Friday, 1 February 2008

Ammunition wagon







This was fun to paint, and I was assisted by a good examination of Alan Perry's own "version" last December. I decided to paint this wagon in natural wood rather than "British blue-grey" mainly because I need 4 wagons for the Oriscany scenario. Painting things like this in blue-grey limits their use to British forces, whilst natural wood means they can belong to either side really. The traces are made out of white cotton which I stained with dark brown ink (thanks to WDP on the WD3 forum for this idea). The traces were a bit of a pain to glue onto the model, but I think they look ok. The first horse immediately after the wagon is supposed to be a "dun", hence the rather muddy brown coat. Duns have a "dorsal stripe" but this will be covered up by the harness. So you'll just have to take my word for it....The base is large, 50mm x 200mm, made on request by ERM.

On the painting table at the moment is an American militia regiment and some Brunswickers (Eureka SYW figures). I've been planning out the next few months' painting schedule and I want to try to finish off the remaining American Continental units I want to paint. The target for January is another British Saratoga regiment, the Continental 3rd Light Dragoons and more American artillery and limbers.

Painted January 2008.



5 comments:

Steve said...

Hi Giles - looks good... can't help thinking that in the times in question though the guy leading the horse would have been the one sitting on the wagon... :o))

Good tip about the cotton - I'll save that one for the next time I'm painting transport... in 25mm, I'm thinking you could also use embroidery thread, slightly thicker and I guess more 'rope-like' in this scale...

Artilleryman said...

Nice work yet again. How did you combine construction and painting? Did you put it all together first, or paint it in sections and then assemble?

Giles said...

Artilleryman - with wagons, guns, limbers etc I always paint each individual component before putting the pieces together. That's largely because once assembled there are always parts that you can't quite reach, or which then become more difficult to paint (like the underside of a wagon).

Steve - I agree that cotton is perhaps a bit thin. I'm a painted, not a modeller, so I just copied what the Perries did!

Steve said...

Ha! Trust me Giles you have NOTHING to worry about on the modelling/paiting front, I was just "thinking" out loud.... :o))

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Lovely work and very nice woodwork.I have a question,why is the tarp black and not off white canvas?I purchased this model and I don't want to make an error,so I'm asking for an explanation.Thank you.