Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Warner's Extra-Continental Regiment "Green Mountain Boys"



After seeing Giles Alison's superb version of the green mountain boys here many moons ago I knew that I had to do my own version.When painting for the horse and musket period I particularly like green so this regiment comes as no surprise in hitting my painting desk. I've had this regiment finished for months, but just recently got around to posting it.


To give a very brief background.The Green Mountain boys first came into existence as a militia organization in the 1760's in what was the New Hamshire Grants later the state of Vermont acting as a deterrent to New Yorks attempts to control the territory.
On  May 10,1775 under Ethan Allen they famously captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain with a couple hundred men and mounted additional incursions into Canada. These actions helped the Continental Congress to recognize and support them as an official regiment under the title The Green Mountain Continental Rangers commanded by Seth Warner.
In 1777 Seth Warner went on to lead them in notable battles like Hubbardton and Bennington until they disbanded in 1779(other sources say 1781).



Like Giles I painted my troops in various shades of green, but couldn't bring myself to try the  pistachio color and stayed with medium colored greens with nothing to dark or light. I mixed up the uniforms a little bit as I like to do that with my American regulars albeit not as much as my militia so they are still easy to tell the difference.


I purchased a new photobox recently and wanted to try out a black background. At first I used lighting inside and the black went gray so finally I just turned all the lighting off using only the light that was coming in naturally from outside the box and adjusted the shutter speed and white light on my camera and presto it worked! The inside of the box has a shiny silver surface so I think it attracts just enough light from the outside allowing your camera to reduce the shine on the black to utter black without dimming your figures. I'm guessing cause I don't know other then the fact that I made it work! You see folks I'm not the sharpest piece when it comes to technical things like camera's and computers so I usually stumble around till I get what I want. Now am I perfectly satisfied with how things came out....well no, but I rarely am when it comes to my own photography however I am pleased in how it turned out which is enough for now. The first pic at the head is to see the unit "live" so to speak and the black background ones allow for a closer look without distractions.


The figures are all Perry to include their own brand and the ones they did for Wargames Foundry. The flag is GMB designs. They were painted using mostly Foundry paints, some Vallejo and the ground work was my usual mix with some MIG pigments for dust effects.

Thanks for viewing!
Miniature Company- Perry Miniatures, Wargames Foundry

31 comments :

  1. Beautiful brushwork and photography! I like the results from your lightbox.

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  2. I think your greens are spot-on. Excellent work!

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    1. Thank you Kindly Scott I appreciate that!

      Christopher

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  3. Top notch painting Chris! I‘m looking forward to see them up close soon. And yes, photography sometimes is more of a dark art than a straight forward thing. At least when you’re as technically adept as we both are 😂

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    1. Thank you very much Nick! Yeah with photography I always feel like I could be doing something more and better, but lack the patience to figure it out.

      Christopher

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  4. Whenever I take pics of my miniatures and they come out looking terrible I always blame the camera etc... rather than my poor painting. 😀

    Your miniatures and pics came out looking great however!

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    1. Thank you Stew and photography is always a learning process or at least it is for me!

      Christopher

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  5. Wonderful looking Mountain Men.

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  6. Excellent painting Christopher...

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  7. Lovely work Christopher - the green is terrific (though I'd love to see a test model of the pistachio colour). As a side note, Sarah can trace herself as a descendant of Ethan Allen. I've often bugged her to register as a 'Daughter of the American Revolution', but she won't budge on that one. ;)

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    1. Thank you very much Curt! A linage to be proud of and as a veteran and a patriot I highly encourage your wife to register as a "Daughter of the American Revolution".

      Christopher

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  8. Excellent! Always love your AWI stuff!

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  9. Christopher, could you tell me more about the color of the flag?

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    1. Hello Rick,
      I purchased the flag from GMB designs and it came in blue. While I thought it was green I kept the flag as I like the contrast.

      Christopher

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