Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Civilians for the Kleine Krieg
I had these figures painted up weeks so (they featured in my last SP game) figured they better make it on the blog while I remembered them! This is a set of 8 civilian types to act as encounters, tasks or scenic items as required in my SYW skirmish games using Sharp Practice.
We have four members of the noble or wealthy middle class, one gent a younger lady, an older lady and a young lad playing soldier with a toy musket. There are also four members of the working classes, a fairly well dressed fellow with a barrel, a labourer with a sack of grain, a female servant with a platter of food and a young lad who is scampering like he's just played ring and run!
All but one of these figures comes from the Perrys AWI range (have I mentioned how much I love these figures recently). The style of dress maybe 20 years late for the SYW, but my research on Pinterest show that there was enough overlap that they work as well for c1760 as they do for c1780. The V&A is a wonderful source of info on civilian dress in historical times FYI. Having just checked my own link I've noticed I am missing a female servant with a broom who is painted but escaped my attention this morning. I'll check with Fischer's Chasseurs as being likely culprits.
Here's the adult well to dos. The odd figure who is not from the Perrys is the older lady in red, who participants in Curt's Painting Challenge may recognize. She is a specialty figure of Maria Theresa from Westfalia miniatures and Kawe produced her as a limit run give away or the participants in one of the most recent challenges. I carved away the orb and sceptre that the figure carries and I figure that she works exceeding well as a strong willed noble women of a certain age (think Bertie Wooster's aunts). She is by the way a lovely figure and I wish Westfalia did more mid-18thC types.
V&A pictures show that many fine clothes of the age would be cut from pattern cloths (typical florals) but I opted for solids as I didn't want the fuss of getting the impression of a floral print right. The colour that I use are based on real life clothes from the mid 18th century and the prints used were often subtle enough that they blend into solids from a reasonable distance.