Thursday, 31 December 2009

French line units

Managed to get 3 line units finished, I now have 12 units of which only two are legere. These are Old Glory but one command base has Fantassin command figures. The pose is that of  '1815 advancing' although you may have spotted that one base is '1815' march attack because I did not have enough to make up four bases. I will start on the line lancers and chasseurs cheval sometime soon in 2010.

Happy New Year


Thursday, 24 December 2009

December update


After a very long delay I've posted some pictures of terrain and the lead pile. December has been very quiet on the painting front because a good friend of mine took ill and died. It was a complete shock and he did not suffer too much. However, as they say life goes on.

Here are some pictures of river sections I painted with the help of my kids. I didn't want to spend too much on terrain but didn't want to use blue felt because I dont like the look of it. I was looking at one of the blogs I follow blog and the guy used these hexs for roads and rivers. So you can basically create your own multi-shape roads and rivers. They are a bit rough and ready but do the trick for me!
Here are some with a ruler to gauge their size.

here they all are again with a base of infantry

Here we have assorted trees - I bought a big bag from modelzone (Newcastle, UK) for £15 a couple  of years ago. I chopped them up and pruned them back to get different sizes. Thet are based on poker chips (as are my command figures), I got a box of a hundred or so for £2 from ASDA.

I also bought some other trees from  my local hobby shop a while back, these can be seen on the far right - they aren't too good compared with the modelzone ones.

Below is the lead pile and below the lead pile is a batch of three french line units partially painted.

 Below is a batch of 20 french line lancers and 20 french chassuers cheval, these have just been primed using GW chaos black spray. I think I prefer Vallejo black spray primer as it has a better matte finish. I only got the chaos black becuase my modelzone ran out of vallejo primer. The GW chaos black is a bit too shiney and some paints dont stick well to it.

 Here is a close up of a lancer (AB figures), for painting purposes I blue tack them to milk bottle tops. As you have probably seen from the other pictures I use the giant craft lollipop sticks for the infantry - which rather neatly accomodate 8 figures, which is the number I use to a base.

Well, I guess thats about it for the moment.