Thursday, 27 February 2014

105e regiment d’infanterie – Sneak Preview

Well, the lads came back from Lee this week and I’m now in the process of basing them prior to a proper parade.

As you can see, Lee has done a superb job – I just love that drummer! Having a whole new unit completed so quickly has been a real shot in the arm to this project and I hope very soon to complete my Old Guard unit as well.

Perhaps then a full review of the French forces is in order.

10 comments:

lewisgunner said...

They look super Ian, I wonder which period of Hinton Hunt they are from?/

Roy

Stryker said...

The officer, standard and drummer are probably vintage - I think (sadly) that the others are from what I should call the 'modern' period of HH! Still, they are certainly up to dealing with your Ruskies...

James Fisher, FINS said...

Could not agree more Ian, especially about the drummer.

A full review? Yes please!

the Archduke said...

by the "modern" period, do you mean Claytons, or is there yet a further distinction?
I wouldn't be so sure about those Russkies. Handy fellows with the bayonet, and morale rules tend not to apply.......

Anonymous said...

The figures look excellent. I am inspired by your collection so much so that I have started my own 20mm Napoleonic collection. Look forward to seeing the French on parade. How many French units have you in your army?

Paul

Stryker said...

Archduke - there are a few modern 'unofficial' castings knocking about and I suspect that these belong to that category. I can't be sure though but they are just a bit too pristine to be vintage castings that had survived unpainted for 30 years.

Paul - glad you are enjoying the blog! When the OG are done I will have 5 French foot units plus the Poles and Swiss and the various skirmishers.

the Archduke said...

thanks for the explanation of "modern". It makes sense. I've acquired a number of suspiciously bright figures which I had thought to be Claytons. They tend to have a lot of flash around the base, whereas Clayton bases are usually clean with overly tidy numbering.

Stryker said...

The key marker for identifying Clayton castings is that they have a single thin plug mark in the bottom of the base whereas the figures made by Hinton Hunt have two smaller round plug marks.

There are some really good modern copies around and if these are taken from a vintage figure they will also have the two plug marks in the base so you can't tell for sure if a figure is genuine or not this way. I have no problem using these figures to fill gaps in the ranks but if you are buying figures that have never been painted just be aware that they may not be the real deal!

the Archduke said...

these are useful details. Thank you. Personally I agree with you that it is better to have a good figure of dubious provenance than a gap in the ranks. But you have equipped me to catalogue my lads more accurately. More power to you and your blog.

Stryker said...

No problem - if you ever have any figure queries (or just want a general HH chat!) then please feel free to contact me via the email address in my profile.