Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sanity Paint Session #1: Pennsylvania AWI Regiment

As I alluded to in a previous post, I was able to smuggle some 15mm basecoated troops out of the basement before the big job started.  I had a ton of units that were basecoated and were basically just sitting on paint stirring sticks awaiting their uniforms.  Most of my precious free time was spent finishing up my Germans and Soviets for Crossfire, so painting anything but World War II troops was welcome!

Additionally, if I had a dollar for every time I wanted to retreat to the gaming den the last 4 days, I'd be a rich man.  What's the saying about you only truly miss something when you no longer have it?  Well I'm only out of gaming down there (and let's face it - hobbying down there too is on hiatus) until probably June) and already I miss it very much.


 Admittedly, there is nothing special about these troops.  The paint job isn't my best but to tell the truth, it was much fun painting them because I have been missing painting and gaming lately.  Plus with all the craziness going on in our life lately with family things and the house, it was much fun to just sit down and throw some paint on these troops and it really took my mind off things.  Even with my crappy brushes and cheap acrylics, this was a sanity paint session for me.


Again, probably not even close to being historically accurate but the combination looks really cool. 
 So with that said, here is a purely fictitious Continental Line or State Militia unit from Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.  I say fictitious because I took some artistic license with the facings, cuffs, and turnbacks but I thought the combination looked excellent.  In reality, looks to me like the Pennsylvania troops' brown coats were adorned with red facings, cuffs, and turnbacks but you get the idea.

white packs with dark blue overcoats.  

I did try to give each face some kind of different characteristic but they're musket miniatures so the faces are bound to look the same!



So there you have it.  Add another Regiment to the shelf!  I have to say I'm quite proud of my AWI collection and someday will have to have a "proper" game.  Next up is a Union ACW Regiment who right now just need the gunmetal and brass buttons painted on and they're ready for action.

After that we'll jump into the modern day with a Bundeswehr platoon and a US 1970s Army Infantry platoon, complete with spit-shined boots, pickle suits, and camouflage helmet covers!  Then if I have the time, I'll paint up some 15mm Napoleonic Legere because they're always fun to paint.  Stay tuned!


12 comments:

  1. I think they look terrific! Painting can be so therapeutic.

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    1. Thank you Jonathan you're too kind. I agreed. It's very therapeutic!

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  2. Nice work. And I fully agree - it is amazing how much you miss hobby space / activities when you can't access / do them!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thank you Aaron and yes I feel as if I've taken my hobby space for granted.

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  3. Very nice looking regiment STeven, well done!

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  4. Excellent work sir!
    I had the same dilemma with my AWI/Revolutionary stuff - and have a mix of brown coats and red facings and blue 'continentals' with red facings.
    Truth be told, I prefer painting them to British as I hate doing the white lining on the tricorne - where everyone has it - while the Continentals have it only on a few figures :)

    And yes, I share your pain on the room and that feeling of 'don't know what you've got 'til it's gone'...'

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    1. Thanks Darren. You're right the British always take a long time to complete but who could resist the splendor of those Regiments when assembled for battle? :)
      The Continentals definitely allow for some artistic license especially where headgear is concerned. I have some with straw hats, round hats, and tricornes with and without lining to give a proper "motley" appearance.

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  5. They look just fine, brother. Really good, in fact. When my wife was badly ill in December and January, the odd hour with my paints was something I could control and did me wonders. As Jon rightly says, it's good therapy, and perhaps cheaper than a shrink!

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    1. Thank you Michael I appreciate it and both of my hobbies (historical miniature wargaming and backpacking) are both excellent therapy for whatever ails you. I do wish I had more time for both!
      Great point about something you could control.

      Seems we have very little control over much these days.

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    1. Thanks, Brandon. They are 15mm musket minis.

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