Sunday, April 27, 2014

In case you were wondering


Since all my non-battle posts have only featured Americans so far I thought some might be wondering if I have British troops for my AWI collection the answer is indeed I do.:-) As a matter of fact I have more British then I do Americans and this is the reason for the concentration on painting Americans, and I also like painting Hunting shirts and militia. :-).

The British featured here are not painted by myself, but rather figures I bought already finished. They were painted nice and cleanly and I got them for a great price so I was very pleased.  However, I did have to do some touch ups on the paint jobs and paint out all the eyes as they had a Marty Feldman "bug eyed" look. I personally stopped painting eyes on my own figures years ago as it's totally unnecessary IMHO at 28mm, and realistically you would not see them, plus you have to paint them perfect on each one or it will actually detract instead of improve a good paint job. They were also based singly so I had to pop them off and re-base them onto my standard multi-base stands for my collection.

The figures are mostly Front Rank and not very good in terms of sculpting , but in defence of Front Rank which I happen to really like btw these are some of their older sculpts. Currently in other ranges they are producing some of the best figures on the market so I really hope they go back and redo their 28mm AWI range as I'd be buyer! One unit I have no idea the manufacturer(Hinchcliffe?), but these too are not to my taste. Anyhow, like I said they were all cleanly painted and a great price so I'm not complaining as they look just fine on the battlefield!:-)

This pretty much covers my regular and light British regiments for now, but I need to add some Grenadiers, Artillery, Commanders, Loyalist units, and some German allies yet. So plenty for me to personally paint up for the crowns forces.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Front Rank, Unknown?

56 comments :

  1. Very nice group of Crown forces Christopher

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    1. Thank you Andrew and they have served us well in our games.

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  2. What an amazing sight!!! You must be proud of yourself.
    Cheers
    Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan and I'm proud to own them, but like I said only the basing and touch ups on these is my work as I purchased them painted.

      Christopher

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  3. Great troops.. Looks like their ready to do battle with rebellious Americans.. ;)

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    1. Thanks Gary and they already have had some memorable battles.

      Christopher

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  4. Lovely collection Christopher. I've recently stopped painting eyes myself, and like you find the overall result much more realistic!

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    1. Thanks I do like them and I agree no eyes indeed is more realistic.

      Christopher

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  5. Great group of adversaries for your wonderful American collection.

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    1. Thanks and yes they have served well so far.

      Christopher

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  6. More than a decent size force for AWI games

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    1. I agree they are enough for standard games.

      Christopher

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  7. Splendid, and very, very impressive!

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    1. Thanks and I was pretty chuffed to get them.

      Christopher

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  8. WOW!! They look fantastic on the table. I'm impressed!

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    1. Thanks and they do present an intimidating sight for the rebels.

      Christopher

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  9. Impressive force of Red Coats. I like the variety of units - see you even have some Highlanders. I agree about painting eyes. It's okay for some figures, but unnecessary (IMO) for mass rank & file. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean and yes I was fortunate enough to have some highlanders included saving me the trouble of having to paint up tartan.

      Christopher

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  10. Very nice looking collection !!!

    I totaly agree about the eyes, a bugger to paint, so I also just leave them out:)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael and while they are time consuming to paint I stopped as it just never looked realistic to do so and realised it was just a waste of time.

      Christopher

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  11. God Save the King. That is a fine looking crown force there

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    1. Thanks they do look ready to suppress the rebellion.

      Christopher

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  12. That is more than a thin red line. They look great, all ranked up and ready to put down a rebellion!

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    1. I'm sure the American's wholly agree on the thin red line angle you just gave and probably giving the rebels second thoughts!

      Christopher

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  13. Now that's an impressive sight, a lovely collection Christopher.

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    1. Thanks Michael I'm very pleased to own it.:-)

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  14. A lovely collection indeed Christopher. I agree totally about painting figures for massed battalions. Unlike skirmish figures its a complete waste of time picking out all the details of face and facings as it all gets absorbed in the mass effect. A good clean paintjob does the trick everytime. I instead spend more time on the command stands as I know those will be picked up and examined from time to time.

    Great post!

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    1. Thanks I'm pretty happy with it. I would say painting the eyes for myself has less to do with the extra detail and more to do with you just would not see that making it unrealistic IMHO. For example if you look at someone from just a little distance you can no longer recognize eyes so that would be the same for 28mm just scaled down.

      Christopher

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  15. Some great looking units, and nice to see some red on your blog, even if you didn't paint them!! Eyes on 28's??? No thank you, just takes too long and like you said, who wants an army of Marty Feldman's???

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    1. Thanks Ray and there will be more redcoats coming, but painted by myself.

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  16. Fantastic AWI British Christopher! Totally agree about eyes and the bug-eyed look on 28mm - it's not worth the bother.

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    1. Thanks Cyrus and no eyes sure looks better and has made life easier.

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    1. Thanks Michael they do fit the bill.

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  18. Very impressive collection!

    I too don't paint the eyes on my 28 mm models for exactly the same reasons you list.

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  19. There is something about AWI British troops. These look awesome Christopher!

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    1. Thanks and I suppose red is a flashy colour and grabs the eye that gives it that something.

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  20. Fantastic looking set of figures. Interesting point about the eyes. My own style of painting has changed considerably over just a few of years where I now just dot the eye with a technical pen, I don't bother with the white or 'eye liner'. Too much effort and as you say it often doesn't look correct.

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    1. Thanks and they do stand out. Yep, years ago I realized I was treading water with eyes and it didn't look right realistically either so I just stopped.

      Christopher

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  21. That's a terrific collection, Christopher. Are the boys at the back right Old Glory? They look a bit slimmer than the Front Rank chaps.

    Best wishes

    Giles

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    1. Thanks Giles and I was quite thrilled to pick them up for the price I paid. Perhaps that one unit is Old Glory as I have no AWI Old Glory to compare with. Thanks for tip and I'll check.

      Christopher

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  22. gosh.. the British red coats really look impressive or more to the point, gorgeous! looking forward to your artillery and German units.... excellent!

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    1. Thanks and I am indeed pleased to own them. I'm also looking forward to seeing what I can do with the kings forces.

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  23. Impressive bunch Christopher! Always impressive sight all that red and white

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    1. Thanks and they sure do fill the role very nicely!

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  24. You realy made a bargain with these guys! Having seen them in the flesh I have to say they're worth every cent you invested.... and they come in very handy for our gaming too.

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    1. Thanks Nick and yes the best deal I've ever made and they do indeed come in very handy!

      Christopher

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    1. Thank you Skyline Spirit and welcome aboard.

      Christopher

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    1. Thanks Captain is does give the right effect.

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