Sunday, 31 May 2020

AWI in plastic

My collection of AWI is in its third incarnation. The first was old Minifig true 25s.  The next was, and still but only with my AWI French,  Front Rank.  And finally now Perry metals - for the most part.

 But I finally broke down to buy a box of Perry plastic Continentals while I await a Perry metal order  delayed due to Covid.  I thought they would be compatible.  Surprisingly for Perrys they sort of aren't; at least to my old eyes.  The plastics are much thinner and a bit taller.  Really nice, Beautiful. Would have liked shooting poses but as marching, nice.  Now of course seeing the transformation of the Perry sculpting to this much better human proportions, better proportioned weapons particularly in plastics compared to their early lines which included their AWI range, I probably should have been patient and await them*.   I nevertheless painted 6 for a small Loyalist unit 'King's Loyal Americans' which accompanied Burgoyne into the Albany Valley to Saratoga .  The remainder must stay in the box for now.  Should I later get excited about a Southern campaign I might be led to create a large unit of South Carolinian continentals - the spare hats included in the box have that distinctive cap worn by those colonialist. Or more probable, get traded or sold....the usual.

I picked up a base of the unit and took this quick pic. I hate the macro lens as it shows off all the minor issues of the painting when a more steady hand, better eye (or use of the mag lens ) and certainly more patience would be useful. They are not "El Mercenario" standard ( examples of his painting ) however for about 21 minutes per, OK for the table.... but I really need a longer arm!

edit*  Funnily enough the day after composing this post --they came in the mail!

11 comments:

  1. I think you are being a bit critical of your painting; they look perfectly fine to me.
    "Funnily enough the day after composing this post --they came in the mail!"
    Naturally...

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    1. Usually only junk mail, so getting them is a treat no matter the timing!
      cheers

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  2. two finished in 21 minutes! AMAZING!

    if only, the focus on small units is something I have troubles with, always fixing changing etc, working with wet paints.

    whenever I have done the officers or small units (less than 12) I find that the differences and variations take much longer than the production of large masses.

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    1. 21 minutes per figure actually but yes, the smaller units do take longer rather than a production line approach but I do both methods.

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  3. This is superb work. Figures look excellent.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment.
      Cheers.

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  4. I wish I could crank out a figure every 21 minutes like that. I'm lucky if it takes me 2 hours 10 minutes per figure, and I might be able to get to that quality (but not likely).

    I hope to see them in real life one day.

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    1. Umm, perhaps playing Metallica loudly whilst holding the paint brush might help? -grin-

      I tend to like painting 'regulars' in uniform as I know which colours to use and their sequence which make the work quick. Irregular armies or those whose outfits are all different might be fun for some, but slow me up. The club will get going again at some point. Probably.

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  5. Those figures are lovely. At 21 minutes per, you’ll have a sizeable unit - heck, army - in no time!

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    1. I guess that explains the 9,000 minis I have? -grin-
      I find the painting my Zen to the world....
      cheers

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