Monday, June 8, 2015

Some Sikh Gentlemen


Some Sikh gentlemen

These are some rather excellent Sikh infantrymen that I picked up from Old John of 20mm Nostalgic Revival some moons ago. I have absolutely no idea who the original manufacturer was, but they are top notch little figures and were an absolute pleasure to paint. These are painted as 15th (Rattrays) Sikhs as described in The Sword and the Flame painting guide. Looking at them now I think they might be a better fit for some of the pictures of the Ludhiana Sikhs that I've seen online. 

Some homework needs to be done there I think. 


From the rear

These really are cracking little models and I painted them with thinned acrylics over a white undercoat.  This meant that I didn't have to muck about with any highlights or anything like that. It didn't quite work on the red coat, but I added a wash of red ink that made them slightly less flat.  Either way, they're finished and should be taking to the tabletop before too long. 



To the front

The stripes on the turban took a bit of doing, eventually I settled on a scheme that allowed me to give the impression of stripes without adding as many as would actually be required. They came out quite pleasingly I think.  I still have to finish their officer, but Rome wasn't build in a day. 


A much more welcome visitor 

Sir. Harry Flashman's campaign to defend the Empires borders has been going relatively well - or at least so it appears as there has been no recurrence of the horrendous stench. 

We have however, had far more welcome visitors to the house (or at least the garden). 


13 comments:

  1. Lovely figures...and visitor!

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    1. Thank you. I am very pleased with both of them.

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  2. Lovely colour intensity on that red.

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    1. Thanks - the ink lifted it a little bit.

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  3. Look like Ral Partha to me (the Sikhs that is)

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  4. I can't comment on your choice of regiment, but I think they are splendid gentlemen. The turbans finish them off nicely!

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    1. Thank you very much. I hope they will give good service.

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  5. These are the venerable Ral Partha line of Victorian Colonial figures. They are still available from:

    http://www.greatendeavours.co.uk/colonials/

    Jim

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    1. Thank you Jim. That seems to have cleared up that mystery. But it has created the additional problem that there is now yet another source of lovely toy soldiers that I want now.

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  6. Partha indeed, I have faced their brothers on many a stricken field and occasionally commanded them.
    Well done on the painting!

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    1. Thank you Ross. They were a pleasure to paint.

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  7. Like to see step by step photos on your painting. Not many tutorials with whit primer. Yours turn out well. You ink the faces?

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