For my hero category entry I painted up a Forgotten & Glorious Poilu that I had received from them as a free sample. Voting and everyone elses minis are up at Curt's blog
so go there and cast your votes!
I originally wanted to paint up a bunch of Finnish Ski troopers, but the Warlord ones that I ordered from one of their retailers took ages to arrive from the UK. They arrived with brilliant timing just after I had submitted this to Curt so they were left to be submitted later. Still I think this lone French trooper portrays my original idea, that ordinary soldiers are the real heroes in war, quite well.
I went for a really muddy and wet look on the base and the mini to try and get the feel of him attacking yet again through no-mans-land that has been turned into a huge mud field after months of rain and heavy shelling.
The miniature itself was great. The quality that Forgotten & Glorious
has managed to achieve is just amazing.crisp details, nearly non-existent flash etc. These are really a pleasure to paint and if I ever get around to painting more WW1 minis these are definately the way I'm going to go. The bayonets could be a bit thinner, but then I'd guess they'd be snapping of all the time when playing.
Painting wise the light greyish blue was bit of a pain to paint, as getting a natural contrast between the shadows and highlights seemed quite difficult. I went for a smaller contrast to make the mini look a bit more natural. If painting for tabletop, I might go with a higher contrast. The mud turned out a lot better on these guys than the Finns I painted last week. Might have gone a bit over the top though as it's hiding some of the great detail I did on the legs and puttees :D
The base is done with a mix of Flat Brown paint, PVA glue and sand and then just slapped on around the mini. I used Army Painter strong and dark tone inks to add a bit of variety to the tone. Finished it off with a bit of gloss varnish in some spots to get them to look wetter.
Very nice work! The blue looks spot on.VastaaPoista
Thank you! Really appreciate it, especially from you!Poista
Excellent result !! Congratulations ! I really love the weathering of the uniform !!VastaaPoista
I am opening a gallery on our website: can I use these pictures ?
Thanks Franck! The mini is pretty damn brilliant! I might have to put an order in soon... :)Poista
And sure you can use it at your site. Just include my name and a link to the blog if possible :)