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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Review and Painting - Perry Miniatures ACW 'Confederate Infantry Command'

Hi folks,
This article will be looking at a set of ACW models from 'Perry Miniatures'. This pack is ACW-30 Confederate Infantry command in Frock coats and kepis advancing, and has an rrp of £7.00.
Coming in at a fair to strong 28mm in height, these models seem a little thin, especially the faces/heads. Perry are know for their outstanding sculpting ability yet these models feel a little lack lustre. The officers sword is also prone to bending due to the thin cast.

Painting - Base Coat

I decided as these models where not going to be part of any particular unit to keep things simple. The base coat is a standard mid-grey (Vallejo 72050 Cold Grey), and equipment is generic dark brown, or black leather.

I decided to change the trousers of two models to a mid-tan, and to add a little colour by painting the drums red.

Red is a tough colour to work with. On a white undercoat it can appear too thin, and on a black undercoat it can lose its colour. Rather than apply several layers, consider using a solid burgundy colour as a base, then paint the red on top of that.

Painting - Advanced
Unless you want a 'parade ground' look, you can use a light brown wash on the uniforms to weather them up a little, before using the original grey and a very small amount of lighter grey (not white), to highlight the uniform.
The reason I use a lighter shade of grey mixed in to the base rather than white is I find it easier to control the shade. White is too aggressive on the original colour, and needs a thorough mix to achieve a good consistency.  

Thanks for reading!
Any feedback is appreciated. Still working on taking good pictures.

Models to this quality - a good solid wargaming level, finished and varnished, are only £2.50 each.
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