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HappyHiker02 Oct 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

Here's my attempt at some British command figures and ADC's. Its not easy finding British ADC's but hopefully I've got the main details right. (ADC to a General has two Epulettes apparently)
Wellington and Staff

Picton and ADC

William, Prince of Orange and ADC discuss cavalry tactics with Captain Pompus-Smythe

I can't seem to make the faces any better than this, but at least it shows the sort of stuff a more average painter churns out, as opposed to the masterpieces so often posted here.

Artilleryman02 Oct 2017 9:28 a.m. PST

Nice vignettes. The number of epaulettes depends on the officer's rank. Two full epaulettes means that he is a major, lieutenant colonel or colonel. The former two are certainly possible ranks for ADCs to senior generals. Picton's ADC looks like the more common captain in the role. One small point. His turnbacks should be white.

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

No mention of who makes the figures or of scale.

Artilleryman03 Oct 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

They are a mix of 28mm Perry and Front Rank I would say.

HappyHiker03 Oct 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

Yep, 28mm, Generals are Perry, Wellingtons ADC is Perry General Chasse with a bit of filing on him, and a front rank staff officer. Picton is Perry, adc front rank. William of orange and adc is perry, the captain is from the warlord games waterloo set.

Thanks for clearing up the epaulette thing too, I did wonder why it varied

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

Thanks. The lack of facial features were reminiscent of minifigs.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

He is right. I Hope you can enjoy the positive feedback, which many do not here. I had to learn.

The facial features, or lack of, do let them down. The rest is great. You have shown these at a high magnification, which is very unforgiving!

It is so, simply, incredibly, simple. Paint the face in a thin coat of summat "flesh"… many different shades. Even acrylic, too thick, will obscure the features, if laid on thickly.

Then a darker wash. Add a drop of washing up liquid and see it flow into every crevice.

Then highlight the nasal bridge, the zygomatic ridge and the chin. Even if only with the original base colour. Forget the rest, the eyes, the eyebrows, the lips (too easily overdone)….would totally transform these figures. Remember how our brains are hard wired to see faces in anything.

But then, your grey horse (Vexy, ridden by Slender Billy) is brilliant, I love your bases (I thought I had the monopoly on them from work with a Zeiss operating microscope) and the ground work.

Faces….All you need is Tallarn Flesh and an Ogryn Wash…but they are worth their weight in gold.

What would I pay for an unopened bottle of both? I am down to the dregs………7 years old

HappyHiker04 Oct 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

Thanks deadhead, praise from you is praise indeed.
So I've done the faces in bugmens glow, then gw Cadian flesh, them army painter flesh wash, but it's still messy. If the sculpt is perfect I can get a good face – victrix old guard for instance. But these I've struggled with. I'd blame the sculpt but I've seen fantastic examples of faces on these same figures, so sadly that won t wash (pun tended).

I'm doing Pierre Cambronne for my imperial brigade now, so I'll try a lighter coat of paint and a bit more patience.

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