Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Prussian Workbench 5

Actually struggling a bit tonight with blogger, can't seem to get the text to stay where it's meant to go!!! a REAL PISSER!!!! Anyway life is a little hectic work etc. . .

Figure painting wise I have been trying to fit in an hour here and there a I have surprisingly been making a good bit of progress (although I have to admit to cutting some corners to get more done). I had a couple of Old Glory reserve battalions pretty much cleaned up and ready to go so I fired the black undercoat on and got stuck in.

I managed to rattle through 2 battalions in just over a week so pretty good going and to me they look fine for the gaming table. Both battalions are from the 6th reserve regiment that have the turn backs to their coats (that Old Glory have included in their figures ). These are the Silesian's.

And this is the 1st of 2 West Prussian reserve battalions (the 2nd will be in all blue). The fancy pants had to be different! No matter they should paint up fine as it is all blue.

I love painting all grey uniforms, a coat of codex grey and a couple of lighter shades and your done!

I didn't even bother with the buttons on the reservists. The only figures I detailed were the line officers, NCO's and drummers to help them stand out. So some sand on the bases finish up the painting and varnishing and they are ready for action! I have decided to add flags to my reserve battalions, I know they didn't officially have any but I am thinking that maybe some kind ladies from their district knocked some together for them? Works for me and it looks better on the table.

Another unit I have been working on my East Prussian cuirassiers from AB. I had put them away in a dark corner for a very long time.

I am sorry to say I am not so keen on these guys and that is why it has take me so long to paint them. 1st up I was expecting them to be charging (maybe I've been spoiled with the AB charging Russians) and 2nd they are almost identical to the BH Prussian cuirassiers.

Anyway they are almost done now. I had to convert a trooper to a flag man as I didn't see the option when ordering them. Anyone reading this who is going to do the same regiment please don't follow my light blue saddle covers, for some reason I didn't like the look of red and unusually for me made a decision to go with the facing colour. I know it is wrong but for me I decided the light blue looked better.

I actually managed to finish up a little command base in a couple of hours. An old landwher officer (as ray pointed out) being stabbed in the arm by a mounted General in full dress. He isn't really it's just a bad angle, if there was a large pole in the background I would most probably have managed to have it coming out of 1 of their heads!

When I ordered the BH Prussian command pack I got 12 of this officer figure so I have been doing what I can to make him look different. This time I added the Guard Star, Iron Cross and saddle cloth with green stuff.


Sgt Steiner said...

Hi Paul

Sickenly nice as ever :-)


Ray Rousell said...

Nice painting, did the 2 commanders on the base have a row, the one with the shako is stabbing the other in the arm, Prussians! always arguing!!

John de Terre Neuve said...

Very nice Paul,


MiniMike said...

Just over a week? Wow, these look very nice Paul. Great job on them, esp the arguing command set...

The Angry Lurker said...

Very nicely done.

paulalba said...

Thanks for the kind words guys,
The 2 reserve and command took roughly a week. The cuirassiers have been an on going struggle.

Ken said...

Hi Paul,

I dont think you have been cutting corners - these are good. The OG reserves look the job. makes me wish I bought theminstead of fantassin.



Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Very,very nice!


ljr70 said...

Very nicely done Sir. Excellent Prussians! I have to agree with you on the cavalry, however still a credit to any table

Stryker said...

Hi Paul - they look really great and your productivity is impressive as well!


paulalba said...

Thanks Guys,
I'm having problems with blogger at the moment for some bloody reason? Typed out a response and it just vanished! I will try again.

Hi Ken, The OG Reserved are probably my favourite OG figures, The poses, uniforms and faces look good, never seen the fantassin Prussian reserve, how do they look?

Hi Christopher,
Thanks, how are those Zombies coming on?

Hi ljr70,
It is a shame about the cavalry, Iwas looking forward to charging cuirassiers too ;-)

Hi Ian,
Thanks I actually shocked myself with these guys. They painted up so quick because of the all grey uniform. No fancy details :-)

All the best

Captain Richard's miniature Civil War said...

You do some really nice work,Paul

paulalba said...

Thanks Captain,
That's really kind of you to say. Likewise with your ACW stuff, lots of inspiration for my brother and I.

Rosbif said...

Brilliant work, Paul! You must have very good up-close eyesight, or use a pretty good magnifying glass!

paulalba said...

Thank Rosbif,
Just the eyes for the moment no magnification. Hope they hold out for another few years before I have to go up a scale. By which time I am sure there will be enough brilliant plastic 28mm figures to fill my shelves!