Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Irish Brigade
I felt for the painting challenge I would clean up the figures around the desk area first. I have some Old West figures, about a dozen Zulu warriors, some horses and cows (in a non-living state), Slimer from Ghostbusters, The Texas Brigade, and what you see here - The Irish Brigade.
It's one of those iconic brigades and one I knew I wanted to try to model when this madness started years ago. Overall though I think I am more fascinated by the flags of the civil war. Both visually and just what it represents as an icon. It's amazing what the flag meant to these men. Moving forward in the civil war project, I know I will be first drawn to a flag and then model that particular unit.
What I absolutely need to figure out is how to improve my flags (some are from Signifer and some are off of free sites online). There isn't a lot of "life" to them, and a truly great looking flag has a lot of "life" to it.
It's probably because every year I'm blown away by Rick O'Brien's flags - better known as The Flag Dude - down at Historicon. If you are a black powder modeler and have never seen Rick's work, I highly recommend looking them up. Simply amazing!
I always prime in gray, but I absolutely hate painting straps (on any era figure!). So why not try to cheat a bit and prime in black. This was my first attempt at this and it did help with the strap issue, but I felt it was harder for me to pick out details. Probably because I wasn't used to it.
One thing that I've started to do that is completely opposite to what I've done my whole life is to paint my initial coat of flesh on first. I absolutely know this is the unconventional way to paint figures, but for me this is another one of those "trick yourself" things - by painting the flesh first I can see the figure as a "person" straight away and it's helped me immensely over the past year.
Truth be told on the Old Glory figures, they label this pack of 30 figures as The Irish Brigade, but they are no different than any other right shoulder marching figures, EXCEPT for these super cool little sprigs of boxwood leaf on the figures hats! Apologies for my awful camera, it's kind of hard to see but they are there and they are a brilliant little addition!