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Evilstu's Historical Tinkering

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OK, 2 weeks to go until the 400th anniversary of the Battle of White Mountain – my self-imposed deadline for getting the core of a couple of Thirty Years war forces prepped. Catholic League side is fieldable as is – just need a couple more ‘big men’ to lead. Opposing them, yah… that’s still a bit of a stretch… I did manage to get my Swedish Infantry unit finished and varnished this week. Coats were Dark Prussian Blue highlighted up again and again with Prussian Blue which didn’t seem to have any effect until I eventually saw them under natural daylight at which point all looked ok… Yellow was done with Yellow Ochre, which is my default yellow (and which I highly recommend trying out if you think you hate painting with yellow…). So with the Scots and the 3 field pieces which I’m also working on (photos & guide next update as I want to document the recipe for the gun carriages for later reference…) that should provide enough of a core foot force. I have 3 blocks of cavalry which have gotten as far as assembly and undercoat which still need to be actioned, plus one more gun crew figure and big men.

So, with 14 days left on the shot clock I need to:

  • Paint and base 24 cavalry
  • Add flock to bases on 100 foot
  • Complete three in progress field pieces
  • Paint and base 8 mounted and six foot command models

Think I should be Ok to get this done as long as I don’t add anything additional to the project list to be achieved by 8 Nov (and as long as nothing goes properly sideways in real life…). Once the core forces are done can add whistles and bells and bulk things out further at a leisurely pace as the mood takes me. Which will mean I can then dip into some other projects for a bit to mix things up. At least that’s the current thinking…

Swedes now with added colour... OK, know they look more Carolean than Thirty Year's War and are far too uniform but my plan is to do a few unitts in different colours and then just mix the figures together to make things look more realistic - much faster to paint this way ;-)Swedes now with added colour... OK, know they look more Carolean than Thirty Year's War and are far too uniform but my plan is to do a few unitts in different colours and then just mix the figures together to make things look more realistic - much faster to paint this way ;-)
'In progress' bases for the foot...'In progress' bases for the foot...
This weekend's assembly - Swordsmen in the foreground are to be added in at some stage but not aiming to get them done as part of the initial cohort so will leave until after the deadline...This weekend's assembly - Swordsmen in the foreground are to be added in at some stage but not aiming to get them done as part of the initial cohort so will leave until after the deadline...

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