Captain Morgan Earnest Helbrooke
Hello everybody, thanks for stopping by again. I've been very slow on the modelling front these past few weeks but I've got a week off now. Plenty of catching up to do!
Despite me saying I've finished my Palladians there are still the squad special weapons to paint. And that'll free up six men from the squads, the best part of another one... A Guardsman's life is never done!
As well as that little project (and the WWII and the BFG ships), I still have my Last Gasp Platoon to finish. The latest step was building the commander, Captain Hellbrooke! There wasn't any converting done here so I skipped the WiP shots and I'm rushing you straight to the finished product. The bitz are all Victoria Lamb's finest, with the exception of the Tommy Gun which is an unknown part from my bitz box.
As for painting, although the majority of Penal legionnaires wear their faded-white prison jumpsuits, I wanted to throw in a mix of hats and odd uniform items, to hint at past lives with other illustrious Guard regiments (hence one of the sergeants from the last squad and his Mordian dress cap).
But since Hellbrooke isn't technically a prisoner, he's entitled to wear his own uniform. So rather than going for the stereotypical, Lee Marvin-Colonel Schaffer approach, I thought I'd go for a nice dress uniform. Can't resist painting a nice dress uniform.
I picked the colours supposedly at random, although I can't help thinking my choice may have been influenced by Stephen Lang (and the Stonewall Brigade pouring lead into some Yankees) with Gods and Generals on TV as I painted. Give them the bayonet sir! Anyway, that's the result. I painted in my standard formula:
- White undercoat
- Base colour (eg, Adeptus Battlegrey for the tunic)
- Black Wash
- Re-highlight in base colour (Adeptus Battlegrey again)
- Drybrush lightly in grey
That's pretty much my standard formula for painting - sometimes I add an extra highlight, and the flesh has a few more steps in it, but that always works for me. It adds consistency to have broadly the same plan when painting different miniatures and also makes it go faster.
Anyway, there we are! Captain Hellbrooke is ready to take command of that desperate bunch of legionnaires - bring it on! Thanks for reading, folks. I hate large photos because they show up my mediocre painting but here are a few.