28mm American Revolution Painting project.

Well I finally made some time to sit down and work on my 28mm American Revolution painting project.  As some of you already know, Im working on 28mm figures by Perry Brothers for the British Grenadiers rule set.  My buddy Ron and I are painting the two armies who battled at Freeman’s Farm (part of the Saratoga campaign).  I’m pretty new to studying the history of The American Revolution, but I found  a good book on Amazon by Osprey on Saratoga and started reading it.

Ron had taught me earlier this year a couple of simple techniques that allow me to paint rather easily.  I got some great results on some 28mm War of the Ring figures by Games Workshop that I was working on.  Ill cover that game system later on, it’s so easy for me to get distracted by all the great games, so anyway….  I got some painting done last night finally on the American Revolution British I’m working on.  I’m hoping to wrap up the first batch of 12 figures, which will represent the 20th foot for the British army (Ron is painting the Americans).  Now one disclaimer for the previous statement above about “great results”.  I am not the greatest painter, so I should say for ME, they were some great results, the figs looked nice and Ill be proud to put them on the game table.

The picture below shows a finished figure on the left and one on the right, that is ready to get a little more white added to the straps, then it will be ready for the wash technique that Ron taught me, as can be seen on the figure on the left.  I use Games Workshop washes, and so far it seems to work pretty well.

28mm Perry Figures painting the 20th Foot

Here Below is a view of the back with the canteen and other pouches carried by the soldier.  As you can see, if you look just at the red coat the one on the right is how I used o paint, just a simple base coat, I never liked how the figs looked.  A simple black wash or dark brown fills in the shadows and gives the figure a much better look (see the white pants up above as a great comparison, or the face of the two soldiers).

28mm AWI Perry figs 20th foot back

You’ll have to excuse the camera work a bit, I’m not a professional, just a guy who loves games.  I hope as the blog grows that I will get better. Actually right now I have just been using my phone, I can about imagine the cringing by some of you that take great pictures for your blogs. :)

The batch of figures I am currently working on includes the officers, and I even went out on a limb and did some mixing of paints for the first time, to paint the sash a purple color that they have on their waste.  Ill add those later when they are done.

Currently right now I hope to finish the unit as far as painting goes during this week.  Finally when my Litko bases get in I can base the figs and put static grass on them and put the finished pictures up on the blog.  After that Ill move on to some skirmish troops, which will have a stand of Queens Rangers, so those will look great in their green jackets, and 2 stands of woodland Indians with rifles, each stand will have 3 figures, for a total of 9 skirmish figs.

So I guess now Ill go turn on the football games, and get out my painting stuff and see if I can get to the point of doing the wash, that is always an exciting part of the painting.  Let me know what you are working on, and Ill talk to you again shortly.  :)

Here are some of the books and DVD’s I have enjoyed watching on the American Revolution.


  1. Steve Maul says:

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