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Angel Barracks Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 1:21 p.m. PST

I have been doing a "how to" article on painting Irregular Napoleonics on the 6mm forum for a while.

It is now complete.

I hope you can take something away from it and see that 6mm is not the madness that some of you think it is!


Thanks for looking.


Phil Walling Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 2:04 p.m. PST

Really nice work there Michael :)

runs with scissors Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 2:09 p.m. PST

Really excellent tutorial and great results. Have you considered drybrushing with grey or white after the undercoat so that you can see what you're painting a bit better?

Angel Barracks Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 2:16 p.m. PST

Thank you I had not.
Maybe because I am used to Irregular (I have been painting them almost exclusivley for about 15 years so am kind of used to what the models look like.)

Is it something you have tried and had good results with?

Skipper Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 6:10 p.m. PST

I like your method, I tend to prime grey and then wash with charcol or black before painting. It also give me highlights and shadows, but its definitely another step.


Angel Barracks Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 11:57 p.m. PST

A lot of people have talked here and in other places of washing before painting to get shading.
I must confess confusion, how does it work?

If you shade an undercoated miniature then paint over it, surely the shadows are covered up?


runs with scissors Inactive Member24 Aug 2009 11:58 p.m. PST

Yes, I used this technique when I painted an Irregular Anglo Saxon army. I found it really helpful – plus it helps with the paint opacity.

Martin Rapier25 Aug 2009 3:51 a.m. PST

It works if you use fairly thin paint.

Angel Barracks Inactive Member25 Aug 2009 4:30 a.m. PST

Ah my paint is generally one coat and done. No need for extra coats etc.

Martin Rapier25 Aug 2009 7:13 a.m. PST

I usually do my Irregulars straight over the black undercoat too. Those have come out really nicely.

I try and do things like shako plates if possible as well, those little details on the hats really lift the figures.

colbert Inactive Member25 Aug 2009 7:49 a.m. PST

I`ve got to ask, Why white backpacks ?

Angel Barracks Inactive Member25 Aug 2009 9:53 a.m. PST

@ Colbert, I have seen a host of images, some grey, some black and some white.
Chose white for these ones.

@ Martin. Thank you.

colbert Inactive Member25 Aug 2009 11:02 a.m. PST

Where did you see the images of British Napoleonic infantry with white backpacks? Just curious.

Angel Barracks Inactive Member25 Aug 2009 11:27 a.m. PST

Numerous sites on tinterweb, some plates from:

"An Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Uniforms Of The Napoleonic Wars"

"Historical Atlas of the Napoleonic Era"

Though it could be argued they are light grey in the plates in these books.

However if they are not known to have been white then my lads are special.


PaintinLead29 Oct 2017 9:27 a.m. PST


I've been using H&R (individual figures painted on a strip then mounted) for my Napoleonic heavy cavalry, but now it's time for the lights and I'm using Irregular Minis blocks for my Hussars, Chasseurs, etc. What is the secret to painting the sheepskins/shabraques on the middle horses? It's pretty clear that you're not going to get the whole sheepskin/shabraque all the way down between the horses, but how do you get a reasonable representation done on these?



flipper Inactive Member30 Oct 2017 1:59 p.m. PST


I believe 'Angel Barracks' stopped posting here a few years back – you might be able to reach him here:

As I am here: If using a black undercoat, I would dry brush the sheepskin a suitable color and then tidy up (with black again) – or, simply run your brush/paint along either side as best you can: again cleaning up any over painting afterwards.

PaintinLead31 Oct 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

Thanks flipper. I really need to slow down and read the dates!!! I do use black undercoat, so I will try what you suggested. I have the outer figures finished, and to my surprise, they look pretty good. Thanks for the info.!

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