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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!

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

Those figures look great.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 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!

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP10 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




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