They were sample sprues from Warlord Games, one Napoleonic British infantry and the other Hanoverian infantry.
It took but a minute or two to snip the pieces out and glue them together. I did take the precaution of washing the complete sprue in some warm soapy water first.
A close-up of the figure shows that there is a lot of detail on the figure but I am depending on the painting technique to bring it out.
I took my cue from an article on the Warlord Games website.
I made one or two slight changes to fit my own style namely to not use a spray undercoat/basecoat. I'm not a great fan of spray painting although it does have its place.
I started with red all over the jacket area.
Then dark-ish grey over the trousers, being neat along the junction of the jacket and then flesh all over the head and hands.
Then it was simply a case of block painting in the finer details, collars, cuffs, straps, backpack, musket etc. The most difficult part is probably the lace and the straps. I'm 64 and I can manage so I dare say most of you will manage too.
The end result looks a little like this although I did touch up one or two overpainted areas.
I diverged again from the Warlord treatment in that I drybrushed the black shako cover with dark grey to bring out a little of the detail.
The final stage is a brush applied coat of Army Painter Strong Tone and looks like this.
I gave the figures a couple of coats of matt varnish.
I was a wee bit disappointed with the overall tone of the figure, a bit dark I thought.
In an attempt to resolve this I painted the second sprue, the Hanoverians, in a similar fashion with a couple of differences. After all the painting was completed I varnished the figure before applying the Strong Tone slightly watered down and also painted some of the shading rather than expect the Strong Tone to do it. I think it made the figure a little less dark.
What do you think?
The figures themselves are lovely, just enough variation in the poses to simulate a unit marching along but not in a parade ground manner. The heads can also be positioned a slight angles to further add variety.
I think I am quite inclined to buy a few boxes of these figures to make up complete units which will adorn someones army. Now when is my next show?