Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A British tar is a soaring soul... - 28mm seamen

During the last weeks it was rather quiet on my painting desk. Different things kept me away from paint and brushes and somehow I was lacking kind of 'painting mojo'. Last week I was lucky enough to have some free time and started painting a nice set of figures which I ordered last December from US manufacturer Brigade Games. Lon has a very nice of Napoleonic figures for different theatres of war starting with the very early Egypt Campaign but covering the Peninsular War and the War of 1812 as well. However there are some very nice sets of British seamen which were sculpted by master sculptor Paul Hicks. I wanted to have them for our upcoming participation game at Tactica Wargaming Show and of course for the 'Navy' bonus round of the painting challenge. Some more tars on my workbench make sure that I'll not miss the bonus round but after two weeks of absence I though a sign of life in the form of a sestet of those jolly good chaps might be appropriate:
The figures are from different packs of the range but I decided to paint more or less the command figures first. The centrepiece of this bunch are a dashing lieutenant and a seasoned boatswain.
Followed by two young and eager midshipmen:
This first batch is completed by two able seamen accompanying their leaders:
Altogether a nice range of highly detailed sculpts. The poses are very dynamic and realistic. On those chaps I tested the colour combinations and stayed to blue and white more or less. For the other 'common' seamen I'll alter this colour sheme slightly to depict the inconsistency of 19th century navy dress. Since the seamen were responsible for most of their clothing they had a really mixed bag of shirts and trousers. Merely for the jackets I'll stay with a uniform blue tone to create some cohesion in the unit.

However I hope you like the paintjob.


  1. Really nice figures and you did an excellent job painting them!

  2. These are wonderful Stefan, I do like a Paul Hicks' sculpt, especially when they are so well painted. Glad to hear that you are back at the brushes, I was getting worried.

  3. Great painting Stefan! That blue you used on their tunics looks ace.

  4. Great shading on the white trousers - not always easy to achieve. Horatio Hornblower would be proud to lead these jolly tars! Fine work.

  5. Well done! I just picked up a few of the Brigade Games sailors myself, so this is very inspiring!

  6. That's some cracking work Stefan!