Count Vilhelm Von Ernst’s Green Dragoons – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to the start of my Dragoons unit.

See it here if you missed it –

Last night and today I managed to paint up three more recruits.

I’m very much enjoying painting these guys. They can be quite fiddly and they’re far from perfect but I’m happy.

First up is Private Maurice Deuce, formerly Captain Deuce. We’ll find out why in a story coming soon.



Next is Private Anthony Essex


Last we have Private Leo Travis. I tried so many freehand designs but they were all teeeeeerrrrriiiiible.

I tried a skull, a swan, a harp and a Phoenix just to name a few haha. Is there any trick to it or does come down to practice and maybe skills I don’t possess haha.


Here are the three new guys together followed by some group shots of all that I’ve painted so far. For this unit I have two Lancers to do and the Count.


Im enjoying this theme/type so much I’m considering doing some infantry too. Vostroyan-esque maybe?



26 thoughts on “Count Vilhelm Von Ernst’s Green Dragoons – Part 2”

  1. Yes, I like this lot, they’re coming along nicely! If the flags are moulded plastic, you could maybe try a decal of some design and just embellish it a bit, but it looks fine to me! Long, slender pennants are maybe always tricky – fortunately I avoid ’em!

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  2. Very cool mate, I love these guys. Best advice I can offer for freehand is to copy something and use very very thin paint… like milk thin. That way no single slip will spoil the whole. Takes a while, but build it up slowly bro – well worth it.

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    1. Yeah I thought about dismounted Dragoons but I’ve gone for standard infantry in a not so standard way hehe. Just ordered the heads and Torsos. So watch this space. I tried drawing on a design with a pencil. That worked fine but the painting was disastrous haha


  3. Good stuff – Maurice Deuce especially. The banner looks good as well, I’ve found starting with a simple design and then getting more complex over time works well (first thing I ever tried to freehand was a screaming skull surrounded by flames – very heavy metal! As you can imagine it looked spectacularly rubbish). It’s still the area I’m weakest on but I think Alex’s advice is spot on, that and patience, practice and swearing a lot every time it goes wrong. Still I’ve never seen a baby painting freehand so I presume it’s not a skill one is born with and, like anything else, can be developed through willpower and hard graft. 😀

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  4. Nice work! Still digging the colors you went with for these guys. 🙂
    I wonder if they make thin-point paint markers? I’ve used paint markers for outline work while painting for years, and they’re amazing for getting nice smooth lines, I just worry they might not come with a fine enough tip for what you’re working on for the freehand part.

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  5. These guys look really nice. The leader especially. I was going to suggest drawing on with a pencil, but I see you already tried that. Practice is really the best method – do you have any models that will wear shields? They can be a good place to get a lot of practice reps in.

    Just paint them separately to the rest of the model and glue on to complete them. Start with simple, neat geometric and heraldic designs on one hand – like, literally halved shields, quartered shields, chevron and par chevron, etc with a focus on getting them as perfect and straight as you can – and simple designs on the other (like skulls, bones, suns, moons, etc). Once you’re comfortable with both, then start to vary and branch out.

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  6. EM-4 Miniatures seems a good source of inexpensive shields, though apparently they’re having website issues, they say you can email them to order.

    Oh, and if you’re planning on a ship for the Skylanders, you could always do a “Vikings” with them and have the shields festooning the sides of the vessel, so they wouldn’t then be wasted time, but extra freehand details.

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