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English Civil War: Mounted Commander

By Michael Cannon / November 26, 2012

Once again, I am back to working on my English Civil War (ECW) pile of lead. I came down with a sinus infection and bronchitis (again) last week and so my sleep periods have been irregular due to coughing. One of the less exerting things I could do, however, was paint, so I thought I’d work on a couple of mounted brigade commanders for my Black Powder (BP) ECW armies.

I don’t remember what company this figure comes from, but I really enjoyed working on it. [edit: I believe it is the Sir Ralph Hopton figure from ECW-36 by Old Glory Miniatures.]

horse-chartThe horse is painted as a dun. I got the coloring from America’s Horse Daily. You have to give them your email address and name but can get off the list easily. The PDF they provide is a single page with side photos of the horse breeds.

The base is a standard 50 mm one from an online manufacturer and makes the figure more of a diorama piece. The rock was made from crumbled cork and is painted a light grey with a black wash. The grass and bushes come from the Woodland Scenics1 line. I used a watered down solution of white glue on top of the bushes to make sure they solidified and would not flake off. I used to use the static grass from Games Workshop but the ever increasing prices made it less and less desirable. Besides, I can get Woodland Scenics nearby or online at a much cheaper cost.

I used Reaper Masters Series paints for most of the miniature. I used craft paints for the base. Once I finished blocking in the colors, I used Army Painter Quick Shade and followed it up with a coat of gloss varnish and then Army Painter Matte spray. I am down to the last 1/4 of my spray can and I have noticed that there is more and more irregular white spotting on the figures I spray. The spotting is different than the filmy cover you get sometimes when DullCote does not behave properly.  I am not sure why it is doing this, but I intend to use a new can on my next set of figures.

English Civil War Mounted Commander English Civil War Mounted Commander 2
English Civil War Mounted Commander 3

1 If you look at the link, you’ll see it is redundant… http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/ . This came from the actual home page of Woodland Scenics so if it does not work, try http://woodlandscenics.com/. I think their web guys are being cute with their details.

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Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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