Thursday, February 9, 2012

Best Laid Plans.....

Well, I finished off the last of my Russian Front Italians to complete out my last two platoons. Quickly I headed out to the garage to brush on some Army Painter Strong Tone dip and what did I find? The stuff had congealed to a solid mass inside the can. 3/4ths of the thing was unused and it solidified. Convinced that it just must be the top layer, I poked it with a screw driver seeing if maybe I could stir it up. Nope. It was a solid goo that mocked my efforts.

Well, that put a wrench in things. So I looked at what else was on my painting bench and spotted my single pack of Peter Pig Russian WWI riflemen advancing. I have put these on painting sticks and primed them then shoved them to the corner of my painting table. I did not have a clue how to go about painting them. Some serious googling revealed that there was little in the way of paint specific instructions for these guys (at least not for vallejo paints. I had asked on the Lead Adventure forum and got great answers, I just did not own any paints that matched the advice.

What I did find was a couple of references to things that were close. Taking one of these, I just went to it. Well here are my results. Normally I would dip these but as you can see above, I can't right now. I am only a little bit bitter.

Front. You should be able to click on them to see a larger version.

And Back

I am not sure how close I got. I am none too sure about the equipment colors. If anyone has some suggestions, I am all ears.

Well, I have some more time before I decide to go to bed. I think I will base some Early Saxons for Dux Britanniarum.


  1. I think they look really splendid, Chris. I have the Osprey guide to the Russian Army of the First World War, and these guys look just like the colour scheme in that. Very fine indeed.

    1. Thank you. That is very kind. I just received word that the other two packs I ordered are on their way (some MMGs and riflemen firing) so I will continue on with what I have done here.

  2. From what I can see in the photos, which is pretty much the same view as I'd get if they war on the tabletop, they look ok to me Chris.