Friday, September 25, 2015

Sikhs for The Great Game

Remaining on the NWF, a 24 figure battalion-sized equivalent assembles off the painting desk.  Figures are Wargames Foundry irregular Sikhs from the Sikh Wars range (SK125).  The plan with these natives is to press them into service with the their potential Russian master to counter British incursions on the NWF.

Of course, they could also be fielded for either the British or Sikh army.  The possibilities for their employment are many.

Without a bit of control, a few Sikh or native units could expand beyond planned boundaries to encompass a Sikh Wars or Indian Mutiny project.  Tread lightly.

22 comments:

  1. Very nice work on these fine troops, Jonathan. It appears you may have used the staining process - if so, it really seems to have worked. Great looking figures in any case.

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    1. Dean, you are spot on. The Minwax is at work on these troops. In fact, Minwax treatment is de riguer for nearly all of my painting. It seems to have better effect with some more than others but I believe it enhances every figure.

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  2. I love Sikh units, and you've done an excellent job on them Jon...

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  3. Really well painted unit Jon, the wash you've used (minwax?) is particularly effective on the dirty white nuances.

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    1. Thank you, Soren! Minwax treatment is correct and does a good job of dirtying them up a bit. An interesting attribute is that the Minwax is nearly transparent after drying and allows the color to come through. Recesses in folds end up a darker shade of the base color.

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    2. What pigment do you add to the Minwax, JF?

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    3. Michael, I use it straight from the can; Tudor Satin.

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  4. Great work. I've been toying with the idea of a 15mm Skih Wars for some time. There are some fascinating battles involved, not too mention the politics. Come on, it won't take you too far off-track...

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    1. Thanks, Nate! Why not do a Sikh Wars project in 15mm? With your OHW "pocket projects" that should not take too long at all.

      As for me, some of these troops might see service during the Sikh Wars.

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  5. I agree with the above comments. fantastic looking unit, and an especially effective use of the "dip". I half expect to see them break out into song as they march; after all, Sihks are well known to be great Sing(h)ers!

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    1. Peter, that is a Sikh pun. for sure!

      The dip works wonders on all troop types and scales. It is especially useful for unifying a figure.

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  6. Sikh Wars! Come on, you know you want it.

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    1. Jim, Jim, Jim. Do you know how many projects I have now? Too many to even get all of the collections into a game on an annual rotation. I am making good progress this year to accomplish that, though.

      Sikh Wars? Yes, that too interests me. Don't they all?

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    2. I know your pain Jonathan. The problem is that you keep cranking out these fantastic troops.

      Still, so many projects, so little time.

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    3. "Still, so many projects, so little time."

      My mantra, for sure!

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  7. Astonished at how prolific you are, as always (always me astonished, always you prolific). I like the amount of variety and colour you've put into the unit. Looking forward to their exploits.

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    1. Glad you approve of the result, Michael!

      For me, painting is a relaxing endeavor. Once a process is established, a few hours a week at the painting desk can turn lead into armies ready for battle.

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  8. Very nice looking units Jonathan! All that is very tempting with NWF, Sikh Wars, Indian Mutiny.....

    Christopher

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  9. Great! lovely "pastel" colors!

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