Thursday, November 28, 2013

Front Rank F&IW British Rangers and Canadian Militia - WIP

Wanted to post this WIP for a couple of reasons. One - to show that I'm still in the game and second - to show that I think my 40K/WHFB fling has somewhat cooled. I've been out of the net, so to speak, as I recently had another close family member pass away several weeks ago. I had to go to Hawaii for the funeral and provide some comfort to my family there. To pass the time on the flight over I took my copy of Hail Caesar to read. I was almost going to get a copy of White Dwarf to read, but didn't have the fire for it. Anyway, no sooner had I returned last week I looked for the Front Rank French & Indian War figures that Doug Hamm (aka Larry Leadhead) had practically given to me earlier in the year while I was at a convention up in Burnaby, B.C. The intended rules for these will be Muskets and Tomahawks, but the Hail Caesar read was inspiring for a return to Historicals, nonetheless..
Anyway, sorry for the long lead in to this post, but here are the figures still dripping with Minwax Tudor Satin stain.
Prior to the stain a quick block paint job was applied using mostly greys and blue for the French, and green and some red for the Rangers. By quick I mean they were done this morning in a couple of hours using mostly a fairly large brush. I only used a smaller tipped brush for the legging straps and the red band around some of the Rangers' berets. Speaking of leggings, the French aren't sculpted with them, so I just painted them up as such.
To speed up the process even more they were primed brown - Krylon Brown Boots from Walmart. The undercoat is retained for the musket/rifle stocks, shoes, belts and straps. Once the stain is completely dry, they'll be sprayed with Testors Dullcote and the bases flocked.


  1. I like the backwards WIP post there. Good work on these fellows, I have only been following you since the WFB/40k interests, so it would be good to see some of the other periods/genres you are interested in.

  2. Thanks for the kind comment, Dan. After these guys are done - highlighting/flocking bases - I plan to re-base my Imjin War Korean and Japanese guys, and then play-test them using Hail Caesar. War Regards, Dean

  3. great to see you back on the historical stuff I love Front rank figures I find them such a joy to paint. Greta work
    Peace James

  4. Howzit Dean - sorry to hear of your bereavement but glad to see you're back into historicals! The FIW ranges of figure appear to be all the rage. The Muskets & Tomahawks rules are a great skirmish set that make for a really enjoyable game - as you're a Sharp's Practise player I'm sure you'll really enjoy M&T. Look forward to seeing what you do with these stalwart frontiersmen!


  5. Hi,
    The figures look very good though this is a WIP.
    I'm excited to see the final result.


  6. Well done , good work Dean .

  7. It always amazes me how the varnish just brings the figures to life, nice one Dean!

  8. Very nice work Dean! FR are a joy to paint!

  9. Lovely work Dean and I can't believe that I nearly missed them.

  10. The dip really can produce remarkable results and your results with it are excellent! Good to see a return to historicals. Hoping to see more.

  11. Dean,

    My condolences to you and your family.

    As others have said, nice to see you back into the historicals. You've whet my appetite to dig out my F&IW stuff and get them going!!!!

  12. Thank you all for your very kind words and support. I am touched and it is truly appreciated. Best, Dean

  13. Dean,

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

    However, it is good to see these 18th Century chappies coming along so nicely! Your range of periods and genres shows no sign of diminishing.

    More power to you!

  14. Lovely Rangers and Militia Dean!

  15. Sorry to hear of your family's loss.

    The figures look great dam you can paint quick!