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.

Sunday 23 February 2014

Final Five

Just to prove that I am still beavering away at the unit of Old Guard here is a picture of the final five figures after they emerged this morning from their overnight bleach bath.

I find that stripping the old paint work from vintage figures is quite a therapeutic experience because (mostly) the existing paint work is pretty poor or half done (see here) and returning them to the state of a clean casting sits well with my OCD tendencies. This particular batch still have the odd bit of flash metal attached (I’m always amazed at how many previously painted figures have never had the flash removed) and one has had the corners of his base clipped, presumably to help him line up in the ranks. Close examination has revealed that only one of these figures has the Hinton Hunt code number stamped under its base the others being completely unmarked. This does not mean that the figures are not genuine vintage castings because I bought many figures direct from Hinton Hunt in the 70s that had no codes.

I have already lost the race with Lee to finish this unit before he completed and returned the unit of French Fusiliers to me (to see how he got on click here) but at least it has given me the prod I needed to get on towards the finishing line.

Sunday 16 February 2014

Going Dutch

Continuing with the series of archive photos (what a great way to disguise the fact that I’ve done precious little painting since the last post) here’s one of a Hinton Hunt Dutch artillery battery. The figures are:

DN55 gunner running with ammunition bag
DN53 gunner holding cannon ball
DN51 gunner with port fire
DN52 gunner with rammer
(cannon by Newline Designs)

I painted these a few years back as a thank you for a package of HH figures received from down under. By coincidence the figures I received included the same batch of French Fusiliers that Lee is currently painting up for me.

As far as I know these Dutch gunners are still living it up in the Australian sunshine - lucky them!

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Carabiniers (2)

This is another photo I rediscovered while looking through an achive folder of photos. It was taken during The Battle of the Crossroads back in 2010 and shows my squadron of French Carabiniers in full charge.

Hinton Hunt produced two different Carabinier figures; a one-piece casting FN106 and a two-piece casting FN311. This unit utilises both figure types.

Regular followers of this blog will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for the older one-piece castings initially produced by Marcus Hinton. The two-piece models produced later are of course nicer sculpts but there's just something about the first issue figures that appeals to me.

Sunday 2 February 2014

Old Guard update (3)

This is FN/28. Grenadier Sergeant (marching) or to give him his full billing from my Hinton Hunt catalogue – FRENCH IMPERIAL GUARD, GRENADIERS OF THE OLD GUARD 1804/15 (in Guards Bearskins, long tailed coats, waistcoats, knee breeches and tall gaiters), FN/28. Grenadier Sergeant (marching).

It was descriptions like this in the HH catalogue that made me want to buy these figures as a kid even though I had no idea what it all meant. How could anyone resist?

I’m now well over halfway though painting my unit of Old Guard Grenadiers and my goal is to complete them before Lee completes and returns the unit of Line Fusiliers I just sent him. Let’s take bets on who will finish first.