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Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part IV]

1-Painting. After painting dead and wounded models, let´s continue with the rest of the unit. We apply a black primer and then Vallejo acrylic colors. Below I detail the main techniques and colors I used. 1.1-Uniforms. The predominant color is Purple (70.959) as it was the color of the uniform of our regiment. However we don´t apply this color to the entirety of the uniforms. Some jackets and pants are painted in green or brown. With this we get the feeling of the difficulties in the regiment to get new uniforms in campaign. If we add the rips in clothing that we create with putty and the patches on knees and elbows painted in a different color, we leverage these feeling. 1.2-Metal. In the metal parts of the helmets and breastplates we apply Gunmetal Grey (70.863) black lowered to 1:1. We then apply two to three washes Wash for NATO camo vehicles (AK075) intercative AK, leaving enough time to dry between washes. This effect obscure metal parts as they were at that age. After drying apply the final lights with Gunmetal Grey (70.863), and then a very light only at the tips and rivets of metal parts with Silver (70.997). 1.3-Wood. For wood on the muskets we applied Flat Brown (70.984). We then apply a wash with very dilute black to be inserted into the holes. The lights have been adding with Orange Brown (70.981). We did two coats to directly implement this last color. To the wood for cartridges that contain loads that lead the Musketeers we have applied a base of Flat Earth (70.983) mixed with black 1:1. We add more Flat Earth (70.983) to the mix for the lights to pure color and rinsing with Goldbrown (70.877) to directly implement this color. For the color of the pikes and halberds we applied English Uniform (70.921) rinsing with Beige (70.917) up to the last light with this color directly. In the following gallery you can see the final result of some of the figures that make up the diorama. Next time: based and final decoration ... see you!


Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part III]

1-Adding realistic details. Progress in our English Civil War diorama and our blog adding details to the work. I decided to add a group of dead and dying to diorama to give it more authenticity. I bought a blister of dead and wounded from Warlord Miniatures and chose four different figures. All underwent a similar transformation to the rest of the miniatures of the work and added some extra details as you can see in the gallery I show below. I molded with putty several broken patches on clothing, plus bags and other similar details. I also added a plastic beret to the sitting plastic miniature and a sword in its sheath. To fit well, the two plastic parts has been retouched with putty on the joints. To the dying crawling miniature I've added a plastic feather in his hat and a broken pike in his hand. To represent the fight until the last moment, or rather self-defense. It also has added a plastic sword in its sheath. At two dead miniatures similar contributions were made by adding a small plastic feather to one of them and a sword in the other. After primed then I decided to paint and here is the final result. Soon more information about the diorama, It is almost ready ... See you!


Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part II]

1-Preparing the base. Second part about the development of our diorama of the Purple Coats. While I'm finishing the painting, the following is to rearrange the miniatures to select a suitable base. After several placement tests I chose a rectangular base of 16cm long by 11cm wide. Adequate space for miniatures that are not scattered or close together. The next step is to define the elements of scenery and start developing them. I will place the Purple Coats behind a parapet that could be in any town at the time, I decided to do with slate. The plates of this material are very natural superimposed. After several tests I chose to do with real slate, and then I will paint it. Fortunately in my town I could find this material, but in large pieces. WIth a resilient metal tweezers I was leaving the edges of the larger boards, in some cases it was necessary tapped with a small hammer or similar. Creating smaller pieces to make the wall. The next step is to create a structure on which to mount the pieces of slate to shape more easily. As this structure will be covered I did it with cardboard with some adhesive tapetape to give consistency. After cutting the wall a bit to give a more natural shape, I proceeded to go sticking with a precision tweezers small pieces of slate with glue. Also interspersed some other type of stone and a wooden pole made with a stick ??for realism. And here the final result before painting of another section of the wall: Up here the second part. See you!


Lord Brooke’s Purple Coats [Part I]

1-Historical Background. Lets start our Blog with a diorama that is currently in progress. This is a scene in 28mm, combining plastic and metal, about English Civil War, an importatnt historical conflict by the impact it had on the British story and neighboring countries. After a work of documentation of battles and important war stories of this conflict to get inspiration, I decided on a specific episode with a parlamentarian regiment, Lord Brooke´s regiment, characterized by purple jackets. It is easy and funny to paint this regiment due to his color. And we can represent the damage from the elements in the uniform and equipment, and reflect the lack of resources in the armies of both sides. The action takes place in Brentford in 1642. Where there was a clash between a royalist detachment (composed mainly of cavalry and an Welsh Infantry Regiment, both under the command of Prince Rupert) and two parlamentarian infantry regiments, one of Lord Brooke. Victory was for Royalist side, but Lord Brooke´s regiment said in defense of Brentford crouching in its streets and rejecting the cavalry charges while retreating. The combined action of cavalry and infantry eventually break parlamentarian lines, but the action of the Purple Coats still remembers. 2-Chosen miniatures. The original idea of the diorama is to represent the Purple Coats resisting a charge, which is not the first nor the last, with pikemen formed a central core with pikes ready in hand and Musketeers opening fire on both sides, all behind a small improved parapet on a street in Brentford. To customize the diorama according to this idea plastic is the best choice. So I had no hesitation in choosing the plastic box set of Parliamentary infantry of Warlord Games (http://www.warlordgames.com/) of its range Pike & Shotte. It provides me enough miniatures and accessories for the diorama. However, the little variety of poses makes me choose something in metal. I acquired a blister pack of pikemen in various poses resisting and a command blister pack to make conversions, all of Warlord and metal. And as I was interested in representing the Musketeers in various poses, opening fire, fighting, etc. I chose the new range of Empress English Civil War Miniatures  (http://www.empressminiatures.com/), one blister of Musketeers recharging musket and blowing the fuse. 3-Tools used. To work with plastic and metal certain basic tools are needed. In my case I use a fine saw for metal that combined with a clamp for the clamping of the miniature that I will cut, two pincers, one for plastic and one for metal, drill and modeling cutter, and for conversions and repairs is essential twin putty and sculpting chisels. 4-Conversions. I started with the distribution of the miniatures and chose five pikemen in different poses. One of them kneeling with his sword drawn. After filing the thumbnails extensively, I practiced holes in some of them with a drill simulating musket bullet holes. Impacts often did not come with enough force to pierce the armor due to the distance of the shooter, but if left mark. In some cases the bullet through a piece of clothing or a helmet without making wounds on the objective soldier. I used the brass pikes that come with the miniatures, but with paper and glue to make it hard I simulated the metal pieces on the tops of the pikes, and with putty did the nails that would subject the metal to the wood. With putty I molded holes and tears in clothing and patches on the knees and elbows that then I will paint in different colors to give an idea of ??the state of the uniform in campaign. Also I molded leather bags and belts, shirt collars to stand out in the painting and even beard and mustache to represent veteran soldiers. The plastic Musketeers allowed me to add more details and equipment. And a conversion representing the inminet charche of the enemy. The musketeer with both hands in his musket was part of a plastic pikeman that was sculpted and shaped. In the case of the Musketeers wanted to represent lighter troops, do not wear armor like pikemen, and all wear hats with feathers or papers with passages from the Bible and details that set them apart from the common soldiers. So give him the idea of ??an elite troop, veterans, sharpshooters that would resist to the end. That's all for now. There will be more deliveries with the painting process and the development of the base. See you!


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