Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two Armies in Two Days

     In my last posting, I mentioned that I was going to use Peter Laing WSS figures for my SYW project. The figures are painted simply, Prussians with blue coats and Austrians with white and brown. I did no detailing besides black hats, brown muskets and flesh faces and hands.  For cavalry I did paint Prussian dragoons with light blue coats and yellow pants, the Prussian cuirassiers were already painted. For the Austrian cavalry I had some cavalry already painted white (these will be cuirassiers) and for Austrian dragoons I painted them with green coats with red pants. A note on the cavalry. For several years these cavalry figures have been sitting unused. I could never decide how to paint them. With the limited number of figures and wanting to do both the WSS and Great Northern War, I could never commit to painting these figures. These particular cavalry figures are my favorites. I decided that they deserved to be used. I reasoned that if I painted the Austrian dragoons with green coats, they could do double duty as Russian cavalry. And the Prussian dragoons could pass as Swedish cavalry with faded uniforms.

     These figures have been painted with hobby acrylics. I have no plans to put the usual gloss lacquer coat on them at this time. If I do decide that I want to repaint them, the paint will come off easily enough. It is just as easy to put the lacquer coat on if I want to save them. Plus, I can add more details to the uniforms at a later date if I choose to.

    And so painting these armies took two days of spare time to paint. Last year I wanted to make it a goal to start using figures that I have collected for the mere fact that they are Peter Laing. To use this simple painting technique I might be able to field armies quickly.
The completed Prussian Army.

The horsemen in front represent generals. I painted the horses different colors to distinguish  the generals; I always put the commanding general on a white horse (unless it's an army of evil, then of course it's black.)

The Austrian Army completed.

When I took these photos, I had just completed painting the generals. The bases have since been painted green.

The two armies. Many of the Austrian infantry were already painted from another project. I do not believe painting them would have added more than half an hours' extra work.


  1. I like it, simple, effective and quick to prepare

    1. I am thinking of trying some other sample units to see if this is the way to field my Peter Laing armies. My problem is I will spend so much time trying to paint them with details, that I lose interest in the project before I get them to the war-game board.

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    1. They do look a little better than just spray painting them two different colors.

  3. Peter Laing miniatures certainly lend themselves to a fast and simple painting approach. Painted and soon to be in use - brilliant.

  4. The good thing about Peter Laing figures is there is no deep cuts or details so the paints will usually coat the figure in one pass.