Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My First "BIG" Battalion

I've mounted my first "big" battalion of 24 Sash & Saber Russian infantry. They are mounted on 3/4" Litko bases (with self-stick metal sub-bases) and then onto magnetic movement bases. The individual bases still need to be terrained, but that will come over the coming days.

The mounted officer is a Front Rank Prussian who was "pressed" into service as a Russian.

In my imagi-nations, this battalion will be part of the army of the Duchy of Courland.

I also tried the "dip" method with these figures. The picture shows a newly painted musketeer (mounted on the nail) and a similar figure after being dipped. The MinWax stain adds a bit of definition to my average painting job and makes the miniature look a little better.

Another battalion of Russians, errr Courlanders, awaits individual bases and then it is on to my Prussians, ummm army of the Duchy of Carpania.


Stokes Schwartz said...

Those are some handsome looking figures you've painted there. Nice job! I might have to try MinWax as a dip myself sometime too.

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Stagonian Jeff said...


I like them too. Also, from personal experience, a very thin coat of paint over the magnetic movement tray doesn't seem to interfere with its magnetism . . . although I wouldn't try flocking, etc.

I use a paint color that is quite close to the treatment I give my bases and that seems to help the bases "blend" into the movement tray. You might consider this rather than leaving the tray in "magnet brown".

-- Jeff

Ed Youngstrom said...

Nice work. Will these be making the trip to MCon 2008?

Ed v. H-F

ColCampbell50 said...

Stokes - after painting with acrylic craft paints, I "glazed" the figures with Future then brushed on undiluted MinWax, followed by sealing with Delta Ceramcoat Matte Sealer.

Jeff - Thanks, I'll try that. The movement stands aren't completed yet as I need to paint the edges and install a marker board on the rear for the unit designation.

Ed - Yes, they will be part of the Central Mississippi contingent if my planning comes to fruition.


MurdocK said...

Excellent that you use the minwax 'dip' also!

Looking good for a 'big battalion'