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Opolchenie quickpainting or: the dullest uniform ever

Posted by Zed1 on 08 Jun 2023, 11:33

Well. Weeeeell. Many of you know me - I'm not a really fast painter. With the relatively few free time I had, it took me two years to complete two wargaming armies - approximately 300 figures.

Thinking about wich major army to create next, I decided to have a closer look on Russia. I looked on what they had got and found that they had a larger number of conscripted militia. I looked at uniform pictures and... well. I could use Prussian Landwehr for that - in 20mm scale, the little difference concerning Litewka and trousers wouldn't make any visible difference at all.

I decided to make a quick painting challenge. Subject: St. Petersburg Opolchenie. Two figures, so that I could continue painting while the other figures' last layer was drying.

And these are the results - I finished two figures in a session. It took me 72 minutes in total.

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Right. This is the dullest Napoleonic uniform ever. Dark grey. Just as that. Everything is dark grey except flesh, muskets and that Opolchenie cross on the cap. One can easily smear a large layer of dark grey over the whole figure and then continue with shade and lighting and then it's done. My oh my.

P.S.: for all those who don't believe me - there are really proving sources for this... uniform. Here's a picture and before you wonder: this is showing an NCO. The red band and piping on his field cap distinguishes him as a sergeant. Meaning that at least a little number of the figures within the regiment will have *some* colour at least. :xd:

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Posted by Kekso on 08 Jun 2023, 11:39

Zed1 wrote:Well. WeeeeellI'm not a really fast painter.... it took me two years to complete two wargaming armies - approximately 300 figures.


That means approximately 1 figure every 3 days. That's not slow, that's not bad at all :thumbup:
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Posted by Peter on 12 Jun 2023, 17:41

Not bad at all indeed! :thumbup:
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Posted by Graeme on 13 Jun 2023, 13:30

I think you did a great job of putting some life and interest into those monotone uniforms.

Good looking figures. :thumbup:
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Posted by CliosPaintingBench on 15 Jun 2023, 02:09

Haha, well at least it makes the painting easier. I think maybe adding the red bands on the hat will provide a bit of contrast to the otherwise, all black.
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Posted by Minuteman on 16 Jun 2023, 14:54

Certainly a simple uniform, but in its own way quite attractive. Definitely easy to paint!
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