Tuesday, 1 January 2019

British Lifeguards

Today I finished the first squadron of a unit of British Lifeguards. These took me longer than expected but then everything I paint seems to take longer than I expect.


I have started another 6 figure squadron but have decided to put them to one side and paint some British riflemen instead as they should be a lot easier to do.


I find that red takes at least 3 coats to get a hood finish but the finished results is pleasing.




21 comments:

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Nothing quite like cavalry in red coats! They look great, and I can certainly relate to your observation about things taking far longer than one might anticipate. Happy New Year!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

They look great Mark! Will there be a trumpeter conversion in the next batch?

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Stoke.

I think it takes me longer to paint these figures with neat lines and black lining than when I used to do washes and multiple highlighting.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Ian

I am using a Newline trumpeter and officer in the next batch.

lewisgunner said...

Nice job and they look clean castings, not always the case with that figure.

Jonathan Freitag said...

These look sharp, Mark!

mojoworking said...

Nice job there Mark, are these originals or JC recasts?

Cheers

Dave

Wellington Man said...

Mark, those are superb! I can't wait to see the second squadron.
Best regards and Happy New Year,
WM

Archduke Piccolo said...

A fine unit. I do like the richness of the red!

Graham C said...

Mark,
These look very good and I agree painting British in the 18th century always seems to take a long time!
All the best for 2019

Robbie Rodiss said...

Lovely finish on the troop Mark. Ive found that using a dark brown undercoat with red helps make them stand out, but to be honest there's nothing wrong with the finish you have done on these chaps. Well done.

Mark Dudley said...

They are not originals so I guess it all depends on the quality of the original.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Jonathan

British Cavalry should always look well turned out when facing the French

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Dave

Yes these are JC recasts. They are nice castings.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Matt

Thanks for the kind words. I will complete the 2nd Squadron after the rifles.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi AP

I used Vallejo Scarlet. In fact I think I did 4 coats on these lads.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Graham

Napoleonic British take longer than other nations. Although the French come a close second.

Mark Dudley said...

Hi Robbie

I might try the brown undercoat to see if this helps. I guess that red paint, and also yellow, may have less pigment as they are more expensive than other colours.

Rob said...

With results like these it has to be worth it - my painting speed is glacial but I'm never happy to stop if I feel I can make 'em a bit better. I look forward to seeing the rest of the unit. Perhaps you need to set up a game to give yourself a deadline with a pay-off, I know it works for me - sometimes..

Alastair Morrison said...

A splendid looking squadron Mark

All the best. Aly

James Fisher said...

They look marvellous Mark. Certainly worth the effort