At last it was time for my reward. I painted another group of six militia (article coming soon) finishing off my first militia regiment (excluding command). Now my 6pdr cannon would be given to its crew. The four crew members are Perry Miniatures AW101 Continental Artillery firing 6 pounder as is the 6pdr from the Artillery Barrage at the Ready article.
The artillerymen are the first non-militia models I painted for my army. Painting Continental soldiers require a different tact than the militia. For starters they have a uniform. Using Tarleton’s Quarter as inspiration I devised a plan. Cohesiveness is very important to make the army look like it belongs together. Joining the disparate militia and regular soldiers in a unified appearance was made easy with a standard color palette. Blue, Brown, and Green are the primary three colors that appear on all of the figures. Some models have blue coats and green pants. Others have Brown coats and blue pants. But all of them have blue, brown, and green on each model.
The Continental soldiers would have a modified uniform. Their coats, shirts, etc would be blue. The trousers are brown and accessories will be green unless another color is more accurate. For example, obviously wooden accessories will be painted in brown instead of green. My standard base coat, ink wash, and drybrush hi light method was also used. All paints are GW.
Khemri Brown-Gryphonne Sepia-Graveyard Earth
-Used on Pants
Calthan Brown-Gryphonne Sepia-Dessert Yellow
-Used on wooden pole to swab the gun
Mordian Blue-Asurmen Blue-Ice Blue
-Used on Coat/Shirt
Knarloc Green-Thraka Green-Goblin Green
-Used on all accessories
Tallarn Flesh-Ogryn Flesh-Elf FLesh
-Hands and faces
Skull White-Badab Black-Skull White
-Used on chest straps
-Drybrushed onto hats and boots to provide shading.
The models were finally protected with a coat of gloss varnish followed by Testor’s Dullcote. You can see pictures below of the pre-varnished models followed by the completed battery. My apologies for the poor quality.