Monday 20 May 2013
I arranged the figures in what seemed to me to be the most satisfying way, although I appreciate that it's not clear exactly what it is that the chap is painting. The picture itself is simply a bit of Gale Force 9 plasticard. I did think about trying to paint the scene into it, but discarded that idea after about 5 seconds. Rather than leave the "canvas" completely blank, I painted a "red ground" on it. Apparently red grounds are often used by landscape painters to prepare their canvases; I read that Constable favoured a sort of mid-brown colour and I tried to replicate that here. Making the scene look as if the artist is just about to start also meant I could put paints in the palette without smearing them around. I haven't glued the painting to the easel - so I could in theory have a go at painting something in the future.
4 figures, a water-trough and an easel. Painted July 2011-April 2013.
Friday 3 May 2013
The figures are, of course, from the Eureka Miniatures "ragged Continental dragoons" range, so the figures come with separate hats which allows you to mix and match. Creating this sort of irregular look is exactly what the Eureka range is all about. The uniforms followed plate 12 of Uniformology's Book 26 on Continental Light Dragoons. From left to right, the figures in uniform coats are: Maham's Regiment (blue faced white), Myddleton's Regiment (trumpeter), Hammond's Legion (blue faced red) and Horry's Regiment (white faced blue). All of those units contributed troops to the South Carolina militia.
The flag is hand-painted and is simply a generic South Carolina flag. GMB do one just like this, but it's too big for cavalry. The size of this flag (which some may think is still too big) is the same size as Adolfo Ramos' AWI cavalry flags.
8 figures. Painted September/October 2012.