Monday, January 23, 2012

Reduced Squads

Hey All!

Work continues on some stands for the con' in Vancouver, this time Reduced Squads...
Actual size of minis...

Based three minis to a small stand, these teams will mark 1st Line Squads that have taken a Casuality point but could also be used to represent Reserve Squads. The two outer figures have both had their heads replaced, the standing figure due to a cast flaw that this mini has in all my examples and the crouching mini to add some interest by a slight tilt. The middle figures head is actually a bit big and would also be a candidate for micosurgery but I used heavy shadow to slim it down a bit.

I added helmet vent holes to these minis for some extra details. It adds interest and is quite simple. Using a small pin, rotate it around until you have the right sized hole in the right and left sides just back from the slope of the lower rim.
Switched the metal parts to Dark seagrey again and think this will be a permanent change for me for blued weapon steel. I really like the look! Still highlighting the work edge with Gunmetal Grey. Also, not painting any helmet decals on these I may want to use them with other armies besides the Early/Mid war Grenadiers.
Spent a day on these fellows. Not ever going to set any speed painting records (!) but am enjoying the process. I think I have my colors and techniques pretty nailed down for faces but may try a lighter base color (Vallejo 815 Basic Skintone) to start with for the next group.
One thing about improving your skills, your old stuff that you were once so proud of now looks like shit! I continually compare the old and new but I find it makes me want to redo the old.

I now think I understand how artists like WPB can sell off their amazing stuff, they have probably gotten better and want to move on...Must resist repainting...!



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