Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Monday, 18 July 2011

French Light Infantry

This week I have been completing the light infantry unit I started last week. A fairly simple paint scheme as trousers, tunic and waistcoats etc are all blue. The figures were undercoated Humbrol 67 (Tank Grey). Black was added for shako, boots, scabbard, cartridge pouch. The main blue was added using Humbrol 104 (an Oxford blue) . once dried then a light drybrush all over the figure using Humbrol light grey 64. Vallejo Flat Brown used for the backpack and musket. These are then highlighted by drybrushing a Vallejo Khaki Grey/white mix for the back pack to pick out details, and a neat khaki detailing on the musket.  Next up faces as per usual using my 4 colour method.  White was the most fiddly colour as lots of little details to add such as shako chords, belts, piping on cuffs and and around the chasseur companies boot tops. (These guys are a "full dress" casting). Then its facings (collar, eppaulettes, boot tops, sword knots , shako trims , pom poms etc depending on type of company) using Vallejo Flat Red and Deep Green. These are highlighted using Scarlett a Deep Green/Light Green mix. Voltiguer company has flat yellow added for the different pipings , tassels and swordknots  A light grey highlight is added to pick out the greatcoat folds on the top of the backpack. The blue is then worked on with thinned Vallejo Dark Prussian blue being painted in deeper recess areas. Vallejo flat blue is then used to highligh top areas, elbows, knees etc.Overall a nice unit. I am not basing this one.

Figures are "Elite miniatures"

So the holding area board is empty again. I will be delving into the lead pile again tonight, and filling it up with projects for the next few weeks. I think it will be another Dutchy of Warasw commander this week to start off with and the Vistula legion lancers are also calling as the flags have arrived from GMB, as have the Coldstreamers.


  1. Very nice Dave. I have a few units of Elites fig's but not as nice as yours. Great work.

  2. Yeah I like these a lot Dave, Elite make some excellent figures.

    Look forward to seeing the Poles.