Saturday, 6 February 2016

From PeterD - 28mm Serving Wenches (10 points)

Last week I hit the dreaded point where I had run out of the figures that I had pre-primed to paint for this year's Challenge.  This post and the next feature minis that I had actually primed for last year's challenge.  But then Brendan the Kiwi lured me over the Renaissance and my first batch of Perry figs arrived before I got to the older less shiny figures.


While most ACW battlefields feature a church in a prominent location, the 1812 battlefields tended to be based around pubs.  This probably says much about our two nations.  But in actuality, the War of 1812 was basically fought by small Napoleonic armies on an old school Wilderness D&D campaign map.  Roads and settlements were few and far between, with the roadhouse often being the first (or only) building at key locations like and crossroads, fords and the like.  The armies fought for the key locations and thus fought around the roadhouse inns.


No slap and tickle of the waitresses lads!
These are two metal Reaper Miniatures from their Townsfolk range.  I have painted them up fairly generically so that they can serve in more than one era.  This poses are nice and the figures well done except that the faces could use better defined features.  Of course, one doesn't always notice the faces of serving wenches, especially after a few pints.

Supper seems to include soup broth and veg, and be accompanied by red wine.

Who's round is it lads?
I am continuing to experiment with basing.  These two lasses got my new standard treatment of acrylic gel, raw sienna and small rocks with a raw umber wash on top.  I chose to go with static grass as I figures that the areas around the pubs might be less rocky and weedy than the wilderness at large.  Comments and suggestions continue to be welcome.

Nice work Pete! I love civilian figures but never get around to doing many myself. I particularly like the redheaded lass, with the blue-trimmed apron and the big platter of food and drinks - she aims to please!

As a suggestion for the future, for figures like these, you may want to try experiment by trimming away their cast base and creating an indoor surface for them. Perhaps painting a simple planked floor with a darker patch to hint at some spilled beer? Just a thought. :) 
10 more points to add to your total - well done Mr. Douglas.

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely pair of wenches Peter! Oh my, but those are some large tankards they are carrying :)

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    1. Thanks Anne. A gentleman never discusses the size of a woman's tankards in public ­čśë

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  2. Awesome! Just came from dinner at a German restaurant, too!

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  3. Lovely addition to your collection, will add a nice touch to your games

    Ian

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  4. We need more tavern wenches.... when I say "we" I actually mean I. Great and colourful additions and nothing wrong with battles set around pubs!

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    1. Thanks Clint. I think that you speak for all of us!

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  5. I've got these figures; very useful and characterful!

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  8. Thanks Curt. Good idea about the indoor basing. In this case, there is no base as the dresses extend to the tabletop when alfresco and I added the plinths that they are on. I considered a straw or sawdust flood but chos to do them outdoors, possibly serving lunch to the commanders in my next stand.

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  9. The battles were around pubs? Was post-revolution American beer already so bad that they wanted to capture supplies of good British/Canadian beer? ;)

    Nice wenches Peter :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin
      You've hit the nail on the head.

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  10. Nice pair of barmaids, Peter! A perfect distraction for hungry and thirsty troops!

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    1. Thanks Dave. Since its Canadian beer, the plan is to use it to render the invaders comatose and they've not experienced any thing stronger than weak tea.

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  11. Very nice, they are colourful characters!

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  12. Cool to know that I have inspired you. cheers.
    Those Beer wenches are excellent. I could think of no more better objective to game for than Beer. Throw in some bacon and it's a must win situation. Cheers :)

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    1. Thanks Brendan, and yes I blame you for my new interest in vibrant tight pants! Sounds like you need these figures!

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  13. Nicely done! These wrenches certainly will come in handy in a lot of different settings.

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