Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wooden Flats - Part 1



Here's a unit I recently finished.  These wooden flats are from Russia, 45mm to the eyes.  They're for my imagi-nations war of ca. 1820: Celtican infantry, le 7eme de Ligne.

The figures start like this.  Wooden blanks without detail.  Thickness is 4mm at this scale.  Definitely a painting challenge as where to place the details is a matter of estimation.


And painted.





I did a bit of shading but not at the edges.  As the thickness means they're almost semi-round when viewed at an angle, edge shading does not work as it does on a conventional flat.  And I gave them toy soldier faces from the front.


Next up, cavalry and artillery.

10 comments:

  1. Very nice with your brush, but the lack of detail looks like these would be a challenge to paint.

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    1. Thanks, Alte Fritz ! You're right. I was slightly apprehensive about taking this on, but once I painted the first figure I knew the rest would go okay. And it's good to "push the envelope" now and then.

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  2. I'm rather impressed with these: attractive and colourful.

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    1. Thanks, Ion. Glad you like them. Despite taking some liberties with the flag and uniform details, they're still basically Napoleonic French, who for my money had the most colorful army ever.

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  3. They are essentially original illustrations. How do they match up with your Nowikoff and Creartec semi-round Napoleonics?

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    1. Good observation, Rahway. Someone on Facebook compared to the Strasbourg paper soldiers. As for matching Nowikoff/Creartec, I overshot the mark with 45mm. The next order (on track to arrive in a few days) I ordered downsized to 42mm. The thick bases have to be taken into account too.

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  4. I do like these, however they are way beyond my skill level - I need lines to follow.

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    1. Hi Steve. The newest ones have some lines. Some Napoleonic sets up on eBay at the moment. I just got my second order yesterday with outlined figures. Not hugely detailed mind you, but just enough to make it much easier.

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