You remember that thing I posted about painter’s block, about, um, 5 years ago????

I’ve finally finished Gondrin:


I had finished four figures on the command stand – the standard bearers and drummers, and the rest of the figures were sitting primed on painting bottles on my desk.  For 5 years.  Wow.  I’ve recently taken to finishing up long-started, long-unfinished projects on my desk.  This was one of them.


It’s funny how you get away from something and forget how much you enjoy it.  I’ve come back to two long forgotten things recently – painting Front Rank WSS figures and painting Calpe Napoleonics.  You can read about the latter shortly on my painting distractions blog.  These are such a joy to paint.


Interestingly, this is the one period where I don’t have tons of unpainted lead.  I have the rest of the Danish foot for Ramillies, and a few cavalry and that’s it.  I pulled out a unit of Danish cav that I have started and will finish those soon.  Now all I have to do is get these lads out for a game.

Here is both battalions of Gondrin.



Danish Horse Holstenske

This is the third regiment of Danish horse I have completed, Holstenske.


That’s what I’m talking about!  Red facings against the buff coats really look good.  I’m happy they look pretty good in pictures too.  I think I have something going on red facings.  You’ll see something very red on my painting distractions blog very soon I hope.


I’d also like to call your attention to an excellent website detailing uniforms of Danish regiments during the WSS era: http://www.tacitus.nu/karoliner/armeer/danmark/kavalleri.htm

It looks like the next regiment I am working on, Wurttemberg, should be depicted with green facings.  I have 3 figures done with black facings but I had no idea what to use really, so they’ll be green when you see them, hopefully not too far in the future.

One last shot of Holstenske



2nd Jyske

Another one of my almost finished Danish horse units.


Buff is a pretty good color to put all of these facings against I think.  This one doesn’t stand out much in picture or on the table, but it still looks pretty good.  I was a little surprised after I got the pictures up of the previous unit how much the purple screams out from a photo as it’s really not that dramatic in real life.  There is so much to learn about photography.


I have one more almost completed unit to post up, then I need to almost complete the other unit I’ve started.  How I wish someone would make flags for these guys.


I love Front Rank horses.  I love these figs all around actually.  The nice head variants add a lot.  I really like the standing pose also.  Ready for action I guess.


Danish Horse

It’s been far too long since I’ve updated the blog.  That reflects it being far too long since I’ve given this project any attention.  Well, I’m working through my backlog of half started things and the Danish horse have come to my attention.  Here is a new regiment:


It’s the 2nd Sjaellandske.  Also listed in some OBATs as Ranzau.  I like the purple facings, although I thought they might be a little more dramatic than they are.


The Danes fielded 8 regiments of horse at Ramillies, and 1 of dragoons.  Each regiment had two squadrons.  This is my third.


I thought I’d posted pictures of the others I have complete, but I don’t, so I’ll correct that in the next few days, giving me reasons to update this blog some more.  And “complete” is a bit of a misnomer for them as I don’t have flags for them.  I thought I had figured out a method to produce my own but have stumbled at that.  Soon perhaps.

I have a 4th regiment on the painting blocks so maybe it will be added to the forces soon also.


Order of Battle and what to paint

I have a couple of sources for the order of battle at Ramillies.  One is Neil Litton’s Ramillies from Partizan Press (available in the States at On Military Matters).  For the French Litton uses the Pelet and Vault order of battle from 15 May 1706 supplemented with a couple of other named regiments, presumably derived from the Dutch army history.  I’d really like to be able to get my hands on the Dutch army history but haven’t found a reliable way to do that so far.

There is a good online order of battle for the French put into a very nice and readable table form here: http://www.spanishsuccession.nl/maps/ramillies_french_oob_infantry.html.

I’ve taken the version from Litten and created a spreadsheet that I use tracking the units that I’ve painted.  I have a spreadsheet for the Allies and for the French.  I’m fairly confident in the French one based on Pelet and Vault.  Where I have uncertainties, I just postpone the painting until later.  For French infantry I’ve started on the French infantry on the right end of the first line, skipping over the Cologne and Bavarian troops there.  So I’ve done Picardie, Clare, Royal Italien, and am working on Gondrin now.  I guess I’ll do Alsace next.  I did Sparre from the other end of the line as I thought I’d do a mixed brigade of French and Spanish but am holding off on Spanish troops for the time being.  I guess I’ll do Alsace next.

One of the cool things about having it in spreadsheet form is that each time I get a unit done I shade the box containing it green.  It’s nice to see those boxes turn green.  But at the same time, it’s a little rough to do something like Alsace as I know I have to paint 4 battalions before I shade the box green!

There are three basic prereqs to deciding what units actually to do: 1) do I know what the uniform looked like?  (this is mostly easy because of the Robert Hall books)  2) are there appropriate figures for it?  (the French are pretty well served by Front Rank although I haven’t quite decided what to do about Bavarians and Spanish)  3) can I get my hands on commercial flags (typically does GMB make them).

But right now, before I think about what’s next for the French, I need to finish that other battalion of Gondrin.


2nd of Gondrin and painter’s block

2nd Battalion of the Regiment Gondrin.


These have been painted for some time.  This week I went through a spurt of completing bases on stuff and these were some of the bases that I completed.

But I get painter’s block sometimes.  I think I know why I have it for this unit.  It’s the gray coats with the gray cuffs.  That is really tedious to paint.  It’s three coats of paint but each of the coats need to be handled rather carefully.  First, so that the paint doesn’t get globbed up on the figure.  Getting the consistency right is key and for grays and whites a lot of care is needed.  Second, to get a good look for the overall color.  It’s too easy to have either too much base coat or too much white.  Finally, painting around the buttons.  I do this all the time and on dark coats it’s really easy but for white coats you need to run up close but not paint over the button or its outline.


I’m well on my way with the first battalion and now seeing the second complete, I may have renewed motivation.  I love white with red and the red coat on the officer and red hose for everyone really sets this unit off.

Do you ever get painter’s block for a unit?  What causes it?  What helps you get through?


As usual, figures by Front Rank, flags by GMB.