Wednesday, 9 June 2021

2nd Silesian Hussars, Italian HA, Italian dragoons and Polish Hussars.

Some more Art Miniaturen 1/72 figures. Only the 2nd Silesian Hussars will feature at the end of the month for La Rothiere 1814.  

Polish Hussars

Italian HA (conversion)

Italian Dragoons

2nd Silesian Hussars

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Art Miniaturen Hungarian infantry. 1/72

 Two more Hungarian battalions to add to the mix. (blue facings) (64 figures)

12 Battalions of Austrians. All Art miniaturen 1/72 scale. (384 figures)

6 bns Austrians, 4 bns Hungarians and 2 bns of Landwehr. 

I will endeavour to paint a further 2 bns of Austrians, 2 more Hungarians and 2 more Landwehr. (192 figures) so the total added with eventually be 576 figures, of 18 battalions.

Unfortunately close ups like this reveal a
 remarkable lack of skill when it comes to the painting!

Better when they are all in a box
and viewed from further away!

Friday, 4 December 2020

Italian 5th Regiment. Franznap. 1/72.

 Franznap produces some excellent 1/72 Napoleonics and these French pre Bardin infantry have been painted as the Italian 5th Regiment with colours based on the Napitalia website. (48 figures in two battalions) The long tails, which the Italians wore in 1813, means that these Franznap french infantry convert easily into Italians. Did the 5th Regiment's grenadiers retain the bearskin in 1813? Unlikely but who knows? The green piping hardly shows. Have added a musician and a small drummer boy also produced by Franznap. Really pleased how these turned out. Ive done the pom poms all the same. The musician's colours are totally made up. Flag by Maverick models. 

Russian St Petersburg dragoons. 1813. 1/72

 When was the last time I bought plastic figures? I simply can't remember. These figures are produced by a chap in Russia, and are made from resin/quite a brittle plastic. The poses are excellent (while limited in range) and all the horses look the same way which is a pity. But the actual castings are good and the riders fit very well on their horses but 2 tails broke off in transit and the horses do not come with a base so cutting the hooves free from the sprue ended up a fiddly job with a few legs slightly shorter than they should be. The end result isn't too bad and I like the static poses. Expensive (pricing pretty much the same as if they had been metal) I only discovered after I had painted them that I already had a Russian dragoon regiment with pink facings so these chaps had better be the St Petersburg regiment while the existing dragoons will be the Moscow dragoons, despite having gold buttons when they ought to be white. The St P regiment has yellow buttons. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Napoleonic Austrian infantry from Art Miniaturen 1/72.

 Now completed 6 battalions (3 regiments) of Austrian (German) line infantry. I think they were the 1st, 11th and 17th Regiments. Also 2 battalions of Austrian (Hungarian) line infantry. "Shocking pink" facings according to Funken but red according to other sources....of the 52nd regiment which should have yellow buttons rather than white. No matter.  Plus 2 Landwehr battalions supporting the 11th and 17th Regiments. 

320 figures in all. 10 battalions of 32 figures in each battalion.

The Hungarian trousers are a bit bright for my liking and the grey undercoat a little too dark for the coat, but they stand out better when painted in this way. 

The Hungarian Art Miniaturen figures had 10 different standing poses excluding the NCO with musket at the horizontal and excluding the command figures. Excellent variation from Art M. 

I included a Hagen officer in the Austrian 1st Regiment, with his arm raised.

Flags courtesy of Maverick models.

Not all the figures are facing forwards.

The Landwehr have a mixture of head dress.
Some have facings matching their parent unit, some do not.
Mixture of white and black webbing.
 One Hagen figure has a scythe and another a firearm over his shoulder. 
No flags. 

Hagen officer. 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Painting Napoleonic Austrian infantry.

So many options when choosing how best to paint the white on Austrian infantry uniforms. This method appears to be an improvement from the more bland approach which I did years back, while trying to keep it clean and avoiding that muddy look. For 20mm and 15mm, the figures can become too easily lost on the table if the white is not pure white. Undercoat in this instance is Rustoleum matt black, which interestingly gives a satin finish, ideal for the shako. I've tried to leave a gap in the collar which stays black. Vallejo London grey (sometimes mixed with black) is the next layer, and then pure white for the highlights and cross belts etc. Some figures have the darker mix while others a lighter mix to vary the look. Maybe worth experimenting with a white or even grey undercoat, but these seem ok.
This is one way....there are dozens of other methods. Definition of what you enjoy and do it to the best of one's Aristotle once said....or so I learnt the other day. 

The white has to stand out from the darker tones even if
Austrian infantry did not, strictly speaking, wear white coats.
For 25mm and 28mm figures, the off-white 
approach can be more appealing.

Pure pink for the facings in this instance.

The 11th Regiment stands out slightly
more than their pals next door. Art Miniaturen 20mm. 

4 figures to a 3cm x 3cm base.
32 figures in each of these 4 battalions.


Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Austrian Hohenlohe Regiment. 1813. Art Miniaturen 20mm.

 Two battalions (flags still to do) representing the Hohenlohe regiment. I plan to add a Landwehr battalion with similar brown facings. Excluding the command, there are approx 8 or 9 different poses, which for a 32 man battalion with 4 figures on 3cm x 3cm bases, offers great variation. All static poses.

There are another 4 static battalions to do, plus Landwehr. Then a further brigade in marching positions. Hoping to represent the majority of my Austrians as Art Miniaturen figures, in the longer term.

La Rothiere 1814 for next year? Quite possibly, but not confirmed yet. my previous post re Dennewitz 1813, and apologies to those on TMP who appear confused, the figures are not AB 18mm but 20mm Art M and Newline D.