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

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Vallejo Model Color 70950 169 Black for the bonnet, shako, boots, cockade, cartridge pouch, gaiters and shoes. I would normally have the grey 'marching order' gaiters but followed the instructions in this instance.
31723343007_8a9848a1fd_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
31723342837_882ac400f7_b.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The saltire was painted Vallejo Model Color 48 70898 Dark Sea Blue
31723342627_3bb5c98125_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Humbrol Acrylic 29 Matt Dark Earth for the India Pattern musket, pack, flag pole and bag pipes. I would have painted the packs black, but these look nothing like as square and solid as the Trotter knapsacks depicted on other figures, so followed the instructions.
31723342757_d1f3cfd73a_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Humbrol Acrylic 106 Matt Ocean Grey for the great coat
31723342547_fd6115890a_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Vallejo Model Color 70.951/001 White for the straps, plume tip, belts, turnbacks and tufts
39713324133_6a3d2ab8ca_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Vallejo Model Color 70863 179 Gunmetal Grey on the India Pattern musket fittings and bayonet
Humbrol Acrylic 237 Matt Desert Tan is the drum skin
Vallejo Model Color 172 70996 Gold for the Officer's epaulettes and gorget and the edging to the King's Colours
39713324033_983dcafe7d_b.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Humbrol Acrylic 54 Metallic Brass make the India Pattern musket fittings and buckles
Vallejo Model Color 32 70946 Dark Red for the Officer’s sash
Humbrol Acrylic 110 Matt Natural Wood picks out the drum sticks
39713323923_2cdc474013_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Humbrol Acrylic 29 Matt Dark Earth bases
46625420322_4510a30564_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
39713323783_4dec7142e5_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
46625420382_81ceb3c1e5_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
46625420242_2d1a60db6d_b.jpgDSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Moving on to the 01743 Hussars, I have 5 extra men and 8 extra horses (without bases) that will be painted as French Hussards with 3 of the new set. The 9 remaining new pieces will be painted as per the instructions.
I started with the horses, roughly blending the colours as I applied the paints. 
Vallejo Model Color 1 70951 White + 159 70991 Dark Sea Grey = musicians’ horses
Vallejo Model Color 149 70872 Chocolate Brown  +168 70862 Black Grey + Vallejo Model Color 169 70950 Black = first squadron horses
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown + 149 70872 Chocolate Brown = second squadron horses
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown + 114 70879 Green Brown = third squadron horses
32828494118_8c8522dd48_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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This may become complicated with the variety of uniforms I intend to portray. I think the busbies/colpacks were replaced with shakos by 1815, so these are more fitting for prior to 1813.
32828493948_eeffcdd54b_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The first two figures are old ones being repainted as a musician and a sapper of the 1st Régiment de Hussards.
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh = skin tones, horse’s muzzle
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown = hair
Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet = Sapper’s breeches, bag & plume
Vallejo Model Color 67 70961 Sky Blue = musician’s breeches, Sapper’s Dolman & pelisse
32828493378_5b372ed947_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Two more repaints into the 4th Régiment de Hussards (St. Laurent)
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh = skin tones, horse’s muzzle
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown = hair
Vallejo Model Color 53 70930 Dark Blue = breeches, pelisse, Polish cuffs
32828493848_168dd4a869_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Two of the new figures for the 5th Régiment de Hussards
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh = skin tones, horse’s muzzle
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown = hair
Vallejo Model Color 67 70961 Sky Blue = breeches, Dolman & bag
32828493758_ff2854be2b_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

And one of each (old and new) for the 7th Régiment de Hussards
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh = skin tones, horse’s muzzle
Vallejo Model Color 140 70984 Flat Brown = hair
Humbrol Acrylic 30 Matt Dark Green = Sapper’s breeches, Dolman & Pelisse
Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet = musician’s breeches, bag & Dolman
32828493638_a578fa0163_b.jpgDSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Vallejo Model Color 53 70930 Dark Blue = shabraque, portmanteau

32828493558_e419bc0645_b.jpgDSC_0008 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The OOB figures are not painted as much, just the flesh and hair.
32828493478_99eef8ca0f_b.jpgDSC_0009 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

And their horse's shabraques (Hu:60)
32828493188_e36ea43785_b.jpgDSC_0010 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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I used Vallejo Model Color 49 70807 Oxford Blue for the dolman and pelisse of the figures I'm painting to the instruction guide and Humbrol Acrylic 106 Matt Ocean Grey overalls
31874358987_575e802cc9_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Their horses have black Hungarian harness and Humbrol Acrylic 24 Matt Trainer Yellow cyphers on the Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet shabraque
31874358597_2e88529e36_b.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The 1st get their white cuffs and gloves.
31874358877_9e847fd2d7_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The 4th get Hu:60 Scarlet cuffs
31874358817_b6c5f04e20_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The 5th have Humbrol Acrylic 60 Matt Scarlet sabretasche
31874358727_8e23137b8d_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The 7th receive Humbrol Acrylic 154 Matt Insignia Yellow lace
39850575323_d78849ef0e_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Have you been stockpiling cocktail sticks Ratch? 👍

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I bought some (2 packs I think) a number of years ago 🍸

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On to the next set. The Waterloo British Artillery (01746) figures were heavy with flash, I removed this with a hot soldering iron.
33006083548_c957e8aa4a_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

They were then sprayed with black primer.
33006083418_6dc81bd995_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
Vallejo Model Color 135 70875 Beige Brown + 147 70871 Leather Brown + 148 70941 Burnt Umber + 169 70950 Black = horses
Humbrol Acrylic 64 Matt Light Grey = gun carriage
Vallejo Model Color 175 70998 Bronze = cannon
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh = skin tones, horse’s muzzle
Games Workshop 61-76 Flesh Wash = skin tones
33006083318_20247fcab3_b.jpgDSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Here's a nerdy boring fact.  French Cavalry didn't carry spiking nails.  A spiking nail was a soft iron nail that you could hammer into the touch hole of a cannon to disable it.  The gunners, when Cavalry attacked at Waterloo, fired and ran back into the squares.  When the Cavalry retired they ran out again and reloaded the guns.  If the French Cavalry had the nails they could have disabled the guns.  They didn't have time to carry the guns off...

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Next up, the Waterloo French Infantry 01744. The instructions have them painted as Grenadiers; which isn't too bad except they lack epaulettes, and the breeches and gaiters they wear are more fitting for an earlier period than Waterloo. They could equally be Voligeurs; right in some aspects but wrong in others. Flags weren't carried by Grenadiers or Voltigeurs so he must be a Fusilier. Trumpeters were not used by the Infantry, so I shall transfer him to the Horse Artillery. The Officer is quite acceptable. Like the RHA these carry a bit of flash.
33072417898_a885b5ec01_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Out with the soldering iron for a clean-up.
33072417838_97a2286bc7_b.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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I shall be painting them in a variety of uniforms. These will be Grenadiers.
33072417778_4faf2bdc9f_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

About twice as many will be Voltigeurs.
33072417328_0283e3ff9c_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Two Fusiliers.
33072417648_2c092b6371_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

Drummer in pre-Bardic uniform
33072417508_73f0c85707_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The mounted officer.
33072417408_8bdbcfea45_b.jpgDSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

The Horse Artillery trumpeter.
33072417238_8a2397afb4_b.jpgDSC_0008 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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The set painted.
Grenadiers
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Voltigeurs
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Fusiliers, officer, drummer and Horse Artillery trumpeter
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The next set to enter the process is the 01749 Imperial Guard. There is a thin film of flash around each of the figures.
46081019175_9953f3a1fd_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

So they received the soldering iron treatment.
46081019025_30e24829ea_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
I have 8 figures left over from my previous set (with the bases cut off), so I may as well paint them at the same time.

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Airfix 01736 Napoleonic Waterloo French Cavalry (Cuirassiers)
4e Régiment de Cuirassiers 314 men
The regiment nominally consisted of four squadrons each of two companies, each company having 100 men. Increased to five squadrons from March 1807 and back to four squadrons from 18 January 1810. Blue coats with long tails until 1804, then short-tailed coatee. Facings of orange collar, cuffs, cuff flaps and turnbacks for 4th regiment from 1810. Pewter buttons, silver for officers. Turnbacks had blue grenades. Shoulder straps were blue, piped in the facing colour, replaced by red epaulettes. The helmet was polished steel with brass comb, black mane, black cowhide turban, black visor edged with brass. Red plume on the right, brass chin scales. Senior officers had white plumes. Polished steel cuirass, leather straps, brass scales. Red lining edged white for all regiments. White waistcoat. Buff breeches. Small black cartridge box on white belt over the cuirass. Long black boots with bronzed steel spurs. White gauntlet gloves, black cravat, white cloak, blue housings laced white. Cuirassiers were mounted on blacks or dark bays. White sheepskin edged red, white grenades on the housings and regimental number on the valise.
Cuirassier Trumpeters wore the green imperial livery coatee from 1812. Collar, cuffs and turnbacks were in the facing colour, imperial livery lace. They did not wear the cuirass and were mounted on whites or greys.
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On with the Prussians
47360656701_cb1f58a6db_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
47360656711_b4933c5a77_z.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
33484512388_11d3193283_z.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
The man on the left is painted in my choice of colours to represent the Landwehr uniform, the man on the right is painted following Airfix's paint guide. Just a few touch ups to do and then I shall start on these.
47360656771_f653af1180_z.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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