My plan had been to convert Airfix US Cavalry and I'd made a small step in this direction. It was going to take time...
Then I saw these and I thought, why not.
The twelve figures were perfect for Impetus.
I had fun painting them.
They look okay...
But I'm not totally happy with them. Looking at the full sized photos shows a number of imperfections in the basic figure that I don't find with 15mm metal figures these days. So it goes.
How I Base My Figures
While doing these a friend asked me about my basing technique. These guys provided a useful work-in-progress. The following photos were taken with either my iPad or iPhone, whatever I had to hand, and are not the best I'm afraid.
This is the big secret to my success: polyfilla. I hand cut plasticard bases, rough them up with sandpaper and secure figure using PVA glue.
After letting them dry (a day is good) I then apply the plaster.
This is the tool I use.
Mostly works fine, but sometimes I also use a toothpick to get into tight places. Again, set aside to dry and generally I leave it for a day, even though the plaster dries much quicker than that.
Then a coat of Tamiya Flat Earth, my standard colour for bases. Note the to do list, that's just for immediate projects that I wrote for myself before going on holiday. It's there to keep the wet edges of my modelling surface.
I dry brushed a mix of white and earth coloured paint that I had ready to hand on my wet pallette. I generally don't do that step with 15mm figures unless there is a lot of base showing.
Flocked using my own blend of three or more different commercial flocks, secured with a 50:50 mix of water and PVA glue.
After another day to allow the flocking to fully dry they get a spray of matt varnish.
This photo is odd, but I rather like it.
I then waited a week before spraying with Plasti-Dip (which I've started using on my soft plastic figures). Then left it a day before taking the final photos. It doesn't pay to rush these things.
I'm still a few bases of Bd and Ps short for my Roman DBA army - give it time, give it time.