Sunday, March 1, 2020

Mohawk Samples Painted

New Fife and Drum Miniatures Mohawk Indians


I have finished painting samples of all of the new Fife and Drum Miniatures Mohawk Indians. One of the advancing figures is missing from the set of pictures - he's gone hunting, I guess. The picture of the group at the top of the page gives you an idea of how the Mohawks look en masse and demonstrate the character and variety of the figures.

The Mohawk figures are now available on the Fife and Drum Miniatures web store site.

The product codes for the four packs of Mohawk Indians are as follows:

MI-001  Command (mounted and dismounted figure and horse)      $8.00

MI-002  Mohawks Firing Muskets (2 each of 4 different poses)     $16.00

MI-003  Mohawks Advancing (2 each of 4 different poses)            $16.00

MI-004  Mohawks Charging/Melee ( 2 each of 4 different poses)   $16.00

Painting the Indians
First a word about painting American Indians, I had no idea of how to paint them, so it took me awhile to paint this group. However, I now feel like I have a system down for painting groups of Indians and a better idea of the coloring schemes that are involved.

The skin color was the toughest nut to crack. I painted several samples using a mix of tan paint and a drop of red paint to give the Indians a red-ish look to them. This didn't look right to my eye. So I went to the book that I consider "the Bible of how to paint American Woodland Indians", called "The Art of Robert Griffin". Griffing is probably the pre-eminant painter and expert on how Eastern Woodlands Indians look. The Indians in the Griffing paintings looked like they were well tanned from being out in the sun, so this was the look that I was trying to achieve. I ended up using the Bronze Skin triad of colors from Reaper Paints.

Advancing poses.

Firing poses.

Melee weapons Mohawks
Command or Character Set of figures
The last couple of figures depict a mounted and dismounted version of the same warrior. I use this figure as my leader in war band groups. The standing figure was inspired by a picture painted by Don Troiani and I think that Richard Ansell did a fine job of rendering the painting into a miniature figure. The mounted figure allows wargamers to have a "character figure" for skirmish level games, available in both a mounted and dismounted version of the same figure.

Mohawk Chief: mounted and dismounted variants.

The Fife and Drum Mohawk Chief figure was inspired by this picture.
I think that it might be a Don Troiani picture that I found on Pinterest.

I am working on another dozen Mohawks and hope to have these figures painted and ready for showing off within the next couple of days.


  1. Excellent figures and painting Jim.

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