Thursday, July 5, 2007

Question about which units

Stokes commented on my last post to ask which unit I'd begin painting first.
I've still got the Lintzer musketeers "in progress". There's another 2 companies of figures that you don't see in that picture, plus a few odds and ends including one more artillery crew without a gun. While I lined up all the musketeers as one battalion, in reality two of the companies in the picture will be from some other regiment as there are two companies (give or take a couple of figures) on my painting desk.

*Possibly* the leftovers will start the Garde du Corps Prinzessin Getrude. It depends on whether I hit a comfort level in my painting to actually tackle the pink coats, since I'll have to mix paint for it and I'm not yet competent with just the single colors. :P The artillery pieces will likely be done up for the Eisen und Flamme battery, and of course you already know who the Hussars will be.

Then we'll see if by then I'm wealthy enough to afford more. My big goal is to get at least the Lintzer finished before the BIG Game in October, whether I manage to come to the Game or not. Now, if I really hit a stride, then I may try to get the artillery and the two squadrons of Hussars painted up too.


Bluebear Jeff said...

You may have seen me post this advice elsewhere (heck, I might even have posted it here in an earlier comment). If so, please accept my apologies.

I urge you to keep an index card on each unit you start to paint. Make a note of every paint color (brand and name) you use on the figure. If you mix a color, be sure to note what you put in the mix and number of drops of each (or at least rough proportions).

That way if you ever need to add a figure (or another company) to the unit, you will have the information to do so.

Do NOT trust to memory. It might be several years down the line. Take good notes. Please.

-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

Looking forward to discover and enjoy your painted units - perhaps 1 or 2 colored drawings of your designs for the Garde du Corps Prinzessin Getrude and the Eisen und Flamme battery?
Don't say it - know I'm beginning to bore you to death with my incessant request. Actually, for several years now, I periodically bore to death both the OSW and SOCDAISY group woth my suggestion of a 'Mythical Lace Wars Soldiers' Funcken!

Snickering Corpses said...

Very good advice, Jeff. For the mixed paint, in particular. I'll have to mix paint when I get to the pink uniforms, and probably also the Hussar busbies.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Jonathan,

Don't be afraid to experiment with mixing/trying new colors. That's one of the joys, and simultaneously one of the minor frustrations, of painting -- playing around with various shades of color.

In keeping with Jeff's suggestions, you could paint a "monochromatic scale" -- little swatches of a particular color across the top/bottom/back of each white note card. Start with the basic, darkest compliment of color (right from the bottle) at the left of the scale and move toward the lightest compliment of same color at the right end of the scale.

In between these two color extremes, you have various (5-10) gradually lighter shades of your particular color, made by adding a bit of white to the original base color. This kind of exercise will give you ready reference to the various shades of your colors and help you match them when you mix "custom" colors at any point in the future.

Enjoy the weekend,


Snickering Corpses said...

Do you guys have something you typically put the paint in when mixing it, to allow you to get an idea of how much of each you're putting in?

Bluebear Jeff said...

Actually I have an old plastic divided palette (I think it may have been designed for watercolors). Since I use "craft paints" (such as Ceramcoat), I just count the drops as I squeeze them into the segment.

Since you are probably using something else, you might try a different method. Doing it by eye is one way, using "brushfuls" is another.

I know, this probably doesn't help much, but its what I can tell you.

-- Jeff

Snickering Corpses said...

Counting drops could do it, as I'm using Vallejo paints, which come in a similar dropper to craft paints.