Friday, 31 December 2010

Plans for the French Hussars

I will shortly start on two units of french hussars (1st and 4th) so I can complete Pajol's cavalry corps. I'll try and get the 4th to look like the dashing figures on the front of the General de Brigade rules book. It's from a painting by Edourad Detaille and obviously inspired Mr Andrew Barton since the 'superior officer' of hussars has exactly the same pose! His saddlecloth and breeches look black rather than dark blue.

Here is also a picture from Andre Jouineau's book 2 of Hussars. We see that the blue normally associated with the 1st hussars is a lot darker than usually depicted.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Prussian Artillery - new and old

Completed basing the prussians last night and took some photos today after the PVA dried. They  are based on two different sizes of MDF, the AB artillery which I finished some months ago are on smaller sized 30x50 bases but looked a bit cramped so I moved to 40x50.

The only thing I've done differently this time is to paint the edge of the bases the same colour as the main colour of the soil and rocks. Looks bettter I think and I can't really figure out what got into to me to paint the edges green on all the hundreds of other bases completed in the past!.

So we have two Warmodelling horse artillery guns, the quality of the crew castings are not so fine but the cannons are quite good. Then we have four AB guns quality excellent. Finally we have six Old Glory artillery peices, guns not so good (a bit small) but the crew are fine.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Whats next?

Took a few photo's of my next units. First in line will be some Prussian artillery, mainly Old Glory with two Warmodelling cannons. After that will be two units of French hussars (1st and 4th), these are AB's and I have colour coded the milk bottle tops so not to mix them up, as I have sorted the poses for each unit. After these are completed I will commence two units of British AB peninsular infantry. These can all be seen primed black and waiting for a few licks of vallejo! Incidently, I'm now using GW Chaos black primer, this has a slight sheen to it and you can easily make out the smallest of detatils - I found the vallejo black primer made it a bit harder to see the details as it was matte.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

AB French Line Foot Artillery

Just completed these guys in record time, the blue coats were easy to paint as where the crossbelts. You may notice a French line horse battery lurking among the foot. The first picture is a shot of the back of my head (thanks to my daughter Sarah) and you can just see me clutching a lollipop stick of figures. The batteries are mainly 6lb's but two are howitzers and two are 12lb(the 12lbs are seen in the last two photos).

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Westphalian Landwehr Cavalry

Just completed these guys - they were a bunch of Warmodelling leftovers and are a mixture of Uhlans and Landwehr and as a result they do not have any command to go with them.