The previous steps as outlined in part one took about three weeks to complete. The next step was applying the primary base for the miniature, this included working with a modified chopstick and an old dental took. Using the before mentioned tools, I worked the pliable dry wall spackle into the base of each miniature taking care to create the perfect ground texture. This part of the project took a full day to complete, next I let them set for another day and a half before they were ready for the next step.
After a couple of days the dragoons were ready for the first primary coat. This coat is important in that it will establish the shades and tints for the finish product. I use a black spray paint primer for this. Since I use a spray paint, I had to wait for the perfect temperature outside to apply it. I then let them set for another day to make sure that the paint would adhere correctly to the miniature.
A few days later, I applied the 2nd primary coat. This coat is also black; but applied with a brush highlighting important areas, while thinning out in others. And once again, allowing the miniatures to dry for a couple of days.
The first area that I work on is the flesh areas; the process takes several coats of paint and wash to create the right look. NOTE: the eyes, hair, and facial detail will come later in the process. The first color is white, followed by a dark pale color and then by a lighter pale color, finished off with a dirty wash.
Remember that you can pre-purchase one of these limited edition dragoons ahead of time. (Information on how to do that will be forthcoming). There will be a total of 8 Dragoons afoot ($100.00 donation each), and 10 Dragoons on horses ($200.00 donation each), and 3 Dragoons in a miniature diorama ($250.00 donation each). They will be available for RootsTech 2015. Stay tuned to this blog for the next article on the process of making a War of 1812 US Dragoon Miniatures.
This entire project will take me up to RootsTech 2015 for completion. There are many more steps to go before the final product is ready for your display case, thanks for your donation to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions. Please, stay tuned to this blog for further progress on your War of 1812 Dragoon.