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Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2018, 03:16:43 PM »
Thank you all, I am glad you are enjoying my little project. I've nearly got 500 painted miniatures, which seems to equate to 100 a year. Not a great effort.

@wrgmr1 Thank you for that little tid bit. I will check it out as I have never dabbled in artist mediums before.

Getting more basing done, and putting the finishing touches on my first cavalry units for my Allied contingent. This time some aforementioned Württemberg cavalry. Really pleased with how these fellows turned out. I am getting very itchy to paint some french line, or some proper heavy cavalry but my dogged determination to finish a unit keeps me on track. However, I am thinking it maybes stifling my approach.

Anyone got some ideas they could share on how they approach painting big battalions?


You can find out more here:https://expressminiatures.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/herzog-heinrich-chevau-leger/
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Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2018, 01:20:11 PM »
More tiny toy soldiers. This time the finished version of my French light horse. I have finished my first full allied division, a Bavarian one, which I shall post later on this week. Happy days - the slow slog continues.



My full collection of Allied horse



Find out more here: https://expressminiatures.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/french-chasseurs-a-cheval/

Online DintheDin

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #47 on: March 23, 2018, 07:00:08 PM »
They look really nice! Neat painting, steady hand, well done! Cheers!
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Offline JasonB

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #48 on: March 24, 2018, 08:29:39 AM »
Beautiful stuff. Love those AB figures.

Offline Nysse

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #49 on: March 26, 2018, 01:00:16 PM »
Anyone got some ideas they could share on how they approach painting big battalions?

Great looking models!

For big battalions (or 15mm Naps in general) I always try to combine all the identical poses together in a line on a stick and use bit of an assembly line method for painting. Starting from one direction I add 1-2 brush strokes to every single mini in a line and then proceed onto the next brush stroke. That way you don't waste time turning the minis around and you can be sure you don't forget to paint something on a single figure. In general I feel a good amount to paint in a single pass would be one where you don't have to turn the mini around at all and where you don't need to take more paint into your brush before you are done with the whole row of miniatures. I find that painting for example all the white in a single mini takes a lot longer overall and I easily forget to paint some area in a few of the minis forcing me to go back and do touchups.

I usually have about 8-10 minis in identical poses on every stick and paint a minimum of 1 battalion at a time. Usually a regiment at a time so that all the battalions with identical facings get done at the same time. Painting in an assembly line fashion is really efficient, but it's boring as hell. But with that I'm able to push out a battalion of infantry in about 2 evenings easily. In that time it's a basecoat, wash and highlights leaving shadows in place. I generally don't bother with sharper highlights with Napoleonics as the goal is to be pushing hundreds of minis around and you won't spot individually highlighted creases in clothing from a horde of 300 minis ;)

One important thing to remember when painting in an assembly line fashion is to think through the painting order before you start. I like to paint from the inside out to minimize any risk of making a mess and having to do cleanups. Also minimizing the colour palette helps (for example I use the same for wood and brown leather even if in reality they were a bit different) For example on my Saxons the general paint order is Skin -> Facings -> Brown parts (gun, backpack, brown hair) -> Grey parts (overcoat, some pants for variance) -> black parts (shoes, cartridge pouch, shako, black hair) -> metals -> white uniform and equipment -> wash -> highlights in the same order as before.
Chronicling my fight against a growing lead pile with some occasional gaming: Engineered Gaming

Online DintheDin

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #50 on: March 26, 2018, 04:20:01 PM »
Although miles apart, I may say that I used the same painting method, especially when painting my 10mm ACW North and South.
It is efficient, but you need muuuuuch patience, something that I wish you to have until the completion of your wonderful project!
Cheers!

Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #51 on: April 03, 2018, 09:06:17 PM »
@Nysse,

Thank you for the detailed explanation and the time you took to provide it. Very much appreciated.

I tried to follow it to the letter when I worked on some Austrian dragoons, but I kept getting distracted by wanting to straighten this up, and highlight this, and fix this and etc.
The patience and perseverance to continue with one stage of the process is a learnt and practiced skill. I commend all who can do it. But I'll keep at it.

@DintheDin, thank you for your encouragement. Sometimes my pedantry gets in the way of enjoyment, but I suppose that is part of my hobby.

I've recently finished some Jäger, which I tried to batch paint but ended up detailing individually - in detail! The grey was built up from black. This was not a good idea. I should started with a mid grey undercoat. Oh well, Always learning.



You can find out more here: https://expressminiatures.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/ab-figures-austrian-napoleonics/

Online DintheDin

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #52 on: April 03, 2018, 09:15:37 PM »
Very lovely postures and your paintjob is outstanding! Neat painting once more and the faces well done! Cheers!

Offline Nysse

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2018, 11:01:21 AM »
Amazing Jägers!

Working in an assembly line fashion certainly takes a lot of dedication and patience. I've more or less given up on it outside of 15mm minis as it's just too tedious. Nothing seems to happen for a long time when you're doing the same stuff on a ton of figures at the same time. Music and settling down for maybe 2 hours of painting and then doing something totally different really helps me stick to the dull routine painting.

Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #54 on: April 26, 2018, 12:13:34 PM »
More figures, and this time with an attempt at producing decent photographs. Though, I feel I am a little off still.

Here are some Cheveauxlegers I am working on.



I have used VMC Panzer Series Uniform Green for the green on the uniforms, which is very bright and collectively standouts from the rest of the Austrian army.

Again, these are fantastic models but I am much more attracted to the "standing" poses for my light and medium cavalry. The heavies I mount on horses at a trot and I can not wait to get started on the Cuirassiers for both the French and Austrian armies. 

You can see more here: https://expressminiatures.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/ab-figures-austrian-cavalry/

If anyone wants a unit commissioned feel free to PM or visit my blog site.


Offline wrgmr1

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #55 on: April 26, 2018, 11:49:00 PM »
The Jagers look wonderful!

Just an addendum to an earlier post: I use Liquitex artist acrylics any chance I get, but they have a limited range of colors. 

Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #56 on: September 14, 2018, 02:24:53 PM »
With a small bit of threadomancy we are back up and running. Apt really, just like the Habsburg army, it rallies when you think its dead.

To continue on with my slow but inexorable push towards having a collection one day, here I present some French WIP. I hope these inspire, or at least help fill the void between gaming and painting.


I do this sort of thing to properly detail the way I shall paint the figures, and then jot down my method in a copybook which I keep alongside my paints.


A few completed test figures both Light Infantry and Artillery.

I am available for commissions, so If you would like your own tiny toy soldiers painted for war, get in touch at:

[email protected]

Online DintheDin

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #57 on: September 14, 2018, 03:55:03 PM »
More figures, and this time with an attempt at producing decent photographs. Though, I feel I am a little off still.

Here are some Cheveauxlegers I am working on.

I have used VMC Panzer Series Uniform Green for the green on the uniforms, which is very bright and collectively standouts from the rest of the Austrian army.

Again, these are fantastic models but I am much more attracted to the "standing" poses for my light and medium cavalry. The heavies I mount on horses at a trot and I can not wait to get started on the Cuirassiers for both the French and Austrian armies. 

You can see more here: https://expressminiatures.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/ab-figures-austrian-cavalry/

If anyone wants a unit commissioned feel free to PM or visit my blog site.


They are coming out very nice! Ah! The Uhlans are splendid! AB makes excellent sculpts, and, in the hands of a good painter they become a sight to behold!

Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #58 on: September 15, 2018, 06:52:48 PM »
Thank you, Din. Much appreciated. The Uhlans are a joy to paint and a welcome relief from march attack posed.

Offline Inhaber Jerry

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Re: Abensberg in AB 18mm Napoleonics
« Reply #59 on: September 26, 2018, 07:22:17 PM »
Hello All,

Thought I would share some figures I painted for someone else!

I worked on these in May and June, pulling together a small force of Austrians for 1809-1813. The Infantry were in the shako, which was a welcome change.


Infantry Regiment Splenyi Nr. 51. AB Figures


Infantry Regiment Deutschmeister Nr. 4

The cold, crisp white was painted as follows:

Undercoat:  Halfords White
Basecoat: VMC Grey White
Wash: 1:1 Citadel Nuln Oil and VMC Acrylic Medium
Highlight: Citadel Ulthuan Grey (VGC Ghost Grey)
Glaze: Citadel Skull White

I'll soon post some of my own collection.

 

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