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Ratch

Ratch's 1/72 (1/76) Napoleonics

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I will list all the paints I use, starting with the groundwork. I like a mix of Winsor & Newton's Artisan water mixable oil colours. I put dabs of 074: Burnt Sienna, 076: Burnt Umber, 317: Indian Red, 422: Naples Yellow Hue, 465: Payne's Grey, 552: Raw Sienna and 744: Yellow Ochre in selected areas and used my biggest brush to merge, blend and stipple the colours into what you see. This is merely a base upon which scenic scatters will be spread.
45425016484_29bf6ab331_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
45425016354_a2e3c69a9e_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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While the base dries I have started on the British Infantry.
45403888894_a9b5148da4_b.jpgDSC_0008 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
I wash them in warm, soapy water, put them on a kitchen towel and allow them to air-dry.

 

I have started painting the officer's horse. I wanted him on a chestnut/bay and chose Vallejo Model Color 139 70846 Mahogany Brown & 140 70984 Flat Brown for the horse’s under coat, then Vallejo Model Color 70872 149 Chocolate Brown for the upper coat, though all were roughly mixed and blended on the figure to have a smooth transition. The hooves are Vallejo Model Color 166 70994 Dark Grey.
45467104104_75c16efecb_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Before adding ground scatters to the diorama base the farmhouse must be constructed and fixed to it. Like the other buildings in the Airfix range of forts, the Waterloo Farmhouse was designed to be easily assembled and taken apart to reduce storage space between play-battles. There are 30 components that initially look quite clean and well moulded. Closer inspection reveals that many of the locating slots are flashed over and require careful cleaning up to ensure a snug fit. 
44374033500_9a2aedb17f_b.jpgDSC_0011 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
44374033420_6b7fa60458_b.jpgDSC_0012 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
46191195171_6119c4e7c4_b.jpgDSC_0013 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
Much trial and test fitting should be undertaken before introducing glue to the parts. I decided that a partial construction would help the painting process and that the farmhouse and stables, barn and main gate could be constructed and painted separately before final assembly. 
46191195031_6920d988a5_b.jpgDSC_0014 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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For the British Infantry uniforms I have started with:
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh and 234 Dark Skin Tone for their skin tones
Humbrol Acrylic 34 Matt White gaiters
Vallejo Model Color 166 70994 Dark Grey gaiters
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black boots
Humbrol Acrylic 106 Matt Ocean Grey overalls
46191194951_97b4d05c2c_b.jpgDSC_0015 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

Colours to come:
Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet = jacket, base of battalion plume
Vallejo Model Color 169 70950 Black = ‘Belgic cap’ shako, bayonetted scabbard, cartridge pouch, Trotter knapsack
Humbrol Acrylic 64 Matt Light Grey = greatcoat
Vallejo Model Color 1 70951 White = belts, haversack, Centre companies had simple shoulder straps with white worsted tufts at the outer ends, cords crossed the front of the shako with two tassels on the right, Grenadiers plumes, wings decorated and edged with white lace and fringed in white worsted tufts. The light companies had wings as for grenadiers. Fusilier regiments wore a white over red plume to the left side. Drummers sleeves were covered with five, lace chevrons, point up
Humbrol Acrylic 25 Matt Blue = canteen. 
Humbrol Acrylic 16 Metallic Gold = officers lace
Humbrol Acrylic 11 Metallic Silver Fox = officer’s sword
Humbrol Acrylic 110 Matt Natural Wood = drum sticks
Vallejo Model Color 32 70946 Dark Red = officer’s sash
Vallejo Model Color 148 70941 Burnt Umber = India Pattern musket
Humbrol Acrylic 53 Metallic Gun Metal = bayonet, musket fittings, halberd
Humbrol Acrylic 54 Metallic Brass = front plate to ‘Belgic cap’ shako
Humbrol Acrylic 80 Matt Grass Green = light companies shako tufts and cords, bases
13 men will become 32nd Cornwall with white facings
13 as 1st Royal Scots with dark blue facings
12 as 27th Inniskilling and 4 as 40th Somersetshire with buff facings. The bugler will also have buff facings for the 52nd Oxforshire Light Regiment.
Facings are collars, cuffs, shoulder straps and turnbacks to the coat tails.

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46205634041_1ccd20c959_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
Back on the farmhouse - this is where it sits.


I have used Vallejo Model Color 163 70868 Dark Seagreen for the loft interiors
46205633981_e423ca3792_b.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

Vallejo Model Color 1 70951 White mixed with Vallejo Model Color 5 70918 Ivory on the interior walls, except for the stables, where I used Vallejo Model Color 36 70804 Beige Red.
46205633881_5c0159ce48_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
The exterior walls have had diluted Vallejo Model Color 111 70987 Medium Grey brushed on for a mortar wash

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Now we have the Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet jacket, followed by Vallejo Model Color 169 70950 Black ‘Belgic cap’ shako, bayonetted scabbard, cartridge pouch and Trotter knapsack
31279690617_c1a2a50614_b.jpgDSC_0001 (2) by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
As I paint these, the closer I look, I notice things are not quite as they seem.

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My next task was to dry-brush the brickwork. I used Andrea Color 1st Shadow & 2nd Shadow with Humbrol Acrylic 70 Matt Brick Red, not really mixed though the colours were allowed to blend. They were dry-brushed to allow the mortar to remain.
44444630680_854d675b5c_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
44444630860_a9ca5977e0_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Nice job Ratch,i love the drummer....I can see me getting some of Perry Miniatures British Infantry looking at your threads....

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