Friday, 27 January 2017

From KenR : 28mm AWI British 17th Lt Dragoons (120 Points)


Finished at last !

I have to say these things have been a right royal pain to get done. I set off with these like a scolded cat at the start of the challenge and then ground to a halt after I had finished the horses and two figures.


These are 28mm AWI figures from Perry Miniatures and excellent figures they are, they are not even that complicated (it's mostly red and white after all) however for some reason we just didn't gel and I really had to push to get to the end.


I am happy with the final unit and at 10 points a pop these twelve figures should net a handy 120 points towards my total. I've spent a bit of time this week getting some horses done (I use oil paints and they take days to dry) so I have a small unit of 28mm AWI Queens Hussars and a couple of 15mm SYW units worth of horses ready to go.


These are great Ken, well worth all of that toil I feel. Simple uniforms indeed, but very eyecatching and in red and white, you can't mistake them for anything but some fine upstanding British cavalry British. The oil-painted horses came out great, not a technique I've used myself but people seem to get great results with it. How did you find the casting on these Perrys? I've found some of the ranges I've bought can be a nightmare to clean up, but these castings look good. 
These have been such a drag and you've more cavalry coming up? Now that's dedication. 
Phil

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  1. Cheers Phil, the castings on these where great with very little clean up required however I bought these very soon after they came out so I would have had fresh moulds.

    Sometimes companies run their moulds too long and start to loose quality, not noticed it yet with Perrys

    Cheers Ken

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  2. These are magnificent. Great work

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  3. Very nice work I really like the offices with the pistol. Great work on those helments

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    1. Thanks Adam, it was nice to mix up the troopers with swords and pistols to give the overall look a touch different

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  4. Nice work Ken... and good to see someone else using oils on horses too

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    1. Ta Dave, Old Skool Cool, you can't beat it. Good enough for Peter Gilder is good enough for me.

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  5. As wargamers I am always surprise we do not play the rebellion of the colony more.

    A cracking job to my mind FAR better then Napoleonic's.

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    1. The peasants are revolting..... I know I can smell them from here !

      Cheers Clint, God Save the King

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  6. Great work on these Ken. I am working on the exact same figures this week. it's funny how individual experiences vary - they are some of my favourites to paint but they did need some clean up before hand!

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    1. Cheers Peter, did you buy them recently then as I had no problems with mine, if I remember rightly they were one of the first figures to come out in the range so maybe the moulds are on the way out.

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    2. I got them just before the start of the Challenge. The riders were fine but the horses had a bit of flash and got oddly twisted. It may be that the horses are used with several sets of riders.

      I've heard that oils are great for horses, but I don't have the patience for that nor do I want to deal with odor and clean up. Your steeds came out very well.

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    3. Newspaper , kitchen towel and latex gloves sore that out .... oooh err...

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    4. Newspaper and kitchen towel (or Morrison's finest loo roll) I use, latex gloves though definitely not, Dave you have me worried mate 😂

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  7. Really nice work Ken.
    Oil paints? Wow! I painted one figure with oils like 10 years ago, and vowed never to try again...but impressive results, these look grand.

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    1. Thanks Greg, I started painting horses with oils a long long time ago, I have yet to find a better technique. The delay with oils is in the drying time the actual process is quite quick and painless.

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  8. I know all too well that feeling of loosing impetus on a unit, it can be a real drag having to look at the buggers on the table and when you do get them done it's such a cause for celebrations. You should celebrate with these as they look terrific. Perry's do such nice cavalry and you've done these fellows justice - even if it took you a bit a time to get them off and galloping. :)

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    1. Thanks Curt, I got there in the end.

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  9. Lovely AWI cavalry these look great!
    Best Iain

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  10. Hurray, more AWI, and cavalry to boot! Well done!

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    1. Cheers Jasper, there's more to come as well.

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  11. Excellent again, I really like the look of your horses, well worth the drying time

    Ian

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    1. Cheers Ian, I excel at waiting 😴

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  12. These are really good, Ken, they really look the business!

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  13. Excellent work Ken. These really look sharp!

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  14. Very nice painting! I like the detail you put into making the pictures with the very nice scenics you've used!

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    1. Smoke and Mirrors, smoke and mirrors 😉

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  15. I can totally relate to a painting wall unit as I have two on my desk now! They look fabulous, Ken! The white really pops and they do look the business!

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    1. Thanks David, I have tried out the Vallejo Black and White paint set on these and I am quite happy with the final look.

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