applying white to the drum cords and white to the drum skins (these will eventually be a yellowy colour)
- Touched up the red on the tunics.
- Painted the epaulettes tassels white with a red finish.
- Painted the greatcoat (on shoulders of Drum Major and Clarinet player and on backpacks of the majority of the band) a bluey/grey, applied black ink then highlighted with light grey.
- Backpack washed with black ink. Backpack straps painted in white.
- Finally, added small steel rods to the bass drum (to act as drum cords) and a loop of wire around the drummers neck. Not sure if this looks right though.
Not finished yet ….
It’s been a while since the last update but finally had a chance to get back to the band….
Since the last update I’ve finished applying the base colours (apart from the plumes). Unfortunately my models don’t have the correct headgear (czapka’s) so I thought I’d try and make the shakos look as close as they could to the fancy Polish style headgear. In the end I settled on yellow, with white tassels and red banding on top.
Once I’d painted the Jingling Jonny, I couldn’t help thinking that he looked like he worked on a building site or road works, all because of that bloomin yellow waistcoat! Therefore one of the first things to do in the next update will be to reverse the colours scheme. Finally the instruments were given a base coat of black then painted with a mix of brazen brass and shining gold.
Till the next update…..
Both French and British troops fighting in the Peninsular War suffered from a serious lack of equipment, rations and uniforms (especially lack of shoes). To emulate this, I hope that once my French army is finished, the common French blue and white will be broken up with splashes of deep reds and browns (Spanish/Portuguese local cloth).
However…when it comes to this marching band, I’ve decided to paint them in full dress uniform! Why? Well, just because I want to. Simple as that! I could always add the customary mud/grime later on before varnishing.
Apparently regiment musicians (in most armies during the Napoleonic wars) were quite competitive about outdoing the competition when it came to colourful and showy uniforms. However, the 17th léger musicians went that extra step (and expense to boot) to outdo their rivals. That appealed to me :0) Therefore, bright colours were the order of the day. With that, here’s the start of the base colours for what will eventually be the 17th léger in their 1809 – 1812 full dress unform.
More to follow soon…
After what seemed like an eternity in limbo, I finally got back to working on the band. First and foremost was to paint the base colour with graveyard earth.
Step 1. Base colour
Step 2. Drybrush.
I wanted a cracked/ scorched earth look to resemble the ground during the hot summer months in Spain/Portugal.
Step 3: A few basic colours added.
Black base colour for shoes (red leather/brown will be added later), dark blue for trousers and flesh tone added.
Haven’t quite decided what colours to paint the Jingling Johnny yet so have left him for the moment. P.s, I’ll eventually lighten the band’s dark blue trousers as they look rather like jeans at the moment :0)
More to follow very very soon (note added 15th November 2011)