Friday, October 14, 2011

1st North Carolina Militia


This unit has been sitting on my desk well over half done for quite along time and I felt I should finish them up and set them in my cabinet where they belong and so I did.
This is my impression of the 1st North Carolina Militia  although they actually probably looked a bit more shabby then this as I perhaps have too many uniformed soldiers in the line and their clothes are in relatively good shape and not ragged which they likely were.
Information on these units is pretty sketchy to say the least and so I'll just give a general background. Excepting one North Carolina militia which held it's ground at Camden all the rest ran away with many not even firing a shot in anger and so General Greene was hoping to get a bit more from them at Guilford Courthouse and he did. They actually managed some sniping and even a volley which did inflict casualties on the British before throwing down their equipment and running. Since Greene really didn't expect more from them and they did inflict some damage he was content if not happy with their performance.
As to the painting I've continued on with the muddy theme as with the previous units and mixed up military and civilian equipment using mainly Foundry colors. Since I didn't have the time to make a flag or order one I used the free online flag's from http://quindiastudios.blogspot.com/2011/10/flag-monday_10.html in which he has done a fine job, but it seems my printer needs more ink as mine came out a bit faded. Giles also did one of his militia standard bearers getting shot before I did which I think lends itself naturally to this figure and something I kept in mind.
As you can see these are done using black lining and all eyes painted in which I seldom do these days any more as it's extremely time consuming and so I'm not sure if I'll continue to do that on my next AWI unit, but since the rest of the army is that way I'm not sure if it will look right if I don't. Just need to chew it over for a bit. The next AWI unit I'll do will probably be Continentals, but as to when I cannot say just yet.
Thanks for viewing.:-)
Miniature Company- Foundry and Perry miniatures

14 comments:

  1. Nice work Chris. The unit shows the tense scene for the time.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  2. These are outstanding, particularly the shading and variation of the colors on the blouses. The basing is quite sharp as well.

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  3. Fantastic painting Chris, your a very talented chap!!!

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  4. Great looking unit. Especially the paint work.

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  5. Great painting. A wonderful looking unit.

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  6. Great painting and great photos. I really like the back drop you used for this unit - very effective.

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  7. Such a nice work of art. I always liked the period, but for a non-usa`er, it`s hard to find a decent group to play it so it`s been on the far backburner for ages

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  8. Late to comment again! :) Beautiful work, Christopher!Great unit and very nice interaction on the bases.

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  9. Most excellent Christopher,
    If these guys don't make you want to get yer paints out nothing will.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  10. Love the unit and it's bases. A true inspiration to have my half finished unit done. I've been staring at it for way too long now :-)

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  11. Wonderful stuff, Christopher. I love the composition and the subtle differences in the hat colours. Top notch!

    Best wishes

    Giles

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  12. HI Christop[her - just wanted to say that as I'm currently reading a book about Guilford Courthouse I've been looking back through all your AWI posts and have greatly enjoyed doing so. In particular I love your militia and I think it's inevitable that when I come to paint up Greene I'll be pinching your idea! Hope all is well.

    Best wishes

    Giles

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    1. Thank you Giles! I've returned to my AWI and will be adding more units soon. I'm thinking of changing the basing colour to a more universal dirt colour to use in more scenario's. While I do like the dark watery base colour it is rather limiting so I'll probably change it.

      Christopher

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