Friday, August 29, 2014

ECW Painting Progress

While "real life" has been slowing me down, I have still made it to the painting table more than a few times.  Pictured below is the current state of a dozen Pike & Shot units:

All figures were placed on painting sticks and black primed, then "damp brushed" with white and coloured "identifiers" painted on the sticks.

Since then all figures have had at least 5 colours applied (many have more) -- at a minimum every figure has flesh, hair, headgear, coat and breeches painted.

Since I wanted an "irregular Regular" appearance, I have used three somewhat similar coat colours in each unit (painting one stick each of pike & shot with each colour).  I then used four varied colours for breeches (painting one figure on each stick with each colour).  Also I've varied the hat colours as well.

The result is that no two figures are painted the same way . . . but that each unit will look like a unit (albeit perhaps a bit ragged or with differently aged uniforms).

So, what is left to do?  Most of the leatherwork (belts, boots and pouches), most muskets and most metal bits plus a few odds and ends.

Oh yes, I also have four units of Commanded Shot at about the same point in the painting process . . . but all of the mounted still await my brush . . . *sigh*.

-- Jeff


Fitz-Badger said...

Wow! You've gotten a lot done! I like your method of varying the colors a bit for each unit.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Thanks, Fitz-Badger. That painting method does work well in my opinion -- and it isn't that much slower either.

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

egad! in only a short time we may be able to put figures on the table and start playing out some rule sets?!!?

Budget issues have kept me from coming down to assist.

Looking forward to a next re-connect.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Jeff, bravo! Your doing better than me in the painting stakes! What figures are you using by the way?

Ross Mac said...

Neck or nothing eh Jeff? None of this start small.

You are making good progress though and they are looking good.


tidders said...

Great work, coming along nicely


Bluebear Jeff said...


The figures are a mix of 28mm manufacturers. There are Warlord Plastics, Perry Metals and some unknown figures that I got from a gamer.

-- Jeff

Bluebear Jeff said...

Murdock, Ross and Allan,

Thank you for your comments, gentlemen.

Ross, yeah it would have probably been wiser to start with a smaller batch of foot and some cavalry so games could be played sooner . . . but I find foot a lot more tedious to paint so I figured that if I get them out of the way first, I would actually GET them painted.

-- Jeff

A J said...

You've made great progress, Jeff. I like the irregular-regular look. I think it suits the appearance of regiments that have been on active service for some time.

Bluebear Jeff said...


Thank you, sir, for your comment.

Yes, the irregular-regular look is one that I feel to be appropriate for the ECW and some other periods . . . and it doesn't take that much longer to do.

-- Jeff

Capt Bill said...

Very handsome lads, indeed. Even if the world gives you lemons, you seem to be turning them into lemonade. Keep hanging in there. Best regards, Bill

Bluebear Jeff said...

Funny that you should mention "lemonade", Bill, since I've been craving it lately.

-- Jeff

marinergrim said...

Terrific. Good to see you productive

Bluebear Jeff said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Paul.

-- Jeff