Friday 23 November 2012

Askaris (German)

As I mentioned earlier in the week I have been working on the Askaris for the German force for the proposed WW1 East Africa show game. Despite my photography you can still probably make out that each area of the figure has three levels of painting, (hi-lighting and shading). I only have to paint the edge of the bases. I batch painted all 22 of the figures, I still have 2 European officers to paint, for that reason I don't feel as much of an attachment to them, but I know that will change as soon as they are placed on the table.
I had to mix the base for the uniform colour. A simple mix of "Coat d'arms Leather brown" and equal amounts of "Vallejo Sand Yellow (70916)" . The figures as mentioned earlier in the week are IT miniatures available from Tim and Maureen at Frontline Wargaming ( I used a Foundry dark grey for the leggings and blanket rolls and Games workshop Scorched brown for the webbing. The skin tomes were a mix of GW scorcher Brown and dark flesh, highlighted with dark flesh. These GW colours seem to have been discontinued, but as I still have working pots I will continue to use them. As you can tell I am not restricted to any one paint company just taking what I need from what ever source I can acquire. Overall I am happy with the colours and look of these figures as they fit very well with the Osprey book which I was using as my colour guide. I am in no way claiming that they are perfectly painted, but using the 2 foot rule I think they more than pass.

All 22 Asakaris
Close up

These last two pictures show both the close up and the the full amount of figures all painted and (almost finished). As mentioned above I have to edge the bases, but that is a job that can wait until later, much later! I think you should be able to get the feel of the quality of the figures from these pictures. The next part of the game preparations will need to be constructing the buildings that I think I shall need. Realistically I can see me cracking on with them in the break between Christmas and New Year. You never Know I might start them sooner, but no promises. About that time I shall get the next batch of figures from Tim. (I hope). I say I hope as I am not 100% sure exactly what I need just yet, I am even having second thoughts about what rules I shall use!

That's today's blog post the next one on Sunday. All the Best Clint


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