Thursday, 6 October 2011

Scots Dragoons, Warlord Games - Part 2 of 2

The mounted versions of these dragoons are laden down with loot/provisions including rabbits, chickens, lanterns and bottles of liquid refreshment. I must admit that it took me a while to figure out just what exactly was hanging from the saddle but it is definitely worth trying to highlight these details.

Dragoon with rabbit

Careful planning (or just a bit of forward thinking) is needed when fixing the mounted figures to their horses otherwise some will appear to be sticking their firearms right into their colleagues ear holes - never a good idea.
Mounted dragoons on mass
Dismounted dragoons.
As with the Scots Covenanter infantry I painted the majority with blue bonnets, complete with sprigs of heather and saffron shirts. As regular readers will know I'm a complete muppet and will not be surprised to know I forgot to take any photos of the Covenanter Saker I also painted for Warlord Games.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Scots Dragoons, Warlord Games - Part 1 of 2

Further to the infantry detailed previously I was also asked by the chaps at Warlord Games to paint up a set of Scots Dragoons that nicely compliment their Covenanter figures.

There are twenty four figures in total, these depict twelve mounted and dismounted versions of the same Dragoon. It's useful to remember this when you are preparing and painting the figures, especially regarding the bonnets as there are definite matching pairs.
Ensign - Mounted and on foot 
Dragoon officer - mounted and on foot
Dragoon officer
Dragoon officer - rear view
Drummer - Mounted and on foot
Drummer - rear view

Next up will be more of the rank and file figures.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Scots Covenanters Warlord Games - Part 2

Here are a few more individual close up shoots of the Scots Covenanters from Warlord Games. The first are the metal command figures. Typical of WG metal miniatures they are full of detail and reward careful painting. I think if you click on the images you'll get a larger version pop up.
Billy the Piper
Sergeant - Rear View 

Pike Block
Musket Block
After a recent chance meeting with those nice chaps from Warlord Games, Messrs Stallard and Sawyer (BANG, CLANG - sorry, that was just the sound of my blatant namedropping), I asked if it was ok to post my own crappy pictures of Scots Covenanters (and several others) on this blog.

I understand that these figures will feature in an upcoming newsletter (i.e. they will have been photographed properly) but with the large volume of new products WG are producing this might not appear for a while.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Scots Covenanters, Warlord Games - Part 1

A while ago Warlord Games asked me to paint up a set of their Scots Covenanters infantry. The main challenge was attempting to paint Hodden Grey. It's an unusual colour; not exactly grey and not really brown. Take a look at the ceremonial dress of the modern Territorial Army London Scottish Regiment to see what I mean. On reflection most of these figures are too light/grey as I tried to copy the box art (if in doubt - blame someone else, in this case the excellent cover artist Peter Dennis) rather than the browner version seen in some of the figures. Anyway you live and learn.
Covenanter Regiment

Command Group detail  
Note the damaged flag complete with bullet and cannonball holes. Don't tell anyone but it wasn't my initial plan to use this particular flag (also provided with the box set). I cocked up and ruined the undamaged version so replaced it with the one shown.
Command Group
Part of the brief was that the the command group and the four of the pikemen were to be based individually. This is a practical method which would enable them to be photographed. Easy peasy for the command group as least. However the position of the separate pikeman had to planned because if I had positioned them all centrally then there is no way the bases would have lined up. Therefore the rear placed pikemen were offset to their right and the front pikemen were offset slightly to their left. Hopefully this makes sense when you look at the photos above.

The blue bonnets complete with sprigs of heather and saffron shirts are all quite subtle but really do make these distinctive figures stand out but also make gives the unit a cohesive look.