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Spring Clean-Risk Thrift Store Challenge

Spring Clean-Risk Thrift Store Challenge

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Project Blog by oneofpeace

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About the Project

I have been interested in going more epic scale and to use smaller area for a possible blackpowder style time period. I wanted to minimize the space it would take up as not a primary time period I play. I wanted to keep the budget small for the price. I started by finding a copy of Risk from the local thrift store and started to do some test armies.

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Blue Army Infantry

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I did the Blue army very similar to the red with the only difference being red shoulder pads and red arm trims.

Blue Army Horse Samples

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I decided to try some different browns to see how they would come out and see how they looked.  Several looked too close, but here is the samples for anyone interested.

Blue Army Cannons

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I decided to do the cannons first because they would go quick.I decided to do the cannons first because they would go quick.
I got them mounted and ready for flocking, but I have not flocked them but here is some calvary cannon stands with some of the finished infantry.I got them mounted and ready for flocking, but I have not flocked them but here is some calvary cannon stands with some of the finished infantry.

Blue Army Started

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I started the blue army next.  Picture one is the figures being mounted on sticks for priming.  This time I decided to use my new Monumental Primers to see how they worked.   I planned to specifically to do this so that I could contrast paint the horses.   The cannons were painted up for wood grain to get it sped up.   The infantry was primed and then airbrushed blue to get them ready.

Red Army Finished Up

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This is the last of the Red Calvary mounted and ready for storage.   A full picture will be coming soon.This is the last of the Red Calvary mounted and ready for storage. A full picture will be coming soon.

Red Calvary Started

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The horses are where I started.  Due to the red base coat I would do it differently like I did with my test pieces priming a base color instead of red.  This was followed up for the white pants.

Next up will be the black boots and skin tones.

Red Cannon Finished Up

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The cannon were mounted the same way as the infantry.

Cannon begun

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I used bronze for the cannons and oak brown for the wood.  These dried and prepared for basing next.I used bronze for the cannons and oak brown for the wood. These dried and prepared for basing next.

Basing Red Army Infantry

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I mounted the infantry and PVA glue spread to prepare for the basing.I mounted the infantry and PVA glue spread to prepare for the basing.
Basing Red Army Infantry
Infantry is spread out prepared for varnishing.Infantry is spread out prepared for varnishing.

Basing Infantry

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The first thing I did was separate out my figures to count the number of bases I needed.  I set aside 3 to mark 3 cannons as calvary and I wanted only a few more skirmishers.   The rest is 4 based regular infantry.The first thing I did was separate out my figures to count the number of bases I needed. I set aside 3 to mark 3 cannons as calvary and I wanted only a few more skirmishers. The rest is 4 based regular infantry.
I found this awesome flexible saw on Amazon and has been amazing.  Each stick is marked out at 1 inch widths.I found this awesome flexible saw on Amazon and has been amazing. Each stick is marked out at 1 inch widths.
Here is the figures mounted.  One important step was to sand the edges of the cuts.  Next up will be painting the bases green.Here is the figures mounted. One important step was to sand the edges of the cuts. Next up will be painting the bases green.

Batch Painting Red Infantry

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I have begun to finish the rest of the risk figures.  The first thing is that I tried PVA glue to base the figures.  This worked out well for priming and base coating the figures red.  It went well and easily.

I found painting the figures this way gave me too many odd angles and I decided to remove them all and paint them by holding the figures.   There was about 75 figures in this batch and about 5 hours got them painted up and ready for basing.

Blue Army Test Batch

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Blue Army Test Batch

The test army for the blue was mounted and finished the same way as the red army.

The base coat was completed as blue instead of red and all the details were done the same.   The only difference is that the cuff and shoulder detail was changed to blue.

Red Army

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Having set up the first army, I started to paint this group as the red army.  I planned on painting them all red as my base coats.  I then painted white for the pants, oak brown for the rifle and the tip of the bayonet with silver.   The packs were painted a leather brown.   The last bits were flesh tone hands and face with blue to set off the shoulder pads and shirt cuffs.

The calvary was given some saddle flares in white and blue to offset the colors.   While the cannons were painted with a brass and wood colors.

Red Army

The base was jumbo popsicle sticks cut into 1 inch lengths and supergluing the figures to the base.

Command

I put a infantry with a calvary to represent the army commander.   A single calvary would be a brigade commander.

Infantry

2 figures = Skirmishers

4 figures = Regular Infantry

Cannon

1 cannon = Light Artillery

2 cannon = Regular Artillery

1 cannon and 1 infantry = Calvary Artillery

Calvary

2 figures = Light Calvary

3 figures = Regular Calvary

The bases were painted green and flocked to finish the effect.The bases were painted green and flocked to finish the effect.

Set Up

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I began by splitting all the pieces equally between two armies.  I planned to make one army red and one blue.   Once I had the pieces split I began to make sure I cleaned up any flashing that might be on the pieces.

I then mounted each of the figures onto coffee stirrers to get them ready to be primed and painted.

This is the first test batch primed.This is the first test batch primed.

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