Sunday, January 31, 2010
Perry French Infantry WIP
Just a WIP update on the Perry French Infantry currently being worked on. These will be Light Infantry with predominately dark blue uniforms. Although they're in the post-1812 Bardin regulation jackets, I have no problem using them in slightly earlier scenarios. The Carabiniers and Chasseurs will be in on 40mmX40mm magnetic trays in groups of four. These guys will have the same characteristics as the Line Infantry Grenadiers and Fusiliers. The Voltigeurs of the Line and Light Infantry will also be on movement trays, but they will be allowed to break into skirmish if needed.
Their blue uniform was painted using a basecoat of two craft paint blues mixed with black - Americana True Blue, Ceramcoat Opaque Blue and Black. This is the blue combination used for all of the Napoleonics I've recently painted - mainly because that's the paint I have on hand. There really isn't an exact formula, and I just mix them until it looks right - but it's about a 45-45-10 ratio of the two blues and black. After the base coat was dry, I highlighted using the same (approximate) blue combination with increasing amounts of white added. This is similar to the so-called Foundry method - which I don't really use, but understand it is the use of two or more similar colors of varying degrees to create the highlights. I normally paint the basic color and then give it a wash of slightly darker basic color, and then highlight. I didn't intentionally plan to use this method, but as the base coat was really dark - it was painted on a black undercoat - I figured it would be best to lighten the basecoat in layers.
Anyway, I kind of jumped around painting these guys, I know the norm is painting from the inside out - starting with the flesh. However, I wanted to knock out certain things first, like the epaulettes of the elites and the shako plates, elite V's and chinscales of the uncovered shakos.
The majority are painted with blue trousers and the rest will have either white, gray or khaki trousers. This should give them an overall "bluer" appearance than their Line Infantry brethren.