"Our tribute to the heroic past is its armies in miniature, today." Recreating a 1970s Wargame army using 20mm vintage figures.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
All quiet on the painting front
This picture of my work desk shows the whole sorry story – the six lancers awaiting a splash of colour (any colour will do), a handful of 15mm Fire & Fury markers awaiting varnish and basing and poor old neglected Poniatowski waiting for his name label to be attached to the top of his base.
My excuse is that we’ve been pretty busy with work and various family events plus the fact that we went away last weekend.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Quality Geek Time #2
Saturday, 12 March 2011
A Pole Apart
When I was in my early teens, and developing my interest in the Napoleonic Wars, I came across a book on the 1813 campaign. It was rather dry reading (as many such books were back then) but Poniatowski and his part in the battle of Leipzig fascinated me. He was the shortest serving of all Napoleon’s Marshals holding the rank for a mere three days before drowning whilst trying to swim to safety across the Elster river. He was a great friend with Murat and they must have had fun trying to out do each other with their taste for gaudy uniforms. Of course though, Poniatowski really was a Prince and hadn’t had one of Napoleon’s made up titles bestowed upon him - I wonder if Murat was annoyed by that?
This figure is one of only two “horse attached” castings amongst the Hinton Hunt personality figure range (the other being BRN/30 The Duke of Brunswick). I decided to give him a bay horse rather than the obligatory white one because I already have three personality figures riding white horses (and also I’m no good at painting them). Next up – Polish Lancers of the Guard.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
La Haye Sainte
The Duke and Sir Stapleton Cotton investigate the defensive properties of the farm
I used to own one of these models back in the early 70s when it regularly took part in battles waged on my bedroom floor between large armies of unpainted Airfix Napoleonic figures. I never glued it together because I didn’t really have the space to store it so it was usually in a pretty ruined state by the end of hostilities. This time though I have given the model the full treatment by sticking it to an MDF base and painting and flocking it.
Mercer and one of his men are digging potatoes in the garden (or are they cannon balls?)
I’m actually pretty impressed with my own handiwork because I’ve never really attempted much in the way of scenic items before. Even Mrs S seemed to like it “that’s very nice and very sad all at the same time”. Well sad maybe (I’m reminded of the episode of The Royle Family where Dave makes a toy farm for baby David) but at least the Duke seems grateful and he has just put in a request to Horse Guards for some Riflemen to defend the place.