Northstar 1864 Danish Infantry in Shako
Greetings, dear readers. In this post, we return to earth in the form of an infantry unit (as opposed to the steady diet of horse of late). A combination of wishing to make my Danish contingent a bit more robust and the relatively recent release of a specialty set of figures in the Northstar line (above), caused me to produce a one-off unit: the Danish 18th Infantry. The 18th retained the shako after the rest of the Danish infantry had gone to kepi.
My Danish Infantry in Kepi: Converted Perry Union Infantry in Sack Coats
Truth be told, the 18th infantry are a bit of an anachronism. The overall look of my Danes is more in keeping with the 1848 1st Schleswig Holstein War, the infantry in particular being in the earlier transitional uniform. The 18th in their greatcoats are in keeping with the timeframe of the 2nd S-H War of 1864. A minor niggle, and one that could easily be overlooked given the greatcoat (which transcends eras, really). Anyway, what respectable miniature gamer would let such a thing stand in the way of adding such a unique unit to their force? (Not me, obviously!). Anyway, here is my study of how I rendered these figures (as usual, you may clix for BIG PIX).
Like some of my other units, each of these stands delivers a small vignette in itself--an indulgence made possible by doing these small figure-count units.
The Officer with raised sword arm (As shown with the Northstar Command set)
The sword arm of the officer was detached. Experimenting, I was quite taken with the determined stride this figure delivers with the sword arm lowered (it couldn't have been that I got it upside down by mistake).
Bringing out the distinctive lower sleeve chevrons of Danish NCOs was one of those points of emphasis that this NCO figure seemed to call for.
I like to do a few extra figures on individual stands: these come in handy as markers or to represent pickets in some scenarios.
These figures were a study in blue. My base for the distinctive Danish Dark Blue is Humbrol Matte Oxford Blue (104). The greatcoats are Humbrol Matte Oxford Blue (104) highlighted first with Humbrol Matte Blue (25) followed by Matte Mid Blue (89) and then a lighter highlight of Humbrol Matte Aircraft Blue (65). The trousers are Humbrol Matte World War 1 Blue (109) highlighted with Humbrol Matte Aircraft Blue (89) and then a touch of Model Master Flat Light Gray. Getting the pompoms to stand out against the black shakos presented a bit of a challenge. Sticking with the Oxford Blue would have been too dark. So I underpainted them black and then heavily highlighted them with Humbrol Matte Blue (25), which is a shade lighter and more vibrant than Oxford Blue. I then highlighted them with Humbrol Matte Aircraft Blue (65) and a touch of Model Master Flat Light Gray. The shakos are flat black highlighted by Model Master Gunship Gray (a combination that I find works really well for things like black headgear and similar features). For those following along, these are enamels--so you kids don't try this at home!