Saturday, October 6, 2007
Work Progresses, Part II
The proud gentlemen of the Loyal Irish Guard await their new clothes! These are, of course, the Zvezda Swedes, primed and mounted on painting stands. I used the new Krylon "Fusion" flat white to prime them, as I've heard great things about this paint on the various plastic sites. I will still coat the entire figure with Mod Podge (diluted PVA) after painting to seal everything before I varnish them. The new standard bearers have been made, and their sashes of distinction will be added with built-up tube acrylic as part of the painting process. The conversion is pretty straightforward, cut off the pike, use small needlenose pliers to slightly flatten and "curl" the hand, replace the pike with brass wire and LocTite it in place. The only problem that I ran into is that the sword scabbard, as cast, sort of "melts" into the pike. I carefully carved these two apart, but I'm not totally satisfied with the finished product. In the future I may just trim the scabbard off completely and replace it with a small staple glued in place.
The mounted Colonel is unique, as Zvezda forgot to provide one with this set (its only shortcoming) I used a spare British AWI horse, somebody's Napoleonic Staff officer (probably Italeri), and a spare head from the Zvezda Swedes. I pinned the head, as I did with the Cuirassiers, and then coated the joint with PVA, which you can still see in the pic. The primer will completely cover this. Each of my three Guard Regiments will receive a unique personality Colonel like this one, whereas my other Regiments that use the Zvezda figures will probably use a spare Revell Austrian Dragoon as a Colonel. The Revell Austrian and Prussian Infantry sets come with mounted Colonel's, as do the Italeri AWI French Infantry and the Accurate AWI British. If I'd wanted, and I may on some unit at a later date, I could have used a mounted AWI Commander from Musket Miniatures, but I want to use as much plastic as possible.
Now I just need to get the brushes out and get to work so these lads don't freeze in their "artic wear". More to follow...