Monday, July 24, 2017

Russian Jaegers

First unit of russian jaegers finished. These are Zvezda Russian Grenadiers, with plumes (mostly) cut off.

 I'll be also doing a lot of jaegers in skirmish bases, as well as others in ranks such as these.

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Note the Carabiniers with plumes. I'm not sure whether they had mustaches or not, so I haven't painted this detail on them yet.

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The unit in march column:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Russian Line Infantry - Sveaborg Regiment

First regiment of line infantry finished for the russians. No grenadiers here, since I do full regiments of those, to represent combined grenadiers. 

These are Zvezda Russian Grenadiers, with plumes cut off and mustaches trimmed.

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The regiment along with their screen of skirmishers:

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Friday, July 14, 2017

La Haye Sainte

Oh, the joys of 1/72... This is an Airfix La Haye Sainte kit, and costed me £9.00 on ebay. Similar buildings in other popular scales, even 15mm, which is smaller, can easily go over US$100.00. 

The only thing I found this kit lacking on was on doors and window frames, but nothing I couldn't come up with using plasticard and a moddeling blade to carve it up a bit to mimic wood grooves.

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The cart is from the Hat Napoleonic British Rockets kit, I only used one for my rocket battery, so I still have a couple left for future projects. The hay on it is sisal fiber, trimmed from one of the pieces of crop I have, made out of a door mat.

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The side garden is a separate base, for ease of storage and transport. I had to cut down the extended wall to do that, for it comes in a single piece, conected to the wall of the main house.

 I was not sure how to design a proper garden there, and I admit I'm not completely happy with it as it is, I might add some more plants and bushes in there, but I don't want to got over the top, either. I want to leave plenty of room for skirmishing soldiers to occupy.

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And here is the emperor and his retinue, used for scale:

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Plantations and Ploughed Fields


I've been expanding my collection of terrain lately, and decided I needed a few more pieces of crops and ploughed fields. 

These here are made using spaghetti sticks, covered with my special recipe of Texture (tm). The emperor wanted to go for a ride around the painting room, so I made use of him to show the scale of the terrain pieces here. 

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I added some flocking to a couple of the fields, to have more diversity of terrain, and I think they look quite good in representing small family kitchen gardens.

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Having finished with using spaghetti on my terrain production, and being quite satisfied with the results, I treated myself with what would perhaps be deemed a more orthodox use of pasta, and came up with a tasty mushroom gravy to feast on while congratulating myself over the results of my latest project.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Spanish Militia

These are the spanish militia, the other half of the Spanish Guerilla set from Hat Industries. There is enough on that set to come up with these 3 small units of militiamen.

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There is rather scarce information on colors of napoleonic spanish militia uniforms on the web, but what little I could find suggests white, blue and brown were the main colors used, so I painted each unit in one of those.

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With these, I finally finish that which was one of my first kits of napoleonics 1/72, bought a few years ago and left to sit on my shelves for a while before getting their well deserved turn on the painting qeue.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spanish Guerillas

Here are my spanish guerillas. This is about half the Hat Spanish Guerilla kit, the other half being militia, which will be appearing here on the blog in sequence.

I never painted that many skirmishers' bases at once, but now I have enough to come up with 4 small units of those guys. Plenty to harass those nasty french columns!

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An interesting fact about this set is that 2 sculptors of rather distinct styles worked on those minis, some models being slim and more realistically proportioned, others being bulkier and a bit more heroically scalled, instead. My preference goes for the first, but overall those are pretty cool sculpts, only I could not mix those models on the same base, lest it'd look a bit off.

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Among those skirmishers are a few dressed as militia, which I might use together with my regimented militia, to represent a mixed order formation.

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Each of my small units of skirmishers comprises 6 bases of 2 models each, like the one pictured below:

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Next up, the spanish militia!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Russian Foot Artillery

Here is another kit of russian artillery from Zvezda, this time line artillery. As always, gorgeous sculpts, a joy to paint.

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The kit also includes an ammunition wagon and a limber:

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I added to the base of the ammunition wagon a small ammunition cart that comes in the Guard Artillery kit.

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