Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Book received, awaiting gesso

Today's mail brought "The Army of Frederick the Great" by Christopher Duffy, in which I have searched out the diagram of a Prussian battalion recommended by Alte Fritz of OSW.

Meanwhile, I'm hoping the mail will soon deliver to me an order of Liquitex White Gesso. Honestly, the Plasti-Dip remains very disappointing. While it actually makes quite a nice surface when sprayed, it's very difficult to get it into all the proper angles of a figure. It requires multiple sprays and figuring out how to mount the figure so you can reach the next spot. Far too slow for my liking. Therefore, I'm going with a recommendation from Stokes Schwartz of using the gesso. This will be painted on, hopefully allowing me to undercoat much more quickly.

I'm using the extra 4 musketeers as test figures, to get some idea of how to properly handle the painting before I start upon the actual battalion. I think I have finalized that the battalion will be the Musketeers von Lintzer, uniformed in gray coats and trousers with yellow facings.

Yesterday's mail brought the first five back-issues of Battlegames Magazine, which I highly recommend. I've already been flipping through Henry Hyde's articles on the Wars of the Faltenian Succession. I particularly like issue 6, as it coincided well with the stage I'm presently at.


MiniWargamer said...

I have used Gesso on a couple of things I have done and it works well. It *is*, however, more rough than normal primer such as Reaper makes. I suggest that after the Gesso dries you put a thin coat of whit or black on to smooth it some and make it easier to paint.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Jonathan,

What's the Duffy book like? Once you've had a chance to skim through it, might you be persuaded to offer a brief summary here?

Best Regards,


Snickering Corpses said...

Sure Stokes, I could probably do that.