'As for those fellowes (meaning the Crabats) I care not for them', saies the King: 'but charge me those blacke fellowes soundly: for they are the men that will undoe us.'
William Watts, The Swedish Intelligencer, London 1633
|The "black fellowes"|
I need more of these armoured cavalry for my own Thirty Years War (TYW) collection, so the first thing on the painting table post Salute has been a unit of Imperial Cuirassiers. I like a variety of figures in my units; if I can get every figure to be different, then so much the better. I like this more 'hotch-potch' look because TYW troops were supplied from different sources at different times and would seldom have a very uniform look. Add on to this that men, and certainly horses, will rarely have been all doing exactly the same thing, and I think some variety looks good. One of the ways I achieve this variety is by making up my units with figures from different manufacturers. For example, perhaps manufacturer A makes three TYW cuirassier figures and manufacturer B also makes three. By using both manufacturers I get 6 different figures. Obviously a bit of care needs to be taken. Different manufactures can make 28mm figures which do not always look right when standing next to one another. Fortunately some do.
|The 'raw' figures|
|Undercoated and fixed on plastic bottle tops to make handling easier.|
The second new painting technique was trying to get blackened armour to come out as I wanted. This is a key feature of the Imperial cuirassiers in this period. I have struggled to get the effect to still look like metal armour, while also not looking too mid grey. This time I gave the figures a relatively heavy dry brush with Natural Steel from Vallejo. I then washed this in Nuln Oil from GW. This gave me a very black finish, with just the hint that the surface was metal. I like the result, so this will be my new method for this type of armour.
|Varnished and based.|
The final step is basing. I followed my normal formula of PVA, filler, sharp sand, and Humbrol Matt 29 Dark Earth, with a light dry brush of Cream/Beige. Tufts and static grass added to taste.
|The final 12 figure unit.|
Until next time!
Andy mk1 @ FOGH.