Saturday, August 4, 2018

Victrix French Foot Artillery Completed

Well, actually still need to get them based, but the painting is done.
These are from the 1804-1812 set with the earlier style uniforms. The center battery has a 12 pounder manned by Guardsmen. The other two are Line artillery with 8 pounders.
The battery on the left are in campaign dress and the other two in full dress - less full gaiters.
This is a great plastic kit which goes together quite easily. The guns have far less parts than the British set. Grab handles and chains are molded onto the main pieces, unlike the British set.
As mentioned in a previous post, the set comes with enough figures for 5 crewmen per gun, but I opted to use only 4 figures so the bases won't be too large.
The heads with covered shakos are from the Middle Guard set. They seemed a bit nicer than the ones in the artillery set.
With the various separate pieces, there are many options for poses.
I used Vallejo Game Color Goblin Green for the gun carriages - seemed to look okay after an ink wash.
Here's a comparison shot of the Victrix batteries along with a couple of Sash and Saber 12 pounders. The gun tube itself is almost exactly the same size as the Victrix 12 pounder, but the carriages and wheels are massive compared to the Victrix ones.
Next up are the British batteries. Thanks again for stopping by, and best wishes to you all.

26 comments:

  1. Very nice, I have this set and will comeback to this post when these move up the painting queue. Thanks for posting.

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    1. Thanks, Norm. I'm sure you'll enjoy working on this great kit. It's simple to put together and the painting is quite straight forward. They reminded me of Airfix 1/72nd Napoleonics for some reason - which is what I started out with so many years ago. Kind regards, Dean

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  2. Superb brushwork, Dean! You are in high gear with Napoleonics at present. Shading on the jackets is smart!

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    1. Thank you, Jonathan. I usually mix whatever paints I have, but this time I broke down and picked up a bottle of Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue. It works great straight out of the bottle. Seems a bit dark at first, but a perfect base for later highlighting by adding white to it. Warm regards, Dean

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  3. Fantastic Frech artillery and crew Dean, very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you very much, Mike. I'm glad I got this set; 3 guns & crew in one box, awesome. Kind regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you so much, Dmitry! Your games and figures are inspiring! Best, Dean

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  5. Another superb addition to your collevtion.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Ross!

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  6. Great looking artillery Dean your on a roll with all these Napoleonics!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. I not only enjoy painting them (except for those tiny buttons! ), putting together plastics are quite relaxing. Kind regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Christopher! I may someday get some French Horse Artillery too. Best, Dean

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  8. Wow, you have been busy Dean - this look great.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. Hopefully have enough steam left for the cavalry figures. Kind regards, Dean

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  9. Nothing like the Napoleonic period to add some color to the tabletop.

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    1. That's for sure, Neil. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. Warm regards, Dean

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  10. They look great. I'm sure they'll be even more of an eyecatcher once properly based.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I did base them,and I will post photos once I get the British set done. Best regards, Dean

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