I’ve now completed six figures in my Minden Miniatures French battalion. The first drummer I painted a couple of months ago has now been joined by two more, plus I’ve painted an officer an NCO and a standard bearer.
As always, the 28mm Minden figures are a joy to paint. The detail is so beautifully sculpted that it makes it very easy to pick out with a paint brush. For example, much of the drummers’ lace was merely dry-brushed on.
One thing I have changed with my painting style is to abandon painting in the eyes. While in the close-up photo above this ommission stands out, seen in real-life these figures look a lot better without the large staring eyes my previous work is adorned with!
The flag is by my favourite miniature flag-maker, GMB Design. Those of you who know their French regiments of the Seven Years War will no doubt be shaking your heads and saying, “But he’s got it wrong – that’s the flag of the Regiment de Flandre, and they wore blue facings, not red!” Well, my reasoning for this is that I am actually not following the genuine French army of the period, but instead am modelling the regiments portrayed in the famous Stanley Kubrick film, Barry Lyndon (see a previous post about this project). And in the movie, the French regiment that the epoynomous Barry Lyndon faces in battle is clothed in uniforms with red facings. So there!