In this post, I give you a quick showcase of my Blood & Plunder French Captain and end with a scale comparison of the model.
|A look at the French Commander by Firelock Games.|
In the interest of full disclosure, this Captain is part of a starter bundle that Firelock Games sent Must Contain Minis for Review Purposes. This bundle included 25 miniatures, a Sloop and a Rulebook.
Painting those 25 miniatures happens to be my project for the Tabletop Commanders Forum Winter Warmer Challenge. For this challenge, I pledged to complete the 25 miniatures that come in the Blood & Plunder French Nation starter box by the end of December. The French Commander is the first of the group that I completed.
Below is a picture of how the mini looked unpainted.
|The Blood & Plunder French Commander unpainted and out of the box.|
It is a nice mini out of the box and required just a little bit of clean up. I took the mini to my favourite FLGS and started painting it at the Paint Bar.
While I was at the Paint Bar, I asked the owner (Jeremy Cada of Forbes Hobbies) how he would suggest that I paint the planks of wood to match the boat (he painted the hull up for me). He suggested one of two colours partnered with a corresponding wash. He even took the model for me and demonstrated the look he suggested.
|The base done up with a German Camo Beige and a light sepia wash.|
I then took the mini home and continued working on it. There I decided to turn the bowtie white and paint him more in line with the one Firelock Games painted. I also redid the base with a Tan Yellow paint and Brown wash as I found it matched the wood of the already painted sloop better.
|Continuing the model at home. The discerning eye may notice that the wood planks are slightly different than they were at the store. I redid it in the second colours Jeremy recommended as the colours match better with the planks of my boat.|
Now, I strive for a table top quality when I paint. I am not too worried about my pieces being display cabinet worthy and my miniatures certainly look good enough from a tables length away. That said, check out how well the guys at Firelock games painted up their mini. Wow!!! Does that mini ever look great!!!
|This is the Mini as it appears on Firelock Game’s Webstore. Whomever did this paint job, did a fantastic job!!!|
Now back to my model… When I finished, I used 8 colours and 3 different washes. After the washes, I went back over the model with the original colours for the highlights. Overall, I am happy with the results. I did notice that there is a small portion of the base that I should put more wash on, but I might leave it for now in the interest of getting the other miniatures completed.
|The Captain from the front. Looks good enough to me. 🙂|
|The back side of the Captain miniature.|
We did a Scale Comparison Article of the Blood & Plunder miniatures already on Must Contain Minis, but I figured that I would post a couple of scale pictures here with the painted mini.
|Left to Right… Reaper Miniatures’ Cultist (32mm), Firelock Games’ French Captain, North Star Military Figures Frostgrave Apprentice (28mm).|
Overall, this is a fairly nice miniature that was enjoyable to paint. Mine isn’t Display Case Quality, but it certainly is good enough to use on the table. I am looking forward to getting the others done for some enjoyable gaming.
Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!
Disclosure: This miniature is part of a starter sent to Must Contain Minis for Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games.
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