After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.
Yesterday after more than one year of abstaining from painting figures I now reinstalled my work place. I am very happy to have restartet paintig. I find it very satisfying sometimes it is like meditating for me.
One of the tasks I tackle is to finish painting figures that have awaited final touch for a year or longer. First in line are US cavalry and a ACW gun.
The Irish Wolfhounds give me a good start into painting my new SAGA warband. Here you see my 1st point worth of Irish warband. I will probabely add some flocking material to the bases to simulate pasture.
I have done a lot of painting lately and now have run out of deflashed figures I’d like to paint. For me it normally is either painting or cleaning metal figures. Otherwise all the fine chippings get into the paint and contaminate it. So I put away brushes and paints and went on to clean the flash from my newly acquired 28mm Gripping Beast Irish. Here is the result:
Irish wolf hounds and handler
All together I found it quite easy to remove the flash from the GB figures. The Irish wolf hounds and handler were a treat to clean. No problems at all. The other Irish models all have seperate shields that need to be soundly glued onto the left fist of the figures. Some of the heathguard figures have quite fiddly parts that are somewhat difficult to attach firmly. I am unsure, if this is going to be a travelling army as I would be apprehensive of parts breaking off in transit.
All the figures get their bases mounted on a 25mm washer. The warlord off course gets his 40mm washer. The washer lowers the barycenter of the figure and that will make it a firm stand on the tabletop. Also it allows storage and transportation on a magnetic mat.
Next step is to model the bases for the warband. I have learned from documentaries on medieval Ireland that todays landscape of Ireland has only developed after the Norman occupation. Still, with the wet weather predominant on the island I will go for grassy bases.
First I apply a layer of waterbases instant stopper onto the bases. I use a small brush for this work. On the bases of the warlord and his champions I add a piece of hemp string cut to a 3mm strand. These will look like bushes when painted.
Next step of course is priming. I use a light gray sythetic resin primer. It dries quickly and provides me with a good base coat for my painting. At this stage we can admire the 4 points warband fully cleaned, based, primed, and thus ready for painting.