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TacticalPainter0109 Apr 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

A friend introduced me to Sharp Practice last year and I really enjoyed the mechanics. Firstly, though a confession, I know very little about warfare during the black powder era so despite enjoying the game I grappled with the idea of getting into a new period, reading about it and collecting the figures. I think it was Matthew Spring's book "With zeal and with bayonets only" that convinced me that the American Revolution opened up a rich vein of military history with lots of interest.

So I've taken the plunge and started putting together a British and Continental force. Here's the first batch and there's a bit more about it on my blog if that's of interest:

Sharp Practice and the American Revolution

The Redcoats are coming




FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 4:19 a.m. PST

Welcome. I find it a period that offers a variety of the things wargamers want. Battles from skirmish to army level, colorful uniforms, mixed terrain. More Information seems to be available every year.

Your figures look great.

Check out this site.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

Excellent Work!

FlyXwire09 Apr 2018 4:42 a.m. PST

Very nice TP!
Looking forward to your battle reps in the future too.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 5:23 a.m. PST

Great work!

Xintao09 Apr 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

Those figures look great.


Winston Smith09 Apr 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

Nice work

Jozis Tin Man Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 8:43 a.m. PST

They look GREAT! Welcome to the period is is rich and fascinating.

Bill N09 Apr 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

Welcome to the era. I wasn't initially a fan of the era either. For me it was seeing the high quality relatively affordable figures hitting the market a few years ago that sucked me in. Just look at what Giles has done on his Tarleton's Quarter site as well as the units Bill posts here. Once you get into an era and start reading about it in greater detail it gets much more interesting. So hope you enjoy the ride, and your figures look great.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Tell us how you are doing that grass effect – looks great!

Berzerker7309 Apr 2018 4:12 p.m. PST

nice work!

huron72509 Apr 2018 4:19 p.m. PST

Wow very nice!

TacticalPainter0109 Apr 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

Tell us how you are doing that grass effect looks great!<q/>

The grass is done in two layers. First layer is with flock, this creates a good base layer. I then use static grass and lay that over the flock layer, I find this adds depth and variation. The small shrubs are from Army Painter, but any other tuft supplier would do. Glad you like them.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

Thank you – what brand/color is the static grass? That's a great blend.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

Yes, very well done.

Personal logo Il Granatiere Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Great job there!

nevinsrip10 Apr 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

Welcome aboard. Always good to see new blood.

Flashman: Go here:

Everything you could ever use in basing is there.
Then go to Woodlands Scenic Youtube videos to learn ho to apply it.

Borderguy19011 Apr 2018 8:47 p.m. PST

Well done. It is an era lingering on my sidelines. Models like that make me want to give it a try.

TacticalPainter0109 May 2018 9:23 p.m. PST

I've now worked on some light infantry, these are all Wargames Foundry sculpted by the Perrys (except for the casualty figures, which are Perry plastics from their AWI British infantry box.






95th Division Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 4:55 a.m. PST

Excellent job – figures are beautiful.

FlyXwire10 May 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

I love those!
(I'll be needing some Lt. Bobs, and like these Foundry's you've superbly painted here very much, top of my order list now)

Bill N10 May 2018 8:45 a.m. PST

Very nice.

TacticalPainter0113 May 2018 3:44 a.m. PST

Now have the bases flocked and done the same for the sabot bases that will make them easier to move in formations. I've also made up some bases for casualties, to record shock and simply to fill a space where a figure has been removed. A few more pics and details on my blog The Tactical Painter




TacticalPainter0128 May 2018 3:45 a.m. PST

Some work in progress, rather than finished pieces here. Now working on the Americans, again basing most of these on the Perry plastics. Blue is a tricky colour and I've struggled to find a way to get this right. I was aware the blue facing on my British were on the bright side so worked to find a way to mute this.



They actually look even more muted under natural light:


This first lot are closely followed by more in the paint queue:


A Perry 6 pounder and crew will join my British:


The Warbases ammunition and water cart will be supports:


And the lovely Perry metal skirmishers will be a nice contrast to the brighter uniforms of the regulars:


nevinsrip28 May 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

Wow!! You are an excellent painter. Well done.

95thRegt31 May 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

Awesome job!


acough2001 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2018 5:08 p.m. PST

Beautiful figures! Your shading techniques are incredible.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2018 8:27 p.m. PST

Excellent figures and outstanding painting. Very well done.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 4:43 a.m. PST

Very nice.

TacticalPainter0130 Jun 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

I now have three groups of Continentals for the core force for Sharp Practice. They just need varnishing and flocking. The lovely Perry riflemen are not too far behind them, so not long before I have enough figures to start playing.



TacticalPainter0106 Jul 2018 11:41 p.m. PST

The three groups of Continentals are now finished, as are the wonderful Perry riflemen. More pictures on the blog The Tactical Painter AWI Continentals





TacticalPainter0116 Jul 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

Added a 6 pounder to the British:



95th Division Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

Excellent job – thanks for posting.

TacticalPainter0127 Aug 2018 11:00 p.m. PST

And here are the latest updates. Some state line troops, loosely based on a Connecticut regiment, but the brown jackets and red facing should make them fairly versatile.



Then an ensign and drummer for the Continentals.


And another leader for the Continentals:


A British leader for my infantry in roundabouts and round hats:


Some sabot bases for the British leaders:


And a deployment point for the British:



Lastly a water wagon and an ammunition wagon:


historygamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

Awesome job. My only nits would be to recommend ditching the Betsy Ross doodle flag and make sure the leather straps on your Brit Light are all black leather.

Winston Smith28 Aug 2018 6:55 a.m. PST

Sadly agree. The Betsy Ross flag is a myth.

TacticalPainter0130 Aug 2018 3:12 p.m. PST

make sure the leather straps on your Brit Light are all black leather.

I've done that for the lights in roundabouts but I was under the impression the early uniforms had the cartridge pouch straps in white? Happy to be corrected.

And thanks for the heads up on the flag, didn't know that.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

Light gear usually in black. :-)

TacticalPainter0126 Sep 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

Enough Rebels now painted and based to make up two of the core forces for a Sharp Practice skirmish. Just need a few pieces of terrain and I hope to be getting these on the table for the first time in a few weeks. Some more pictures on my blog if you're interested Perry Continentals



TacticalPainter0103 Feb 2019 9:17 p.m. PST

I haven't posted in a little while so here are the latest additions. Firstly some casualty figures to fill those empty slots in the sabot bases when a man is lost (the figures are Perry, either metal or plastic):




Then some civilians to populate the table or act as minor characters in scenarios:




Some more additions to the Americans, firstly some Continentals in coats and hunting shirts:



Some Militia:




Last, but not least a cart – something to be protected or looted depending which side it takes.


FlyXwire04 Feb 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

TP, they all look fantastic, and you've gone that aesthetic extra mile by having casualty figures for slot swaps too (well done)!

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