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  1. So, let's have a go at something a little different I thought, a little challenging perhaps... Now Napoleonic Armies have always had a special interest for me but scared me to death with the intricacies of the uniforms. So what better challenge could there possibly be? Inevitably I stumbled across these chaps on the E of the Bay They looked as though they had everything I would need to be able to assemble and paint a representative force for the display cabinet (I'm not a wargamer but I do like 28mm scale figures) However, when I opened the box I found myself still a little confused so after many hours on T'internet researching the subject I treated myself to a book to help. I bought "An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars" by Digby Smith. It's a good basic ground work with good clear illustrations and discussions of the uniforms. This helped me to identify the options I wanted to model. I decided I wanted to depict a regiment at the beginning of the period allowing my chaps to wear the dashing Tarleton helmet and I wanted them to be in breeches rather than campaign grey overalls. Much smarter! So here is something that I wish I had before I started. An analysis of the parts on the "Trooper Sprue" The other reason for choosing the early period was the much simpler "Tolman" tunic which has a lot less braid. There is also an option for Regiments serving on warmer climes the "Tropical Tin Helmet" was used. The horses are very straightforward and yet quiet clever. You get a sprue with three left sides and three right sides and you can combine any left with any right which (if my fingers and thumbs don't deceive me) gives you nine different horse poses. There is also a command sprue which gives you two figures and two horses. So with four lots of three (hosses and doods) gives a total of fourteen figures. Quite enough to be going on with. So I have assembled the first three troopers and horses and here is one of them. Needs a little bit of seem smoothing but otherwise pretty good in this cruel close up (remember the soldier stands at about 3cm tall. Don't expect daily updates on here. I have lost my modelling bench to my son and daughter-in-law between residences and this is being done on my work desk in the front room which the Fun Police Officer insists is tidied away each evening. Tally ho.
  2. This is an Art Girona 54mm figure representing a sergeant of voltigeurs in a line company wearing campaign kit in Spain during the war which gave English the term guerilla. Napoleonic figures are usually sculpted in full dress, and while this was often employed in major set-piece battles, like Wagram or Austerlitz, clothing more suitable to the rigors of march and outpost work was generally worn on active service. This usually involved tough cloth trousers instead of breeches and gaiters, and preservative coverings over ornate headgear. The 'uniform' depicted for this figure struck me so odd when I got it I looked into the matter a bit, and it seems legitimate. Apparently the French in Spain seized early from Church stores a great quantity of fabric intended for monks' cassocks, which was put to use for infantry trousers. Light infantry often discarded their coats in summertime, and operated in shirt and vest only. Don't expect too much of this, certainly nothing like the figure in the kit's illustration. I am pretty much a duffer at these, and don't often do one. But we've just moved, and I wanted something fresh to get me going of the new bench. I will describe what I do, but don't rely on it for technique. First step is giving everything a primer coat (Tamiya Fine White rattle-can). To aid a little in showing shadows and highlights, I doused the pieces in a black acrylic wash, which I then rubbed down with wadded paper towel. I am using tube artists acrylics, which don't grip too tight, so a good deal of the wash went (as intended). Usual procedure is to start with the face, because if this isn't right the figure can't be, but faces, eyes especially are the hardest part, and re-doing them several times (as generally I must do) is no fun, so I thought I would reverse and do everything else first. Here's the result of last night's efforts: I use thinned coats, and lots of them. The basic color of the trousers is Burnt Sienna, cut in varying degree with something called 'bronze yellow', a nice dark yellow, with some of this used straight (but still thinned) to pick out highlights. The trousers are pretty much done. The vest and shirt is a bright titanium white, also cut with this 'bronze yellow), which allows the straight white to be used for highlights. These garments still need more work, which I will get to next week.
  3. The battery of fearless men A young officer, of questionable popularity, established his military reputation at the siege of Toulon (1793). Background French royalist counter-revolutionaries had handed the major French naval base of Toulon, together with its arsenal, to an Anglo-Spanish fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Lord Hood* and Admiral Juan de Lángara in August 1793. The British fleet also seized more than 70 French ships, almost half the French Navy. Both the strategic importance of the naval base and the prestige of the Revolution demanded that the French recapture Toulon. Although a series of French generals were nominally in command of the siege operation, the man responsible for its success was a little known artillery officer. When that officer was eventually given command, the Republicans first seized the outer forts overlooking the port, before preparing for the main attack on a fort ('Little Gibraltar') that dominated Toulon’s two harbours, followed by a general assault that took the town. Batterie des hommes sans peur In preparation or his attack, a series of artillery batteries had been placed to bombard the town. The most elevated battery, with the best firing position, was also the most vulnerable; indeed, it was considered a suicide posting. Ordering men to serve those guns would lead to a severe loss of morale and, likely, desertions. The officer spotted a printer in the French camp, which gave him an idea. He created a placard in order to name the battery. The following morning, the men saw the placard naming the suicidal battery: Batterie des hommes sans peur (battery of fearless men) The men thought about that name, and soon they were fighting each other to sign up to man it. They all wanted to be members of the band of men lucky enough to earn the honour of operating that cannon: it was manned day and night. The officer? His career took him from revolutionary to emperor of France: Napoleon Bonaparte References: https://www.britannica.com/event/Siege-of-Toulon https://medium.com/@kirkjbarbera/the-battery-of-the-men-without-fear-5e4c505a28f6 The kit for this build is in the post as I write, and should arrive tomorrow or Thursday. It is by Historex, and consists of a Gribeauval 8-pounder cannon together with five artillery crewmen. * Vice Admiral Lord Hood: Two of the three ships of the Royal Navy named HMS Hood were named after him (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hood,_1st_Viscount_Hood )
  4. Prussian Dragoons 3rd Regiment von Irwing. Unfortunately the pink tends to bleach out under the lights so please use your imagination to fill in the missing bits in the photos. They have the reputation as the worst set Hat have made so far. In that case I don't think they're doing too bad. They look OK as a group. An aid to the imagination.
  5. The 7th Regiment von Kohler.
  6. This first set in 'Advance' look not too bad. The eagle eyed will spot that I intentionally didn't clean off much of the mould lines. These are obvious on the first two photos when the image is blown up but in reality it doesn't really show , at least not with my eyesight. IR10 Wedel IR4 Kalkreuth If anyone from the two rear ranks suddenly burst into "I was born under a wand'ring star " It wouldn't surprise me in the least. More of them. More figures to follow over the next month or so.
  7. I've finished the first set of my Fusiliers. They're not perfect but they'll do very nicely. Magdeburg Brigade Front rank - 2nd Battalion Rear Rank - 5th Battalion Lower Silesia Brigade Front Rank - 13th Battalion Rear Rank - 15th Battalion
  8. I was reminded that I had these waiting for me to decide what to do with them. They're not based as I have a few more to add in the near(?) future. They're quite colourful little chaps.
  9. The completed 6ème Regiment de Chevau-Légers Lanciers (FRench 6th Line Lancers) The little fellows don't look too bad.
  10. The 3rd Uhlan regiment named after Erzherzog Carl Ludwig Johann Joseph Laurentius von Österreich, Herzog von Teschen (5 September 1771 – 30 April 1847) A delight to paint these little fellows.
  11. I've finally started my 1806 Prussians. They will all be Hat and these are not the best figures that I will ever have to paint but neither are they the worst. I've been pleasantly surprissed how they inproved with the final washes. This set are marching Grenadiers from IR4 and IR54 which make up a Grenadier Battalion under Oberstlieutenant von Vieregg (IR Nr. 54) who will be appearing at a later date. I haven't based the officer yet as he's waiting for a mate from IR54, his boss and a few others. This one is IR4 Vorwarts meine kinder!
  12. These were in the painting trays for a long time due to the summer we had. I've painted them to have representatives of four regiments. 2nd Banal-Petrinja 1st Walachische
  13. Here we go again oo-oo-ooh! Newline's latest offering of Grenzers. Now all filed and primed. And drilled Onwards ny children!
  14. My little group of Cuirassiers is finished. They're in facings of red, blue, green and black so cover every regiment in the Austro-Hungarian cavalry. Regimental differences would just be in button colour and in the one case a darker shade of blue. Not the best figures I've had to work with which is probably due to them being an early production for Hat. There are 32 due to one sprue being KGL Lt Dragoons and a couple of malformed horses didn't help in another box. The Zvezda replacements I used fit in pretty well though. Enough prattling. CHAAAAARGE!!!!!!!!
  15. I've finally exhausted my Newline Designs Austrians so it's the turn of Hat to supply the Cuirassiers. ( I had the boxes in the stash already) This group will represent three regiments so then I will have all the facing colours of the Austrian regiments, the buttons then being the only distinctions. I already have a set in progress with red facings. It may take a little longer to complete these with the higher number. Two of the horses were deformed on the sprue so I've added a couple of Italeri ones. The fore and rear legs of the rest had those straight bits of thick flash between them so I've recarved the lot. Primed and ready to go. I've not taken the Cuirassiers off the sprues yet, I'm saving that as a treat as I'll be impaling twenty-four of them at one go. Oh joy!
  16. Here's my little band of Hungarian Hussars ot the 5th Regiment Ott (later Radetzky) Some of the horses are still a little dusty from flocking so please bear with me. And next up on the table will be.............?
  17. The intermission is over. I'm back from the frozen north to the frozen midlands and my paint brushes. A nice little band of Austrian Hussars to have fun with. Once again as with the vast majority of my Austro-Hungarians they're Newline Designs 20mm. The trickiest operation of these is this.... It looks much better drilled out.
  18. A few more skirmishers to add to my Austrians. You'll notice I've been making tufts again with my static grass applicator Pingauer Schützen Salzburg City Schützen Upper Austria Schützen Batallion des voluntaires de Mahrish Legion de l'archduc Charles Grenz There will now be a short intermission.
  19. I've started these Schützen and Grenzer. It's not a Grimm's fairy tale, they're Austrian Infantry. I've already filed, drilled and primed them so we're ready to roll I'm doing small skirmishing groups from four regiments. And the horn works
  20. Here are my little Austrian dragoons painted as the 5th Regiment. With the light uniforms the light needed for the photographs has bleached them out a little. There's actually no white paint on show. The grass tufts I made myself. I bought a static grass applicator and the tufts cost practically nothing so I can add as many as I like Onwards!!!!!
  21. I think I'll just have time to get these done while I'm waiting for the extra Austrian Landwehr figures. MrsG has chosen the regiment so it's a goer. I've cleaned them off and levelled the bases so the next operation is impalement
  22. Another project off the 10 year plan Please pardon the number of photos but there are troops from three locations . Krain Styria Lower Austria I hope you enjoy them.
  23. I had a little time left after the Siege mortars and these little chappies were shouting at me from the top of my printer so............... They're primed and ready to go.
  24. It's been many years in the planning so I threw the plans away and made this. Now, what's next on the table
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