Saturday, 22 January 2011


I have recently started on some Artillery for my Guard units, a Horse Battery. So far I have used Foundry Miniatures for my Chasseurs and Front Rank for the Infantry. I do use a number of manufacturers for my armies but tend not to mix them up in units, they just don’t look right. I decided to go with what I believe are the best Napoleonic figures on the market – Perry Miniatures, for my Guard Artillery.

The picture below is of one of the figures, a gunner holding a rammer so I thought I would produce a guide to how I painted up this figure and will finish with the whole unit.

Once I have cleaned up the figure, I undercoated the figure black.  I tend to use a black undercoat for all of my figures.

The next step was a base coat for the tunic and parts of the breaches, the breaches have black leather inserts. I use Foundry French Blue 65A – Shade as my first coat, followed by Foundry French Blue 65B and finished off with Foundry French Blue 65C. The leather inserts are painted Vallejo Black (950) as a base coat, followed by Vallejo Black Grey (862) and finished off with Vallejo Neutral Grey (992). The same three colours are used for the fur on the busby, the riding boots and the cartridge box. The sword belts and cartridge box belts have also received their base coat a mix of Vallejo White (951) and Windsor and Newton Raw Umber, I must admit it does look horrible when you mix it up but I do find it works very well as a shade colour for white.

Saturday, 15 January 2011


I have just uploaded a large number of photos of my Calpe Prussian figures to my web album.  Most of these were painted a couple of years ago specifically for a Game we were putting on at the club, DDWG Leipzig Game 2009. The Army is alas not yet finished, probably more to do with my inability to reduce my lead pile before purchasing more figures and the ease in which I am distracted by new projects! The intention is to finish off a battalion of Reserve infantry this year, this will complete the Brigade, I do however have even more Prussians awaiting a slot on the painting table, unfortunately not enough to make another Brigade but enough for a good start.