So, out came the box of my Williamite white metal collection and away I go. As you may recall, I determined to go with a parchment, colourless paint scheme to represent how a battle might look in the sketches of the period. The figures and terrain will all be in a sepia wash. Where uniform details are available I may introduce some coloured units into the mix in the future but for starters, it's a parchment effect for the first units.
In prepping the figures (all Front Range - late 17th Century range) I cut my own pikes and flag poles for the first 36 figure battalion of foot. They have 8 pike and 24 musketeers with a command stand of 4: 2 ensigns, a drummer and commander. I have cut my own replacement steel pikes which is a thicker wire than the rods supplied (see image) - I hammer the ends, cutting and shaping the blade points. I used the spontoon heads from the officer figures, drilling and gluing them on my own steel wire for the flag poles. Drilling a hole and fixing the butt with Araldite in the base and the open hand, I closed the hands over the shaft with needle-nose pliers for extra strength.
|Supplied shafts in front for reference|
|High hats before cutting and filing them down.|
|Cut down hats|
I'm ready to undercoat them now. I think at this time I'm going to undercoat them with a darker, grey-brown water based metal primer. I'm using house paints - a White-Knight tintable primer coloured to Taubman's 'Pickle Barrel' (7Db-2). I'm not used to acrylics and it has a satin finish so we'll see how we go. I can dilute it as I see fit. The undercoat will really be the base coat over which I'll heavily dry brush with an enamel tinted to 'Barefoot Beach' (Taubman's 9Da-3) for than bone/cream over grey brown. I'll finish with a light dry brushing of white just to hit the highlights before varnishing. One textured, the bases will be done in the same way as will the terrain and buildings - all in the same three toned finish. I still don't know if it will work so will experiment on one figure first. If it does, consistency of finish is crucial for everything on the table-top.