March is a spring month; I am told. Since it was nice and sunny out, I decided to take a few pictures of the miniatures I painted in February.
Needless to say, I was deeply disappointed in the results of the photos. I am biased, but I honestly think these are some of the best miniatures (and certainly the best basing) that I have done. I was afraid that some of the highlights would be too subtle for the camera to pick up, but I was not prepared for photos to look like this:
If your eyes can stand the strain, that is supposed to be General José Jerónimo de los Dolores Leal Treviño, Governor of Nuevo Leon from 1867-1871, and the entire División del Norte from 1877-1880. Seeing as how he fought the French, the Apaches, the Kickapoos, and the Americans (and incidentally, married the daughter of the General Edward Ord, commanding the Department of Texas and his nominal American opponent), he seemed an ideal use of the Foundry figure.
25mm figures mean I needed to step it up a notch. Each figure was glued to a Litko 1"x2" plywood base before painting (I used a brush-on primer). Once the figure was completed, I spackled the base to hide the figure base line, painted the base in Delta's Mississippi Mud, then glued down rock. The rock was washed with Games Workshop Flesh Wash, left to dry overnight, then drybrushed with Reaper Woodland Brown, Vallejo Thick Ochre, and then Delta Bamboo. I then glued on Games Workshop Dead Grass, and then Gale Force 9 Summer Static Grass. As you can see, each figure's base has their name in white ink on a colored tab.The colored tab reflects a figure's varying skill (yellow-very inexperienced/brand new, green=less experienced, still kind of raw, blue=average, red=experienced, black=veteran). I was less than impressed with Reno's performance at Little Big Horn, so I made him average. Benteen is referred to in Son of the Morning Star as "an agate-eyed killer," so I decided he was not somebody I would want to mess with. Custer is Custer.
Well, that's what I painted in February. I hope to take some better pictures over the weekend.