Friday, September 14, 2012

Lucky AWI British - Painted and Based

I have finished painting my two lucky products AWI British figures. I enjoyed painted this two figures up, and found that there was more detail on the figure after I undercoated them black. According to the comic book ad, the foot figure is an officer, and the mounted figure is a dragoon.

An officer and a dragoon...
More details on the Lucky Products AWI figures can be found here for those that are interested in my earlier post on the subject.

While I have painted both figures, I have opted for a generic paint scheme on both of them, mainly because at the time I thought that I wasn't going to be increasing my holdings of these figures. I have based the 'Dragoon' to match my mounted command stands, but I have left the officer unbased for now.

In the background is the Airfix British Grenadier Officer,  while the two Lucky British look at  American wounded.
 I used my fast paint method to paint them, undercoat black, flesh, white, then block in colours and give a brown wash. I am quite happy with the results. The original plastic was not the best colour for showing detail.

A step back.
 I am still trying to decide if I like the autumn flock, and how I can best use it. I suspect I might have to do up a bunch of figures to make up my mind - perhaps a unit of Native Americans might work well with this flock?

Dragoon close up - The blacking process revealed the details of  buttons and frogging on the Dragoons front. 

Side view of Dragoon, same view of officer.
Of course I now need to figure out how best I am going to use this officer, and if I am going to give him his silver epaulet on his right shoulder that his officer status is meant to have. I am also thinking of giving him some paper in his raised  hand - perhaps a map?

13 comments:

  1. Not a fan of the Lucky figures, in and of themselves, but they painted up rather nicely. I think the fall foliage is nice for a change of pace, but I think that solid fall colors on all bases would be too much. Just my 2 cents.

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    1. I think you have a point about the fall flock needing to be broken up by other stuff on a base, I will try and figure something suitable out. As to the Lucky figures, they certainly aren't the most graceful of sculpts so I can certainly see your point regards them.

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    2. I've seen 'fall' foliage done as clumps among the standard greenery, and that looked OK. An alternative is simply to mix some the fall foliage amongst the standard in some ration that feels right (1 to 2 or 3 maybe) so that you get the effect of scattered autumn leaves.

      To be honest I haven't tried that exactly, but have taken the loose stuff from some old autumn trees that I had and mixed them in with my standard base flocking. That looks OK.
      Cheers,
      Ion

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    3. I think some experimentation is called for.

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  2. I wouldn´t have thought so considering the sculpt but it´s come out looking really good..A testament to your painting skills
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thank you very much for you kind words, but there is more detail on the figures than you would think - the plastic colour is just awful for showing it.

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  3. great work the painted figs are so good that it is hard to believe that they started out the way they did. great job

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    1. Thanks Gowan, I am pretty happy with the results.

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  4. Those 'Lucky' figures don't look too bad painted up, do they? I ca't get a good view of the dragoon's headgear, but it looks like the Tarleton helmet used by (some?) British Light Dragoons under Banastre Tarleton's command.

    At any rate, they make fine additions to your AWI armies.
    Cheers,
    Ion

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    1. P.S. On a completely unrelated matter: the Hummels are nearly done. I have to find some crew figures, though...
      I.

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    2. Cheers, Ion! I will bring the figures around for you inspect more closely, and I will have a hunt for some suitable gun crew for the Hummels - from the posts on your blog you look to have done an amazing job!

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  5. They have painted up rather well Brian. Much better than mine ever looked. Great painting.

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    1. Thanks Roger - I found that those two figures seemed to work well with my current AWI painting technique. Hopefully I can make my Airfix guys look as good!

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