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Ratch

Ratch's 1/72 (1/76) Napoleonics

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The next batch to be restored/renovated are these, the 1st Battalion, 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) - 4 Esci (Grenadier and Light Company) with 16 Airfix 01745 (Centre Companies)

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The two figures on the left are the Esci ones I'm using for the Grenadiers - a trooper and an ensign carrying the rather small King's Colours

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The two kneeling figures on the right will form the Light Company

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Some lovely work as ever, Ratch.

I must say, though, that your pictures always seem very blurry to me which is a shame as it rather obscures any details. 

 

Possibly it's just that my browser doesn't like your hosting site so it's only letting me see low-res previews.

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Sometimes I struggle with depth of field - certainly in macro mode - but the last ones look in focus to me....

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Another set of figures all done as the 1st Battalion, 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
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The next set up for restoration are these Airfix 01746 Royal Horse Artillery
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For some reason I decided to paint these Esci Napoleonic French Artillery (234) as Artillery Train of the Guard, which is quite incorrect
I shall be re-painting them as Guard Foot Artillery

 

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I have a mixed bag of HäT 8003 British Rocket Troops, a full set previously painted, and a set of figures only (without rocket launchers or wagons)
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I have cut four bases to mount them on
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The pre-painted set needed very little touching up
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As they are all basically Royal Horse Artillery, I shall save some to utilise with other sets.
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The ones with rockets will supplement the first set

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I decided that while painting the Rocket Troops I should paint the other RHA uniformed men in my possession. Consequently I got out 3 sets of Esci, one of Airfix and some odd Drivers from Revell's 02577 Foot Artillery. I shall also utilise one of the teams of horses (and limber) to use with the Rocket Troops as well as a gun (they had 5x6 pdr guns and 1x5½" howitzer)
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So I currently have six (and a bit) sets of figures on the bench - this may take some time...

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Good luck Ratch ;)

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I think I'm gonna need it Fred :rofl2:

Here's the latest update, with a few more colours applied.
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I got impatient to see results and broke the sets up into bitesize chunks. Here is the original. There are four sets of these figures in each box. I have touched them up and mounted them.
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This is where I started this morning...
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Concentrating on the 2nd picture's content, I got to here...
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What you see is a mixture of HäT, Esci, Airfix and Revell
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I had just sprinkled the scatter over the PVA and these will be tidied up tomorrow
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Wellington attached a 6pdr battery to the Rocket Troop
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Their wagons were drawn by teams of four horses with a limber
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Today I laid out the figures I have completed so far in a diorama/wargaming setting...
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An overview

 

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French Old Guard and Cuirassiers advancing

 

 

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The Emperor viewing his artillery, sappers and Carabiniers

 

 

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La Haye Saint defended by the 95th

 

 

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The Dutch advance

 

 

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Highland squares and the KGL screening
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Prussians support the British Hussars

 

 

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Whynyates Rocket Troop tucked behind the squares

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It would seem that some manufacturers got into a muddle when sculpting their RHA figures. The uniform is described as being the Tarleton helmet with dark blue turban, brass chinscales, and bearskin crest with white plume on the left side, and brass peak edging, dark blue dolman with red collar and pointed cuffs, yellow lace and buttons, white breeches and hussar boots or grey overalls with a red stripe down the outer seam. Gunners wore shoulder belts (replaced by waist belts) from which their 1796 light cavalry sabre was suspended; both styles were worn until after Waterloo. Officers wore sashes; initially crimson silk until 1815 when hussar-style barrel sashes were adopted. Officers might also have sabretaches and pelisses.
Royal Artillery Drivers wore either a dark blue coat with scarlet collar and Swedish cuffs with yellow lace or one with pointed cuffs without the braiding across the chest but a frame of lace around three rows of buttons. Both red and white turnbacks are recorded. Officers wore epaulettes and had scarlet facings with gold lace. The Tarleton helmet as the RHA. White breeches and black gaiters were worn at home and grey overalls with one or two red stripes down the seam on campaign. They were armed with the 1796 light cavalry sabre.
I have Airfix 01746, HäT 8003 & Esci 233 sets, all purporting to be of the RHA. Let's take a look:
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on the left an Airfix figure and centre left a HäT figure, both correctly attired in the RHA Dolman. Centre right and right are Esci figures. The are a complete mish-mash wearing a tailed coat like the Royal Artillery Drivers wore. CL is painted as RHA & R as RAD.

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Turn them over and the confusion continues. The Airfix and the HäT figures are both correctly attired again, but the Esci figure has braid over his chest making his front RHA and his back RAD. Once again CL is painted as RHA & R as RAD. This figure has the wrong coat for the RAH and no epaulettes for an RAD officer.

 

And it doesn't stop there. Here are the Airfix limber men and riders.
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The limber men are attired as RHA but the riders have the mixed uniform with a tailed coat with no lace on the back but a fully braided chest. Their cuffs are pointed with Hungarian knots above the points.


The dilemma is whether to paint the figures as they are moulded or ignore the incorrect engravings and paint the correct lace. But again this leaves Esci's unfortunate short tails. Would the RAD have assisted with guns in the heat of battle? Gunnery appears to have been a very specialised job with lots of training. Probably not many (if any) Drivers would have learned by observation. Discipline was bad in the RAD ranks because the officers had their men spread widely in the gun batteries.

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I have copied FredG's method of mounting figures for painting

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Drilling the holes is tedious, but it does help to reduce the retouches due to handling

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Drilling the plastics is easy Ratch. Bosch screwdriver with the hex fit drill jaws and a 1mm or less drill bit. The metals are the tedious ones with the bits needing several cleans to get just the one hole.

 

The Rocket troop is a very interesting set, I'm not sure what it's based on but it is interesting ;). Their big success was at Leipzig when the rockets were ground launched using their ' Bouche a feu' (Congreve described it as a small iron plate trough 18 inches (45 cm) long with four prongs at the bottom to heel it into the ground; it weighed about six pounds (2.72kg) ( The width must have been about 4.5 inches (11.43cm), the diameter of a 6-pr rocket) It was carried in a small leather case, strapped to the rear of the saddle above the valise.)

 

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Cheers Fred, Wellington thought that rockets were pretty useless - only good for burning down towns and villages :jump_fire:

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Wellington thought everything and everyone was useless bar Wellington :yes:

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Ramsay's Troop
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Mercer's, Ross' and Beane's Troops, RHA
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Here I've done a simple conversion, taking HäT Rocket Troops, an Esci and an Airfix artillery figure and utilising some of the heads I'd previously cut from HäT 8025 Waterloo Dutch Infantry to make them into Heinemann's Brunswick Horse Artillery
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I've used Deluxe Roket Super Glue Gel to fix them :tooth:

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