10 April 2014

Finished: American Provincial Soldier c.1760 (FIW)

I finished my first French and Indians War figure from Galloping Major Wargames.  I modeled him after an American Provincial Soldier circa 1760.  Paint scheme is taken from both the New Jersey "Jersey Blues" and Massachusetts Provincial Regiment of the era.  Here is my painting color guide for future reference:
I thoroughly enjoyed researching before I began painting.  It is a good change up from my standard Early Imperial Roman painting.  Although I have to admit -- much harder painting these, as all the straps and complexities of the uniforms.  The 28mm metal figure itself is outstanding and I really look forward to painting many more by Lance at GM.  Enjoy!
About the flag: The flag is the Taunton Flag from Massachusetts.  It represents a key desire of the time period for the Colonies to remain loyal to England, but at the same time enjoy Englishmen liberties and status (e.g. taxation with representation).  The flag itself would come into being around this time as the Americans began to think about breaking from England.  I like the flag a lot, it is very well done by Flags of War.  I simply used thinned PVA glue with a strip of heavy-duty aluminum foil inside to hold the shape and then attached it to my metal wire flagpole.  The top is from Front Rank Figurines (flag top w/tassels).
The base is 2mm thick MDF, cut in a 25mm circle base and as always it's from the great folks at Warbases UK.  I switched up my basing style some to represent FIW battlefields of the northeastern US and used coffee as my base filler versus my standard model RR ballast and fine grit mix.  I used dried spices as leaf debris and the foliage is standard Woodland Scenics Turf.
I primed using grey instead of my normal black as I wanted the colors to remain on the brighter side.  I used Tamiya's Fine Primer Spray which I really liked.  Lots of new color selections over my Romans which was fun and Osprey's book series of the French and Indians War offers lots of good examples.