Hello friends. I hope you and yours celebrated as well a Christmas as may be hoped for in the second year of the great plague. As the old year winds down, I’m trying to get some finished projects off the painting bench. Here, mustered into service of my small but growing 7YW Prussian army, are two 28mm guns and gunners. I ordered them just before Front Rank was sold by its owners to Gripping Beast, and the last time I checked the GP website the FR ranges were still unavailable, so glad I got them when I did.
Each set of four crew included the aggressively pointing officer, so I kept one of these two models in reserve for a command vignette of some sort.
These figures were painted using Foundry triad paints over a black undercoat, and I’m slowly getting comfortable with these paints. The silver officer’s sash gave me some trouble, so in the end I painted it in white, gave it a black wash, and then picked out the raised pieces with a Citadel metallic paint (Axebreaker, I think it’s called).
The FR gun castings come with two barrels each, one I think a 12 pounder and these ones below I think are the 6 pounder versions. I’ve painted and kept both and have not glued the barrels to the gun carriage, which I think gives me some flexibility in deploying them. The carriages were painted somewhat expressionistically in Foundry Union Trouser Blue, which I think gives them a Prussian look. The ground material is a latex scenic piece from Barrage Miniatures, and the backdrop is something I found after doing a Google search for “18th Century German landscapes”.
Getting ready to set up camp on the painting bench is a Prussian fusilier regiment, followed by a Prussian cuirassier regiment, and at the rate I’m painting, we may see on of these two units by February.
I’ll be back over the next few days with some last projects completed in 2021.
Cheers and blessings to your paint brushes!