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Need an Indian Army? Rattle-cans!

The importance of setting oneself goals cannot be over-estimated. There are too many distractions in life not to. But, the critical stage that is all too often missed out is of course, just to get started! I mean you have to pick up a brush, dip it in the paint and apply it. So many fellow hobbyists forget this truism and the result is the much maligned lead pile. One is put in mind of the companion of Laurence of Arabia who neglected to care for his camel because in the glorious future all camels would be looked after by Arab specialists, in purpose built centres. Meanwhile , while waiting for utopia, his camel died……

The task at hand!

My regular reader will no doubt remember that I set myself a weekly task, namely six painted miniatures a week. Now, I know what you are thinking, where are they? Well having kept up the task for a month, I must admit to having slipped. I did base some trees but the task of painting a 15mm competition army in two months has used up all my hobby time. And, two weeks into the build, I have most of the infantry done. I have gone back to what are known as “rattlecans” , on the advice on my favourite YouTube gaming site, Tabletop Minions. The trick is to limit the palette and let washes substitute for any real artistry.

Day One, pretend to be fixing the fallen down fence panel whilst cleaning up seventy miniatures. Xyston miniatures are without a doubt my favourite miniatures, so characterful and crisp. 

Day two, take yourself off to the garage for a “weights” session. Instead of a bar I lifted Army Painter “British uniform”. This is quite apt of course, as these Indians were described by the Greeks as khaki or dust-coloured. As these were the foot soldiers I painted them darker than their Aryan lords in the chariots and on the elephants.

Day three, with a brush look for any bits the aerosol missed. The closest I got was Vallejho English uniform. Games Workshop chesnut ink was then washed over the whole lot….

You will notice that several hundred Normans are also receiving a similarly cavalier “painting” treatment, but this time with a black undercoat. Remember, momentum is your friend! Little things like conversations to your partner have to take second place. We want quick results. Children are allowed if their efforts add to your painting totals. Whilst baby sitting my wife’s children, “we” managed to paint five more 40k warrior clerics…

And our new approach is saving money. If you mix up too much paint, slap it on the next minis in the queue. Below we have khaki horses…..on the Bayeau tapestry they were green!

The bases have been ordered and the average works out at about eight miniatures a day. When you hear, someone, anyone say,”I don’t have the time”, please refer them to the range of spay cans available from any car repair establishment. My next experiment is going to be the highlighting done with cans too. By keeping the number of colours low, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly the army comes together. Take my advice and set yourself a target. Please come and see my army at the Rivermead in November, if only to see my maiden guard, who are receiving a little more in terms of detailing!😏

Just eight chariots and two elephants to go! Before, twenty Napoleonic dragoons, World War Two GIs, feudal Knights ………..etc…..etc

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. giving realistic tactical advice in Fortnite games, and recreating great moments of military history using inch high toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in the Cardiff Dice Studz who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse), Trade Street, Cardiff, sunny Wales, U.K.


  1. Louen

    I see, another player has succumbed to the ADLG fad that is the Indian Army… 😉

    Nice job though!


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