Saturday, May 31, 2014

Boshin War Command - Bac Ninh Miniatures Painted

Painted these guys up today - and thanks to good weather, the Minwax Tudor Satin stain dried in record time. Testors Dullcote was sprayed over the finish. The research by Jose A. and sculpting by Mr. Hicks are commendable.
These are identifiable as Imperial troops by the red strips of cloth on their upper left arms. The two on the left represent officers of the Choshu and Tosa clans.
The excellent sculpting by Mr. Paul Hicks facilitated painting. Over a black basecoat, successive layers of blues (dark to light) were dry-brushed for the Western-styled uniforms.
Here they are stained, prior to the Dullcote finish.
Some images of Boshin War and Early-Meiji era troops:
Below - elite Denshutai troops of the Shogunate - including lancers!

21 comments:

  1. Very cool! The combo of Tudor stain and Dullcote is a winner! I find that Minwax takes about 24 hours to cure properly. How long did you wait before Dullcoting today? Sometimes, if I don't wait that long Dullcote can still leave a bit of sheen.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. Today was a rarity for the sun and temperature here in Puyallup. I only waited about 4 hours. Sometimes, the stain will cure under the Dullcote and leave a bit of a shine, but I couldn't wait :)! Best, Dean

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  2. Colorful and fascinating! I like the Imperial troops best.

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    1. Thanks, Monty. The Shogunate troops wore fairly similar uniforms - less the "bearskins." Best, Dean

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  3. Very nice paint job and great looking pics, Dean!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment, Phil!

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  4. You're not making these any easier for me to resist Dean, great job.

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    1. It was nice to paint these few command figures - sort of cathartic after looking at Jose's blog so much. I hope he comes out with more "bearskin" wearing guys wielding katana in fighting poses. Best, Dean

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  5. Nice work on these Dean, you've captured the style of the illustrations well. How Paul Hicks has time to sleep I don't know, he seems to be sculpting for everyone at the moment.
    Regards HGA.

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    1. Thanks, HGA - Paul Hicks has done some great sculpts in special niches; like Brigade Games' Napoleonics as well as this range. Best, Dean

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  6. Fantastic work Dean they look excellent!

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  7. Nifty uniform plates! Do I sense a French influence in some of the uniform styles? Blue tunics with pantaloon rouge seems more than a coincidence, no? Very interesting!

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    1. Jonathan - yes, I posted those after your first visit, and to be sure the character Tom Cruise played in Last Samurai was actually a French officer. The unit with the lancers were trained and led by French. Until the FPW at least. After that, the Japanese switched to German/Prussian influence. Best, Dean

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    2. I wondered how I missed those uniform plates the first time around. Funny how uniform fashion typically follows the victor of the previous major conflict. I suppose it is "dressing like winners to be winners!"

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    3. Perhaps, I should place Last Samurai into the viewing queue since I really don't recall much of it at all?

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  8. Great work Dean! I like specially the Chosu officer and his jimbaori.

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    1. Thanks, Jose! Very well-researched and sculpted figures! Dean

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  9. Fantastic work as always. The two on the right look like they could double for a 80's hair-metal tribute band....

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    1. Thanks! I agree completely on the big hair! They certainly look like they'd walk right out of an 80's MTV video!

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  10. Very interesting and great looking minis. Nice job!

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  11. Great painted figures! And thank you for the background information and uniform plates! Very interesting!

    Greetings
    Peter

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