Saturday, December 1, 2018

Napoleonic Workbench Update

Started on some Victrix British Light Infantry yesterday, while awaiting the arrival of Perry Dutch Lancers and Scots Greys. The stovepipe shakos had the brass plates scalpel'd off to allow the diced band to represent the 71st Highland LI. The others are in "Belgic" shako with green cords and plume. They'll both be in 6-man units to represent small units of skirmishers.
I checked the mailbox in the afternoon, and wouldn't you know it, there was the Perry package.
As usual the figures were in small boxes with synthetic wadding which tends to stick all over the figures.
Note the Colonel Colbert figure in the center - he's a one-piece casting which the Perrys make sometimes (e.g. the Choson Korean cavalry). I normally paint horse and rider separately, so I'll have to think about this one.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by and just wanted to show what's in the paint queue. Napoleonics are much like the Mafia - "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

22 comments:

  1. Excellent movie quote sir, poor movie in general though, good to see progress!

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    1. Thanks, Fran! Yes, can't beat the original. Kind regards, Dean

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  2. Dean, these are already striking a pose. Looking forward to the finished article!

    Cheers, Ross

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  3. Dean,
    for the one-piece casting, you could cover the rider with 'blu-tac' the partial adhesive gum (used to temporally tack up posters to walls, etc. and available in most hardware stores, office supply and even dollar stores) to enable to paint the horse. You can remove after awhile (it will remain in place without hardening) and then cover the painted bits to complete the rider. It is pliant to be pushed into crevices to cover areas, yet can be removed without harming the paint. Sort of a green painter's tape concept.
    Might work.
    ...DougH

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Doug. I probably take my time with it as he's a character figure. Wish the didn't make it with his arm in the sling, historically accurate though it may be. Kind regards, Dean

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  4. Your light infantry look great and enjoyed your paraphrased quote. So true although I have never been out.

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    1. Lol! Yes, to be honest Napoleonics have always been a favorite period of mine too. Warm regards, Dean

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  5. Nice looking light infantry and it's always good to get a package!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. They'll be all used for my next Black Powder game. Warmest regards, Dean

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  6. Light infantry and cavalry are looking good,Dean!

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    1. Thanks, Mike! Appreciate the encouraging words! I hope to have them done later today. Kind regards, Dean

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  7. Skirmishers are off to a good start. Look forward to seeing them finished and the Cavalry started!

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    1. Thanks, Simon! Hope to have the foot done soon. Warm regards, Dean

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  8. The HLI is a fun if a bit tedious unit to do - but you've completed the worst part which is the diced band. I encountered quite a few controversies about the details of their uniform when I did the research for mine.

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    1. Thanks, Peter. Yes, I wanted to knock out the checkered shako band upfront. I chose to use buff straps, but left the shako black. I know some say it was blue, but the reenactors I've seen all use black. Kind regards, Dean

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  9. Look forwards to seeing these done.
    Agree about the wadding they pack their figures in, it's a pain to get off the figures before painting.

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  10. Looks good mate! Will be following this project. I am yet to "dip the toe" with Napoleonics but have been eyeing the period off of late. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Going great so far! Looking forward to see them finished!

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  12. A very promising unit! Cheers Dean!!

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