'Avast! Strike your colours and be silent know before I make ye settle your abaft on a knobbly belaying pin and I send ye all yelping to Davy Jones' Locker with a stove-in dungbie. Savy?'
Ok, that's all the rude Pirate Speak I've got...
Aaaaarrrggghhhh! My pirate, errmmm, buccaneer army is off the marks with this entry.
The main troops of the buaccaneer army in FoG:R are "other buccaneers" (Musket*, Impact Foot, Average, Warriors), "ordinary buccaneers" (Musket, Sword, Average, Medium Foot) and "veteran buccaneers" (Musket, Sword, Superior, Medium Foot). These 24 figures are clearly very, very veteran. In fact, they are so veteran that they are skeletons! To distinguish between the different types I've decided that the "other" will be 3 to a bse with 1 firearm and 2 melee weapons, "ordinary" will be 3 per base with 2 firearms and 1 melee weapon, leaving the "veteran" which I'm doing as 4 per base.
The figures are 15mm from Rebel Minis and were great fun to paint. I started from a white primer washed with warm grey ink to help show the details, then shaded the clothing using acrylic inks. After sealing the inks with a spray of matt varnish to prevent them bleeding, the belts, scabbards, wood and basecoats for metals were painted, followed by another wash with warm grey ink. The metals were then painted and the bones highlighted.
With hindsight the second ink wash should have been brown or sepia and the highlighting of the bone should have been a more yellow-white. However, as they are in the sun soaked Spanish Main, the bones would be somewhat bleached, wouldn't they?
I'm pleased with how the inks have worked for the clothing - they've given a nice faded look, with the warm grey wash giving a grubby "out of the grave" appearance.
Tamsin, that is a very cool unit of ragged & bony-assed troops. I love the various muted colours and I particularly like the fellow who has his head firmly tucked under his arm - very sensible, I think.
These 24 sea dogs will give Tamsin 48 points.
'Yo Ho Ho!'
(Um, that last bit is meant to be 18th century speak, not 21st century...)