Wednesday, 17 December 2014

From MartinC - Here come the Rebels (91 Points)

Thought it was time to break out some Rednecks (apologies to any actual Rednecks out there). These are the 5th Louisiana Infantry. Much more ragtag than the Union troops and therefore much more interesting to paint than the much more well equipped Union.


The banner is courtesy of Google images (a godsend both here and in my job as a lecturer) and is the actual banner of the 5th not a generic one like the Union troops so far.


The officer is a tribute to Brigadier General Armistead, who was killed during Pickett's charge on the 3rd day of Gettysburg. The film of the battle, and the prequel Gods and Generals, were the inspiration behind my Challenge.


The eyes are getting better, although a little reptilian, thanks to Anne and  Paul for the pen advice. More practice and I'll be happy.

From Curt:
Ah, we finally see the Rebs, excellent stuff.  Again, nice clean work here Martin. As you say, the motley assortment of clothing and equipment attracts the eye. One detail, your 'Lo Armistead needs buff cuffs, collar stars and gold 'chicken gut' braid to denote his rank as Brigadier General (and to serve as a prime target for the Yankee gunline...). 
With this entry you move up the points roster to third place and I see we have another entry of your coming up. This should get interesting....

18 comments:

  1. good work and be seen to improve the quality

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  2. I hope to be doing some Rebs late this week as well. And I must say it was yours that have inspired me to do them this early. If I may suggest eyebrows might make an improvement. Other than that a big thumbs up from me.

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  3. I agree with Clint eyebrows might help... I like the blanket rolls.

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  4. Gotta love the Confederate units dressed in blue. Confusing? Not at all! ;)
    A wonderfully attractive unit--great work!

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  5. You're on a roll now mate. Keep em coming!

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  6. Cheers peeps. Eyebrows it is, tried it on some ronin once and they all looked like roger moore. Curt will ammend general armistead as suggested. Will repost for no point next week. Just wait til my next unit, skills really improving. Thanks

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    1. Good to hear Martin. FYI, I popped in a picture of Armistead showing his uniform marks of rank. I hope this helps.

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    2. Curt. you are are like a good school teacher. Demanding and supportive. Thank you. I joined to get better and I am.
      Cheers to you and the rest to artists. onwards and upwards

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  7. Got a good flow by the looks of your productivity. Great work. cheers

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  8. The portrait in miniature is genius, beautiful troops.

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  9. Top stuff. Having eyes dotted in on these is a vast improvement over the undotted (as you, yourself mentioned in your last submission) and now seeing how well the method works I'd just suggest sticking with that over painting them in (as I suggested as a method, last time round).

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  10. Speedy painting and as Curt mentioned nice and clean

    Ian

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  11. Nice to see the other side taking shape. The eyes are coming along. They look slightly less surprised. Share your refinements of the technique, as I may have to paint some eyes later.

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  12. The rebels do look suitably ragged! Nice work and good show on attempting the eyes...and soon the sleeve braids! I decided to try NMM this round. So far my results aren't there, but you never learn if you never try!

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