Thursday, October 19, 2017

Artillerie à cheval

After I posted my last blog post I realized I had actually posted 5 posts in one month. It's a very long time since I've had that kinda blog productivity. Not only that but this was also the first time in a very long time I've posted 5 posts from the same period without any other periods getting squeezed in between. And now a 6th! post in a row that is Napoleonic.

This is my first "conversion", not a proper one, just a headswap, it's my first headswap.
The figures are Perry Artillerie a cheval from their Egypt range, I murdered them using a guillotine(they are French after all) And then glued on some heads from the Perry Plastic hussar box I had left over from the Chasseur a cheval thing. 
The collars did get a little screwy, but it looks ok.
The Perry figures are superb, I did criticize the Perry infantry in bicornes, but these are fantastic, lots of detail, lots of folds to for me to work with. And easy to paint(not a given with Perry)

The gun is Brigade games 8pdr which I had a lot of trouble with, it has no woodgrain, and so I had big problems making it look good(not that I'm very good with guns with woodgrain)
On the other hand, I'm quite happy with the tube, I got some painting tips from someone of TMP, it was a nice little technique and while I didn't get it quite right, it is one of the better tubes I've painted,.

 I like these, the French really knew how to do uniforms!
 The base is a little too small, but my next bigger base is way to big.
Dark blue and red are one of the best combos in color there is.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As promised

So the first battalion for my 1806 Prussians is done.

It's regiment Nr 33 Alvensleben(which for me sound like a pretend German word, one you just make up to make something sound German, like adding "sky" to end of words to make it sound Russian) But it's a common name aristocratic family name.

I don't know much about the regiment, it was part of  GL Friedrich-Wilhelm-Karl Schmettau division at Auerstadt, But I don't know how much it took part in the battle, nor which French division(s) it faced.

The regiment is faced white, so lots of white on these. White and blue can be quite striking, maybe not as colorful as the orange or rose faced regiments(don't worry they are coming) But still very striking.

The figures are from Three Armies, a relatively new company concentrating on the early part of the Napoleonic Wars(a sorely overlooked period of the Napoleonic period) Micheal Percy also makes later period French and British, making other missing things like British in greatcoats.

He now has early french line infantry, 1806 Prussian infantry, and 1808 Spanish infantry. With early Austrians and Russians in the works.

I like these figures, they are quite different from my usual stuff, there are very few folds in the uniform, making it hard for me to shade and highlight. I simply don't have the technique to paint these well yet. But I'll practice. The second thing I need to work on is the faces still haven't "got" them yet.

I also need to find a better beige triad, I could not get those trousers the way I wanted them!

Anyway, I really like these, and I have placed a second order. Which will let me finish the brigade Alvensleben was part of.

Out walking in the sun!
 I do kinda feel the officer sick a little out, he is really learning while the others are just marching, the officer looks like he is marching into a hail of shot and shell while the others are on a Sunday walk. 
The red musket straps really help bring out some color. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

1er régiment de chasseurs à cheval

WOW 4 units from the same period in a row. Must be a record!

This is the 1st Chasseur a cheval, using Perry plastic French hussars.
Some very very very light conversion work here, it concisted of chopping of the plume and glueing it on the side of the shako, and than  painting the shako red, It's not an exact copy of the shako used by the 1st during the 1805-1807 period.
I did this unit for 3 reasons.
1. Chasseurs need some love, often the Hussars and heavy cavalry get all the glory. But it was the Chasseurs and Dragoons that did the heavy work on campaign.
2. The 1st can be made with the hussar box as they had braids.
3. The 1st was a "favorite" of Davout and he kept the regiment with his corps from 1805-1813. And since I'm working on the 3rd corps it's fitting.

It's a very half-assed conversion, I didn't do anything to hide the barrel sash, simply painted over it, I did get help as the saddle and stuff hide much of this stuff.

It's an ok looking unit, I think I did better on my dragoons. But I generally do, do better work on metal.

I also realized that all my cavalry is green, first french dragoons, and chasseurs, and soon I'll receive some Russian dragoons, more green.
I need some French cuirassiers or carabiners and some Prussian/Russian cuirassiers and hussars and Prussian dragoons(which aren't green)

 There was 3 squadrons of this regiment at Auerstadt and Eylau so I might do 6 more.
 The horses were real hit and miss, the white one is fugly as hell. But the last 3 I did looked quite ok.
I keep the horses on the elite company black but did not keep to the "squadron" color scheme on the other horses. 

I received my Prussian and French from Three Armies today, this is 2 battalions of Prussians and 1 of French

Friday, September 29, 2017

Azov regiment

Well well well, 3 Napoleonic posts in half a month!

By accident, I found 24 painted 1805 Russians, I threw the brave Russians in a glass of Acetone and ripped off their faces. I had already painted 6 of them that I found named in a clutter box.
So I painted up the remaining 18.

The regiment is Azov with lovely pale yellow and turquoise facings.

I got enough figures on the way to finish the 2 remaining battalions in the regiment as well as a 4th battalion to form the start of a 2nd regiment. 

 A colorful battalion, the Flags are Brest inspection, but I have Azov specific flags on the way, so these are just temporary if the battalion wasn't colorful enough the Azov flags are pink!
 The figures are Brigade games and they are very nice with realistic proportions.
Flags are as usual Maverick models.

PS. I also got some sample figures from a new company called Three Armies. He is making French and Prussians for 1806, While also working on Austrians and Russians from the same period. He is even making some fantastic looking 1808 Spanish.

I did paint up my sample Prussians

Sunday, September 17, 2017

19e régiment de dragons

Another unit done!
2 squadrons from the 19th dragoons.
At Austerlitz, this regiment with 3 squadrons only numbered 160 men, so basically just a single squadron.

The figures are the quite new Perry proper dragoons, and they are very nice.
Like all the perry stuff they are animated and detailed.
Also like most of the perry stuff, they are very campaign-oriented. A mix of saddle cloth and sheepskin, coat slung over the shoulders etc.

The 1st and 2nd Squadron with the elite company from the 1st squadron. 

 I'm generally happy with these, some of the horses didn't turn out quite as I wanted.
To my surprise, the yellow trumpeter turned out quite well(yellow uniforms are hard)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

33e régiment d'infanterie

So I've wanted to do Napoleonics again, but I can never seem to get into the mood.
In June I decided to try yet again. And this time do the 1805-1807 which is my favorite period.
I managed a whopping 12 French infantry and 3 French dragoons.....
But starting late last week. I started on the last 4 bases of my unit. And actually managed to finish it.
Since this is the 1805 period I did toy with the idea of making 9 bases of 5 to get the 900 man battalion. But I decided to keep it to 36. That's still 720 men and far more than actually were present in most battles.

 The figures are Perry miniatures, I'm not completely happy with them, besides the standard Perry stuff, like flash and mold stuff, several figures are actually missing their cuffs, two figures from the
 fusilier pack are missing a cuff each, and one of the command figures have no cuffs.

 But they still look very good, I have another full battalion
to paint that are the newish Front Rank reinforcement packs.
I know they have good detail and quality, but I have painted some
 other French from their reinforcement packs and the might 
be a little stiff next to the perry that are lovely animated. 

It's a lot of work these big battalions but they sure look good.
Last time I did a unit as big or bigger was in April
2012 when I did a Pyrrhic Phalangite unit of 40 pikemen.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Regiment Poitou

Wow, a totally new unit less when two weeks since the last post, aren't you guys lucky.

I'm still working on WSS, with a new WSS only unit. a single battalion of Poitou. I plan on doing two French brigades from Blenheim. , One will have a mix of several regiments, and the other is the 3 battalion brigade of only La Reine. On top of that, I plan on doing a brigade of Bavarians.

 I try and keep my French as colorful as possible.
Keeping away from the gray faced regiments as much as possible.
 I'm quite happy with these, except the drummers, so naturally they are placed in the second rank.
The flags are the wonderful cloth flags from Maverick.

I've finished the 1st of 3 bases for the first battalion of La Reine regiment.
I'm also stripping my old French Front rank infantry and they'll become Bavarians.