Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ashigaru Arquebusier


It's been a bit since my last post, but there were reasons starting with I was in the states on vacation for a couple weeks visiting relatives plus the amount of work to paint this unit was more then I expected and lastly I have the man flu and the world is coming down around my ears!!(moan,sniffle)

So now that I'm done with my lame excuses I'll talk a bit a bout the unit. It's my first unit for my Shimazu Clan 28mm Impetus Samurai army. I knew they were going to be hard to paint, but not as hard as they turned out to be. They are Perry figures and hands down the most difficult figures I've attempted to date and these are just the Ashigaru and not the Samurai who are ever harder which has me concerned. Mainly because the Perry's added so much fine detail it's hard to paint and highlight(darn near snapped a brush in frustration). That said, I won't give up because for years I've wanted a Samurai army and in the end I think I'll be very happy I persevered.

When starting I soon realized I had to first study how all the armour was put together before even trying to paint it as you will make mistakes if you start assuming things(like I did) making you start over(like I did 3x!). I decided for a brown armour for my Ashigaru for reasons like-

-Shogun-Loved the movie and Toranaga's Samurai were brown which I liked.
-Earthy colours- I really enjoy earthy tones so I thought since I'll be painting Ashigaru more then Samurai  I should use colours I really enjoy the most.
-I wanted something different then Red and Black which are the most used colours
-Really like the Samurai and Ashigaru in brown armour by Angus McBride

I wanted a nice contrasting colour to the brown, but again opted out on the more common black,white,red and instead went with a light blue which works out very well for me.
Overall I'm reasonably happy with the results, however I do need to add some improvements that I didn't really see when I was painting that have come to light when I viewed the pictures.

You would think I might want to take a break after complaining about their difficulty, but actually I'm already looking forward to the next base with the only thing being do I add another Ashigaru  or attempt a Samurai base. I'm also doing a couple SCW figures, but they won't take to long and ACW.....

As always thank you very much for taking time out time see what I'm doing as I really appreciate it!
Miniature Company-Perry Miniatures

28 comments:

  1. Great looking stand, well worth the effort you obviously put in. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  2. It's always good to see the effort paying off, so soldier on

    Ian

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  3. Fantastic Ashigaru Christopher!

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  4. Beautiful base of figures and superb painting, puts my efforts on mine in the shade and be careful with the man flu as it's deadly to us males!

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  5. Fantastic work on this stand Christopher! Wonderful painting and top notch basing.

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  6. Superb bases unit, great colors, that blue is wonderful!

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  7. What an absolutely stunning stand of miniatures, really first rate. I have a hankering to some 19th century ones and wonder if these would work, sadly I know very little about the period! As for the man flu, you be careful we don't want it developing into full blown manthrax!

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  8. Fantastic. Good inspiration for my 6mm ashigaru. Love the ammo box as well. Great stuff.

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  9. Very nice looking unit !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  10. That´s a superb looking unit! I love samurai myself since my father introduced me to the world of genius Kurosawa! I hadn´t expected that they are that much difficult to paint, too much detail can be a pain in the a... sometimes!
    Cheers
    Jan

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  11. Stunningly beautiful brushwork!!!!!

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  12. Beautiful Impetus Diorama. Made me subscribe. :)

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  13. Your choice of colour has paid off as this is a real eye catching unit and as you say makes a nice change to the red and black.

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  14. Splendid work as always. Dean

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  15. Lovely work! I really like your choice of brown as the base colour - very subtle and effective with the white and blue.

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  16. Great looking unit and base. Great colors!

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  17. Excellent painting, love the colour scheme

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  18. @Everyone
    Thanks guys I really appreciate the kind words of support!:-)

    @Jan

    Have you painted a Perry Samurai yet? I find them to be extremely difficult primarily due to how fine the detail is.

    @HaWior

    Welcome aboard!:-)

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  19. Very nice work all round, painting , base detail and overall appearance.

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  20. Hooray, samurai update!
    Very nice stand Christopher.

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  21. Damn you Axebreaker!

    Now I'm diggin in my pile for that long forgotten Kingsford blokes...

    Mori? Takeda? I really dig what you did there!

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  22. Superb Christopher,
    Good to see you back blogging!

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  23. That's some serious eye candy!

    (Makes me think about the castings of these miniatures, I have burried in the lead pile... *blush*)

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  24. Thank you for the Kind comments and looking forward to seeing those wanting to start their own Samurai.

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  25. Oh my, I missed this post when it came out - I think I was still at a con. Anyway, this is another truly superb piece. Museum quality. Best, Den

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  26. Very cool minis in a perfect painting style. Great work !

    Regards,
    Mike

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