Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry American Civil War

Well its over, its finished !
  at long last my Zouaves are complete i have done better but i have to say i can do no more. Its been one of those projects that's ran way over time. These as i have said before are Perry Miniatures plastics . They came in two poses , charging and right shoulder shift i went for the latter. They were provided with their own plastic bases and two colours (flags) i have use colours from Flags of War its the first time i have used them and i was very impressed with the product, service and packing . I was not so impressed with the poles to mount them on ( they were to short) . I should have said that's down to Perry .
I have always said I'm not a big fan of plastics but these in my opinion are good . There are mold lines down the sides but most can be removed with a sharp knife . i thought the faces had good detail and they came with two heads (turban around fez or just fez) mine have mostly plain fez hats for use in the field with the colour party wearing turbans, my choise for a touch of variety. The different parts came together well, i used gel supper glue .
    Theres plenty of reference material on the web i got a lot from a reenactment group in New York,the box has some reference art but i find reenactment groups of different periods good to get a general idea of uniforms if you cant afford osprey books etc.
I am also working on some Perry plastic ACW infantry on and off these i have a very dim view of but that's another tale for another day. So out of ten Furphy gives these Zouaves an 8,

 would i paint up another box not for a long while unless its a commission !
Good luck with your projects and enjoy your painting.
Regards Furphy.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

American Civil War Union Infantry

Hi all,
 yes its been a slow blog the last couple of months the Zouaves have been stuttering along i still have twelve to varnish with another six to finish painting . And then theres the basing the civil war will be over before the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry takes to the field . But i have a couple of casualtie figures to show you these a Perry Miniatures and they are metal i think my other union infantry will have to have more sky blue in the trousers . But i didn't want them looking to neon, when you have dark blue uniforms it can often be a pain to get the correct high lite on the creases etc . To dark and they don't show up on the table and to light and you have a completely different blue so i use Prussian dark blue with black in,  then Prussian dark blue, then Prussian dark blue and then Prussian blue and the final high lites are Luftwaffe blue with sometimes a little green blue.
  And now we get back to the trousers because of the tone down jackets the sky blue trousers hurt my eyes when i trialed the paint so i have used more muted blues mostly all the above colours (from Prussian blue onwards) , as always the paint is Vallejo.
So bellow are some pictures of the above, i have a box of perry plastic American Civil War to paint i had thought i could make them up as one pose but you cant so i will have to get another box to make one marching and one firing line . so you would think i could get the trouser colour right by the end.
   Anyway i hope you are enjoying your projects and they are going a little quicker than mine and as we enjoy are hobby please as it will soon be Remembrance Day in the UK spare a thought for the the armed services of your countries past and present who have fallen doing their duty may they rest in peace.
  Regards Furphy.