Tuesday, 14 July 2015
You can see the individual units under the French label. It's been a while since I painted French troops and I'm keen to do more, as they are very pretty troops. I have a half-finished unit of chasseurs that needs polishing off (this is the unit above flanked by two individually based Eureka Miniatures officers). The unit stalled because I lost one figure and it wasn't until Salute earlier this year that I finally decided that I'd never find this figure and so bought a whole pack just to replace it. I'm intending to finish painting this unit next month. I'll then do a unit of grenadiers and some more line infantry, and I have in the lead pile the various command figures that Perry released. So at the moment I have 3.5 battalions of infantry and several skirmishers (who aren't shown here). The figures are mainly from Perry Miniatures. The singly-based officers, as mentioned, are from Eureka Miniatures' Revolutionary Wars range, as are the various camp follower sets.
I've also added another label for the various "parades" I occasionally have of my collections. The original AWI parades are some years old now so I should have a go at re-doing those, although I suspect each side no longer fits onto 1 table - the American forces in particular are much larger now than they were in 2008. I did a parade of my 1815 French collection last year, but I seem not to have posted about it then for some reason; given everything I've painted since I'll have another session with my 1815 stuff at a later stage.
Was there a direct causal link between France's involvement in the American Revolution and the fall of the Bastille? The cost of the war was one of the contributing factors to France's economic problems, which were a major cause of the French Revolution. It is also sometimes said that men who fought in American returned home with new-found revolutionary fervour, but I expect it's easy to overplay that. As it happens, I'm currently painting the Perry Miniatures sculpt of General Marcognet, a soldier who fought in America as a very young junior officer in the final stages of the AWI and by 1815 had risen to command a division in d'Erlon's I Corps. I wonder how many other soldiers were present at Waterloo who had also been in the AWI.
Friday, 3 July 2015
The Sudan is one of those periods that I keep meaning to turn some serious attention to. I have a mini-leadpile containing British infantry, hussars and naval types and from time to time I get the urge to paint some of them. I based my Hadendowah, which I painted back in 2007/8 on large Gilder-style bases, which I sort of regret now as most ofthe rules I've looked at (such as "Black Powder") use smaller bases. So at some stage I'll probably rebase these, which might be tricky given that I think I used greenstuff to glue the figures to the bases. A couple of photos of the other pieces in my Sudan collection are shown below. The buildings in the background are by Touching History. Back in the days when Paul Darnell was still making stuff I bought a load of these Sudanese/Middle Eastern style dwellings together with a Mahdist fort.
4 figures. Painted March 2015.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Gringos40, who have released a wide variety of figures in 28mm and 40mm. Their Napoleonic range has various esoteric Imperial Guard types: mamelukes, Gendarmes d'Elite, the Marins and engineers, and a couple of personalities. The engineers range has several poses, including skirmishing and marching figures and command. I thought the figures you see here would make a nice little vignette to represent the presence of the engineers, perhaps being drafted in to ferry ammunition and powder to the Imperial Guard's artillery. Whether these troops were actually present at the battle of Waterloo I don't know; I suppose they might have been off building or repairing a bridge somewhere. However, these are nice figures and it seems a pity not to find a use them. Gringos40 also do a sapeurs fire engine set which I must check out some time...
These are large 28mm figures. From base to the crest of the helmet is 35mm and they look quite big side by side with Perry and (particularly) Foundry Napoleonic figures. I thought about putting some more boxes and crates or barrels on the base, but then decided that would be too busy and, given the amount of "rear echelon" stuff I have for my French Waterloo army (with much more planned), I wanted to keep the base size of this vignette as small as possible. As with my other Imperial Guard figures (who now have a new label all to themselves) I used the Foundry "French Blue 65" palette with a cheeky final highlight of "Deep Blue 20B". More AWI next, I promise.
3 figures. Painted June 2015.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
La Constitution regiment like that. But to make the Espana look different I gave the figures white summer trousers instead of grey ones and didn't add any mud splatter (which I gave to the Borbon Regiment which is otherwise similarly dressed). If I ever get around to painting second battalions for these regiments I will continue the colour schemes of their first battalions.
I don't as yet have any light infantry battalions for the Isabelinos, but with 6 regular line battalions and 4 other units, together with the British and French allied forces, I have enough loyalist troops for the moment. In time I'd like to add second battalions to the Espana and La Constitution regiments and a third battalion to the Princessa. However, in the meantime my Carlist forces need building up, as I only have 3 battalions and some skirmishers. Next up on the blog are 4 new American infantry battalions for the AWI; then more 1815.
24 figures. Painted December 2014-February 2015. Flag by Adolfo Ramos and barn by Touching History.
Saturday, 6 June 2015
"It was in the first charge I took the eagle from the enemy: he and I had a hard contest for it; he made a thrust at my groin, I parried it off and cut him down through the head. After this a lancer came at me; I threw the lance off by my right side, and cut him through the chin and upward through the teeth.
Next, a foot-soldier fired at me and charged me with his bayonet, which I also had the good luck to parry, and then I cut him down through the head; thus ended the contest.
As I was about to follow my regiment, the general [General Ponsonby] said,’My brave fellow, take that to the rear; you have done enough till you get quit of it’. which I was obliged to do, but with great reluctance.
I retired to a height, and stood there for upwards of an hour, which gave a general view of the field, but I cannot express the horrors I beheld. The bodies of my brave comrades were lying so thick upon the field that it was scarcely possible to pass, and horses innumerable. I took the eagle into Brussels amid the acclamations of thousands of spectators who saw it."
What colour was Ewart's hair? No idea, so I painted it brown
Adolfo Ramos. It was only once I'd taken these photos that I realised Ewart's sword is looking rather clean and bloodless, so I'll need to rectify that this evening.
4 figures. Painted May 2015. Flag by GMB.
Sunday, 31 May 2015
In keeping with the Napoleonic theme for a moment, this is Westfalia Miniatures' limited edition French imperial post coach, together with an additional French postman smoking his pipe. This is an all-metal set that comes in various parts. In can be fiddly to put together, although the Westfalia website offers good instructions. The only really confusing part are the bits that go on the back of the coach and precisely where they go. The model might have benefited from reins, but I decided I didn't really know how to go about it and I couldn't really be bothered anyway.
The standing postman is straight out of an illustration in Osprey's Elite series "Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (2)", a book that provides a bit of useful information. Apparently the French Military Postal Service was staffed by civilians but came under the command of the military. Every army had a detachment, but in circumstances where Napoleon himself commanded an army the director-in-chief of the service came under the command of the imperial household HQ. This model shows a two-wheeled coach that was often used to transport letters - these are on the roof of the coach, protected by oilcloth. The postmen here are wearing civilian blue rather than imperial dark green, but their attachment to the army is shown by the tricoleur ribbons around their hats. The illustrations in the Osprey book show the various imperial coaches painted yellow ochre with red oxide woodwork, so that's those are the colours I've used here. I painted this some time ago but didn't quite finish the painting or the lantern. I tried to paint the lantern as it might appear in daylight, but that's failed totally and it looks as if there's a phosphorus grenade going off inside it. Anyway, this joins my "rear echelon" stuff for my 1815 collection.
Coach and postmen painted November-December 2014.
On the painting table at the moment are the Perries' Sergeant Ewart Waterloo vignette and the 8th Ligne - wip photos below.