Friday, April 12, 2013

Louisbourg Grenadiers - ready for some Muskets & Tomahawks

Finally got around to flocking their bases - as well as giving them a finish of Dullcote. Added a little rouge to their cheeks too; as they are somewhat sculpted caricature-style with large cheekbones. Figured, might as well go all the way. Anyway, here they are en masse representing the Grenadier companies of the 22nd, 40th and 45th Foot. General Wolfe formed this ad hoc unit in 1759 at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia - hence the name. They actively campaigned in the French and Indian War - including the Battle of the Plains of Abraham - also known as the Battle of Quebec.
These are all Foundry figures from their Seven Years War Range. I've read mixed reviews of them on TMP, but actually like their robust, and exaggerated, sculpting. They are definitely on the larger side of 28mm - which is what I like for skirmish games anyway.
22th Foot - the officer has a face that reminds me of a fish - his nose is flattened. Not sure if this was from the packaging or if sculpted that way. I painted some shadowing to accentuate his nose a bit.
40th Foot - these have buff colored leggings.
45th Foot - the green facings are a nice contrast to the red - reminds me of Christmas. The green facings could probably use some highlighting, but the Empire calls.
Rear view - showing the campaign gear and backs of the mitre caps.
I need to work on their French counterparts - which I believe should be easier with their mostly white uniforms. I read, also on TMP, that their coats and pants were more of a white than light grey color. My plan is to spray paint them white and add some block colors for cuffs, etc. and then a stain of Minwax. After they are done, I will focus on building a Warhammer Fantasy Empire army. I've picked up some stuff off of ebay, like an Empire General and also a box of Order Knights. I'll also be picking up two more boxes of infantry from my buddy Pat. Each of the four boxes have 16 figures, so a total of 64 Core infantry. Should be up to about a 1,000 points with the addition of some other components - I definitely want a Steam Tank!

Cheers to all!

23 comments:

  1. Dean, your work here is once again inspirational. I love these figures and I love how you've brought them to life.

    Also looking forward to your Empire project. I don't have a partner for such a venture so I'll live vicariously through your Empire troops. And the Steam Tank!

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  2. Monty:

    Thanks for the kind words and I hope to have some Empire stuff up on the blog soon. Best, Dean

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  3. Fantastic work on these Grenadiers Dean!

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  4. Those are fecking stunning Dean.

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  5. Amazong stuff, Dean! I really like the attention to detail on the mitre caps!

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  6. Great paint ! Really nice
    Cheers

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  7. Fantastic looking grenadiers, love the colours!
    Phil.

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  8. Completely splendid! A huge amount of work in these!

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  9. Great stuff, amazing paint job.

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  10. Dean, great work had my first game last week and really enjoyed it, looking forward to see your French.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  11. Wow! Great job on these very detailed figures.

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  12. Sometimes Dean your work moves beyond the fantastic and into the realm of true art - really splendid work.

    While it might be difficult to try and explain to us Luddites, I think a few "how-to" posts on how you approach painting would be very popular.

    Miles

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  13. Thanks for the all too kind words, everyone. Happy that these Grenadiers meet your approval. Warmest regards, Dean

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  14. Fantastic!! Looking forward too seeing those French!!

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  15. Those look amazing Dean, inspirational work indeed.

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  16. A 1000 points? Let the painting begin...

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  17. Say they look great Dean! Looking forward to some reports of them in battle.

    Christopher

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  18. Wow, terrific painting. Can't wait to see your steam tank.

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  19. Superb work Dean, well done.

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  20. Dean - These figures look great! I'm glad that you rouged their cheeks up a bit. After the Minwax dip that clean color really stands out nicely. When I dip figures I like adding a highlight or two.

    Looking at your finished unit makes me want to put in a few more hours on my SYW Swiss this evening! - Jeff

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  21. Thanks again for the kind comments, everyone. Best, Dean

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