Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WARFARE MINIATURES GNW DEVELOPMENTS - Swedes Part 1

Barry Hilton - I was itching to paint these chaps from the minute I saw the sculpts but of course that would have been plain stupid! I received the master cast batches in Antwerp but for various business reasons was unable to get to my painting table until yesterday. I prepped up all 10 and finished 5 - The Swedes.

A walk through each sculpt with some commentary will I think be useful to those interested in the range.

#1 OFFICER DRESSING THE LINE OF AN ADVANCING BATTALION


Clibanarium has captured precisely what I wanted in this sculpt. An experienced company or battalion officer shouting his men back into line as they close with the enemy.
This great view gives an excellent sense of the movement and expression.
The best equipped officer in the Swedish Army? Pole arm and two swords! I deliberately did not cut the hilt from the sheathed sword as I wanted to see how it lay on the figure.

next up...

#2 THE CHARGING GRENADIER
This guy means business! The pose is very animated and the body dimensions (like all of the latest Warfare sculpts) are proportional and realistic. We are avoiding the cartoon like big hands, massive weapons(ouch), caricature faces and short lower body type sculpts prevalent in the 90s and 00s.
The bayonet is proportional and correct. The detail achieved on the two pouches is quite remarkable.

Purists believe that Swedish grenadiers did not wear the mitre on campaign. This may well be so. My thought is; wargamers like variety, like something nice to paint, like something that looks spectacular on the table and like to break the monotony of the same style of figure again and again. We'll keep everyone happy with the grenadiers as they will appear in tricornes and mitres! 

And on to

#3 THE ENSIGN STANDING WITH COLOUR
A confident campaigner in a knowing pose. He has contempt for the enemy which is clear from the face and the stance.
I have chosen to paint this figure in very traditional Swedish colours with yellow turn backs and chamois breeches.
I will add a standard on a new post later on the blog.

In part two we'll see the marching musketeer and the winter dress sergeant.

8 comments:

  1. Lovely figs and paint job. Especially like the grenadier, truly an icon of the cold steel Swedish Gå På doctrine. Expectations have now reached new levels, as it becomes near unbearable to wait for the release.

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  2. The realistic proportions of the figures is the first thing that I noticed about these castings and that is what will set the range apart from other GNW ranges of figures. I am really excited to see this range going into production.

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  3. Wow! These look great, looking forward to the range. I figure by the time you get it going, I should be on my last leg of my re-basing project - saving my GNW collection for last.

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  4. Very nice looking minis!

    Suppouse it might be time for a Swedish GNW army...

    Best regards Michael

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  5. At last some nice figures for our GW project. Thanks

    Cheers

    Franck

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  6. There are 3 more parts to this update coming over the next few days:

    -Swedes 2
    -Russians 1
    -Russians 2

    I really enjoyed painting the Russians!

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